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The Weekly Authority: 👋 Farewell, Fan Edition?

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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 199th edition here, with a possible farewell to Samsung’s Fan Edition, Pixel 6a unboxing, more Nothing Phone 1 news, and… a sentient AI?!

I finished The Quarry already, but still have to go back for all the different endings, plus some couch co-op. And yes, I confess, I did let Emma die…🤭

Popular news this week

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Samsung:

Google:

OnePlus:

Nothing:

  • A video of the Nothing Phone 1 showed its light-up back, and that it might be a StockX exclusive, and later, Nothing and Flipkart posted an image showing the phone’s transparent back.
  • Later in the week, we saw a first-look clip of the Phone 1. It glows.

Xiaomi

Motorola:

Poco:

Apple:

Space:

Elsewhere:

Movies/TV:

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Gaming:

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Reviews

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Following Vice‘s post a couple of months ago about the environmental impact of NFTs, and the ongoing discussion surrounding it, we found ourselves wondering about the carbon footprint of websites, and the internet, something most of us use on a daily basis.

Have you ever wondered about a website’s carbon footprint? Website Carbon shows you exactly what the environmental impact of any website is, so we thought we’d test it out on Android Authority‘s site, as well as a few other popular sites, and dive into the details.

  • But first, what’s all this about websites having a carbon footprint?
  • The internet uses lots of electricity, a whopping 16.2TWh per year, more than the whole of the United Kingdom.
  • Gizmodo published an interesting piece about the internet being unsustainable, too.
  • And a 2019 report from The Shift Project revealed that digital technologies are responsible for 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, with their energy consumption increasing by 9% a year.
  • According to Website Carbon, “The average web page tested produces approximately 0.5 grams CO2 per page view. For a website with 10,000 monthly page views, that’s 60kg CO2 per year.”
  • There are plenty of ways to make websites more sustainable, from SEO optimization to reducing video and keeping images as minimal as possible, or switching to a green web host.
  • Simply: The more complex a website is, the more energy it takes to load, and the bigger its carbon footprint.

How did our site do?

android authority website test results

Hurrah! Our website was cleaner than 76% of web pages tested. Not bad going.

According to the results, over a year, with 10,000 monthly page views, our site produces:

  • 44.52kg of CO2 equivalent: That’s the same weight as 0.3 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 6,033 cups of tea.
  • 48 billion bubbles.
  • Three trees: Our site emits the amount of carbon that three trees absorb in a year.
  • 103kWh of energy: Enough electricity to drive an electric car 662km.

You’ll find much more information on sustainable skateboards, e-bikes, scooters, solar panels, and more over at Green Authority.

What about some other big sites?

worst websites for carbon emissions

Wired UK had a great piece last year about the impact websites are having on the planet.

  • According to figures from the HTTP Archive, websites have only become less efficient over the years: today, the average web page weighs in at around 2MB, compared with less than 500KB back in 2010.
  • A simple, stripped-back website like Low Tech Magazine produces just 0.24g of CO2 per page view; in contrast, a site with video autoplay features, such as 11 Coffee & Co, generates a hefty 10.08g of CO2 per page view. (The website for Elon and Kimbal Musk’s foundation — comprised of seven lines of text on a white background — is among the cleanest on the web, producing only 0.39kg of CO2 per year.)”

We had a quick look at some other sites and the results are pretty interesting:

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  • Facebook is cleaner than 90% of sites tested, producing just 0.10g of CO2 for every visit and 11.86kg of CO2 equivalent (over a year with 10,000 monthly page views).
  • Perhaps shockingly (though we’re sure all those shiny images of vehicles has something to do with it) Tesla’s site was dirtier than 84% of web pages tested, producing 2.71g of CO2 for every visit and, over a year with 10,000 monthly page views, producing 324.75kg of CO2 equivalent — the same weight as 2.17 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 44,004 cups of tea. I love tea, but that’s a lot.
  • Samsung and Apple both disappointed, Samsung came in as dirtier than 54% of web pages tested, producing 0.52g of CO2 per visit (62.81kg of CO2 equivalent per year), and Apple as dirtier than 50% of web pages tested, producing 0.47g of CO2 per visit or 56.76kg of CO2 equivalent per year (and neither use green hosting).

Tech Calendar

  • June 13-20: Steam Next Fest
  • June 20-23: Collision (Toronto)
  • June 23: Poco F4 launch @ 8 AM ET
  • June 26-July 3: Summer Games Done Quick
  • June 28: HTC Log In To The Future launch event (Metaverse phone?)
  • July 5: Asus ROG Phone 6 launch @ 8 AM ET
  • July 12: Nothing Phone 1 launch @ 4 PM BST (11 AM ET)
  • July 13: Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro launch
  • July 19: Stray lands on PS5, PS4, PC
  • July 28: Pixel 6a launch
  • August 10 (TBC): Samsung Unpacked? (new Galaxy foldables, Galaxy Watch 5 series?)

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Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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