Allo has steadily added more functionality since launch, including more chatbots. The first was Lucky, a bot that can search for GIFs from a given word or phrase. Another one has now appeared in Allo, allowing users to create polls.Read More
2017 is supposed to be the year of VR. (Or was it 2016?) As such, I'm curious how many of you are doing your virtual duty to the tech trend overlords and engaging with this content. Mobile VR headsets are all the rage right now, with players coming out of the woodwork all over the place in an effort to get in on the ground floor of the VR revolution.
Except, I'm curious if you, bleeding-edge tech enthusiasts, actually even care about or use VR (or, have used it more than a handful of times after relegating your headset to an indefinite residence in the closet).Read More
If you head over to myaccount.google.com/dashboard, you'll find there's a listing for the Play Store on this repository of your various Google account stats. The figure is "installed apps," which is the number of apps Google knows you have installed on devices over your entire account history.Read More
We run this poll occasionally in various forms, but as we near six months since Android 7.0 Nougat was uploaded to AOSP, it feels like a good time to figure out how many of our readers are on the newest version of the OS. And, if not, what version are you on?
Obviously, I expect a great deal of you are running Android 7.0, because a great deal of Android Police readers are Nexus and, now, Pixel owners. So, you've probably had it for a while. What will be interesting is to compare these figures side by side with those Google publishes monthly in its platform distribution chart.Read More
Google Opinion Rewards is an awesome app Google released around two-and-a-half years ago that allows you to answer survey questions and receive Play Store credit as a form of payment. It's pretty much a win-win for all involved.
While it's not available everywhere in the world, Google has done a pretty decent job expanding Opinion Rewards across the globe, and now we're curious to know just how much Play Store credit you've banked with it.
Currently, I've manage to rack up $63.79 in Play Store credit since I started using it in May 2014, which doesn't seem bad at all, but I know I've heard from some of you that have been in the hundreds of dollars for some time.Read More
ZTE's crowdsourced phone, the ZTE Hawkeye, hasn't done remarkably well since it was announced at CES. The Kickstarter campaign has only raised 7% of the $500,000 goal, and funding has only increased by $4,000 in the past six days. Now ZTE is going back to the community, asking what could be done to improve the device.Read More
As the content we consume on our smartphones becomes ever richer - HD videos, high-bitrate music, complex webpages - it seems inevitable that our data usage on mobile networks is just going to keep going up, up, up.
But as our need for more and more gee-bees grows with each passing year, our mobile data plans may not keep up with our demands, and we're forced to pace ourselves to avoid overage fees or reduced service. This week's poll asks just how much mobile data (i.e., not Wi-Fi) you use personally.
For the purpose of this poll, do not include the consumption of your entire family, just your own.Read More
The war for your television's operating system (or, the operating system / platform you use to display content on it) is heating up. CES saw a refresh of the loved SHIELD Android TV console, and a new such box from Dish. We also saw Alexa on TVs, as well as continued attempts by the likes of Samsung and LG to push their own smart TV solutions.
So, I wanted to get a snapshot of what kind of smart TV system you're using here at the beginning of 2017. I'm allowing multiple answers on this poll, because I think people definitely may use a variety of platforms depending on both the TV and the content they're consuming, as not all platforms offer all services or features.Read More
OK, bear with me: this one is kind of weird. But I've been thinking about it for, oh, five minutes now, and I've realized that I've never really considered what hand I predominantly hold my smartphone with. I'm left-handed, but my right hand is my dominant smartphone hand. My theory is that this is largely because I use a computer mouse with my right hand, and always have. Not to mention I keep my smartphone in my right-front pocket, so a cross-reach with my left hand would be really awkward (not that I couldn't easily keep it in the left pocket, though).Read More
We know just about all there is to know about the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL. Well, except exactly how much each model will cost - that one has remained elusive, even as we're a mere two days from the official launch. But hardware-wise, we know Google's new top-tier devices will feature Snapdragon 821 chipsets, likely four-carrier US compatibility, 32 or 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, 12MP and 8MP rear and front cameras, USB-C ports, and 5 and 5.5" displays. The only real differences will come in regard to price, display resolution and size, and battery capacity.
The smaller Pixel is expected to start at $649 for the 32GB model.Read More