LineageOS ROM releases first builds based on Android 10 (Update: Pulled)

LineageOS 17.1 is here

Update 1: 2020/03/26 11:40am PDT

LineageOS 17 builds for the above devices are starting to go live. Curiously, there’s still no official announcement from the Lineage team, but I expect one will come soon.

Update 2: 2020/03/28 1:18pm PDT

The LineageOS team announced on Reddit that the first 17.1 builds were broken “due to some issues with signing.” Shortly afterwards, all the Android 10 downloads were deleted from

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM in existence, and the project prides itself on bringing newer versions of Android to unsupported devices. Read MoreLineageOS ROM releases first builds based on Android 10 (Update: Pulled) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nest outages prove that the smart home needs a local fallback

Relying solely on remote servers is not wise, especially for security

Google’s Nest service has been down once, twice, thrice, four times, no, scratch that, at least five times in five months, four of which happened in the last few weeks. A similar thing happened toward the end of 2018. After each failure, a fix, an apology, more disgruntled users, and hours lost without any security recording for owners of the brand’s cameras. Seeing the same headline with the same story every day proves that we can’t solely rely on remote servers for the smart home, and local fallbacks need to be the first feature baked in, not an afterthought or a bonus. Read MoreNest outages prove that the smart home needs a local fallback was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Coronavirus helped Google Classroom surpass 50 million downloads

Teachers and students are turning to Google's online learning platform to maintain classes while quarantined

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, most schools and universities around the world have had to close. Institutions have turned to services such as Zoom and Google Classroom, which have skyrocketed to being the most popular ones on the Play Store. Google’s service has become so famous that it just passed 50 million downloads.
AppBrain’s data shows the app was not even in the top 100 most popular at the beginning of the month but has rapidly spiked starting March 10 to reach the top 5 most popular ones in the US last week. Read MoreCoronavirus helped Google Classroom surpass 50 million downloads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Here’s how Google is helping with coronavirus information and education

Google is trying its best to combat online misinformation

Google’s apps and services are among the most-used in the world, so it’s no wonder that people turn to the company when they want to find out more about the coronavirus pandemic. In order to suppress misinformation and help its users find trustworthy sources, Google took a lot of measures, including a COVID-19 website created in cooperation with the WHO and the CDC and many editorialized search results in all products. Read MoreHere’s how Google is helping with coronavirus information and education was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Get two Google Homes and a Nest Mini for an insanely low $99 ($148 off)

It's the cheapest way to set up a smart home infrastructure at home!

Being quarantined might make you realize you’re missing a couple of smart speakers at home. Whether you want to set up a new infrastructure or extend the existing one, this insane deal lets you grab three speakers for just $99. The package includes two Google Homes, as well as a free Nest Mini, which would typically cost $247 when sold separately.

The bundle actually costs $159 and currently comes with a free Nest Mini, but promo code JYO2 will give you a $60 rebate on your purchase, bringing the overall price down to just $99 for the three speakers. Read MoreGet two Google Homes and a Nest Mini for an insanely low $99 ($148 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Podcasts gets proper queue and bottom bar in big redesign (Update: Explore episode topics)

The server-side update is rolling out this week

Update 1: 2020/03/25 12:47pm PDT

We knew this fresh look was on the way, and today Google has stepped up to formalize things. While the company’s announcement focuses on the inaugural release of Podcasts

Update 2: 2020/03/28 6:55am PDT

Explore topics in this episode carousel

Google Podcasts may be well-integrated with Assistant and Home and Nest speakers, but compared to many other players out there, it has always been rather lackluster: Among other things, people have been complaining about missing features such as queues and auto-downloads. Read MoreGoogle Podcasts gets proper queue and bottom bar in big redesign (Update: Explore episode topics) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Take a world tour from your couch with these apps

Walk along streets, enjoy 360 views, and discover new places

With all of us stuck at home because of the Coronavirus pandemic, a supermarket run is starting to feel like the biggest excursion and adventure we can go on for the foreseeable future. Travel is out of the question, local trips are restricted in many countries, and even the simple idea of stepping out of your house is as daunting as an alcohol and paranoia party. I’ve been yearning for a vacation for a while — I even had a trip planned for May before all of this went down — but since that’s been canceled now, I’ve found myself thumbing through old pics and 360 photos I’ve taken during my trips, reminiscing about better times and nicer places, then it occurred to me that I could do something similar but also discover new countries and cities I’ve never visited, all through the magic of Google Maps, Earth, and Street View. Read MoreTake a world tour from your couch with these apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Anker's car microphone for Alexa is just $19 for today only

Before there was the Echo Auto, there was the Anker Roav Viva: an accessory that is part phone charger, part microphone for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. If that sounds like something you might get some use out of, it’s just $17.99 at B&H Photo for the next few hours.

The Roav Viva has two USB Type-A ports, each capable of 5V/2.4A, but the main attraction is the Alexa integration. While the microphone on your phone might have a hard time hearing you in the noisy environment of a moving car, the Roav Viva has dual microphones with noise cancellation, so voice commands generally work well. Read MoreAnker’s car microphone for Alexa is just $19 for today only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

All the new movies, including early theater releases, you can watch at home right now (Updated)

Coronavirus may be closing theaters, but home streaming is open for business

Update 1: 2020/03/27 2:55PM PDT

Added March 27th

No matter where you look, almost every industry is feeling some kind of impact from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Theaters were among the first to close their doors to hinder spread of disease, but this left many current and upcoming movies without a proper theatrical release. Some studios are opting to delay major films, but many of the flicks are still coming out as scheduled, but in the form of early releases through streaming services. Read MoreAll the new movies, including early theater releases, you can watch at home right now (Updated) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

US moving to cut off Huawei from access to chip suppliers (Updated)

Reuters reports the proposed change moves closer to approval

Update 1: 2020/03/27 3:20pm PDT

Plan nears approval

The drama between the U.S. government and Huawei is unending. Following last week’s racketeering charges against the company and its CFO, Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Government may force foreign chip manufacturers, including companies like TSMC, to seek a U.S. License before doing business with Huawei. In effect, this would allow the U.S. to block the shipment of phone-critical components to Huawei. Read MoreUS moving to cut off Huawei from access to chip suppliers (Updated) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.