This Week in Tech: Android 12 and Windows 11 released, Facebook outage, and more

This Week in Tech: Android 12 and Windows 11 released, Facebook outage, and more

As Adam rightly pointed out in last week’s edition of TWiT, the past week was nothing short of an exhilarating roller coaster ride at XDA and the world of tech in general. Two of the biggest OS launches of the year took place this week, and Facebook, along with all of its services, faced a massive outage. On top of that, one of the most distinguished members of our team also bid farewell (more on that later). If you’ve been caught up with something else and missed any of our coverage, here’s a brief recap of all the significant developments in the tech world this week.

Google officially announced Android 12

Android 12 Snow Cone -- Featured Image

After months in beta, Google finally announced Android 12 earlier this week. While the company didn’t roll it out to its Pixel lineup, it started uploading the Android 12 source code to AOSP and confirmed its dessert name. A few OEMs also started rolling out beta releases of their latest Android skins based on Android 12, giving us our first look at the changes included in the latest builds. In addition, Google rolled out Material You redesigns for more apps; the company shared info about all the security vulnerabilities it patched in the newest release, and the first games to support Android 12’s Game Mode were released. Developers on our forums also rolled out the first Android 12 custom ROMs for various devices.

Microsoft started rolling out Windows 11

Windows 11 also started rolling out to users this week. However, unlike Android 12, Microsoft’s latest software update is now generally available to users. Be that as it may, we don’t recommend installing it on your system just yet, as it’s marred with bugs, and it seems to be facing performance issues on AMD CPUs. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, you’ll also be glad to know that OEMs like Razer and Acer have already started offering laptops running Windows 11 in several markets.

Facebook faced a massive outage

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Earlier this week, Facebook faced one of the most extensive outages of recent times. The outage affected all of the company’s services, including Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, and it even had a huge impact on other businesses that rely on Facebook services. While we’re pretty sure you didn’t miss this development, if you’re wondering what caused the outage, you should definitely check out Adam Conway’s detailed explainer.

More Pixel 6 news

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After weeks of speculation, Google finally confirmed that it would launch the Pixel 6 on October 19. Ahead of the launch, we saw even more leaks about the upcoming Pixel devices. We saw photo and video samples from the Pixel 6 Pro, and a German retailer accidentally revealed the pricing and launch offers for the devices. Leaks also confirmed that the Pixel 6 series would feature Face Unlock capabilities, and Google would offer a new Pixel Stand with the devices. In addition, we got our first look at Gboard’s Assistant-powered voice typing feature that will debut with the Pixel 6 series, and we shared more official wallpapers from the devices.

Other stories you shouldn’t miss

Along with these noteworthy announcements, we shared the following stories that you might have missed:

XDA’s thoughts on the latest hardware and software

Additionally, we published our reviews and comparisons for several new devices and software this week. You can check those out by following the links below:

End of an era at XDA

This week also marked the end of an era at XDA. Mishaal Rahman announced that he is stepping down from his role as XDA’s Editor-in-Chief.

If you’ve been an XDA member for any length of time, you’ll know how significant of a role Mishaal played here at XDA and in the Android community at large. And while we’re deeply saddened by this news, we wish him the best for all his future endeavors.

Going forward, you can direct all your questions, leaks, and tips to Aamir Siddiqui, Rich Woods, Pranob Mehrotra, and Nirave Gondhia. You can also reach out to other members of our team.

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.