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Android Police Podcast Ep.247: The what we use episode

Android Police Podcast Ep.247: The what we use episode

This week's Android Police podcast is a bit different - it's all about stuff! As in, the stuff we use. We take a full episode to just talk about the various tools, gadgets, gizmos, and toys that we
Alphabet's health division Verily built a health-focused smartwatch with 1-week battery life (for science)

Alphabet's health division Verily built a health-focused smartwatch with 1-week battery life (for science)

The latest version of Google's wearables OS, Android Wear 2.0, began its painfully slow rollout at the end of March. In fact, It's only just beginning to make it to most mainstream devices. While
[Deal Alert] 55 temporarily free and on-sale apps to round out your week

[Deal Alert] 55 temporarily free and on-sale apps to round out your week

Another Friday is here and we're back with some more deals on apps. There are a bunch to get through, but let's go over some logistical stuff first. There are two sections in today's post: free and
Google officially moves the AOSP issue tracker away from Google Code

Google officially moves the AOSP issue tracker away from Google Code

The issue tracker for the Android Open Source Project, more commonly known as AOSP, has always used Google Code. However, Code was completely shut down in 2016 (with most projects being forced to
Some Pixel and Nexus fingerprint sensors not working after Android 7.1.2 update

Some Pixel and Nexus fingerprint sensors not working after Android 7.1.2 update

A number of Google Pixel and Nexus users are reporting that their fingerprint sensor is no longer working after the latest Android OS update. Several members of the Pixel and Nexus communities on
What happens when you have more than one Google Home? Chaos.

What happens when you have more than one Google Home? Chaos.

The Amazon Echo was my pacifier as I waited for Google’s entry into the home assistant space. Setting my Google Play Music library aside, I suffered through using Amazon’s attempt at a music service
Google may be sued over Nexus 6P early shutdown and bootloop issues

Google may be sued over Nexus 6P early shutdown and bootloop issues

The Android hardware space is fast beginning to look like a watered down episode of Suits. Following on from news earlier in the week that LG is facing a bootloop lawsuit regarding several of its
A new version of Google Wifi pops up at the FCC without ZigBee support

A new version of Google Wifi pops up at the FCC without ZigBee support

Google's mesh router system only launched in late 2016, but it looks like a new version is already in the works. An FCC filing from Google appears to describe a new version of Google Wifi. The model
Google Assistant's screen search has been moved to a button

Google Assistant's screen search has been moved to a button

Google Now on Tap was introduced alongside Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which used context on your screen to help you find information. Google Assistant replaced Now on Tap (for compatible devices), and
Plantronics BackBeat 500 review: Budget headphones have a new challenger

Plantronics BackBeat 500 review: Budget headphones have a new challenger

I am not an on-ear headphones person so it's difficult for me to review them objectively without saying how much I dislike the idea and pressure they exert on my ears. Oddly, that's not the case with
[Deal Alert] 2-Pack 6' Anker USB 3.0 A to C cables $12 w/ promo ($8 off)

[Deal Alert] 2-Pack 6' Anker USB 3.0 A to C cables $12 w/ promo ($8 off)

If you've been looking for a pair of USB A to C cables, you need look no further than today's Deal Alert: a 2-Pack of 6' Anker USB A to C cables. Although these particular cables are normally $20,
Nest app update adds Google Smart Lock, Nest Cam motion alerts, and more

Nest app update adds Google Smart Lock, Nest Cam motion alerts, and more

Google-owned smart home company Nest has added yet more helpful new features to its popular app. Easily one of the best looking Android apps out there, Nest manages to introduce thoughtful,
[Deal Alert] NVIDIA is having a SHIELD gaming spring sale

[Deal Alert] NVIDIA is having a SHIELD gaming spring sale

NVIDIA has recently announced that they are having a spring games sale. You can save up to 66% off the regular pricing of a few select Android and GeForce NOW streaming games. The sale starts today
Future of LTE: T-Mobile purchases big chunk of 600MHZ spectrum in FCC auction

Future of LTE: T-Mobile purchases big chunk of 600MHZ spectrum in FCC auction

Is that the sweet sound of the FCC's auction hammer striking? After bidding closed March 30th it looks like T-Mobile has picked up almost half of the frequencies that were up for sale, acquiring big
DJI 4 GO update brings clever audio recording for cached videos, 'Find My Drone,' and more

DJI 4 GO update brings clever audio recording for cached videos, 'Find My Drone,' and more

DJI, producer of popular drones such as the Mavic and Phantom 4, has just pushed a substantial update to its oft-maligned DJI GO 4 companion app. The app is integral to operating the drones' built-in
Google's new 'Style Ideas' Image Search tool brings fashion to your phone

Google's new 'Style Ideas' Image Search tool brings fashion to your phone

Google has been rolling out a series of updates to its Image Search platform on mobile devices, and the latest addition includes tools to make coordinating outfits and researching fashion a bit
Amazon will let third-parties use its microphone and speech processing tech to make Alexa devices

Amazon will let third-parties use its microphone and speech processing tech to make Alexa devices

There have been a few Alexa-enabled devices from third-parties, but only Amazon's own hardware uses its fancy far-field microphones and speech processing technology. That's going to change soon,
Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan is a goofy Daydream VR mini-game collection from Ubisoft

Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan is a goofy Daydream VR mini-game collection from Ubisoft

About a month and a half ago Ubisoft announced that a Rabbids-themed game would be coming to Google Daydream in the Spring. Well, it looks like that day has arrived. The game is called Virtual
Instagram Stories now has more users than Snapchat

Instagram Stories now has more users than Snapchat

Once upon a time, Instagram was just for sharing photos, mostly of food. But over the past year or so, the app greatly expanded in functionality. Live streaming is now supported, multi-photo posts
Meet the new guy: Ryne Hager

Meet the new guy: Ryne Hager

My background is a bit different than the other authors on Android Police, so this introductory post is going to have to be a bit different, too. To begin with, I'm not a real nerd like some of my AP