Google is renaming Keep to 'Keep Notes' for some reason [APK Download]

We’ve got some breaking news for you: Google has renamed its Keep app to ‘Keep Notes.’ We know, it’s mind-boggling stuff. Nothing in the app seems to have changed otherwise, though, so it looks like someone at Google just got bored and decided to add another word to this app name.

As for why exactly ‘Notes’ was added to the app name, we’re not sure. It does better state the app’s purpose, but it’s also not as simplistic as the one-word ‘Keep.’ The web version still simply says ‘Google Keep,’ for what it’s worth. Read MoreGoogle is renaming Keep to ‘Keep Notes’ for some reason [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony Xperia XZ3 hits Amazon with $900 price tag, free Xperia Ear Duo included with pre-orders

We got some hands-on time with Sony’s new Xperia XZ3 at IFA late last month and walked away impressed. Now, the Japanese company’s latest flagship phone has hit Amazon, and those who pre-order can get a pair of Xperia Ear Duo wireless earphones thrown in free of charge.

The Xperia XZ3 that Amazon is selling sports a 6.0″ 1440p P-OLED display, a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 19MP Motion Eye rear camera, a 13MP front-facing camera, and a 3,330mAh battery. Read MoreSony Xperia XZ3 hits Amazon with $900 price tag, free Xperia Ear Duo included with pre-orders was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Leaked OnePlus 6T image debunks triple-camera rumors

A lot of people are eagerly awaiting the launch of the OnePlus 6T. The phone isn’t expected to be more powerful than the wildly-successful OnePlus 6, but rumors have claimed that the phone would feature an improved camera setup with a total of three sensors on the back of the phone. Unfortunately, a new image of the OnePlus 6T has leaked, revealing that the phone will only sport two rear camera sensors. Of course, every rumor should be taken with a grain of salt, but at this point, we’re not sure which rumor to believe. At least the image in question doesn’t show a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor since OnePlus has officially stated that the phone will feature an in-display sensor.

Aligning the OnePlus 6T leaked image with that of the OnePlus 6 shows that the new device will either be slightly taller than the previous model or its camera module will be positioned slightly lower. Either way, cases for the OnePlus 6 will likely not fit the OnePlus 6T, especially since cases for the upcoming device will not feature a fingerprint cutout on the back.

Is the lack of a triple-camera module on the OnePlus 6T a deal breaker for you? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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The iPhone XS still can’t compete with the Pixel 2’s camera

There’s a lot of hype around the new Apple iPhone XS and it’s “improved imaging sensor” which captures more light and delivers better images. While Apple’s smartphones have often been regarded as having the best smartphone cameras on the market, things started shifting a few years ago. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 was introduced, it gave Apple’s latest iPhone a run for its money and since then, Huawei, Google and HTC have all delivered cameras which capture better photos than what Apple’s iPhones have been able to manage.
Since the new iPhone XS imaging sensor has been updated to match the 1.4μm Pixel size that most high-end Android phones have been using for the past two years, many were expecting its camera to match or beat the Pixel 2. Unfortunately for Apple, that doesn’t seem to be the case. We have not tested the camera of the iPhone Xs yet, but The Verge has shared a handful of side-by-side shots taken with both phones. The results show that the iPhone Xs has a better camera than last year’s iPhone X, but it still can’t beat the Pixel 2. The images from the iPhone XS are flatter which are better suited for those looking to edit the images after the fact, but the shots taken with the Pixel 2 seem perfectly tuned by Google’s software to be shared immediately with no extra fuss.

These two photos clearly demonstrate just how much better the year old Pixel 2XL (left) is than the brand new iPhone XS (right). And the Pixel 3 arrives in a couple of weeks https://t.co/l6we1J3BDm pic.twitter.com/llMubsASDQ
— James Bareham (@Happicamp) September 18, 2018

Android Central has also compared the cameras of the Pixel 2 and the iPhone XS and has come to the same conclusion. In their comparison shots, the Pixel 2 produces sharper images, better color reproduction and dramatically better white balance in low-light situations. The images taken with the iPhone XS are still pretty incredible, but they’re simply no match for the Pixel 2’s superior image processing.
iPhone XS left, Pixel 2 right (Image credit: Android Central)
With the launch of the Pixel 3 set for October 9th, we’re eager to see what Google’s new smartphones are capable of.

