Smartwatches don't seem to be gaining the cultural cachet that Google was hoping they would, but cheaper and more basic fitness monitors continue to do well even among the non-techy crowd. Just ask Fitbit, which is apparently flush enough to buy Pebble lock, stock, and barrel. The company's latest minimalist fitness tracker is the Alta HR, announced today and heading to retailers in April for $149.95. The Alta HR is an upgraded version of the current Alta, which adds a full-time heart rate sensor to the basic design. Read More
Factory images for the March 2017 security update for most supported Pixel and Nexus devices are now up on Google's developer sites here and here. That includes the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Nexus 9 (+LTE), and Nexus 6. Builds for the Pixels are NOF27B for all variants except devices on Rogers, which should use build NOF27C.
The Nexus Player appears to be left out of the March updates at this point.
You can find the accompanying security bulletin here, which as usual lists a significant number of security threats that have now been eliminated. Read More
LineageOS, the successor to the ill-fated CyanogenMod project, has already achieved hundreds of thousands of active installs. Many former CM developers have moved to the new project, and just like CyanogenMod, LineageOS is rapidly expanding to more devices. Several new devices are now supported by LineageOS 14.1, including the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Galaxy Note 8 tablet, and more. Read More
Adobe added native photo capture to the Lightroom app a while back, and you can get some pretty good results with support for RAW photo capture on many devices. In the latest update, Adobe has taken photo captures a step further with support for RAW HDR capture. Only a few phones are supported right now, but the update is live in the Play Store. Read More
There's less than a month remaining until the Galaxy S8's March 29 debut, and most of the phone's details have already been leaked. We've seen press shots, in-the-wild photos, and more. However, one aspect of the launch that's been up in the air is the phone's release date. Famed leaker @evleaks is now claiming that Samsung's next flagship will be released around the world on April 28th. Read More
Android fans in India are getting two new phone choices from Samsung today in the form of the Galaxy A5 and A7. Those names will be familiar, but these are the new 2017 edition A-series phones. They've got improved internals, water-resistant design, and Samsung Pay support. They're not too spendy, either. Read More
Samsung has a tendency to make its own Android applications with little-to-no advantages over the Google equivalents. However, the Samsung Internet browser has a few features that Chrome for Android doesn't. Now the company has made a beta version of the browser downloadable from the Google Play Store. Read More
Android Police is searching for two new contributors to add to our growing roster. One of these contributors should be based in the United States, the other in Europe or the UK. (As to the latter, ideally, we are looking for a UK contributor.) Read More
With more and more Android devices today losing support for removable batteries (the LG V20 is virtually the only mainstream competitor that still features this), consumers are being forced to look to heftier, more powerful chargers and portable batteries. In line with that, Anker is discounting a 5-port wall charger and a 20,000mAh battery, both equipped with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, for today as part of Amazon's Deal of the Day. Read More