What's that strange feeling? Almost like I've seen a ghost. Oh, Google Glass isn't dead after all? That'll be it. There have been recent signs that the seemingly abandoned experimental wearable might be making a return in one form or another, more than 2 years after the Glass Explorer Program officially ended. The first was an update to the MyGlass app last month, after lying dormant for nearly 3 years. This was followed the next day by a mysterious firmware update making its way to any Glass Explorer Edition units still in use. Google has confirmed that was regular maintenance to the consumer device, and not related to this fresh news about the Glass Enterprise Edition that Alphabet's experimental X subsidiary (formerly Google[x]) has been busy working on for the last two years. Read More
There were a number of small but interesting features of Android O (Oreo? Octopus??) that popped up at Google I/O back in May, and one of those was Smart Text Selection. I'm sure we've all been frustrated when trying to select text on our phones, and this feature intends to fix that by highlighting exactly what we need with a simple double tap. Now, Google Docs is implementing this feature and it should work for anybody currently running the Android O Beta. Read More
Unlike what B&H would like you to believe, the Sony Xperia X hasn't retailed for $399 in a long time. Actually, it's been hovering around the $300 mark since the end of 2016 and has recently dipped to and stayed at $250 on Amazon. However, if B&H wants to call this a DealZone deal, then we shall call it a DealZone deal, even if it's only $20 less than other stores.
Still, you shouldn't scoff at what you get with the Xperia X. You're looking at the North American unlocked variant, which is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile (band 12 and all). Read More
Holy cow, there's an update to the YouTube for Android TV app! It has been a long time–fourteen months, to be precise–and judging by a major bump to the version number, this isn't just a bug fixer. In fact, it carries an entirely redesigned interface, not to mention a few functional changes, as well. This update probably doesn't address many of the requests users have had over the last year, but it's a great step forward and solves at least one major issue: Auto-play. Read More
Nokia and HMD Global stormed onto the Android budget phone scene earlier this year, with the Nokia 6. A few months later, the Nokia 5 and 3 were announced to complete the lineup. But many have been holding out for a modern Android Nokia flagship, which has been rumored for a few months now. Now we finally know what to expect from the phone, which should be named the 'Nokia 8.' Read More
Hot on the heels of the news that Australia would be the fifth country to get Google Home (following the US, Canada, France, and the UK), it seems the smart home assistant has now learned its third language. The official Google blog in Germany has announced that Google Home will be available in the country from next month. It was only a matter of time really, as Google Wifi was made available there last month. This just leaves Japan to come, of the countries Google said would be getting the smart speaker this summer. Read More
It's been nine months since Google Home launched in the US, but in that time, it was made available for purchase in only three other countries: Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. The story is much the same for Google Wifi, with only those three countries, along with Germany, deemed worthy enough to have it sold there. But in just a few days, our friends down under will be able to have Google Homes and Wifis of their very own. Read More
Android Wear 2.0 has had some growing pains. Many users (including some of us at AP) would rather use version 1.5, due to major changes to how notifications are displayed and other annoyances. And as with any major software update, there have been a few bugs here and there. Read More
A little over a year ago, Amazon began selling "Prime Exclusive" devices, which are unlocked phones at a discount in exchange for bloatware and ads. The program has actually been doing pretty well, with five new Prime Exclusive phones having been announced several weeks ago. But if you're okay with a slightly older device, both 16GB and 32GB flavors of Amazon's Moto G4 are being discounted. Read More
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ASTRO File Manager BETA
Those of us that have been around since the start of Android will fondly remember using Astro File Manager. Sure, it may not be regarded as one of the better file managers anymore, but it is still kicking around. Read More