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.

[Update: Again, again, again] Google testing a colorless shapeless Play Store redesign with large Install button

Update 1: 2018/05/22 8:46am PDT

Another iteration

Update 2: 2018/06/04 8:33am PDT

More white menus and screens

Update 3: 2018/09/25 5:38am PDT

Again, again, again

You know those beautiful bold colors that were supposed to make out Material Design? Yup, we’ve been kissing them goodbye for a long time now and it looks like they might be stripped away from one more app on your phone: the Play Store. Read More[Update: Again, again, again] Google testing a colorless shapeless Play Store redesign with large Install button was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Wear OS v2.16 prepares priority notifications for favorite contacts, optional media controls, and much more [APK Teardown]

Android Wear, or Wear OS as it’s now known, seems to have found renewed momentum lately with fresh efforts in fitness, updates to the interface, and new hardware coming on the horizon. The latest update brings one notable change the improves the interface for managing notifications, but also carries with it the signs of many other changes and additions to come.

What’s New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
Updated notification filter screen

Improvements to notification filters
 
Left: v2.15. Read MoreWear OS v2.16 prepares priority notifications for favorite contacts, optional media controls, and much more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Showing in Always On Display too] Pixel 3 live wallpapers are available to download and they're beautiful

Update 1: 2018/09/25 4:59am PDT

As we’ve previously seen rumored, some of these live wallpapers also work with the Always On Display mode on current Pixel phones. Check out this tweet from @BryceYTS showing a couple

Update 2: 2018/09/25 5:34am PDT

I knew you’d come through — thanks to Ben Hen and Rohit Rodrigues for capturing the Pixie in the videos below. Isn’t it cute…

Update 3: 2018/09/25 11:06am PDT

The APK is now up on APK Mirror if you want a safe place to install from. Read More[Update: Showing in Always On Display too] Pixel 3 live wallpapers are available to download and they’re beautiful was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AI email client Astro is shutting down after being acquired by Slack

With Inbox by Gmail saying goodnight in March 2019, some of us will be looking for a new experimental email client. Sadly, one potential replacement will no longer be an option: Astro is being acquired by Slack and will cease to operate as a standalone app on October 10.

New user signups have been disabled and the apps for Android, iOS, and Mac will stop working next month, with Amazon Alexa support and the current Slack integration also being killed. Read MoreAI email client Astro is shutting down after being acquired by Slack was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play extends developer registration and merchant support to 10 new countries

Google has quietly added more countries to its supported locations for developer and merchant registration. First up, developers in Palau and the U.S. Virgin Islands, two countries that were previously completely off the list, can now register on Google Play as well as create merchant accounts. Their payments will be made in USD, which is the official currency of both nations.
But while there is developer support for most countries, not all of them allow merchant registration. Read MoreGoogle Play extends developer registration and merchant support to 10 new countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.