Now that more people are staying at home these days, augmented reality has the potential to become even more important. AR may not be as novel as it once was, but that doesn't mean Google isn't continually expanding its ARCore SDK to more devices to enable them to seamlessly access AR experiences like its virtual zoo.
There aren't many options for budget phones with clean Android in the United States, though HMD Global has been filling that gap over the past few years with various Nokia-branded devices. Now you can get the Nokia 5.3 for just $176.99, a savings of $23 over the usual price.
So the Surface Duo didn't quite pan out to be the perfect dual-screen phone, but there are alternatives — even if they aren't quite as physically elegant. The LG G8X is a flagship Android phone with a detachable second screen, and now you can get it unlocked for just $499.99. That's $450 lower than the original MSRP, though the phone has sold for closer to $600-700 lately.
Earlier this month, we learned that Verizon was beginning to roll out access to its low-band 5G network. Dubbed "5G Nationwide," the expanded connectivity is now rolling out to a number of 5G-capable Samsung devices, including phones from the S20 and Note20 lines, as well as a few A-series phones, too.
Google released the Nest Guard in 2017 as a simple security system with motion sensors and a keypad, but it never received an upgrade, even as other Nest devices were updated again and again. Google has now confirmed to Android Police that the Nest Guard is discontinued, though it will continue functioning.
MX Player is one of the most popular apps for playing back media content on Android devices thanks to features like picture-in-picture playback and Chromecasting local files. In the latest beta release, the app is implementing several new additions including pinch-to-zoom and in-app YouTube browsing.
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Chromebooks have been going in and out of stock over the past few months. The rise in working from home caused most popular models to become unavailable, and just as the situation was starting to improve, remote schooling caused another uptick in demand. However, there are still a few solid Chrombooks that you can get in the $200-300 range.
All of the models we've selected are fast enough to handle at least a few Chrome tabs and applications running at once, and when they're available, we try to include models with large screens. We have a dedicated guide for the best Chromebooks overall, but this list is solely focused on budget options that are actually in stock right now.
Samsung's Reminder app is well thought out and nicely designed, but suffers from a major flaw — it's only available on Samsung devices. That's okay if you're invested in the Samsung ecosystem, but many of us use a Samsung phone along with other devices from different manufacturers, and having your reminders and tasks solely on one phone isn't great. Thanks to Samsung's ongoing partnership with Microsoft, this is no longer an issue, as Samsung Reminder learns to sync with Microsoft To Do.
Assistant is one of Google's most important products, found on everything from TVs to watches. Over the years it's gotten a bit fragmented, though, with different UIs and capabilities depending on which device you're using. Thankfully, it looks like Google is currently rolling out an update which unifies the interface across phones running both the old and new versions of Assistant.
The podcasting arms race has ratcheted up another notch as satellite radio company SiriusXM has completed its acquisition of podcast production and advertising behemoth Stitcher from E.W. Scripps for $325 million. It's a big deal business-wise, but for listeners, it also means that Sirius's Pandora app is getting a cadre of top podcasts in its catalogue.