[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.

[Update: Last day to enter] We're giving away three portable power stations from Jackery, plus 20% off coupons for everyone else [US]

If you are looking for a portable power supply, then look no further than Jackery’s full lineup of portable power supply solutions. Today we have two separate portable power supplies on offer. The first is the Jackery Explorer 160, and it’s a robust option for when you need a power supply that is portable and quiet. The second item in our giveaway is the Jackery Explorer 240, which is the big boy of the two, should you ever require a whopping 240Wh capacity while you are out and about. Read More[Update: Last day to enter] We’re giving away three portable power stations from Jackery, plus 20% off coupons for everyone else [US] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Q might drop NFC-based Android Beam APIs

Android Beam was a feature introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) that allowed people to share photos, sites, apps, and more by tapping their phones together. It was a neat feature when it launched, and it still works great for sending links and small files, but Android Beam’s future is now uncertain.
According to a series of AOSP commits discovered by XDA Developers, Android Beam and its accompanying APIs may become deprecated in the next major release of Android. Read MoreAndroid Q might drop NFC-based Android Beam APIs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lemmings is the latest victim of mobile gaming, goes free-to-play on Android

Sony Interactive Entertainment and Sad Puppy Limited have decided to cash in on everyone’s favorite puzzle-platformer Lemmings by dumbing down the familiar gameplay and stuffing in as many in-app purchases as possible. So if you think you’d enjoy paying $7 every two hours to turn off an ever-present energy system, you’ll definitely love the new free-to-play Lemmings out now on the Play Store.

If you watch the above trailer, you’ll see an adorable mobile reimagining of the Lemmings franchise, which I have to admit looks somewhat appealing. Read MoreLemmings is the latest victim of mobile gaming, goes free-to-play on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile's TV service reportedly pushed back to 2019 because it wasn't 'disruptive' enough

It has been slightly more than a year since T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced the company was working on its own TV service, and he promised something ”disruptive.” Since then, some of the carrier’s plans have taken shape with the acquisition of Layer3 and a set top box that stopped by the FCC. However, Bloomberg reports that Tmo has delayed launching the service this year. It turns out streaming TV is pretty hard to get right. Read MoreT-Mobile’s TV service reportedly pushed back to 2019 because it wasn’t ‘disruptive’ enough was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant ‘Home Alone Again’ commercial with Macaulay Culkin is pure genius

In a moment fans have waited on for almost 30 years, Macaulay Culkin has recreated some of Home Alone’s most famous scenes. The 38-year-old actor returns in a new commercial as Kevin McCallister – and while the feisty eight-year-old is now fully grown, he’s up to the same tricks previously displayed in the beloved 1990 Christmas classic.

The ad, which advertises Google Assistant and its Google Home products, begins with an establishing shot of the sprawling McCallister house, which in Home Alone becomes the site of Kevin’s ingenious booby traps as he defends it against a pair of robbers.

In just one minute, the video manages to tick several major Home Alone boxes.

“Grown up” Kevin has the house all to himself – which is slightly less of an issue than it was in the original film – and relishes in some alone time.

He runs out of aftershave, echoing the famous scene in which Kevin shaves his face then applies some of the product onto his cheeks, before screaming when he realises it burns his delicate skin. This time around, Kevin simply asks his home assistant to remind him to add aftershave to his shopping list.

Kevin then jumps on his bed, a simple pleasure he enjoys in the 1990 comedy after realising his family is gone.

He watches his favourite movie, the fictional Angels with Filthy Souls, and as he does in one of the most iconic sequences of Home Alone, uses some of the film’s dialogue to talk to a pizza delivery man.

All in all this is the perfect Christmas advert both heartwarming and painfully 2.0 – I won’t spoil all the great moments though. You should really watch this for yourself.

Happy Holidays!

Possibly the best idea for a Christmas movie reboot. What do you think?@madebygoogle and @IncredibleCulk can we make this a real movie for 2020?? #GoogleHomeAlone— Darren Millar (@darrenmillar) December 20, 2018

We're giving away 24 BAGSMART Travel Electronics Organizers, plus 30% off coupons for everyone else [International]

Traveling in this day and age means you’re going to have to stay conscious of the many cables and cords required to keep all of your electronic devices charged while away from home. This is where the BAGSMART Travel Electronics Organizer comes in. Not only can you store all of the necessary cables to keep your devices running smoothly, but you can also tuck away a few other essential items, such as a passport or your ID. Read MoreWe’re giving away 24 BAGSMART Travel Electronics Organizers, plus 30% off coupons for everyone else [International] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube is testing Up Next filters on Android

 
When you’re watching a YouTube video, the app often taunts you with other recommendations you should watch next, and if you have Autoplay turned on, it even goes through that list automatically. However, you rarely have any control over what shows up in this list. A server-side test tells us that this might be changing soon.

Over the past month, we’ve received a few tips about filter bubbles showing up above the Up Next recommendations. Read MoreYouTube is testing Up Next filters on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TicWatch users can now set Google Fit as their default left swipe app

The TicWatch Pro is a pretty good smartwatch, as much as any SD Wear 2100 watch running Wear OS can be, anyway. One complaint about it was that you were forced to use Mobvoi’s own health app as the default swipe left screen in Wear 2.0 (to the right of your watchface), but that’s thankfully no longer the case.

Since the update to Wear 2.2, some TicWatch Pro users have noticed that you can now swipe left and long-press to bring up a choice between TicHealth and Google Fit. Read MoreTicWatch users can now set Google Fit as their default left swipe app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.