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More and more Android apps have been switching to bottom nav bars lately. They might not look as nice, but nav bars on the top are just too hard to reach. Google Voice, which returned from the dead last year, is the latest app to join this club, and we've got the APK.

 

left: Old. right: New.

Aside from the movement of the bar itself, each icon has also received a label. Read More

Google Voice v2018.28 moves nav bar to the bottom [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

One of the most powerful ways you can take control of your smartphone and really set the tone for your mobile user experience is by switching up your launcher. There are plenty of alternatives out there, from big, popular options like Nova Launcher to the small and obscure. Last year we saw the fondly remembered Apex Launcher make a surprise comeback, with a series of new updates arriving after two years of radio silence. Read More

Apex Launcher's first update in a year falls flat on its face, and users are understandably pissed was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nokia climbed aboard the screen notch bandwagon a few months back with the X6, a China-exclusive phone with a 5.8-inch display and a chin. Now, that same piece of hardware is launching in a few more markets as the Nokia 6.1 Plus. It has the same specs and design, but this is an Android One phone.

The Nokia X6 is only available in China, so it can't have the Google apps necessary to be "Android One." The Nokia 6.1 has that pure, unadulterated build of Android 8.1 along with a Snapdragon 636, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,060mAh battery. Read More

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the China-exclusive X6 with Android One was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Motorola's G-series phones generally provide a pretty great bang for your buck. The recent G6 is no exception, and Verizon has it for a very appealing price — if you're looking to open a new line of service. In that case, the G6 is just five bucks a month, coming to $120 over two years, interest-free.

This deal has been going on for a few weeks now, and Verizon hasn't said when it's set to end. Read More

[Deal Alert] Verizon has the Moto G6 for $5/month for 24 months with a new line ($120 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google I/O was just a few months back, but Google has another developer-focused event coming up later this year. The Android Dev Summit will be a smaller event that eschews the flashy demos and giveaways that attract non-devs to I/O. It's happening at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on November 7-8.

At the event, developers will get to know Android and the engineers who build it through a keynote, fireside chats, and office hours. Read More

Google announces Android Dev Summit on November 7-8 in Mountain View was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google's AI Experiments are fun ways for the company to show off its advances in machine learning while also collecting additional data to further its research. It's got a new one out today: Move Mirror watches you move through your computer's webcam (with permission, that is) and uses AI trickery to match your pose against a database of tens of thousands of photos.

The Experiment uses a machine learning model called Posenet, which recognizes the overall position of a human subject by analyzing and adding up where different parts and joints are in a photo or video. Read More

Google's goofy Move Mirror AI Experiment matches your poses to photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram, like any self-respecting social network, has its own integrated chat feature. How do you know who you can chat with, though? The mystery will be solved as soon as the latest feature rolls out: online indicators. It's revolutionary.

You'll have to pardon the iOS screenshots, but the feature should look the same on Android. When one of your friends is online, they will have a small green dot on their avatar in the direct messaging list. Read More

Instagram adds online status indicator for chat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

HTC has not been doing well lately, to say the least. The company is currently laying off 1,500 employees, and its June sales were down 68% from last year. Now there are reports that HTC is exiting the Indian market, which the company is denying.

ET Telecom reported earlier today that three senior HTC executives for India have resigned. This includes the head of Indian operations (Faisal Siddiqui), head of sales (Vijay Balachandran), and head of product (R Nayyar). Read More

HTC denies claims that it will stop selling phones in India was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A new version of Android Messages began rolling out late last night. Beyond a few small cosmetic tweaks, this update appears to be almost entirely focused on preparing upcoming features. There's activity related to pairing with Chromebooks, further developments in dark mode, and forward progress on fighting spam.

Teardown Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information. Read More

Android Messages v3.4 continues work on pairing with Chromebooks, dark mode, and automatic spam detection [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Actress Jenny McCarthy had a bit of a supernatural encounter this week, sort of. After checking herself out in the mirror in a room she believed to be otherwise unoccupied, she heard a little ditty play. Noting there was nobody sitting at the nearby piano, the renowned science skeptic proceeded to freak out, calling for her husband to let him know what was going on. Thankfully, she had a Nest Cam set up in the room, from which she promptly pulled the footage to post online as proof that her house is "HAUNTED!"

