August Smart Lock on sale for $100 ($50 off) at Amazon

Did you lock the door? Are you sure? The only way to be positive is to go and check, and walking is such a hassle. A smart lock like the one offered by August can fix that. It’s on sale today on Amazon for $99.99, which is $50 less than MSRP.

The August lock is unique among smart door locks because it doesn’t replace your existing deadbolt. It just attaches on top of the lock to open it manually when triggered. Read MoreAugust Smart Lock on sale for $100 ($50 off) at Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop

Earlier today, our buds over at Chrome Unboxed spotted a new progressive web app by Google called Chrome Canvas. It’s a very simple sketching/doodling app that works best on devices like Chromebooks with stylus-based input, but it will also run on your desktop or phone. The new app is showing up as an installed app on some Chromebooks running Dev and Canary channels, but you can pull it down manually on other devices right now. Read MoreGoogle Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google's new Material theme rolls out to Calendar on the web

Something new is slowly but surely making its way into a web browser near you. Yes, the updated Material theme is coming to Google Calendar. This is not completely unexpected. Google has been updating its sites in recent months, and the Android app got a fresh coat of paint this fall.

Unlike some Google apps, the Calendar update is on the subtle side. See below for some quick comparisons. You’re mostly looking at new buttons, those hollow icons, and font tweaks. Read MoreGoogle’s new Material theme rolls out to Calendar on the web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Police is looking for a dedicated freelance news writer in the US or Canada

Android Police has grown a lot in the eight-plus years I’ve been here, and next year will mark a decade the site itself has been around. It’s hard to believe where we are now compared to then, having since launched APK Mirror, completely redesigned the site, and introduced a number of new faces on the team. People I hired two and a half years ago – like Corbin, Jordan, and Richard – are still “the new guys” in my mind, even though they’re all people I’ve come to trust intrinsically to do the work we rely on here every day. Read MoreAndroid Police is looking for a dedicated freelance news writer in the US or Canada was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Bonus Round] Heroes of Flatlandia, Quantum Contact, S4GE, Delivery from the pain, Uncharted Ocean, Kaiju Rush, and Knights of the Card Table

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 delightful real-time strategy game with an upfront cost, a space adventure game all about mining moons, a turn-based strategy RPG in beta, a zombie survival game, a casual naval strategy game, a kawaii-themed city smasher, and a card-based dungeon crawler. Read More[Bonus Round] Heroes of Flatlandia, Quantum Contact, S4GE, Delivery from the pain, Uncharted Ocean, Kaiju Rush, and Knights of the Card Table was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

New Google Fi customers can get $100 of free service credit

Now that Project Fi is called ‘Google Fi’ and works with all phones, the promotions are ramping up. As announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (of all places), new customers who sign up for Fi can get $100 in service credit. Assuming you use around 2GB of data per month, that’s roughly three months of free service.

Excited is an understatement—we’re talkin’ about @TheEllenShow levels of excitement. 😱
This holiday season, sign up with Google Fi and score $100 in credit. Read MoreNew Google Fi customers can get $100 of free service credit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung may have stopped limiting free theme usage on Android Pie

Over the years, Samsung has had some great ideas. The Note series pushed the industry to adopt larger screens, TouchWiz had one of the first implementations of multi-window, and Samsung Pay is one of the more versatile mobile payment solutions around. Its decision to begin pushing people to use paid themes by restricting free theme usage to two weeks was not one of those great ideas – and now it looks like that plan is being walked back. Read MoreSamsung may have stopped limiting free theme usage on Android Pie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: TicWatch E UK deal] TicWatch S & E drop below Black Friday prices, down to $139 and $112 on Amazon – free TicBand included

Update 1: 2018/12/20 9:50am PST

That original Ticwatch Amazon deal is still going strong (sans TicBand), but we’ve also just been tipped off to a new sale available for UK shoppers. Over on that

 

Mobvoi is discounting their Ticwatch S (Sport) and Tickwatch E (Express) on Amazon. At $140 & $112, they are a further 12% down from their Black Friday prices of $160 & $128. To sweeten the deal, MobvoiUS is throwing in a free TicBand (normally listed at $50) free with either purchase. To get this deal, you need to scroll down to the ‘Special offers and product promotions’ section and add the watch and band to the cart together. Read More[Update: TicWatch E UK deal] TicWatch S & E drop below Black Friday prices, down to $139 and $112 on Amazon – free TicBand included was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Internet TV service Philo now has an Android TV app

Internet TV services like Sling and YouTube TV are increasingly popular alternatives to cable. They don’t do a whole lot of good unless you can actually watch them on your television, though. If you’ve got an Android TV device, you now have one more option: Philo.

Philo’s basic package comes with 43 channels, including some big ones like AMC, IFC, and Comedy Central, for $16 a month. For an additional $4, you get 13 more, including the Cooking Channel and Nick Toons. Read MoreInternet TV service Philo now has an Android TV app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.