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What we learned about 2021 this week

We’re at the point in 2020 when we’re hearing about everyone’s plans for 2021.

Here are a few things we learned this week about the upcoming year:

Warner Bros. will release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor will power the Android flagships of 2021 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will step down on January 20th

The Verge has always been about the future, so our podcast, The Vergecast, is well-prepared to discuss what’s on the horizon.

Verge reporter Julia Alexander joins Vergecast co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn to discuss WarnerMedia’s decision to release all of its new 2021 movies — including Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation, the Suicide Squad sequel, Matrix 4, and others — simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters. Julia explains why this move is shaking up the movie industry and what this means for the future of cinema.

In the second half of the show, news editor Chaim Gartenberg explains the details behind Qualcomm’s newest processor, the Snapdragon 888, which will power some flagship Android phones in 2021.

We’ve also got a few things to talk about regarding the Federal Communications Commission — including the next potential FCC commissioner after Chairman Ajit Pai steps down early next year. Of course, there’s also another publicized threat to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

It looks like The Verge has our work cut out for us next year, and The Vergecast will be here to catch all of the news — but first, let’s listen to what we know so far.

Other stories from this week:

Facebook will remove COVID-19 vaccine misinformation The people saving our lives should get vaccinated first, experts say Moderna to ask FDA for COVID-19 vaccine authorization Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on HBO Max the same day it’s in theaters for no extra cost Warner Bros. will release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max Discovery, home of Shark Week, HGTV, and Food Network, enters the streaming wars with Discovery Plus Comcast to impose home internet data cap of 1.2TB in more than a dozen US states next year Comcast to raise internet and TV prices nationwide next year Samsung begins wider rollout of Android 11 and One UI 3.0 to latest phones Verizon’s Galaxy S20 models are the first to get Android 11 and One UI 3.0 Samsung rumored to discontinue Galaxy Note line, add stylus support to 2021 Galaxy S and Z Fold Leaked Galaxy Buds Pro image reveals new rounded design

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