If you're an avid gamer on Android, get ready to see quite a bit fewer of those pesky Google+ sign-in prompts. Google is rearranging things a bit in the Games API to cut back on permission dialogs and authorization requests so users have an easier time getting straight into the action. The changes should also allow game developers to take advantage of Google's Games API and services like cloud sync without asking users to trust them with account details and potentially sensitive information.
With the new model, users will only be asked to sign in once per account—just to set it up—and every subsequent new game that runs can sign in automatically. Read More
Some of the most interesting additions to Android often come from unofficial sources. Maligned though they may be, Google has incorporated many features previously only found in manufacturer skins into AOSP, and custom ROM developers add new features more or less as they feel like it, some of which are quite useful. For example, the CyanogenMod development team is working on a new integrated system for handling "locked" apps, applications that can't be accessed by the user without a password or other validation mechanism. Read More
Samsung's Gear VR headset hasn't become quite as popular as Google's Cardboard system, but not for lack of technical worthiness - Samsung's version is more sturdy and aesthetically appealing than cobbled-together headsets that have become the status quo. But if you have a compatible Samsung phone and some disposable income, it's still a great way to hop on the VR bandwagon. If you're in the market for a new Samsung phone and you live in the US, Best Buy is offering a free Gear VR with the latest flagship Samsung devices today.
The promotional page says that anyone buying or leasing a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Note 5 from the Best Buy website will be given the latest version of the Gear VR for free. Read More
It would appear that our recent editorial, which opines about things iOS does better than Android, has scored us some points in Cupertino. Today, the moment you've all been waiting for has finally arrived. Yes, you guessed it. Android Police is now available through Apple News!
From this point forward, you can use Apple's amazing News app on your favorite iOS device to catch up on all the tech news, hard-hitting commentary, and razor-sharp reviews you've come to expect from Android Police. Just imagine, you can enjoy your favorite tech news site (we ARE your favorite, right?!?!?!?!) while reveling in the better battery life, carrier integration, and messaging that's offered on that awesome iPad Air 2 that David told you to pick up for Christmas. Read More
So you've got a TV, then you add a set top box, maybe a Blu-Ray player, Sonos, and a cable box... and suddenly you've got like 20 remotes floating around. Do they breed or something? You can just put all of them in a drawer and pick up this Logitech Harmony Smart Control remote for $70 today only at Best Buy. Read More
In many Google apps and other third-party software, you see a spinning circle appear when you pull down from the top of the screen to refresh content. This pleasant little indicator is a sign that something is loading in the background, but you have permission to keep scrolling around while you wait. Read More
Amazon's little plastic cylinder packed with electronics has one purpose in life—to answer whatever inane questions you send its way throughout the day. Okay, if you happen to order products from Amazon in the process, that would be nice too, but the other stuff is more interesting.
Take, for instance, the new ability to ask Alexa (that's what you call the lady that lives inside the cylinder with all the electronics) about movies and showtimes. Read More
Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.
On this week's show: Our review of the Google Pixel C, Huawei Honor 5X, upcoming MWC news from Sony, and more!
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What would you say if I told you a smartphone Kickstarter is experiencing a delay? Would you be shocked? I bet not. It's really just par for the course. Nextbit has announced that the CDMA version of its Robin smartphone won't ship next month after all. Instead, they're expecting it to be ready in April. Read More