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.

KaiOS may succeed where Android Go Edition has failed

Competition is always good for any market, but when it comes to smartphone platforms, there have only been two viable choices for the better part of a decade — Android and iOS. Microsoft poured billions into Windows Phone and Nokia, only to capture a small fraction of the market for a few years. Tizen, Sailfish, webOS, Symbian, Ubuntu Touch, and Firefox OS also failed to take a decent chunk of users away from Google and Apple. Read MoreKaiOS may succeed where Android Go Edition has failed was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The European Parliament votes in favor of new copyright law potentially taking away our memes

The European Parliament voted in favor of reforming the (admittedly due to be adjusted) copyright law in Europe. By itself, the new law isn’t that controversial and will actually help creators and journalists get their fair share of income from big online players like YouTube and Google News. But don’t put your torchlights and pitchforks down just yet. The directive might lead big platforms to implement upload filters to catch copyright infringement before content is published — which could possibly kill GIFs and memes. Read MoreThe European Parliament votes in favor of new copyright law potentially taking away our memes 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 Podcasts in-episode search is coming, shows now being fully transcribed

Google Podcasts is now automatically generating transcripts of episodes and is using them as metadata to help listeners search for shows, even if they don’t know the title or when it was published.

With the help of a tipster, we were able to find that the company has been logging those transcripts into the page source on the Google Podcasts web portal — you can learn how to access episode and show pages through your web browser from our earlier story here. Read MoreGoogle Podcasts in-episode search is coming, shows now being fully transcribed 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.

Chrome OS 73 adds Google Drive offline sync, audio focus for Android apps, and more

Chrome 73 was released earlier this month, and following the usual two-week delay, the Chrome operating system has been updated to match. Chrome OS 73 isn’t as substantial as the previous Chrome OS update, but there are still a few nice additions.
Google Drive offline sync
Since Chromebooks have been built from the ground up as always-online machines, basic offline features from other operating systems weren’t high up on the list of priorities. Read MoreChrome OS 73 adds Google Drive offline sync, audio focus for Android apps, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gmail’s Smart Compose rolling out to non-Pixel devices

Smart Compose is a feature in Gmail that uses machine learning to figure out what you want to say before you write it. Basically it’s just a word prediction feature, and on a computer it allows you to hit “Tab” to fill in sentences as you’re writing them. It’s a great feature and relatively accurate, though it can be quite a bit off sometimes. Thankfully it’s purely optional and even when enabled is entirely unobtrusive.
The feature also resided on mobile, but it was exclusive to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. You would use a swipe gesture to fill in sentences much like the web version of Gmail. However, Google is now rolling this feature out to other devices outside of Google’s own.
I’ve already received the feature on my Huawei Mate 20 Pro and though it’s a bit slow, it works just as well as it does on a computer. The swipe gesture is easy and if you don’t want to use it, it doesn’t get in the way. This is likely a server side roll out so you may need to give it a few days before your devices get this feature. You’ll need to be running Gmail version 9.2.3 and wait for the prompt telling you to give it a try. And if you want to disable it, head to Settings > your account > Smart Compose.
Source: XDA-Developers