Tech Last Week Issue #003: Xperia 5 III, Window 11, Signal, Magic V, Pixel Fold

Sony Xperia 5 III is finally releasing in the US

After waiting almost a year, Sony has finally brought the Sony Xperia 5 III to the US. For $1000 you can get a 128GB model in both mirror black and mirror green. The Sony Xperia 5 III is one of the few compact flagship phones left in the industry. Check out my review of the Taiwanese model to learn more.

Windows 11 Media Flyout

Windows 11 is updating the media flyout

The latest dev build of Windows 11 has finally updated the media flyout controls. The update is included in the Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22533. I’m quite excited about this change. I have been using ModernFlyouts, a fluent design media flyout alternative, on my Razer Blade 14 (review coming soon) for a while now. The app is a bit buggy and can randomly not start. I’m glad Microsoft is finally putting the finishing touches and moving closer to implementing their new design language on Windows 11.

Signal Messaging App

Signal founder Moxie Marlinspike steps down as CEO

The Signal messaging app is a privacy-focused messaging recommended by both Edward Snowden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The messaging app, frequently audited by third parties, is open source for anyone to scrutinize. Last week, its founder and CEO Moxie Marlinspike announced that he would be stepping down and moving on to other things. In the interim, board member and co-founder of Whatsapp, Brian Acton, will be taking over the CEO responsibilities while they search for a new CEO.

Signal is an app that I personally recommend and use every day. With this announcement, there is definitely some uncertainty regards to the future of Signal (as with every leadership change). Hopefully, the future CEO will preserve the company’s mission of providing a secure and private messaging platform. I will be watching closely.

Read Moxie’s final blog here

Honor Magic V

Honor announces the Magic V

Last week, Honor announced their first foldable phone called the Magic V. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Magic V has a more traditional aspect ratio for its outer screen. The Magic V uses the teardrop hinge design to make the crease less pronounced on the device. The Honor Magic V will launch in China (2022.01.18) first and there should be a global model in the future.

  • πŸ“Ί 6.45″ OLED 120Hz
  • πŸ“Ί 7.9″ Foldable OLED 90Hz
  • 🧠 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • πŸ—„οΈ 12GB RAM 256/512GB Storage
  • πŸ“· 50MP Wide 50MP Ultrawide 50MP Tele 42MP Front
  • πŸ”‹ 4750 mAh
  • 🎨 Titanium Silver, Black, Burnt Orange
  • 🎁 66W Fast Charge, “Creaseless” screen
  • πŸ’Έ ~€1400
  • πŸ“† 2022.01.18

Learn more about the Honor Magic V here

Image from 9to5Google

Google Pixel Fold is not be cancelled?

Last week, the Google Pixel Fold, long thought canceled, resurfaced. New assets found in Android 12L Beta 2 (Google’s upcoming software update that should bring better foldable support) point to the device still being in development. 9to5Google has reported that the new device might be named Google Pixel NotePad instead of Pixel Fold. There are also indications that the device might resemble the Oppo Find N more closely.

I have my reservations with Google splitting their resources right now. The speed at which software updates arrive for the Pixel line has already dropped. Both the December and January updates for the Pixel 6 series were postponed and only started seeding recently. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro had quite a few bugs mission-critical bugs during launch (e.g having to factory reset to get back your fingerprint scanner). Right now it feels like the Google approach is fragmenting again and they might be taking on too much too quickly. I hope Android 12L won’t be another repeat of Android Honeycomb and the launch of the Pixel NotePad won’t be as turbulent as the Pixel 6 & 6 Pro.

What are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment below.

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