What to expect for Amazon Prime Day 2019

Amazon has been giving us our Black-Friday-in-July sales on Prime Day since just 2015, though it might feel like it has been longer. You won’t need a manual to spend money come July 15th and 16th — Prime “Day” is two days, you see — but we do have a few words of advice and some details to keep in mind before you spend any of that hard earned cash on a new phone, smart TV, or pair of headphones. Read MoreWhat to expect for Amazon Prime Day 2019 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.

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.

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.

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.

Know when to fold 'em: The Galaxy Fold can survive 200,000 folds

With the Galaxy Fold, Samsung introduced a new form factor that uses a hinge to fold the display inward and protect it while the phone is closed. As we’re talking about an almost $2,000 handset here, the manufacturer needs to ensure its product is durable and will last repeated folding by demanding owners. Therefore, it put a folding test in place to measure the device’s durability and published the video on Youtube, so you can enjoy 34 seconds of Galaxy Folds being repeatedly opened and closed. Make sure you have some popcorn ready. Read MoreKnow when to fold ’em: The Galaxy Fold can survive 200,000 folds 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.