Hit the jump for a closer look at all of today’s best to head into the weekend with. The Galaxy Watch 4 is the current king of the hill for Android smartwatches, and it just got a major update earlier this month with a bunch of new features. Now, Samsung is rolling out yet another update for the Galaxy Watch 4, though a very minor one. After a great start to the new year update schedule, Samsung has started rolling out the February 2022 security update to selected Galaxy devices from January 28. The future of OnePlus under Oppo’s roof has been largely up in the air, but today OnePlus is finally offering some clarity. In a lengthy forum post, OnePlus’ Pete Lau announced that OxygenOS isn’t going anywhere, and plans to run OnePlus phones on a “unified” ColorOS and OxygenOS merger is no longer coming.
The update was announced on June 11th, but Matt Cutts suggested it would roll out over a 1-2 month period. Google confirmed a Panda update, but it was unclear whether this was one of the 10-day rolling updates or something new. The implication was that this was algorithmic and may have “softened” some previous Panda penalties. Google added a new type of news result called “in-depth articles”, dedicated to more evergreen, long-form content. At launch, it included links to three articles, and appeared across about 3% of the searches that MozCast tracks.
Google confirmed a major Panda update that likely included both an algorithm update and a data refresh. While Matt Cutts said it began rolling out on 5/20, our data strongly suggests it started earlier. A Google representative said that Penguin had shifted to continuous updates, moving away from infrequent, major updates. While the exact timeline was unclear, this claim seemed to fit ongoing flux after Penguin 3.0 (including unconfirmed claims of a Penguin 3.1).
In March on MozCast, 16 out of 31 days topped 90°F, and rankings were in high flux well into April and May. One day after Google announced the end of the December Core Update rollout, MozCast measured moderately-high rankings flux at 99°F. It was unclear whether this was the last hurrah of that rollout or a separate, medium-sized algorithm update. Google rolled out so-called “passage indexing” for US/English queries. While we measured two days of moderate rankings flux, it was unclear exactly how the update impacted SERPs. MozCast measured two days of high flux on October 1-2, peaking at 100.9°F on October 2nd.
Moz data suggested drops on April 5th and 7th, with about 4% of stable URLs falling off of page one. In a forum post today, OnePlus’ Pete Lau confirmed a few new details about the future of the brand, including that it has ditched plans to merge OxygenOS with Oppo’s experience. But just as exciting was the confirmation that OnePlus has a 150W charging spec coming later this year. Valve has officially released its PC gaming-focused portable handheld this week, and the flexible machine has garnered a fair bit of praise for its performance on local games. However, if you were hoping to play cloud games from Google Stadia and similar services on the Steam Deck, it seems you’re in for a rude surprise. Google said the decision to disable these features was made to protect local users’ safety after consultation with Ukrainian authorities, report Reuters and Vice.