[Update: Now $1,234] The high-end Google Pixelbook (Core i7/512GB) is just $1,275 ($374 off) on Amazon, extra 10% discount for Prime Student members

Update 1: 2018/12/12 4:36pm PST

The price has dropped even further to $1,234. This is the lowest price we’ve seen the i7 Pixelbook at by far, so it might be worth consideration if you’ve been

The vast majority of Pixelbook buyers out there won’t need a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, but if you’re one of the few who do, you’re in luck. Amazon is currently offering the highest-end Pixelbook for just $1,275, a discount of $374 from the $1,649 MSRP. Read More[Update: Now $1,234] The high-end Google Pixelbook (Core i7/512GB) is just $1,275 ($374 off) on Amazon, extra 10% discount for Prime Student members was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download]

When the Pixel 3 debuted two months back, Google made sure its new flagship lineup was adorned with all the latest bells and whistles, introducing us to a whole bunch of new features in the process. From the get-go, we were curious to learn which of these might also make their way to older Pixel phones, and when. Over the past few weeks more and more have been expanding to new devices, and the latest to spread the love is Playground and its Playmoji packs, now formally available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Read MoreGoogle Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more

The Lenovo Smart Display was our first taste of Assistant’s screen-first experience, but the Home Hub came out more recently with new features. The other smart displays aren’t dead, though. Lenovo is rolling out the “R5” update today that adds some refinements and new features to the display.

Lenovo was good enough to include a detailed changelog, so here it is.

UPDATED COOKBOOK FEATURE
Planning meals just got easier. Cookbook is your virtual cookbook that allows you to find recipes on your smart display and save them for later. Read MoreLenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties

Every few months, Google adds some new language variants to Gboard. This time around, a whopping 50+ language varieties have been added, most of which you probably haven’t heard of. Unfortunately, Google hasn’t divulged every single addition, though there are some that are name-dropped.

Without further ado, here’s the list of 31 mentioned:

Alas
Amis
Brahui
Choctaw
Gayo
Giryama
Gorontalo
Gusii
Hehe
Iban
Jingpho
Kadazandusun
Kamba
Kekchi
Konkomba
Konzo
Kumyk
Lugbara
Luo
Makasaar
Meru
Nande
Nkore
Nyaturu
Sasak
Teso
Tooro & Wayuu
Karelian
Komi-Permyak
Eastern Oromo
Trinidadian Creole English

Unfortunately, because Google didn’t provide all of the names in the changelog and the support page hasn’t yet been updated, we’re still missing over 19 entries from that list. Read MoreGboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

32 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Another day is here, so let’s get through another list of app sales. Today’s is quite small, so it shouldn’t take you long to get through it. Have fun and be sure to stop by on Friday for the last round of the week.
Free
Apps
nBubble Unlocker $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
AppSearch Unlocker $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Smart Wi-Fi Hotspot PRO $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
nBubble Pro – Notifications in bubble $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Correlate – Symptoms Diary And Habits Tracker Pro $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
App Usage Tracker – Monitor, Track and Report $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Protector – Parental control & Child lock $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
YoWindow Weather $2.98 -> $1.79; Sale ends in 5 days
Speccy Spectrum Analyzer $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Step by Step HD $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Blacklist Pro – Call & SMS Blocker (Ad Free) $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
Games
Gold Miner Vegas: Nostalgic Arcade Game $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
Monkey GO Happy $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
World War 3 – Global Conflict (Tower Defence) $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
Cat in the Woods VIP $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Cavern Crawler + DLC $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
League of Stickman: (Dreamsky)Warriors $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Paranormal Territory $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Paranormal Territory 2 $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Dead Bunker 4 Apocalypse $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Hills Legend HD $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Idle Heroes of Hell – Clicker & Simulator Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Charlie’s Planet $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Colorful dots: fun puzzle game $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Galaxy Warrior Classic $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Maze Planet 3D Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Galaxy Defense – Strategy Game $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Kingdom Defense 2: Empire Warriors – Tower defense $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Icon packs & customization
Dinosaurs 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
Planetscape 3D Live Wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
HD Wallpapers + Pro $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Pure – Icon Pack ( Flat Design ) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Sale
Apps
SayIt Full Unlock $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Learn Korean – Language & Grammar Learning Pro $5.99 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Learn Spanish Language: Listen, Speak, Read Pro $3.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
World Map PRO $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
A Charlie Brown Christmas $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 6 days
PM guide for field Vets $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Vibro. Read More32 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can now donate to charity from the Play Store on your phone

Google is rolling out a new feature to the Play Store, but this one isn’t aimed at getting you to install more apps or give Google more money. Check out the new donation hub in the Play Store, and you can give money directly to charities doing good things in the world. Google says that 100% of your donation goes right to the organizations you choose.

Here are the non-profits participating in the Google Play donation program. Read MoreYou can now donate to charity from the Play Store on your phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Minecraft 1.8 adds pandas, bamboo, and crossbows

A new update was recently pushed out for the Bedrock edition of Minecraft. It brings everyone’s favorite black and white bear the panda, along with bamboo that’s useful for creating scaffolding. Crossbows have also been added, which seems like an outlier compared to the pandas and bamboo. But hey, if you’ve ever felt the urge to shoot a panda with a crossbow, now’s your chance thanks to the Minecraft 1.8 update. Read MoreMinecraft 1.8 adds pandas, bamboo, and crossbows was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Oppo R17 Pro and OnePlus 6T are twins separated at birth – but why?

OnePlus is something of a Cinderella story in the smartphone world. It seemed to appear out of nowhere, releasing a phone with numbers that matched the best the likes of Samsung and HTC had to offer – and did it at half the price. The OnePlus One went viral in a way few products do, and the rest is history (well, as much as four years can be “history”). OnePlus just keeps improving on that formula, most recently with the excellent OnePlus 6T, which I’ve had a chance to use for the last few weeks. Read MoreThe Oppo R17 Pro and OnePlus 6T are twins separated at birth – but why? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

NVIDIA SHIELD upgrade 7.2 adds Amazon Music, customizable Quick Settings, and more

We just got done telling you that the SHIELD Android TV is still a great device three years after release in part because it keeps getting updates. NVIDIA isn’t stopping the updates, either. A new upgrade to the SHIELD is rolling out today with Amazon Music integration, NAS improvements, customizable Quick Settings, and more.

The 7.2 upgrade includes a few headlining features and a raft of smaller tweaks. Here’s the full list. Read MoreNVIDIA SHIELD upgrade 7.2 adds Amazon Music, customizable Quick Settings, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 65 enters beta, adds support for WebP images

Firefox for Android is pretty great these days, and it’s about to get a bit better. Firefox 65 just entered the beta channel, and it includes support for a long-awaited web feature — WebP images.
WebP is an image format developed by Google, and is based on the VP8 video codec used by WebM. It supports both lossy and lossless compression, making it a competitor to JPEG and PNG, respectively. Read MoreFirefox 65 enters beta, adds support for WebP images was written by the awesome team at Android Police.