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.

Mainstream media still doesn’t understand Android

Those of us who have been using Android for years have a good understanding of the platform, its limitations and how it compares to the competition. While I’ve been a proud Android user since the original T-Mobile G1, I’ll be the first to admit that Android has its fair share of issues. For all its versatility, power and compatibility, the platform can’t compete with the simplicity of iOS. For all its restrictions, Apple’s devices and ecosystem do create a more-cohesive environment that gives its users a sense of security and peace of mind. Android simply doesn’t have that.
But the issue I’m struggling with is how Android is still so misunderstood. A consumer who has never used Android before definitely gets a pass, but the media definitely doesn’t. An article published on Business Insider a few weeks back shows that even mainstream media still doesn’t seem to understand Android.
Below are a few examples pulled from the article.

Android as an open-source platform
Android’s software is built on an open-source platform, which gives developers the ability to create apps that can do more. The potential for customization is basically limitless.
It’s true that Android does have a lot more customization options when compared to iOS, but that’s not necessarily due to the open-source nature of the platform. Because Android is open-source, the code can be taken, modified and used in any way imaginable, but that doesn’t mean that an app developer is given magical powers to transform the Pixel or any other device at will through an app installed through the Play Store.

Android devices as fundamentally insecure
While I never got a virus scare with iOS, using Android reminds me of surfing the web in the early 2000s. I’ve frequently had to exit out of apps like a maniac as pop-ups flooded my screen.
Security is definitely an important topic to cover, but there’s a big difference between security and pop-up ads. It’s not Android’s fault that a user downloads an app from a developer that is more concerned about making a few extra bucks with ads than offering a great user experience. Read the reviews before you download and you’ll find amazing apps.
This hit home for me earlier this year when an Ars Technica report revealed that Facebook had been collecting texting data and call history from users through its Messenger app. Though users technically opt in, the specifics of what Facebook was allowed to collect was hidden in the fine print. This breach of privacy affected only Android users.
The Facebook messaging tracking fiasco was a huge story this year, but it’s surprising that the media is still blaming this on Android. Yes, Android did allow Facebook to collect specific data on its users, but that was not a flaw in the system. Facebook was the one at fault for simply breaching consumer trust.

Android’s main features
What I missed most was the ability to copy and paste from a text message. Google recently resolved this issue, but at the time it was a huge pain, especially when people sent addresses. You really get used to the ability to simply click an address and have it come up in your maps app.
I always laugh when iOS users think their devices have the corner on certain features which were actually implemented on Android years before Apple got around to them. Copy & Paste is far better on Android than it is on iOS and clicking on a link to open it in Maps has been around for about a decade.

…you could find many of these functionalities on the Google Play store. But the effort of finding something and vetting its quality never seems worth it.

Finding great apps on Android is just as easy as it is on iOS. The default apps on Android may not have all the same features as those on iOS, but the versatility that Android offers mean that developers can do a lot more on the platform than they can on iOS.
Final thoughts
While Android devices account for the vast majority of smartphone sales around the globe, iOS is still the platform of choice for many members of the press. I don’t have an issue with that since choosing an operating system is subjective to the user’s needs. What irks me is that there is so much uneducated reporting on Android, painting it as an operating system for coders and gamers.
If you’re still not sure why your friends and family members are reluctant to switch from iOS to Android, I suggest reading the Business Insider article. It’s definitely eye-opening, revealing how little the media and general consumers really know about Android.
Source: Business Insider
 

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.

28 temporarily free and 41 on-sale apps to finish November

The end of November is here already. December and the end of 2018 are coming too soon for my liking, but that’s life, so let’s end the month with a final app sales roundup.
Free
Apps
Pocket Bookmark $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 hours
Sound Recorder $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 hours
Learn Spanish with MosaLingua $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Network Manager – Network Tools & Utilities (Pro) $5.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Beat Blackjack! Read More28 temporarily free and 41 on-sale apps to finish November was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Spotify tests letting you import local songs on Android, a tabbed Library view, and other improvements

We love dissecting APKs here on Android Police — our own Cody spends his entire day going through all of Google’s apps looking for the tiniest of changes that could hint at an upcoming feature, so we appreciate a lot the work others do when they look at apps that we don’t have the time/manpower to. Take Jane Manchun Wong, for example. She’s been leaking Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram features for a while, and her latest dip into Spotify has yielded a lot of interesting discoveries. Read MoreSpotify tests letting you import local songs on Android, a tabbed Library view, and other improvements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

