August Smart Lock on sale for $100 ($50 off) at Amazon

Did you lock the door? Are you sure? The only way to be positive is to go and check, and walking is such a hassle. A smart lock like the one offered by August can fix that. It’s on sale today on Amazon for $99.99, which is $50 less than MSRP.

The August lock is unique among smart door locks because it doesn’t replace your existing deadbolt. It just attaches on top of the lock to open it manually when triggered. Read MoreAugust Smart Lock on sale for $100 ($50 off) at Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Anker's Soundcore Bluetooth speakers, earbuds, and headphones are up to $30 off today on Amazon

Anker sells all manner of affordable, well-received audio gadgets under its Soundcore label: headphones, earbuds, speakers, you name it. Today, several of the company’s most popular Soundcore accessories are on sale on Amazon for as much as $30 off.

Deals include Soundcore Space noise-canceling over-ear headphones for $68.99 (down from $84.49); the Flare+ Bluetooth speaker for $69.99 (from $99.99); the Motion B speaker for $25.19 (from $35.99), and Spirit X sport Bluetooth earbuds for $27.99 (originally $39.99). Read MoreAnker’s Soundcore Bluetooth speakers, earbuds, and headphones are up to $30 off today on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop

Earlier today, our buds over at Chrome Unboxed spotted a new progressive web app by Google called Chrome Canvas. It’s a very simple sketching/doodling app that works best on devices like Chromebooks with stylus-based input, but it will also run on your desktop or phone. The new app is showing up as an installed app on some Chromebooks running Dev and Canary channels, but you can pull it down manually on other devices right now. Read MoreGoogle Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google's new Material theme rolls out to Calendar on the web

Something new is slowly but surely making its way into a web browser near you. Yes, the updated Material theme is coming to Google Calendar. This is not completely unexpected. Google has been updating its sites in recent months, and the Android app got a fresh coat of paint this fall.

Unlike some Google apps, the Calendar update is on the subtle side. See below for some quick comparisons. You’re mostly looking at new buttons, those hollow icons, and font tweaks. Read MoreGoogle’s new Material theme rolls out to Calendar on the web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Police is looking for a dedicated freelance news writer in the US or Canada

Android Police has grown a lot in the eight-plus years I’ve been here, and next year will mark a decade the site itself has been around. It’s hard to believe where we are now compared to then, having since launched APK Mirror, completely redesigned the site, and introduced a number of new faces on the team. People I hired two and a half years ago – like Corbin, Jordan, and Richard – are still “the new guys” in my mind, even though they’re all people I’ve come to trust intrinsically to do the work we rely on here every day. Read MoreAndroid Police is looking for a dedicated freelance news writer in the US or Canada was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Bonus Round] Heroes of Flatlandia, Quantum Contact, S4GE, Delivery from the pain, Uncharted Ocean, Kaiju Rush, and Knights of the Card Table

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 delightful real-time strategy game with an upfront cost, a space adventure game all about mining moons, a turn-based strategy RPG in beta, a zombie survival game, a casual naval strategy game, a kawaii-themed city smasher, and a card-based dungeon crawler. Read More[Bonus Round] Heroes of Flatlandia, Quantum Contact, S4GE, Delivery from the pain, Uncharted Ocean, Kaiju Rush, and Knights of the Card Table was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Dark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS

Checking the weather is one of the features I use most on my phone. For years, I had a widget dedicated to just that on my homescreen, a layout I abandoned only a short time ago. When it comes to wearables, you have a couple of options in this area. Some watches come with pre-built faces that include weather info, you can build your own in something like Pujie, or install a separate app. Read MoreDark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

First 3nm chips to hit the market sooner than you think

We’re already living in a world with 7nm chips, but 2019 will be the first year that all flagship devices will be equipped with chips built on the 7nm process. The Kirin 980, Apple A12 have already proven that moving to 7nm chips offers an incredible boost in performance and efficiency, but we’ll have to wait until early 2019 to get our hands on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 which will likely be the most common 7nm chip next year.

Getting to 7 nm wasn’t an easy feat, but chip makers are already putting in the work to deliver 5nm and 3nm chips. Needless to say, moving to 5nm and then down to 3nm will be a challenging and expensive endeavor. With the continued reduction in size, chip makers will likely be forced to change the underlying architecture from FinFET to a multi-gate or gate-all-around architecture to further improve efficiency. This will require new manufacturing techniques and new facilities and machinery to build them.

TSMC has already announced plans to bring its 5nm production facility online by late 2019 or early 2020, but the company has just revealed that its 3nm production line which is expected to cost $19 billion has just passed its environmental assessment and is scheduled to be operational sometime in 2022. TSMC may not be a name you recognize, but you’re likely familiar with their works since they are the ones who build the chips for Qualcomm, NVidia, AMP, MediaTek and dozens of other “chips makers.”

The announcement comes as a surprise since TSMC has been quiet on the subject of 3nm chips for a long time. According to an internal report, the company didn’t want to show its hand, giving it a potential lead over Samsung and Huawei’s chip-making businesses.

With 2019 right around the corner, 2022 will be here sooner than you think. Just to give you an idea of how far we’ve come over the past few years, 2012 was the year that the Nvidia Tegra 3 was the most sought-after chip. The chip was built on the 40nm process with 4 main cores and a 5th battery-saver core. By the time 2022 rolls around, the 3nm process will allow TSMC to cram in nearly 1,000% more semiconductors on the same size chip. 

It may be hard to get excited about a 3nm SoC that you won’t be able to use for another 3-4 years, but the process takes a lot of time. TSMC is planning to start construction of the 3nm chip facility in 2020 with the installation of the equipment to build the chips scheduled for 2021. Once that’s done, it’ll be about a year before the manufacturing process is completed, tested and refined before the fir commercial chips from Qualcomm, MediaTek and others start rolling off the line.

The 7nm chips we have now are already extremely powerful and efficient. What new and amazing features are you hoping to see on smartphones and other gadgets running 3nm chips in 2022?

Source: GizChina

New Google Fi customers can get $100 of free service credit

Now that Project Fi is called ‘Google Fi’ and works with all phones, the promotions are ramping up. As announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (of all places), new customers who sign up for Fi can get $100 in service credit. Assuming you use around 2GB of data per month, that’s roughly three months of free service.

Excited is an understatement—we’re talkin’ about @TheEllenShow levels of excitement. 😱
This holiday season, sign up with Google Fi and score $100 in credit. Read MoreNew Google Fi customers can get $100 of free service credit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung may have stopped limiting free theme usage on Android Pie

Over the years, Samsung has had some great ideas. The Note series pushed the industry to adopt larger screens, TouchWiz had one of the first implementations of multi-window, and Samsung Pay is one of the more versatile mobile payment solutions around. Its decision to begin pushing people to use paid themes by restricting free theme usage to two weeks was not one of those great ideas – and now it looks like that plan is being walked back. Read MoreSamsung may have stopped limiting free theme usage on Android Pie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.