Google confirms Top Shot isn't coming to the Pixel 2, despite some seeing "dots" in Motion Photos

When Google introduced Top Shot to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, it was viewed as a lifesaver for blurry shots, jittery shots, friends who’ve had too many shots (you know who they are), or just bad happenstance. Owners of other Pixel phones were a little jealous and wondered if the feature would ever make it back to their model. Well, the official answer is “no,” but if Pixel 2 and 2 XL owners happen to receive a Motion Photo taken on a Pixel 3, they should be able to see and save those Top Shots. Read MoreGoogle confirms Top Shot isn’t coming to the Pixel 2, despite some seeing “dots” in Motion Photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome will soon support dark themes in websites

Web browsers currently handle dark mode in one of two ways. Some of them, like Samsung Browser, simply invert the colors of the web page. This sometimes breaks the site’s design, but it works universally. Another approach is to let sites know that dark mode is activated, and let them use an alternative theme. Chrome appears to be joining the latter camp, as the browser’s development team announced support the ‘prefers-color-scheme’ browser feature. Read MoreChrome will soon support dark themes in websites was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Let it rip: Fartr is the toot analyzer you never knew you wanted

Writing about farts is stinky business, but let’s all be professional here. I believe we can make it through one post about gas without dumping a ton of shitty puns… Oops, at least I tried. So we’re here to discuss a new Android app, Fartr, which is the fart app to record, analyze, and (uhm) share your farts. You may think we’re joking, but this is very serious.

The idea is so simple I’m surprised no one came up with it before. Read MoreLet it rip: Fartr is the toot analyzer you never knew you wanted was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Lens support arrives for Japanese

Google has added support for Japanese in Lens, following it being available in Korean for some time (which appeared sometime last summer). In case you didn’t know, Lens is basically the successor to Goggles from way back in the day. It uses your camera to gather contextual information on what you’re looking at, letting you do a variety of things from translate street signs to shop for something you saw.
If you’re in Japan and/or your phone is set to Japanese, check out Lens in Assistant or in Photos — some OEM cameras like OnePlus also include it for easy access. Read MoreGoogle Lens support arrives for Japanese was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Inbox is about to die, and Google still hasn't brought its best feature to Gmail

As some of us are painfully aware, Inbox is set to die next Tuesday, April 2nd. Google has been pushing Inbox users back to Gmail since the original announcement last September. Initially, that transition was eased with promises that Gmail would eventually inherit Inbox’s bundling, the email client’s most useful feature. Six months later, a mere week before Inbox’s euthanasia, Gmail still doesn’t have bundles.

I’ve already made the painful transition back to a less-smart email client, perverting Gmail’s existing and unmodifiable category system to approximate a bastardized version of bundles. Read MoreInbox is about to die, and Google still hasn’t brought its best feature to Gmail was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

21 temporarily free and 28 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for the mid-week app sales roundup. Today’s list is small and rather underwhelming, but perhaps that’s just reflective of the slower time of year. Anyhow, you might find something you like below.
Free
Apps

Manual Camera : DSLR Camera Professional (Procam) $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 hours
Deep Translator Pro $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Play-D2D $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Quick Reminder Pro : To Do Notes Reminder Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
BitProject $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Interwebz Browser $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Spelling Book PRO $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Discovering the Dinosaurs $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Recent App Switcher (DIESEL Pro) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Voice Recorder $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days

Games

Superhero Armor: City War – Robot Fighting Premium $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Zombie Avengers:(Dreamsky)Stickman War Z $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Cat home 2048 (VIP) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Word Mania PRO $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Stick Shadow: War Fight $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
2 Player Quiz Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
The Celestial Tree VIP $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Timing Hero VIP : Retro Fighting Action RPG $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Learn Mandarin – HSK 5 Hero $9.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Wonder Knights VIP : Retro Shooter RPG $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days

Icon packs & customization

Mandala Icon Pack $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days

Sale
Apps

iBird Pro Birds North America $14.99 -> $9.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Advanced Sport Training Calendar $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Hue Wave $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 2 days
My Jump 2: Measure your jump $9.99 -> $4.99; Sale ends in 3 days
My Lift: Measure your max strength $9.99 -> $4.99; Sale ends in 3 days
Truck Motion Detector $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 3 days
Contour lines plugin — OsmAnd $3.49 -> $1.69; Sale ends in 4 days
Easy Calculator PRO $2.89 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
AntiBAG Tachograph $11.99 -> $6.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Day by Day Organizer PRO $4.49 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 6 days
Earthquake Network Pro – Realtime alerts $2.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 6 days
WiFi Router Manager(No Ad) – Who is on My WiFi? Read More21 temporarily free and 28 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Wyze announces $20 home sensor system to pair with its $20 security camera

Home security cameras are common these days, but they’re often spendy. Wyze made waves a while back by offering a basic but effective security camera for just $20. The Wyze cam is now getting some company in the form of a home sensor system that also costs $20.

The Wyze Sense kit ships with a motion sensor and two contact sensors (for doors or windows). There’s also a bridge hub that links the sensors to your Wyze cameras, which you probably already have if you buy the Wyze sensors. Read MoreWyze announces $20 home sensor system to pair with its $20 security camera was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube Music can now act as a media player for files stored on your phone

Update 1: 2019/03/26 4:23pm PDT

Our friends at 9to5Google reached out to let us know offline playback may have appeared as early a v3.03, though that version doesn’t exhibit the behavior in our tests.

Google has been pitching YouTube Music as an eventual replacement for Google Play Music since the company refocused what it was for last year, but it’s still missing plenty of features. You still can’t access your Google Play Music uploads from YouTube Music, and there’s no easy way to import playlists or libraries between the two services. Read MoreYouTube Music can now act as a media player for files stored on your phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google gets ready for summer by adding vacation rentals to hotel search

Finding the perfect place to spend your vacation shouldn’t be a difficult task, and Google has been making it easier in the last several months. It started with a Maps redesign that made finding Hotels more streamlined, and now Google’s expanding those travel listings to include even more vacation rentals from some prominent partner services.
Back in October Google rolled out a full redesign to Google Maps hotel listings for both desktop and mobile. Read MoreGoogle gets ready for summer by adding vacation rentals to hotel search was written by the awesome team at Android Police.