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[Update: They’re back] Android TV apps now available for A&E, Lifetime, FYI, and History Channel

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Do you need to catch up on episodes of Project Runway, or do you feel like bingeing American Pickers for a few hours?

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[Update: They're back] Android TV apps now available for A&E, Lifetime, FYI, and History Channel was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google’s ill-fated messenger [Updated]

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Back in April, it was revealed that development for Allo was temporarily suspended while Google redoubled its efforts at spreading the gospel of RCS. At the time, the company reassured consumers that it was still committed to supporting Allo, but the recent news of it's expected shutdown, paired with a total absence of updates for the last ten months, casts those earlier statements into severe doubt.

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Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google's ill-fated messenger [Updated] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gestures for page forward/back may be coming to Chrome for Android

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Obviously, we prefer Android here at Android Police, but there are a handful of features from iOS that we historically envy, like iMessage, the platform's expanded app selection, and the performance of Apple's SoCs. But more minor feature from Safari that Android converts may have missed and which Chrome for Android lost long ago could be coming back. As spotted by the folks at Chrome Story, gesture-based history navigation may be coming to Chrome (i.e., swipe to go back/forward).

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Gestures for page forward/back may be coming to Chrome for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nostalgia trip: A decade of Android wallpapers, from the G1 to the Pixel 2

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

You may not have heard, but Android turned 10 this week. Over the course of the past decade, Google has loaded its phones up with tons of quality wallpapers — and here, we've tried to create a comprehensive repository of them.

This collection doesn't include live wallpapers, which are a little trickier to share, or the dozens of wallpapers available through Google's Wallpapers app. But it does feature more than 100 of the backdrops that have graced our mobile screens over the years.

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Nostalgia trip: A decade of Android wallpapers, from the G1 to the Pixel 2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android TV apps now available for A&E, Lifetime, FYI, and History Channel

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Do you need to catch up on episodes of Project Runway, or do you feel like bingeing American Pickers for a few hours? If so, you're in luck. A&E Networks has just published four new Android TV apps, each for one of its channels - Lifetime, FYI, The History Channel, and A&E.

All four applications have an identical interface, with a selection of clips and full episodes from popular shows.

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Android TV apps now available for A&E, Lifetime, FYI, and History Channel was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A brief history of Android tablets: From galaxies to gravestones

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

The year was 2010, and Apple made good on the rumor mill's predictions when it unveiled the iPad. This device was, essentially, a bigger iPhone without the phone part. It turns out that consumers were into that sort of thing, and the first modern tablet sold in huge numbers. Not to be outdone, Android OEMs began launching Android-powered slates. For a time, it seemed like Android tablets would be a thing, but sales slumped, and most current Android tablets are ultra-low-cost junk.

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A brief history of Android tablets: From galaxies to gravestones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google’s ill-fated messenger

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Two days ago it was revealed that development for Allo was temporarily suspended while Google redoubles its efforts at spreading the gospel of RCS under the more marketable name "Chat." Even so, the company has reassured consumers that it is still committed to supporting Allo. But the news makes it hard not to visualize Allo being sent to the same "still supported" farm where other Google services like Hangouts reside.

While Allo's fate hangs in limbo, let's take a look back at the service since its announcement, and speculate a bit on how it got there. 

I actually wrote a more detailed retrospective of the service last summer for the one year anniversary, but in light of recent developments and the changes since then, we thought that an updated and simplified survey of the app's history was in order.

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Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google's ill-fated messenger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hands-on: Socratic launches Android app for homework answers

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Socratic Android Release Hero

Socratic was launched for Android on May 2nd, but it has been on iOS under the name Homework Genius since last year. It has a pretty interesting premise: you take pictures of your homework, and it tells you about the topic and provides answers. How well does it actually work, though?

Pretty well, actually. I tried it out with some worksheets I found in a quick search and was pleasantly surprised.

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Hands-on: Socratic launches Android app for homework answers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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