The majority of Facebook commenters seem to agree with Jenny's assessment that the spirit of a dead person was possessing her piano, with at least one viewer claiming to have actually seen a ghost in the video. Read More

Jenny McCarthy doesn't know what her Google Home sounds like, assumes it's a ghost was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Teen Titans GO Figure! is a new Android release based on the hit animated Cartoon Network series Teen Titans GO!, but it's also the sequel to the hit mobile game Teeny Titans. The original title was all about collecting your favorite DC Comics characters, and so is this sequel. To be exact, Teen Titans GO Figure! (or is it "Teen Titans GO! Figure," even Cartoon Network seems unsure) contains over 100 collectible heroes, including fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and the Radical Titans. Read More

Cartoon Network releases Teen Titans GO Figure! was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

It has been nearly two years since the first evidence of Google's 'Fuchsia' operating system surfaced. It uses the 'Zirzon' real-time kernel in place of Linux, and is being designed to run on everything from embedded devices to laptops. There has been speculation for years that Fuchsia is a possible Android replacement, and a new report from Bloomberg seems to confirm that.

According to people familiar with the project, Fuchsia is being designed to replace every operating system currently shipping on Google's consumer hardware. Read More

Google's Fuchsia OS reportedly being worked on by 100+ engineers, could ship on hardware within three years was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google rolled out a new YouTube app update recently, but something was missing. As of version 13.27, you can't tap on the seek bar to go to a different location in the video. So, the seek bar is basically broken, which is a rather fundamental part of a video player.

Technically the seek bar still works if you use it in a particular way. In the new version, tapping on the seek bar no longer goes to that spot in the video. Read More

Google broke the seek bar in YouTube v13.27 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Play Store seems to be testing a new layout for search results. We've received a tip that the normal app list has been replaced by a card-like interface for some, with app listings now including screenshot thumbnails. The change brings Play Store search results more in line with the visual style of the mobile web search results layout, which also shows results on cards.

The new layout gives more information at a glance per app, but at the cost of vertical space. Read More

Play Store testing card-style search results with screenshot thumbnails was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Deemed just “essentially okay” by Ryan shortly after its launch, when it was still selling for $700, the Essential Phone was essentially a must-buy earlier this week, at a discounted price of $250. Bargain hunters who are only starting to get accustomed to the divisive Andy Rubin-created device may want to know the company answers questions every month on Reddit.

The latest AMA session didn’t exactly include any earth-shattering news or game-changing revelations, and there’s still a good chance a PH-2 will never be released. Read More

Essential Phone likely to receive Android Q update... someday — frequent camera tweaks due in the short term was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The social networking service that everyone loves to hate has actually made some decent strides over the past year or so on both the web and Android in terms of convenience and usability. A cohesive user experience is probably not what Google+ needs most in its quest for mainstream relevance, but it can’t hurt to try new things.

The latest small changes noticed by devoted fans of the Android app include the addition of a fifth bottom bar option. Read More

Google+ app adds your profile to the bottom bar, replaces Collections with Discover was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

When Waze finally added support for Android Auto last year, it unfortunately required a proper Auto head unit, a discovery that tainted the good news. That's no longer the case as Waze recently started working in the standalone version of Auto, the one that uses your phone as a display and doesn't necessitate any other additional gear.

If you have both Android Auto and Waze installed on your phone, you can tap on the navigation icon in the Auto menu and you should see both Google Maps and Waze as options. Read More

Waze now works in standalone Android Auto on your phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Some of the world's most powerful tech leaders and many esteemed academics have signed a pledge promising not to develop lethal autonomous weapons. The most notable signatories include the three co-founders of Google-owned AI research company DeepMind — Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman — as well as controversial Boring Company founder Elon Musk and the head of Google's AI division, Jeffrey Dean.

Numerous other tech founders and researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, and computer science have added to the 2,515 signatures from 176 organizations around the world. Read More

Google DeepMind founders and others including Elon Musk promise not to develop AI weapons was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

 

Corning is primarily known as a manufacturer and supplier of hardened glass products for essentially every major smartphone brand in the world. But following yesterday’s introduction of the Gorilla Glass 6, billed as the company’s most durable cover glass yet, we’re now reminded Corning also designs market-leading glass composites for wearable devices. Your next smartwatch, be it a Wear OS or Tizen-powered product, is likely to use either Corning Gorilla Glass DX or Gorilla Glass DX+ protection. Read More

Corning Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+ want to make your next smartwatch tougher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

It’s getting harder and harder to justify the utility of tablets, especially 7 to 8-inchers, when rising mobile industry stars like Xiaomi keep releasing bigger and bigger phones. The Chinese company’s latest sports an almost ridiculous 6.9-inch screen, and to prove how far it’s come in the war against bezels, the gargantuan Mi Max 3 is illustrated alongside an old 4.7-incher. Next time you complain there’s still a "chin" on your new device, take a look at that side-by-side picture, and marvel. Read More

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 pairs huge screen with even huger battery, starting at $250 in China was written by the awesome team at Android Police.