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Android 9 Pie stable is rolling out to the Xiaomi Mi A2

Friday, November 16th, 2018

The stable release of Android 9 Pie appears to be going out to Xiaomi Mi A2 handsets right now. It includes lots of the features Pixel phones have now had for some time, including adaptive battery, gesture navigation (crap though it may be), and app actions.

The Mi A2 is an Android One phone, so it's not unexpected that it would be among the first non-Google phones to get stable Pie — it probably should have come a little sooner, if anything.

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Android 9 Pie stable is rolling out to the Xiaomi Mi A2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Huawei Mate 20 review: One of the best phones the US is missing out on

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Huawei's Mate 20 Pro might take the company's ultimate flagship title this generation, but the slightly lower-end Mate 20 is still a phone worth considering with its own strengths. It swaps a 1440p OLED display for a 1080p IPS panel, drops camera resolutions, and loses both the in-display fingerprint sensor and laser-based facial recognition. Still, for 20% less you get plenty of phone, arguably a more attractive design, and one of the best cameras in the world of Android.

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Huawei Mate 20 review: One of the best phones the US is missing out on was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Last day to enter] We’re giving away 40 BESTEK 30W USB Chargers [US]

Friday, November 16th, 2018

There is no doubt that the BESTEK 30W USB Charger is perfect for compact spaces and travel. So if you require a few more accessible USB ports on your work desk or out in the field, then I have a feeling this 30W USB Charger might be precisely what you have been looking for. This is why we are excited to announce that AP and BESTEK have teamed up to give away 40 of them.

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[Update: Last day to enter] We're giving away 40 BESTEK 30W USB Chargers [US] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Optoma’s NuForce BE Free5 earbuds deliver premium sound at a great price [Sponsored Post]

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Now that just about every smartphone manufacturer (except Samsung) has dropped headphone jacks on their flagship devices, it's as good a time as ever to pick up some Bluetooth headphones. Optoma has produced several generations of wireless earbuds, and one of its latest models offers spectacular sound at a great price — the $99 NuForce BE Free5.

The NuForce BE Free5 is a pair of truly wireless earbuds, with dynamic graphene drivers and AAC support that provide fantastic audio quality and deep bass.

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Optoma's NuForce BE Free5 earbuds deliver premium sound at a great price [Sponsored Post] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony’s PlayJ app lets you screen share games and watch videos with friends [APK Download]

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Sony has just released a new app called PlayJ for users who want to share experiences with their friends. Mobile gamers can stream their playing action to another person's device so they can watch, and videos can also be viewed together remotely.

The app is currently in beta but it's not exclusive to Sony Xperia phones so anyone can try it out. Once you've signed in with your Google or Facebook account, you'll be able to select a game and invite a friend to share your screen with.

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Sony's PlayJ app lets you screen share games and watch videos with friends [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Winners] We’re giving away three portable power stations from Jackery, plus 15% off coupons for everyone else [US]

Friday, November 16th, 2018

If you are looking for a portable power supply solution, then look no further than Jackery's full portable power supply lineup. Today we have three separate stations on offer. The first is the Jackery Power Bar, and it offers the perfect portable solution for your AC power supply needs. The second is the Jackery Explorer 160, and it's a more robust option for when the Power Bar doesn't quite cut it. And last we have the Jackery Explorer 240, which is the big boy of the bunch, should you ever require a whopping 240Wh capacity while out and about.

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[Update: Winners] We're giving away three portable power stations from Jackery, plus 15% off coupons for everyone else [US] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Deals page is live, sales start 11/22] These are the Google Store’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Couldn't afford a Pixel 3 when it first came out? Google's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals significantly reduce the overall price of Google's latest smartphone in the US. Beginning with pre-Black Friday offers, Google has shared several new deals on its latest smartphone and other Made by Google products.

Pre-Black Friday and on the day itself, Google tells us it is offering the following (pretty impressive) Pixel 3 discounts:

  • Buy one Pixel 3 or 3 XL and get the second phone for up to 50 percent off (November 16th to 21st).
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[Update: Deals page is live, sales start 11/22] These are the Google Store's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

CrossOver for Chrome OS adds support for Quicken 2018 and Chromeboxes

Friday, November 16th, 2018

CrossOver is a compatibility layer, based on the open-source Wine project, that allows Mac and Linux users to run Windows software. The first beta release for Chrome OS arrived in 2016, and it has continued to improve since then.

Another update is now rolling out on the Play Store, with general improvements and official support for Quicken (a popular finance management tool). Here's the full changelog:

  • Core technology update to Wine 3.14.
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CrossOver for Chrome OS adds support for Quicken 2018 and Chromeboxes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Fingerprint ‘master keys’ created with neural network could break into your phone

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Working with biometrics is always a balancing act. With passwords, authentication is simple — either it matches or it doesn't. But when that "password" is part of a user's body, whether a face scan, iris match, or just a regular old fingerprint, systems have to anticipate and account for a little bit of wiggle room. After all, you don't want that face scan failing because you got a pimple, or your fingerprint rejected because you touch the sensor at a slightly different angle each time.

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Fingerprint 'master keys' created with neural network could break into your phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Call Screen is starting to hit some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones

Friday, November 16th, 2018

The Pixel 3 launched with Call Screen, which allows Assistant to "answer" by asking who's calling and offering ways to respond to calls. At the event, Google promised that the feature would trickle down to the older Pixel and Pixel 2 phones in November. We're halfway through the month, and it looks like Call Screen is indeed starting to hit some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones.

We've gotten one tip from a reader with a Pixel 2 XL, and there's a post in r/GooglePixel showing it on a Pixel 2.

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Call Screen is starting to hit some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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