Google's Pixel 3 graduates to full sales a day ahead of schedule, while pre-orders arrive

Reviews for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL landed just earlier this week on Monday, with the earliest among us getting shipping notifications just yesterday. That means those that popped for overnight handling have already started receiving their brand new Pixels. In the same vein, the Pixel 3, 3XL, and a handful Pixel 3 accessories over on the Google Store have all also swapped over from “pre-order” to “buy.”

In the distant past, Google’s handling of pre-orders was a source of both humor and frustration, but those days are long gone. Read MoreGoogle’s Pixel 3 graduates to full sales a day ahead of schedule, while pre-orders arrive was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google explains how the new Titan M chip makes the Pixel 3 more secure

Google touched on the new Titan M security chip at last week’s Pixel unveiling, but hardware czar Rick Osterloh was vague on the details. Now, Google has provided more information about what this new piece of silicon is doing inside the Pixel 3. Not only does it make your lockscreen harder to bypass, it makes the phone’s firmware nigh unhackable with so-called “side-channel” attacks like Meltdown and Spectre.

The Titan M is Google’s second-generation custom security chip—you can see Titan M above on the right, next to the larger Titan server chip. Read MoreGoogle explains how the new Titan M chip makes the Pixel 3 more secure was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] AUKEY's new 46W USB-C PD charger is $41.60 ($15 off) with coupon code on Amazon

These days, everything from phones to laptops to game consoles uses USB Type-C. The adoption of this fancy new reversible port took some time, but things have mostly stabilized now. If you haven’t yet invested in a decent USB-C charger, AUKEY’s new one supports 46W Power Delivery, and we’ve got a coupon code that drops the $56.99 price down to $41.60.

This charger has three ports: one USB-C and two USB-A. Read More[Deal Alert] AUKEY’s new 46W USB-C PD charger is $41.60 ($15 off) with coupon code on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 Oreo is now available for the LG K20 on AT&T

Android Oreo continues to make its way to lower-end devices. This time, it’s the $120 LG K20 on AT&T. The carrier posted a support update that noted Android 8.1 is available for the phone last week. While it’s not the latest and greatest, Oreo carries with it some significant upgrades, like picture-in-picture support for certain video sources — and any news is good news for budget phones.
If you’ve got a K20 that’s not yet on 8.1, head to Settings > General > About phone > Software update to get you some of that Oreo action. Read MoreAndroid 8.1 Oreo is now available for the LG K20 on AT&T was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A DMCA failure: Play Store automated takedowns hit indie app 'Always On Display AMOLED'

Google’s history of providing support to Android developers that run into issues on the Play Store is pretty abysmal. If you have the clout of Facebook or Netflix, your whims are individually catered to, but independent developers get the short end of the automated-support stick. Yesterday, yet another indie Android app, Always On Display AMOLED, was kicked to the curb in what appears to be an overzealous, automated DMCA takedown, and in true Google fashion, the affected developer is left without recourse or a means for dispute. 
The app in question had garnered some 7 million downloads from the Play Store, and a description of its functionality is still live over at F-Droid, a popular open-source repository of Android apps and informal Play Store alternative. Read MoreA DMCA failure: Play Store automated takedowns hit indie app ‘Always On Display AMOLED’ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential decides a third of its staff isn't

Essential may be at work on making an AI-focused alternative smartphone that operates mainly on voice commands, but it’ll have to do so with a significantly reduced staff. Essential has confirmed that it is laying off a large portion of its staff, which Bloomberg reports amounts to roughly 30 percent of the 120-person workforce — mainly in the hardware and sales divisions.
In a statement to Android Police the company wrote:
This has been a difficult decision to make. Read MoreEssential decides a third of its staff isn’t was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Bonus Round] Turbo Chase, Wave Bird, Heart Attacks, PAKO Forever, Stick Sprint, and Town of Salem – The Coven

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn’t get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can’t wait for our weekly roundups, and don’t want to wade through a whole day’s worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we’ve got a slick ’80s Outrun endless runner, a delightfully minimal arcade game, a spooky endless runner with an amusing theme, the latest release in the PAKO police chase franchise, a swipe-based racing game, and a digital adaptation of the Salem party game. Read More[Bonus Round] Turbo Chase, Wave Bird, Heart Attacks, PAKO Forever, Stick Sprint, and Town of Salem – The Coven was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Eminem's new 'Venom' video shows off the Pixel 3's video prowess

On the night of October 6, New Yorkers were confused by an unusual light display on the Empire State Building. Turns out it was for the shooting of an Eminem video that was captured (at least for the most part) on Pixel 3 phones.

The video, which features Em making his way to the top of the skyscraper while performing the song “Venom” from his recent album Kamikaze, premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Read MoreEminem’s new ‘Venom’ video shows off the Pixel 3’s video prowess was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Telegram X adds support for Android Pie, new languages, and more

Back in January, secure messaging app Telegram acquired an alternative client based on its own database library. Since then, it’s rebranded the app from Challegram to Telegram X, and made it a testing ground for experimental features. An extremely fruitful testing ground. This new October update is no different from its feature-packed predecessors, delivering a ton of changes. Among the most interesting additions: the introduction of new supported languages and Android Pie features. Read MoreTelegram X adds support for Android Pie, new languages, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.