Android Police

News

...

Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e: Specs, images, and what we know so far

Samsung will host its Unpacked event in San Francisco in a few days, on February 20, to unveil its new flagships. The Korean brand is expected to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Galaxy S lineup by announcing not one, but several devices. There have been many rumors about these phones since December, and while the wait is almost over, we wanted to give you a summary of what to anticipate next week.

Read More
...

Satechi 75W dual USB-C PD charging hub hands-on: Great for the home, office, and travel

We would love for USB-C to be as ubiquitous as possible, and to avoid using USB-A and MicroUSB cables and ports, but the truth of the matter is that we're still in a transition phase where smartphones have adopted the standard, computers are moving in that direction, and accessories are still (generally) lagging behind. If you have multiple devices that can charge over USB-C, a hub that only provides one C port isn't ideal. But those with two ports or more are still a rarity.

Aukey had the PA-Y6, but it turned out to be not up to specZeroLemon and Scoche have some options, but their low output makes them less ideal for charging laptops; and Anker just announced the 100W PowerPort Atom PD 4, but it's not yet available and should cost about $100 when it does come to market.

Read More
...

Google adds ARCore support to the Moto G7 family, Honor V20, and more

With all of the new devices that debut, Google is constantly working on adding ARCore support to the latest and greatest. The ARCore compatibility page was last updated just three weeks ago, but several more phones have just joined the club. The Moto G7 family is the most noteworthy addition, with some Chinese phones we don't get stateside added as well.

Read More
...

Tasker beta can now use WaveNet tech for natural-sounding speech, including an old lady voice

Tasker, the Android automation behemoth, is a tool limited only by your imagination — it has been used for everything from improving personal workflows to interfacing with enterprise systems. In the newest beta release, 5.7.0-beta, developer Joaomgcd demoed an interesting new feature, "Say Wavenet", which brings natural sounding Text-to-Speech to Tasker using Google's WaveNet algorithm (the same technology that powers Assistant responses).

Read More
...

Google removing ability for sites to detect Chrome Incognito Mode

While Chrome already sandboxes each tab you have open, Incognito Mode takes further steps to protect your privacy. Cookies and other locally-stored data are erased when the session ends, and history is never recorded. However, sites have been able to use well-known workarounds to determine if they were running under Incognito Mode, and Google is finally addressing them.

Read More
...

ARCore update allows developers to create Snapchat-like face filters with ease

While there aren't many practical uses (yet) for Google's ARCore library, it's still an incredible technical achievement — especially considering most of the depth-sensing is done entirely with software. ARCore 1.7 is now rolling out on the Play Store, with a new Augmented Faces API and other improvements.

Read More
...

Actions on Google now supports Chinese (traditional) language

Google Assistant can do a lot of awesome things, but that list would be much shorter without developer support. That's what Actions on Google is all about—it helps developers integrate apps and services with Assistant. Thus, you can shout at your phone and smart speakers more often. Now, developers can start supporting the Chinese (traditional) language in their Actions.

Read More
...

OnePlus adds Google Duo integration to OxygenOS Phone app

If you have a OnePlus phone, and you've been paying close attention to the changelogs, you may have noticed that the last OxygenOS update included better integration with Google Duo. OnePlus has now officially announced the new functionality, and explained how it came to be added.

Read More
...

New Samsung smartwatch, fitness trackers, and earbuds all confirmed in major leak

Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event is fast approaching and we know the event will primarily focus on its flagship S10 series of phones. According to previous leaks and rumors, it's also likely that we'll see some new wearable devices on February 20, something Samsung has all but confirmed with an accidental leak.

Read More
...

Google plans to let preloaded apps update via Google Play even if you don't log in

The odds are good that you sign into a Google account as soon as you turn on a new phone. What if you don't, though? Well, none of the Google apps on your phone will work, and that includes the Play Store. Thus, pre-installed apps are cut off from updates. Google is looking to change that soon.

Read More