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August security update for Nexus and Pixel devices is live

It's that time of the month again - Google has released the August security patch for Android, and it's available to install on Pixel and Nexus devices right now. As always, you can either wait for the update to be pushed to you, or sideload it manually.

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OnePlus drops 3 icon packs into the Play Store, but only for the OnePlus 5

There are roughly one zillion icon packs in the Play Store, so do you actually need more? OnePlus thinks that, yes, you do. It has released three icon packs in the Play Store for use with its own OnePlus launcher. While not technically new, they're new to the Play Store.

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[Featured Deal Alert] Get an AP-exclusive 35% discount on ICONIC battery cases for the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus

So long as our phones are this thin, we're all going to spend some time sweating their battery life. And we all know there's nothing less fun than having to attach yourself to an outlet when you're out doing something else. One of the most convenient ways to extend your battery life is to get a case with a built-in battery.

If you're an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, you're in luck. ICONIC is offering a coupon exclusive to Android Police readers for 35% off their S8/S8 Plus battery cases, normally $40 but just $25.99 with the coupon.

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OnePlus 5 now available in Soft Gold for a limited time

If you're the sort that strives for that extra bit of tasteful ostentation, OnePlus' two original colors might not have made the cut. Gray and black are a bit bland, after all. As of today, those that match their metals (or those who intentionally don't) have another choice when it comes to the OnePlus 5. It can now be purchased in Soft Gold with a white face. 

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T-Mobile's new ONE Unlimited 55+ plan allows people over 55 years of age to get two lines for only $60

In the past few years, T-Mobile has been going after younger customers with offers like (480p) videos not counting towards data caps, free things every week with T-Mobile Tuesdays, and so on. But now, the magenta-themed company is going after older people, specifically those over 55 years of age, with its new ONE Unlimited 55+ plan. Surprisingly, it's a pretty good deal.

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active announced for AT&T, pre-order availability tomorrow

After the last few weeks of leaks, it has finally been announced. Samsung's new Galaxy S8 Active will be available for pre-order tomorrow, August 8th, as a limited-time exclusive for AT&T. In-store availability for AT&T will start this upcoming Friday, August 11th. If you are interested, try to keep your current phone dry until then. The Galaxy S8 Active will run you $28.34 a month for 30 months via AT&T Next®. 

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Chrome now asks users in Russia to choose a search engine

Anyone who's been following technology news for long enough will remember Microsoft's infamous browser ballot screen in Europe, which was a result of antitrust action against the company for pushing Internet Explorer. Google is facing a lot of regulatory pressures in Russia right now, so it's doing something similar. When opening Chrome for Android in Russia, users are being asked to choose a default search engine.

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: 28 readers will win 4 BrexLink 6.6-foot braided USB-C cables ($22 value) [US]

More and more of us are getting devices that use USB-C cables for charging and data transfer every day. That means your stash of microUSB cables compiled over the years will do you no good when it comes to the various "charging stations" you might have set up at home and work.

If you can relate, this giveaway is for you. Each of the 28 winners will get 4 (!) 6-foot long, braided cables from Brexlink.

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Reminder tip: Disable Wi-Fi during sleep to dramatically increase idle battery life on tablets and devices you don't often use

Many of us have a tablet or an extra phone (or more) that we keep lying around the house or office for media use, for reading or browsing, for testing, or maybe even as remote controls for smart home appliances. Thing is, 8 times out of 10, when you pick up this tablet or phone to use it, you discover the battery is completely drained because you forgot to put it on the charger and you haven't used it in a while so you didn't notice the low battery level.

The issue is multi-fold and hard to diagnose: sometimes there's a sleep bug in the processor, sometimes your Wi-Fi network is jammed and exacerbates the battery drain, and sometimes you have so many things syncing in the background that the device is constantly working and never really idle.

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[Update: Now $188.99] Deal Alert: Get a Google Home and Philips Hue Color Starter Kit for $228.99 ($100 off) at Best Buy

 

Just getting started on your project to make your home smarter? If so, Best Buy may have just the thing for you. You can now purchase a Google Home and a third-generation Philips Hue Color A19 Starter Kit for just $228.99 - a savings of about $100 if you were to buy them separately.

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