Wi-Fi networks that use Captive portals (like a Sign In page) can be a real headache. You connect to them, and then try to figure out why nothing is loading, and finally Android shows the 'Sign in to network' popup. Starting with Android O, the Settings app makes it more obvious that you are connected to a public Wi-Fi network. Read More
Almost a year after the app's initial release, Google updated Allo to work with a desktop client earlier this month. Like WhatsApp, the desktop app runs in your browser, and uses your phone as a proxy to send/receive messages. But for some strange reason, the app is currently limited to Chrome users. If you don't use Chrome, or simply don't want to keep an Allo tab open 24/7, this unofficial web wrapper might be for you. Read More
I'm personally not a huge fan of Android O's updated set of emoji, and judging by our poll from last month, neither are many of you. But in case you ever want to use them in your own projects, Google has uploaded all of them to GitHub. Read More
Chromebooks that support the Play Store on the stable channel are still few and far between. The ASUS C100PA, otherwise known as the Chromebook Flip, is one of them and for the next 15 hours or so, you can grab one for cheap on Woot!
This is a factory reconditioned unit, which Woot! specifies is a returned unit that has been inspected, brought back to factory state by the original manufacturer or a certified partner, and repackaged. According to the description, it's "as close to new as you can get without technically being new." That seems like a good place to start, plus the C100PA in this case is backed by a 90-day ASUS warranty. Read More
Samsung has been on a mission to add all of its apps to the Play Store recently, with the latest addition being its proprietary keyboard. The Samsung Internet Browser has been on there for a while, and earlier in the year, the South Korean company added a beta version so users could test new features. It's just been updated to v6, so let's take a look at what's changed. Read More
Like promised at Google I/O, the Google Home team has been rolling support for more music services (Spotify free, Deezer), but the new video services were yet to be seen. If you own a Google Home, you could control Netflix and send random YouTube video searches to your TV, but not more. Google had promised HBO Now, Hulu, CBS All Access, CW, and more would come and now one of them seems to be available: CBS All Access. Read More
The Sony Xperia XZ debuted in the US with a rather astronomical MSRP of $700, but ten months later, the price has calmed down to more reasonable levels. This latest figure of $399.99 with a free 64GB microSD card is one of the best offers we've seen yet, and it's available for all three colors. Read More
A teardown of Google Maps v.9.58 turned up some signs that video contributions would become a feature in the very near future. If you're registered as a Local Guide, that time has come. Or at least it's coming, this seems to have only just started rolling out to members of the program today. It doesn't seem as though the videos are actually visible from the detail views yet, but that will probably come soon enough.
A post on the Local Guides Connect forum details the basic process as it invites members to begin submitting footage. Videos can be shot from within Google Maps, but they are limited to a length of just 10 seconds. Read More
Chromebooks aren't just for a quick bit of browsing these days. Some people use them for general productivity, including those of us here at Android Police. So Chrome OS' latest addition to the Canary builds is something we can get excited about. As of a few days back, the Chrome OS Canary builds were updated to add a shortcut to a folder filled with recent-accessed files, making your work a few taps easier. Everyone loves an improved workflow. Read More
Android co-founder Andy Rubin officially unveiled the first smartphone from his new startup, the Essential Phone, back in May of this year. With a near bezel-less design, flagship specifications, and stock Android, the phone certainly seemed like a winner. But the promised 30-day shipping period came and went, with nary a word from Essential. Read More