Google is relentless in putting all but its most successful ventures out to pasture — it's one of our least favorite things about the company. Only a week has passed since the imminent removal of its Wifi app was scheduled for June, and already, Google is back for more. This time, the search giant has set its sights on Google Shopping, as the company plans to shut down its dedicated mobile app within the next few weeks.
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Customization has always been a key benefit of the Android ecosystem. And while a new wallpaper may not be as immersive as a fresh launcher or an icon pack, it can still go a long way in setting your device apart from the rest. To help you out, we're giving away free wallpapers in every edition of the Android Police Newsletter. Here's how you can get the next one.
Outside of their respective price tags, both of Google's most recent Pixel phones have a lot in common, including some special offers for shoppers. Anyone who purchased either Pixel between last October and the upcoming end of this month gained access to a promotion, earning 600 Play Points just for buying the phone. Users could redeem these points for Play Store credit or in-game items with apps like Candy Crush Saga and Pokemon Go. If you hadn't redeemed your Play Points yet — or you weren't even aware this deal existed — you'll need to keep waiting. Google has suspended the promotion after detecting "technical issues" with the campaign.
Google is responding to reports from multiple sources claiming that its Pixel 5a phone has been canceled, saying that it expects to launch a version of the device in the U.S. and Japan later this year.
Samsung is probably the best-known manufacturer of Android devices on the planet — you've likely known some less-tech-savvy people who refer to Android phones on the whole as "Galaxies." That's both because its devices are generally competent and well marketed, and also because the South Korean giant makes roughly a billion models at every conceivable price point. So, if you're looking to buy, how do you choose? Here, we break down your options — from super-premium to the bare necessities.
Some Pixel owners have noticed over the last couple of monthly updates that their phones have lost Widevine L1 status, falling to L3 and rendering them incapable of playing back some DRM-protected content at high quality. More simply, that means they can't play HD content in apps and services like Netflix. By far the majority of devices are not affected and the cause isn't immediately clear. Google tells us it's aware of these reports and working on a fix, and devices from other manufactures may also be affected.
Samsung's latest Galaxy Buds Pro are some of the best true wireless earbuds you can buy today. With great sound quality and active noise-canceling built-in, they're tough to beat. While a new set of Buds Pro usually runs you $200, you can grab a pair for yourself and one for a friend for $75 off your total purchase.