Today’s official news starts with Google and the rough season they’re going through when it comes to Pixel, and now it looks like repairs are an issue as well. We have a new report from The Verge which claims that a user’s personal information including internet accounts, data, photos, and emails from a user’s Pixel 5a were compromised when she sent her phone to repair via Google’s mail repair service. The report says this is “at least” the second report they’ve seen in recent weeks, with the other claiming their phone was hacked when they sent it. Regarding this matter, she sent her broken phone. in October and even though she was billed for the repair, she never received the device after the repair period and her Pixel was missing. A few days later, someone tried to break into her phone to remove the two-factor authentication checks and she received the typical emails. She tried unsuccessfully to erase the phone using Google’s Android device manager and her information was compromised. Google has confirmed that they are investigating the case, but with little to no information. And, to be fair, Google’s recommendations say that you should back up and erase your phone before sending it in for repair, but what if your phone is frozen? So yes, we’ll keep you posted on all Google updates, but I wouldn’t send my phone if I were you until we get a better response.
But hey, let’s get into the game for a change. Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass has been a success for Microsoft, racking up over 18 million users since its release, which is the main reason I chose the Xbox Series X. Well, new reports are saying that Sony wants to follow up on this success. According to Bloomberg, Sony is on the verge of releasing its competitor from Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. The service would be codenamed “Spartacus” and will offer a catalog of modern and classic games for a monthly subscription. It is expected to arrive in spring 2022 and Sony is looking to merge PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus once they provide this service, which makes a lot of sense. Oh and if you are into Cloud Gaming, people familiar with the subject have also said that Sony is dedicating resources to expanding its efforts in Cloud Gaming. But, back to Spartacus, it will have multiple tiers with the base tier mirroring what you currently get with PlayStation Plus meaning only a few free games each month. The mid-tier would give users access to “a substantial amount of PlayStation 4 games” and PS5 games in the future, with the majority having extended game demos, online streaming, and legacy games. We’ve known Sony has been outperforming Microsoft for years when it comes to consoles, but let’s see how they compete with this subscription because Game Pass is pretty cool. Oh and the second reason I haven’t had a PS5 is that I still can’t find one.
Let’s move on to wearables for the rest of the show, starting with Apple. This year the Apple Watch leak has been hit and miss for most tipsters, as we expected a complete overhaul to match iPhones, but all we got was a rounder watch instead. Now we have a new report from Mark Gurman telling us what to expect for 2022! In his latest newsletter, Gurman says Apple plans to release the Apple Watch Series 8 and an update to the Apple Watch SE and more. From the SE, we can expect the same design as the Apple Watch Series 6 and its same features, meaning we could finally get the ECG, a permanent display, and even blood oxygen. if i wouldn’t hold my breath unless the 8 series was dramatically different. Gurman says Apple is also planning an entirely different watch that will be considered a rugged version of the regular variant that may feature a case that’s more resistant to scratches, bumps, drops and more. What I find interesting here is that Gurman didn’t really provide details on the current Series 8 watch, but other analysts say we can expect it to be available in 2 sizes like d usual, but it will bring new features that could include Blood glucose and blood pressure measurements. It’s not yet clear if flat design will happen, but it’s still early enough that we talk about design anyway. We will see how the rumors evolve.
Finally, for today’s hottest news, let’s talk about Google and the upcoming Pixel Watch, as the leaks seem to be heating up in typical Google fashion. No full reviews yet, but you know they’re coming. If you remember, we got our first glimpse back in April with renderings from Jon Prosser, and last week a new Business Insider report put it back in the spotlight. After this report, Prosser released a new video with new leaks. First, we got some new images that would be official Google marketing images and not the 3D CAD renderings we were getting before. From those, we can see it’s called the Pixel Watch, and if you think about it, the 3 different images match the color variants of the Pixel 6, hinting that we should get them before we get one. new Pixel. He claims the low-quality footage is meant to protect its source, with the renderings he shared earlier this year coming very close to what the watch actually looks like. In case you missed it, we’d expect a round bezel-less display with a crown on the right side. Of course, being a Google Watch, it would bring features like fast navigation on Google Maps and support for voice calls. Finally, Prosser mentions that there is no risk of this watch being canceled, and we’re getting closer and closer to an official launch although he hasn’t mentioned a date. We don’t know how Google plans to fit Fitbit into the equation, but we would expect something given that they really haven’t done anything major since that acquisition.