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.

[Bonus Round] Kingsman – The Secret Service Game, SpellForce: Heroes & Magic, Shards of Infinity, Ana The Game, Golf Blitz, and Tales of Wind

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 stealth-based strategy game that takes place in the world of the Kingsman, a turn-based strategy RPG from a long-running series, a digital adaptation of a popular physical card game, an adventure game that takes place on an in-game phone, Noodlecake Studios’ latest golfing game, and an anime-themed MMORPG. Read More[Bonus Round] Kingsman – The Secret Service Game, SpellForce: Heroes & Magic, Shards of Infinity, Ana The Game, Golf Blitz, and Tales of Wind was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Rolling out] Upcoming Wear OS update will feature widget-like 'Tiles' for common actions

Update 1: 2019/05/02 11:06am PDT

Rolling out now

Wear OS has gone through quite a few evolutions over the last five years as it adopted apps, watch faces with custom complications, changes to notifications, and so on. The next big change is coming soon as Google prepares to go take another step on the path it began with the last major update, and it’s going to be called Tiles.

Google’s last major revision to the Wear OS interface traded the behavior of the left and right swipe. Read More[Update: Rolling out] Upcoming Wear OS update will feature widget-like ‘Tiles’ for common actions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

OnePlus 6/6T users in India wary of Tencent involvement in File Manager app

The latest OxygenOS Open Betas for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T bring a new storage-cleaning feature to Indian users. But some of them are concerned about the updated File Manager app as Chinese internet giant Tencent is now involved with it. The app uses an odd permissions scheme and there are concerns about how these changes will affect user data and OnePlus’s commitment against bloatware.

The new feature appears in the existing File Manager app on Indian OnePlus 6 units with Open Beta 17 and OnePlus 6T devices with Open Beta 9. Read MoreOnePlus 6/6T users in India wary of Tencent involvement in File Manager app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twin-stick shooter Tesla vs Lovecraft is available on the Play Store

Tesla vs Lovecraft is a top-down twin-stick shooter that has been ported over to Android. It was originally released on consoles and PC at the beginning of 2018, and as of today, it has arrived on the Google Play Store. If you couldn’t tell by the name, the game revolves around a nightmarish Lovecraftian theme that ties into the electrified world of Nikola Tesla, which is a pretty unique idea that allows for some gratifying hi-tech shooting action. Read MoreTwin-stick shooter Tesla vs Lovecraft is available on the Play Store 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.

Ryan Reynolds immortalizes himself in digital art as a new Pokemon Detective Pikachu AR Playmoji

Tomorrow, Japanese moviegoers will be able to get their tickets punched for “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” the first live-action film based on the franchise. Select theaters in the United States will have screenings starting May 9. But if you want to get acquainted with the three-dimensional fluffball that is Ryan Reynolds… I mean, Pikachu, you can do so with Google’s latest Playmoji pack for Playground.

You’ll be able to pull up Detective Pikachu, Charizard, Jigglypuff, and Mr. Read MoreRyan Reynolds immortalizes himself in digital art as a new Pokemon Detective Pikachu AR Playmoji 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.

Premium platformer Grimvalor now in early access on the Play Store

Grimvalor is a popular mobile hack and slash platformer that was originally released on iOS at the end of 2018. On the Apple App Store the game is available with an upfront price, though the new early access Android release forgoes that style of monetization to offer the download and first act for free, and if you decide that you enjoy the game, you can unlock all five of its acts through a single in-app purchase priced at $6.99. Read MorePremium platformer Grimvalor now in early access on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Australia too] Harry Potter: Wizards Unite beta is available on the New Zealand Play Store

Update 1: 2019/05/02 6:07am PDT

The beta is now live in Australia and New Zealand

Back in March Niantic opened up pre-registration for its upcoming augmented reality game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Overnight Niantic has launched beta access to the game in New Zealand. This way the developer can receive some constructive feedback as a small compact region puts the beta release of Wizards Unite through its paces.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite beta gameplay
If you don’t happen to live in New Zealand, you’re not going to be able to check out this beta through normal means. Read More[Update: Australia too] Harry Potter: Wizards Unite beta is available on the New Zealand Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.