The Weekly Authority: Galaxy S22 launch date?

⚡ Welcome to The weekly authority, that Android Authority newsletter that shares the best Android and technology news of the week. The 177th edition here, with a possible launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S22, the OnePlus 10 Pro unveiling, Horizon Forbidden West leaks and more.

I have spent most of the week believing that it was still 2021 and that 2023 was two years away. You must remember that it is now 2022!

Popular news this week

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra leaked rendering update



  • OnePlus 10 Pro launched on Tuesday: but no base model (non-Pro), with a 6.7-inch LTPO 2.0 AMOLED display at 120Hz, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a triple-camera setup, 5,000 mAh battery and some fast charging specifications including 80W cable and 50W wireless charging, but only with proprietary hardware.
  • It’s only China for now, although a global launch has been confirmed – and it looks like we could see regional variations: your OnePlus 10 Pro may be different from China’s.
  • And OnePlus Buds Pro’s new firmware update brings Dual Connection, which allows pairing with two devices simultaneously, plus seamless switching between the two.


  • Honor Magic V launched, essentially a larger, thinner Galaxy Z Fold 3, but that’s only China for now and no plans for a global release yet.







Movies / TV:

  • 2015 Nvidia Shield TV gets Android 11 now, which is just crazy, and even the original Shield TV from 2015 gets the update – but how is it that the seven-year-old Nvidia Shield TV is kept so updated?
  • Netflix raised all prices across the U.S. and Canada and took the price of a base plan to $ 9.99 per month (increase of $ 1), Standard to $ 15.49 (increase of $ 1.50) and Premium to $ 19.99 USD per month (increase of USD 2), to enable it to “continue to offer a wide range of quality entertainment options.”
  • By the way, Netflix is ​​planning to make a Scott Pilgrim anime written and executive produced by series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley along with Are You Afraid of the Dark? showrunner BenDavid Grabinski.
  • Oscar-winning movie star Sidney Poitier died last week, aged 94: Hollywood’s first black movie star and the first black man to win an Oscar for best male lead overcame enormous challenges and had a glittering career.
  • And Spider-Man: No Way Home revealed The Matrix Resurrections at the box office, but thanks to piracy and streaming, it’s a poor indicator of the success of both films.
  • How Yellowjackets Became TV’s Most Vivid New Drama – I’m on my way through this, and it’s a 90s nostalgia trip with a soundtrack that matches, but not for those who can not handle dullness.
  • Fresh Prince reboot Bel-Air is coming to Peacock in February, and yes, Carlton is finally getting cool (and probably won’t do his famous dance) – check out our trailer review.
  • And you can save 20% on HBO Max for 12 months, but you have to sign up before January 24th.


  • An early construction of Horizon Zero Dawn reportedly leaked online ahead of next month’s release: Photos and footage shared on Twitter was later removed due to complaints from copyright holders – neither Guerilla nor Sony have fixed the leak.
  • Sony is working on a 3D scanner that will allow you to put real-world objects into video games: The patent was filed in June last year and has not been issued yet, so do not expect it in games at all.
  • And Oculus Quest 3 is reportedly under development, rumored to have a uOLED screen that is expected to arrive in 2023.
  • Only a few weeks until Dying Light 2 is out, but it will reportedly take 500 hours to complete, but only if you want it – after backlash from fans, the studio admitted that the main story is apparently only about 20 hours long. The latest Dying Light Showcase is also out with detailed information on co-op gameplay.
  • God of War launched for PC last Friday with 21: 9 ultra-wide screen support – PlaystationBlog have some gameplay tips.
  • And PUBG: Battleground is free to play.
  • Meanwhile, Fortnite has returned to iOS and Android: It’s still not back in the app store, but can be played via a solution through Nvidia’s GeForce NOW service.
  • Awesome Games Done Fast-paced event running back to 2022 and running until January 16: If you missed the week-long marathon, you can follow on YouTube to watch games like Deathloop, Half-Life 2, Ratchet & Clank and Sekiro: Blindfolded shadows die twice.
  • Unpacking and Inscryption leads the nominations for the Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF).
  • And Konami and GameStop have announced investments in the NFT area.