25 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games, including Baldur's Gate II and several Herocraft titles

Welcome to Wednesday and another round of Android Police’s thrice-weekly app sales roundups. Today’s list is quite respectable and includes some very notable games, including the excellent Baldur’s Gate II and several titles by developer Herocraft, such as Majesty. You’ll find those in bold below.
Free
Apps
Baby Piano $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 10 hours
Child Lock: Protect your children $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 10 hours
Quotes of the day -Inspiration Quotes daily quotes $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
TChape $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Calc Fast $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Gait Speed PT $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
PowerAudio Pro Music Player $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Unit Converter (Pega Pro) – Premium $7.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Games
Seven Idle Dwarf: Premium $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Back to Bed $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
GeoMaze $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Snake Block $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Animals Memory Game PRO 2018 $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Kids ABC Tracing and Alphabet Writing $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Quizio PRO: Quiz game $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Manoir $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Archery Physics Objects Destruction Apple shooter $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Math puzzle PRO 2018 $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
The Hunt for the Lost Treasure $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Icon packs & customization
Nixo – Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
iLOOK Icon pack : iOS UX THEME $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
MI97 Icon Pack $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Oil Pixel – Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Pure – Icon Pack ( Flat Design ) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
CPU Widgets $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Sale
Apps
G-NetTrack Pro $14.99 -> $9.49; Sale ends in 1 day
Electron Config Pro $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Gym ACE Pro: Workout Tracker & Body Log $4.99 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 4 days
Learn French Language: Listen, Speak, Read Pro $3.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Learn Japanese: Speak Language, Grammar, Kanji Pro $6.99 -> $3.99; Sale ends in 4 days
CPU Monitor PRO $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
Math Plus Ultra (Programmable Graphing Calculator) $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
Meteogram Pro | Weather | Tide | Widget | App $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
Pro Card Counting Academy $6.99 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 5 days
Poker Manager PRO $5.99 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 7 days
Screen Brightness Control $3.49 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 7 days
Games
Alchemic Maze $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Baldur’s Gate II $9.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Farm Frenzy $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
FootLOL: Crazy Soccer $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 4 days
Ice Rage: Hockey $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
King of Dragon Pass: Text Adventure RPG $9.99 -> $4.49; Sale ends in 4 days
Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom Sim $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Majesty: Northern Expansion $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 4 days
MiniChess by Kasparov $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Plancon: Space Conflict $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Strategy&Tactics:Medieval Wars $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 4 days
Strategy & Tactics:USSR vs USA $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Subtract Fractions Trainer $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Tempest: Pirate Action RPG Premium $7.99 -> $3.99; Sale ends in 4 days
The Tiny Band Story Premium $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 4 days
Treasures of Montezuma 2 $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
EnbornX $3.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
Hero Generations $4.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 5 days
One Up – Lemonade Rush ! Read More25 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games, including Baldur’s Gate II and several Herocraft titles was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Project Fi now lets you share credits with other group plan members

Those of you who have a Project Fi group plan might have been frustrated by finding that your promotional credits couldn’t be used to bring the cost of your overall bill down. Thankfully, that’s now changing as Google is letting users share credits with other group plan members.

A verified Project Fi Googler took to Reddit to announce the good news, and this support page backs it up. If you’ve already opted into Fi credits, you shouldn’t have to do anything else and sharing should already be possible. Read MoreProject Fi now lets you share credits with other group plan members was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Withings is back with the Steel HR Sport, a hybrid smartwatch with advanced multisport tracking

Although its watches don’t run Wear OS, we’ve followed Withings closely for a few reasons. For one, it makes beautiful minimalist watches with some smart fitness tracking features added in (I own an Activité Steel and I love it). The French company has also been in the news a lot due to Nokia acquiring it, turning it into its Digital Health Division, and then selling it back to its co-founder. Read MoreWithings is back with the Steel HR Sport, a hybrid smartwatch with advanced multisport tracking was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Jaybird X4 review: Great earbuds without much new to offer

A confession: I gave up on my previous pair of Bluetooth earbuds, Jaybird’s own X2, after about a year. It wasn’t their fault; they sounded good, they were comfortable, and the battery lasted long enough. But keeping the things charged (with microUSB, no less — yuck) and juggling connections became a chore. I gave them away and cozied up to a pair of no-name wired buds. Once I got a Pixel 2, I was living the dongle life. Read MoreJaybird X4 review: Great earbuds without much new to offer was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ZTE put a screen on the back of the Nubia Z18S, because why the hell not

Just last year, ZTE came out with the Axon M, a phone with two screens that merged to form one giant nearly-square display when it was unfolded. It looks like one awkward dual-screen phone wasn’t enough for the company, judging from leaked photos (and video) of the ZTE Nubia Z18S.

Whereas the Axon M aped the Kyocera Echo’s foldable concept, the Nubia Z18S follows the standard candybar form factor that every other phone does – just with another screen on the back. Read MoreZTE put a screen on the back of the Nubia Z18S, because why the hell not was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] 4K Fire TV on sale for $40 ($30 off) for Prime members

You can swing by Amazon’s website any old day and purchase a Fire TV Stick for $40, but that’s just the 1080p version. The 4K-compatible Fire usually costs $70. That’s not the case today. Amazon Prime subscribers can get $30 off the 4K Fire TV right now.

The 4K Fire TV is a bit larger than the 1080p Fire TV Stick, but it still just dangles behind your TV. It runs Fire OS, so you have access to Alexa and all the usual Amazon content. Read More[Deal Alert] 4K Fire TV on sale for $40 ($30 off) for Prime members was written by the awesome team at Android Police.