Android Police

Android OS

10

Suunto 7 is the Finnish brand's first Wear OS smartwatch, and it comes with offline maps

Finnish exploration and sports specialist Suunto has just announced its first Wear OS smartwatch, and it comes with one especially neat trick up its sleeve. The Suunto 7 features full-color offline outdoor maps so you can follow your live location no matter where you are. This rugged watch and sports tracker isn't cheap at just under $500, but its feature-set might just make it worth the money.

Read More
48

Asus abandons plans to update Zenfone 4 to Android 9 Pie (Update: Surprise new beta)

Asus doesn't have the best track record for updating its phones, but it was really making an effort earlier this year with it rolled out an Android 9 beta for the Zenfone 4. Unfortunately, Asus' resolve has faded, and there won't be a final Pie update. It says the Zenfone 4 will continue to get Oreo maintenance updates. You know... if you still believe Asus.

Read More
73

Google is testing floating conversations in Messages, uses Android 10's "bubble" feature

Android has been experimenting with floating bubble notifications for some time now, but there have been no apps with which to use the feature despite the option being available within the developer menu. XDA had uncovered that Google was testing the new bubble functionality in its Messages app, and they have now managed to enable it. Implemented in the app, it works very similarly to Facebook Chat heads, and if eventually enabled by Google, will let you view entire conversations in addition to replying.

Read More
11

Galaxy S9 and Note9 inch closer to official Android 10 release with One UI 2.0 beta 4 and 5

Just last month, Samsung revealed its One UI 2.0 roadmap that outlined plans to push Android 10 to flagship Galaxy devices from the past two years, most notably the S10, Note10, S9, and Note9 series. With this year quickly coming to a close, Samsung has ramped up efforts to finalize One UI 2.0 for its January 2020 launch. Just one week after beta 3 dropped for the Galaxy S9/S9+, the fourth Android 10 beta for these devices is now available in India and the UK.

Read More
54

Android may finally stop splitting video recordings into 4GB chunks

Phone cameras have changed a lot in just a few years. Not too long ago, we were all recording VGA-resolution movies to send to friends and family, and now many flagship phones are capable of recording at 4K resolution and at higher frame rates. Android's camera application still won't save videos larger than 4GB, splitting long recordings into multiple files in the process, but that might finally be fixed.

Read More
11

Oppo's new mid-range 5G phones are the Reno 3 and Reno3 Pro

After showcasing its works-in-progress during the media rodeo known as Innovation Day, Oppo has decided to kick into gear on 5G with two new mid-range phones featuring two completely different chipsets, but with head-to-head spec sheets. The most apparent gap between the Reno3 and Reno3 Pro, though? The price.

Read More
3

The fourth-generation Fossil Sport smartwatch is selling for $104 again ($45 off)

If you're looking for a new smartwatch, the Fossil Sport is worth considering. It's powered by Wear OS and comes with all the essentials you need. When it came out, it was selling for $275, but thanks to this deal, you can pay just $104 for it, making it an attractive purchase.

Read More
5

Electronic music radio DI.FM finally adds Android Auto support (Update: Other genres, too)

Electronic music fans must've been particularly nice this year as the popular electronic music radio app DI.FM gave them an early Christmas present: The latest update to the application finally adds Android Auto support, a feature some people have been wanting for more than a year already.

Read More
33

Action Launcher v45 adds Android 10 gesture navigation support, ActionDash enhancements, and more

The initial Android 10 release wasn't playing nicely with third-party launchers — to use the new navigation gestures, you were forced to stick with Google's Pixel Launcher. The December feature drop (which sadly still hasn't arrived on all Pixel phones) changed that and finally added gesture navigation support for third-party solutions. Action Launcher is one of the first to take advantage of this with a new version that also brings along improvements to the app's take on Digital Wellbeing and its Quicktheme UI customization engine.

Read More
93

Five of the best new features in Samsung One UI 2.0

Samsung One UI is the company's custom flavor of Android, with a different design and added features compared to regular stock Android. Samsung introduced it last year as the company's version of Android 9 Pie, and now that Android 10 has arrived, One UI 2.0 is rolling out to a lot of Samsung phones.

One UI 2.0 isn't the massive design overhaul that the original One UI was, but it does manage to add a few new features — some based on stock Android 10 functionality, and some entirely new options. These are the best features in Samsung One UI 2.0.

Read More