Sony Xperia 5 III back in hand

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Weekly wonder

This week’s Horizon Forbidden West leak surprised everyone, but it’s not the first time a major game has been leaked before its release. Fortunately, the offensive material was removed due to a copyright claim, but now we have to spend the next month desperately trying to avoid spoilers. The leak also made us wonder about some of the other notable game leaks throughout history.

Here is our roundup …

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

The game itself was not actually leaked online, but we knew it would be played out in ancient Greece thanks to a bunch of retailers. Stores received deliveries of AC Odyssey keychains prior to the game’s launch, with several employees sending anonymous snapshots to Kotaku.

Fallout 4

Throw your mind back to 2012, when the future of the Fallout series was unknown. Kotaku received an anonymous tip, including a script and casting documents for “Project Institute,” which later turned out to be Fallout 4. All of the included information about settings and characters, plus the game’s opening scenes, was actually accurate. We still have no idea how the documents fell into the wrong hands …

Fallout 4 dog

Disgrace 2

Bethesda actually did a pretty good job of keeping Dishonored 2 under wraps until launch day. Unfortunately, someone forgot to turn off their livestream, and the company accidentally went live on Twitch during the E3 2015 rehearsals. Even worse, it was right at the time they were rehearsing Dishonored 2’s unveiling, and even though they did not mention the game’s name, news media and fans quickly realized what was wrong.

Half-Life 2

What’s the only thing game developers do not want to leak online before a game is released? The actual source code. The behind-the-scenes code for how the game was created and how it works. Oops – that’s exactly what happened to Valve’s Half-Life 2 back in 2003, when the source code was stolen and leaked online five months before the game’s release. It was the work of German hacker and Half-Life superfan Axel Gembe, and Ars Technica has a pretty interesting follow-up to what happened to him ten years later.

Half Life 2

Assassin’s Creed

In a story that is almost too insane to be true, NeoGAF member of crime crime found himself sitting next to a developer on a plane on March 5, 2014 – a developer who just happened to spill all the juicy details in the next Assassin’s Creed game. At first, the allegations were met with doubt, but a few weeks later, Kotaku posted details and screenshots confirming the story.

In fact, Assassin’s Creed Unity had several major leaks right up until its November 11, 2014 release.

Red Dead Redemption 2

On February 6, 2018, Trusted Reviews published an article in the run-up to the Red Dead Redemption 2 release, including details taken from a confidential internal document. Among other things, it claimed a battle royale mode in multiplayer, plus the ability to play the game in first person (both things that later turned out to be true). But the fact that the information was taken from a confidential document got the British gaming site in hot water, which led to them paying out over $ 1 million in settlements, even though the payment went to a charity chosen by Rockstar parent company Take-Two, rather than the developers themselves. The game actually had a lot of major leaks that you can check out on Reddit.

Red Dead Redemption 2 horse

Borderlands 3

The last tale on our list is one of the stranger. YouTube creator SupMatto leaked content to Borderlands 3 after finding thumbnails on Twitch and Reddit that he thought were in the public domain, and using these to make videos. Take-Two Interactive and 2K Games did not kindly accept this and filed two copyright claims. But the strangest thing was when two suitable and start-up private investigators who claimed to have been hired by the companies showed up on SupMatto’s doorstep on July 25 to talk to him about his YouTube channel and livestream. To this day, 2K has declined to comment on whether the PIs were actually hired by the company.

SupMatto’s Discord account was later terminated, and the setback from the gaming community began with # boykotborderlands3 trending on Twitter. The YouTube creator shut down his Twitter shortly after, and later dismissed rumors that video game publishers were behind the disappearance of his account.

Technical calendar

  • January 28: Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is coming to PS5
  • February 4: Dying Light 2: Stay Human lands on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X / S and PC (plus a Cloud version for Switch).
  • February 18th: Horizon: Forbidden West launches on PS4 / PS5
  • February 28-3. March: MWC Barcelona
  • February 8: Samsung unpacked? (possibly Galaxy S22 unveiling, with pre-orders from February 9?)
  • February 24th: Samsung Galaxy S22 for sale? (TBC)

This week’s technical tweet

Matrix for cows …

A farmer in Turkey has equipped his cows with virtual reality glasses to make them think they are out on the summer pastures. Izzet Kocak found that the pleasant scenes make the cows happier and produce more milk. The future is metavers!

– Shuja ul haq (@ShujaUH) January 8, 2022

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE against the plant behind centered right


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