It matters because it’s Motorola’s first flagship phone in forever, if you exclude the folding Moto RAZR, which I do.
Leaks and oopsies:
🔙 Epic has changed its mind and officially placed Fortnite on the Google Play Store. It’s not really by choice, as Epic explains it was basically forced to join rather than get users to sideload its APK. The world’s biggest game couldn’t even try to beat Apple’s 30% cut of revenue, and its attempt to beat Google failed. It’s quite the position for that duopoly on our phones. Also, Epic is reportedly raising cash, like many other companies during this downturn. Fortnite hasn’t hit the top of the charts in gaming that I’m seeing on the Play Store yet, but it’s still early (Android Authority).
💸 “Umm, is the $499 OnePlus 7T a better choice than the OnePlus 8 series?” (Android Authority).
📸 Galaxy S20 Ultra gets a new DxOMark ranking, but doesn’t top the listings: you be the judge (Android Authority).
🩸 Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2 can monitor your blood pressure, but you’ll need to calibrate it monthly. I wonder how accurate it is (Ars Technica).
🍎 Rumors are that Apple has delayed an iPhone SE Plus model until late 2021, while the iPhone 12 series will feature four new models (9to5Mac).
💰 Facebook spent $5.7b to buy 9.9% of a giant Indian telco, Jio, its single biggest investment ever (The Verge).
📈 Both Netflix and Snapchat saw big surges of users, which didn’t surprise. What did surprise was how the stocks traded: Netflix soared nearly 10%, before almost instantly returning to about even for the day, while Snapchat went up and stayed up. Why? Netflix’s growth now might hurt it later (TechCrunch).
🛰 The next SpaceX Starlink launch is set for 3:37pm ET later today, 60 more sats going up (YouTube).
🎈 Alphabet’s Loon deploys internet connectivity balloons to Kenya for first commercial service launch (TechCrunch).
🚚 Vanlife really sucks during the pandemic: no gyms open means no showers, and sponsorships and YouTube revenue has plummeted (The Verge).
🌤️ Calm yourself with endless Super Mario clouds (Gizmodo).
💲 “A customer comes into my store at least once per week and buys $300-400 worth of Google Play gift cards. What is he doing with them?” (r/nostupidquestions).
“So you’ve found a comet with a weird orbit…” writes Wired, and that might make you hopeful that weird orbit means it’s alien: a visitor from another solar system, like ‘Oumuamua (above) and 2I/Borizov, two interstellar comets found in 2017 and 2019.
Nowadays everyone is hoping to spot a comet not from our local solar system but somewhere far beyond, in the hope we’ll learn more about the Universe. But it’s not easy to do so:
Orbiting alongside you,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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