25 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday. Things are finally calming down after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness. Today’s app sales roundup reflects that. It’s manageable and easily browsed, so enjoy the break.
Free
Apps
Weather Forecast Pro: Timeline, Radar, MoonView $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 hours
Auto Optimizer $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Speedometer GPS Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Crypto Helper $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
WDS Multilanguage $6.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
App lock & gallery vault $4.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
How Many Pizzas $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Games
Nordic Storm Solitaire (Full) $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Survival Ultimate $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Dark Tower $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
2048 Parrots, Best puzzle game $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Escape Games: Fear House 2 PRO $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Real Drift Car Racing $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
GoBotix $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Math Riddles and Puzzles PRO 2018 $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Kingdom Defense: Hero Legend TD – Premium $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Icon packs & customization
Fantasy Forest 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 hours
Titanic 3D Pro live wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Mosque Wallpapers 4K PRO HD Backgrounds $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
NATURE Wallpapers 4K PRO NATURE Backgrounds $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Rain Wallpapers 4K PRO Rain Backgrounds $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Mellow Dark – Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Rugos Premium – Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Lines Live Wallpaper $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Marine Watch Face For WatchMaker Users $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Sale
Apps
FreshSavvy – Fresh And Ripe In Your Grocery Basket $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
GCodePrintr – The 3D Print App $4.50 -> $3.00; Sale ends in 2 days
Castro Premium $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 3 days
EasyJoin “Pro”: Send SMS from PC, files, clipboard $9.99 -> $6.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Mobile Observatory – Astronomy $4.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Scale Mania $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
CURSO DE TEORIA MUSICAL – PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
CURSO PARA LEER MÚSICA – PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Drums Sheet Reading PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Ear Training PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Music Scales PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Learn to play Bass Guitar PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Learn to play Drums PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Learn to play Piano PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Piano Sheet Reading PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
VIP Daily Betting Tips $99.99 -> $49.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Change DNS Pro (No Root 3G/Wifi) $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
Games
BlastZone 2: Arcade Shooter $4.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Etaria | Survival Adventure $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
FeeSoeeD | Mysterious world $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
FoxyLand | Premium $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
MontaSayer PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
StoneBack | Prehistory | PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Hangman Premium $3.49 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 3 days
SpellKeeper $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Candleman:find yourself $4.99 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 5 days
SnakEscape $4.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 6 days
The Lonely Hacker $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Parenting Hero – Become a wiser parent $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 7 days
Strike Team Hydra $6.49 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 7 days
Icon packs & customization
[Substratum] Desire $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Total Performance UI Kustom/Klwp $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
ctOS UI Full Version $1.98 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Read More25 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

17 best new Android games released this week including Assassin's Creed Rebellion, Royale Rising, and Storm Boy

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have the release of a mobile Assassins Creed strategy game, a limited early access release for Gameloft’s take on the battle royale genre, and a beautiful adventure game that tells a classic heartfelt story. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week. Read More17 best new Android games released this week including Assassin’s Creed Rebellion, Royale Rising, and Storm Boy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

40 temporarily free and 169 on-sale apps and games for Black Friday

It’s Black Friday, so that means there’s a lot of sales to sort through. Let me add to that mix with some app sales, and boy are there a lot. So have fun with your shopping and we’ll be back after the weekend for more.
Free
Apps
Budget Book Pro – Personal Finance Budget Manager $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 hours
Christmas Gift List Full $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 hours
App Backup & Share Pro $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Rotation Control Pro $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
World Clock Pro – Timezones and City Infos $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
HeritageDaily $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Anime Pose 3D $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 3 days
Anime Girl Pose 3D $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 3 days
Chibi avatar $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Breathing Point – Relax, Calm, Breathe Meditation $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
BLeBRiTY $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Numberwiz $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Games
Terra Fighter Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Terra Fighter 2 Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Can you escape prison – Portal PRO $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Lone Hero RPG | VIP $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Mini Arcade Golf: Pocket Tours $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Quadropoly Academy – Data Science for Board Game $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Age of Civilizations Africa $1.95 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Infinity Dungeon VIP: RPG Adventure $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
League of Stickman 2018- Ninja Arena PVP(Dreamsky) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Mental Hospital III $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Penguin Memory for Kids $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Stone Of Souls $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Super Dangerous Trap $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Buff Knight Advanced – Retro RPG Runner $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Math Games for Kids Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Reporter $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Knife Hit for Smartwatch $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Nordic Storm Solitaire (Full) $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
The Mystery of Blackthorn Castle $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Decimal to Fraction Pro $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Icon packs & customization
Bestia – Beastly Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 hours
Minimalist – Icon Pack $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Bear for Zooper $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Paper Windmills 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Ortus Icon Pack Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
S8-UI Note 8Launcher Icon Pack- Nova, Apex, Action $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Wallpaper Club Auto Wallpaper Changer[NO ADS] $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Vacuum Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Sale
Apps
E6B Pathfinder Pro (Flight Computer) $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 hours
Easy Scanner Pro $5.99 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 4 hours
How to Tie a Tie Pro $3.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 hours
Medical ID – In Case of Emergency (ICE) $9.99 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 4 hours
Yoga for Everyone $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 4 hours
CalenGoo – Calendar and Tasks $5.99 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Chinese Dictionary PRO $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Chinese HSK 1 PRO $4.99 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 1 day
Color Assist $10.99 -> $4.49; Sale ends in 1 day
Galileo Pro / Offline Maps and Navigation $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Light DJ Deluxe – Light Shows for Smart Lights $79.99 -> $19.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Mathematiqa $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
The Valley Planner $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Tradfri Melodi – IKEA Lights dancing to music $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Ba Financial Calculator plus $5.99 -> $3.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Bicycle Maintenance Guide for Android $5.99 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Call Notes Pro – check out who is calling $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Plumb-bob + $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Screen Lock Pro – The Power button saver $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Telescope calculator (no ads) $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Ultimate Food Value Diary – Diet & Weight Tracker $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Alarm clock PRO $5.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 3 days
BiScan for GM $29.99 -> $14.99; Sale ends in 3 days
Drawing for Kids and Toddlers. Read More40 temporarily free and 169 on-sale apps and games for Black Friday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

18 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Rivet Beta, Reachability Cursor, and the Call of Duty Companion App (10/27/18 – 11/10/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. This week I have a beta app for reading practice, a cursor app that makes one-handed use of a phone a breeze, and a Call of Duty companion app. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks. Read More18 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Rivet Beta, Reachability Cursor, and the Call of Duty Companion App (10/27/18 – 11/10/18) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google has a plan for fixing Android's slow share menu

We’ll be honest, we think Android as a whole is pretty swell, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be better. One of our bigger gripes with the platform has been the super slow and laggy share UI, which takes ages to populate even on the latest flagship hardware. Thankfully, according to a recent tweet by Android engineering VP Dave Burke, Google is working on a redesign.

It’s a priority, just a big job. Read MoreGoogle has a plan for fixing Android’s slow share menu was written by the awesome team at Android Police.