Google Voice Wi-Fi calls rolling out to more people

It’s always been hard to explain what Google Voice is because it feels like a VoIP service, but it’s not. Google Voice has operated as a phonecall relay system all these years, forwarding your calls through another number. Earlier this year, Google started beta testing Wi-Fi calls in Google Voice, and it looks like the feature is rolling out to more users.

As with all VoIP platforms, Wi-Fi calls in Google Voice let you place calls over the internet without using your carrier’s cellular phone call system. Read MoreGoogle Voice Wi-Fi calls rolling out to more people was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village brings its mind-bending puzzles to Android

Talk about a stacked Tuesday. First, a full HD port of Monster Hunter World Stories releases on the Play Store, and then Level-5 announces that Professor Layton and the Curious Village has been ported to Android, complete with an HD makeover, and it’s also available on the Play Store starting today. There’s already a couple of Layton games on Android, though this is the first to actually star Professor Layton. It’s also the first game in the main series, so if you’d like to see where it all began, this is the title for you. Read MoreProfessor Layton and the Curious Village brings its mind-bending puzzles to Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages' search feature is getting an overhaul this week

Android Messages is getting a big upgrade to its searchability. You can already search in Messages using the magnifying glass icon at the top of your conversation list, but right now, the functionality is limited to text. Soon, that icon will access a much richer search function, allowing you to easily find photos, videos, and places you’ve shared in text messages.

The new search will start with a list of people you frequently contact. Read MoreAndroid Messages’ search feature is getting an overhaul this week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro leak shows off design and new details

The fall smartphone cycle is getting more interesting by the day. The upcoming Huawei Mate 20 Pro has been fully revealed in a handful of leaked images which give us a good look at the front and back of the device. The images show that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro sports a substantial notch which houses the front-facing camera, speaker and other sensors. The device doesn’t appear to have a secondary camera up front or an IR sensor which would provide more secure facial recognition. The display itself is said to feature a 6.3-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Powering the Huawei Mate 20 is the newly-announced 7 nanometer Kirin 980 with eight ARM Cortex-A55 and Cortex-A76 cores arranged is three clusters. The camera module on the back feature three sensors and an LED flash which are arranged in a square. Very little is known about the details of the three camera sensors, but the image prominently features the Leica logo which means we should expect something similar to what we got with the Huawei P20 Pro.

The images show that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be available in at least three different colors. THe main color appears to resemble the multi-color option of the P20 Pro, but there’s also a diagonally-striped and a black option as well.
As for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s release date, the company has scheduled a press event in London for October 16 with a possible retail launch set for late October. The phone will be available across most of Europe and Asia, but it’s still not clear if the phone will be making it to the US.
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10 years of Android: Ten of the most important handsets from the last decade

Ten years ago this week, the first Android phone was announced – the T-Mobile G1. No one could have predicted the massive success that Android would eventually become; the OS now has over two billion active users worldwide.
In honor of Android’s 10th birthday, we’re taking a look at the most important and influential Google-powered phones of the past decade. Every one of these devices redefined Android in some way, by pushing the OS further into the mainstream, introducing design trends, or signaling the start/end of an era. Read More10 years of Android: Ten of the most important handsets from the last decade was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

We're giving away 20 CHOETECH car mounts with fast wireless charging (a $29.99 value) plus a $17 discount for everyone else [US]

If you don’t have a phone mount in your car, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Who needs that 4-figure upgrade package on a new car for in-dash navigation when you can run Google Maps in the same place? And if you already have a car mount, you probably wouldn’t mind charging your phone while it is mounted. With a wireless charging mount, there’s no more fussing with cables every time you want to do that. Read MoreWe’re giving away 20 CHOETECH car mounts with fast wireless charging (a $29.99 value) plus a $17 discount for everyone else [US] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Monster Hunter Stories by Capcom is available for Android

Wow, this is quite the surprise. Android just received its first Monster Hunter game, and it’s an HD port of the 3DS version of Monster Hunter Stories. It’s available on the Play Store for $19.99, and there are no in-app purchases or advertisements, this is a premium release. Oh, and if that wasn’t good enough news, Capcom has actually provided a separate free demo. This way we can all check and see how the game performs on our Android devices. Read MoreMonster Hunter Stories by Capcom is available for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008's smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018

Going into this series, I hoped I’d get back to the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream and be able to romantically wax about where Android came from. How the G1, though dated, still held up the promises made by Google’s first Android effort back in 2008. Analytically, it’s all true, but time has not been kind to the phone, and using it has made for a pretty rough week, even by my recent standards. 

Like the last three phones on this trip, I also assumed I’d have a fresh set of anecdotes from the experience to share, so that I could tell you all the ways its peculiarities, shortcomings, or strengths impacted my life in a way that was entertaining and informative. Read MoreUsing the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008’s smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sphero BOLT review: A good robot for schools, but not for everyone else

As the name might suggest, Sphero’s claim to fame is its sphere-shaped toy robots. These include the original Sphero, Sphero 2.0, Sphero Mini, BB-8, and BB-9E. The company has also been marketing some of its products towards education as STEM learning tools, particularly with the SPRK+.
Sphero’s latest product is another educational robot – the Bolt. It’s a minor upgrade from the existing SPRK+, with a configurable LED matrix display, infrared sensors for communicating with other robots, and “more than two hours of continuous play.”
I think the Sphero Bolt is a well-designed product, but I’m not sure there’s enough value to justify the $150 price tag, especially when it’s only an iterative improvement over the company’s existing robots. Read MoreSphero BOLT review: A good robot for schools, but not for everyone else was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nokia 5.1 Plus announced in India, with a notched 5.8" display, MTK Helio P60, and dual rear cameras

HMD Global has unveiled its latest mid-range Nokia-branded handset in India, confirming an earlier leak that suggested similar design language to the Nokia X6 and subsequent X5 released in China. What they have in common is a notched display, 5.8 inches and 19:9 in the case of the 5.1 Plus. There’s also an octo-core MediaTek Helio P60 chip, and dual rear cameras on board.

If you don’t mind the notch, it’s not an unattractive device — the 2.5D curved glass around the sides of the screen should feel pretty good in the hand. Read MoreNokia 5.1 Plus announced in India, with a notched 5.8″ display, MTK Helio P60, and dual rear cameras was written by the awesome team at Android Police.