A DMCA failure: Play Store automated takedowns hit indie app 'Always On Display AMOLED'

Google’s history of providing support to Android developers that run into issues on the Play Store is pretty abysmal. If you have the clout of Facebook or Netflix, your whims are individually catered to, but independent developers get the short end of the automated-support stick. Yesterday, yet another indie Android app, Always On Display AMOLED, was kicked to the curb in what appears to be an overzealous, automated DMCA takedown, and in true Google fashion, the affected developer is left without recourse or a means for dispute. 
The app in question had garnered some 7 million downloads from the Play Store, and a description of its functionality is still live over at F-Droid, a popular open-source repository of Android apps and informal Play Store alternative. Read MoreA DMCA failure: Play Store automated takedowns hit indie app ‘Always On Display AMOLED’ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential decides a third of its staff isn't

Essential may be at work on making an AI-focused alternative smartphone that operates mainly on voice commands, but it’ll have to do so with a significantly reduced staff. Essential has confirmed that it is laying off a large portion of its staff, which Bloomberg reports amounts to roughly 30 percent of the 120-person workforce — mainly in the hardware and sales divisions.
In a statement to Android Police the company wrote:
This has been a difficult decision to make. Read MoreEssential decides a third of its staff isn’t was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Bonus Round] Turbo Chase, Wave Bird, Heart Attacks, PAKO Forever, Stick Sprint, and Town of Salem – The Coven

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 slick ’80s Outrun endless runner, a delightfully minimal arcade game, a spooky endless runner with an amusing theme, the latest release in the PAKO police chase franchise, a swipe-based racing game, and a digital adaptation of the Salem party game. Read More[Bonus Round] Turbo Chase, Wave Bird, Heart Attacks, PAKO Forever, Stick Sprint, and Town of Salem – The Coven was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Eminem's new 'Venom' video shows off the Pixel 3's video prowess

On the night of October 6, New Yorkers were confused by an unusual light display on the Empire State Building. Turns out it was for the shooting of an Eminem video that was captured (at least for the most part) on Pixel 3 phones.

The video, which features Em making his way to the top of the skyscraper while performing the song “Venom” from his recent album Kamikaze, premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Read MoreEminem’s new ‘Venom’ video shows off the Pixel 3’s video prowess was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Telegram X adds support for Android Pie, new languages, and more

Back in January, secure messaging app Telegram acquired an alternative client based on its own database library. Since then, it’s rebranded the app from Challegram to Telegram X, and made it a testing ground for experimental features. An extremely fruitful testing ground. This new October update is no different from its feature-packed predecessors, delivering a ton of changes. Among the most interesting additions: the introduction of new supported languages and Android Pie features. Read MoreTelegram X adds support for Android Pie, new languages, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel Stand review: A cool but tragically overpriced wireless charger

You could be forgiven for thinking Google was new to wireless charging if you haven’t been obsessively following its products for years. The Nexus 4, 5, and 6 all had wireless charging capabilities, and Google even released its own wireless charging pad in 2013. After ignoring wireless charging for several years, the feature is back on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Google is also selling a wireless charger again: the Pixel Stand. Read MorePixel Stand review: A cool but tragically overpriced wireless charger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Huawei's EMUI 9.0 promises more AI, better performance, and new gestures

Huawei’s EMUI Android skin used to be a real mess, but it’s gotten much better over the last few years. EMUI 9 is the latest version, which Huawei pre-announced a few months ago. Now, we have all the details, and it’s shipping on the Mate 20.EMUI 9.0 is based on Android 9 Pie, so some of the new features won’t be a surprise. Others are pure Huawei.

Huawei has several suspiciously precise measurements of average performance increases. Read MoreHuawei’s EMUI 9.0 promises more AI, better performance, and new gestures was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] The Arlo Baby smart baby monitor is down to $160 ($40 off)

Having a baby is stressful, or so I’m told. Many new parents opt to place a baby monitor in their child’s room for peace of mind, so they can keep an eye on things without having to walk in. Arlo’s high-tech solution, Arlo Baby, is currently on sale for $160, $40 off its usual $200 price.

This particular model comes with accessories that make the camera look like cyclops bunny, but you can get other attachments to style it as a dog or a cat. Read More[Deal Alert] The Arlo Baby smart baby monitor is down to $160 ($40 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

NBA 2K19 is finally out on Android, but it doesn't contain the online mode iOS users received

On October 3rd 2K released NBA 2K19 for iOS, and it brought with it an online match play mode that’s entirely new to the mobile series. As you can imagine, online play is a big addition for a game centered around a competitive sport. Well, 2K has finally gotten around to releasing the Android version, and what do you know, it is oddly missing the new online mode that iOS users received. Read MoreNBA 2K19 is finally out on Android, but it doesn’t contain the online mode iOS users received was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro versus Pixel 3 XL, LG V40, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 spec comparison

With the introduction of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, we now have a clear idea of what the best fall Android smartphones look like. While the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Pixel 3 XL, LG V40 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are all large smartphones with incredible specs, each device has unique features which set it apart from its competitors. Naturally, we’re still missing the OnePlus 6T from the lineup, but we’ll update the list one OnePlus officially unveils its fall flagship smartphone in a few weeks.
Based on the table below, which device do you think will suit you best?

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Google Pixel 3 XL
LG V40 ThinQ
Samsung Galaxy Note9

Screen size
6.39 inches
6.3 inches
6.4 inches
6.4 inches

Resolution
1440 x 3120
1440 x 2960
1440 x 3120
1,440 x 2,960

Density
538ppi
491ppi
503ppi
516ppi

Processor
Kirin 980
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM
6GB
4GB

6GB

6 / 8GB

Storage
128GB
64 / 128GB
64GB
128 / 512GB

Battery
4,200mAh
3,450 mAh
3,300mAh
4,000mAh

OS
Android 9.0
Android 9.0
Android 8.1
Andorid 8.1

Rear camera
Triple cameras: Standard 40MP, f/1.8, 27mm, Wide-angle 20MP, f/2.2, 16mm, Telephoto (3x) 8MP, f/2.4, 80mm
12.2 MP, f/1.8, 27mm, 1.4µm pixel size, OIS, laser autofocus
Tripple cameras: Standard 12MP, f/1.5, Wide-angle 16MP, f/1.9, Telephoto 12MP, f/2.2
Dual cameras: Standard 12MP, f/1.5-2.4, Telephoto 12MP, f/2.4

Front camera
24MP, f/2.0, 26mm
8MP, f/2.2, 27mm, 8MP depth sensor
Standard 8MP, f/1.9, Wide-angle 5MP, f/2.2
8MP, f/1.7,

Bluetooth
v5.0
v5.0

v5.0

v5.0

NFC
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Dimensions
157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm
158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
178.8 x 75.7 x 7.6mm
161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm

Weight
189g
184 g
169g
201g

Water Resistance
IP68
IP68
IP68
IP68

Wireless Charging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Special features
3D Face Unlock, Reverse Wireless Charging, In-display Fingerpring Scanner
Fingerpring Scanner, Stock Android, Unlimited Full-resolution Google Photos storage
3.5mm headphone jack, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Fingerprint Scanner
3.5mm headphone jack, Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, S Pen