A truly useful piece of software? From Samsung? Color me surprised, too, but the company's new Game Tuner app is nothing short of incredibly handy for mobile gamers. As you may well know, playing visually-intensive games on your smartphone can demolish the battery fairly quickly. While most such games render at 1080p even on 2K displays like Samsung's, such resolutions can be big draws on both your remaining juice and your device's processor, causing throttling (and thus slowdowns) and excessive power drain. Read More
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Ski Safari 2
Android Police coverage: Have A Blast Sliding Until You Die – Ski Safari 2 Is Now Available On The Play Store
The original Ski Safari was well-received thanks to high production values and a laser focus on the basics of the runner genre. Read More
When it comes to odd brand-licensed product mashups, typically you can count on Japan for a laugh here and there, but today, it's China bringing the chuckles. With a Pepsi-branded smartphone. No, I don't know why. But why not?
The Pepsi P1 is, by all accounts, an extremely forgettable cookie-cutter Chinese Android phone you'd find on Alibaba for about $150. It has a large 5.5" 1080p display, a MediaTek processor, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, and 13MP/5MP cameras. Read More
The most recent Humble Mobile Bundle has been live for a week, and that means two things. First, there are more games in the bundle. Second, we're giving away 10 codes that entitle you to the full selection of games. Yay. Read More
OnePlus started selling the OnePlus 2 a few months ago, but "selling" is a charitable way to put it. You needed an invite to get the device, and those weren't easy to come by. Today you can get it sans invite if you act fast. Buying a smartphone without an invite? How very novel. Other companies should try this. Read More
Tag Heuer is a Swiss luxury watchmaker. Like most luxury watchmakers, its sole purpose is to convince you, the [probably male] consumer, through various lifestyle marketing and product placement deals that its product is for people who know what's up. It's hip. It's happening. It's trendy. It's classic. It's now. It's timeless - and it tells time. Also, something about precision Swiss engineering that doesn't really matter. Oh, and it will totally make you both attractive and fit in with wealthy people!
Above, you can see a silhouetted image of the company's upcoming smartwatch. It's a watch. It will tell time. Read More
Sony's open device project was launched to allow developers to run AOSP Android builds on many of Sony's devices. The company has been keeping up the software support for this program, and has even added new devices frequently. Now, Sony's latest flagships are joining the open initiative. You can grab the Marshmallow software binaries for the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact right now. Read More
Hangouts for Android version 5.0 is rolling out to some users now, and it brings... nothing new in the way of features that we can find, actually. We do know this version is supposed to fix the broken animated GIF support that was an annoyance in Hangouts 4 (confirmed: they're fixed), but otherwise, you probably aren't going to notice much. There appear to be some very slight animation changes here and there, as well as a brief splash screen that pops up when the app opens to the main conversation view that wasn't present in the previous version (4.2).
It's possible you might spot some other subtle changes - for example, I noticed at least one checkbox toggle was a brighter shade of green, hooray - but this particular release of Hangouts seems to be mostly about under-the-hood adjustments. Read More
The Note 5 is like the Note 4, but newer. Actually, while that introduction would generally be true, this year's model received the drastic redesign Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S6. Bye bye plastic and microSD card slot, hello glass and... no microSD card slot. Read More
Amazon's Gold Box deal today includes a ton of flash memory from Crucial and Lexar. However, most of it is of little relevance to Android devices. I mean, unless there's a phone or tablet with a 2.5-inch SATA drive I'm not aware of. What you can get are these Lexar microSD cards. They're up to 66% off. Read More