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Alcatel is bringing the budget-friendly 3V to the U.S. next week for an attractive $149 price. This phone has many of the buzzword features, like face unlock and an 18:9 display, and more for that low, low price. It's unlocked and will work on GSM carriers.

Specs Software Android 8.0 Oreo Display 6" 2160 x 1080 CPU MediaTek MT8735A Cameras 12MP+2MP rear, 5MP front Battery 3,000mAh

TCL is quick to point out that the FHD+ display is actually manufactured in-house (in partnership with China Star Optoelectronics Technology, a sister company under the TCL umbrella), helping to keep costs down. Read More

Alcatel 3V coming to U.S. next week...

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 Lite has landed in China, but it's not quite what we were expecting. The new device, which leaked out earlier this month, is actually named the Galaxy S Light Luxury. It sports a gorgeous Infinity Display and a much cheaper price tag.

Samsung has launched Lite versions of its popular flagships before. They used to be an annual occurrence, giving fans who didn't quite have the budget for its flagship models a smaller and more affordable alternative. Read More

Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite launches as Galaxy S Light Luxury in China was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Anker's currently got deals on Amazon for all kinds of products to keep your electronics juiced. Two of the best: a three-port 26,800 mAh power bank bundle for $80, and a five-port USB wall charger for $38. Both items support power delivery over USB-C.

We've seen this power bank go on sale before, but not at this price. The bank features two USB-A ports and one USB-C port with high-wattage output, and enough capacity to top off your phone (or Nintendo Switch) six or seven times over. Read More

[Deal Alert] Get an Anker PowerCore+ 26,800 mAh USB-PD power bank for $80 ($30 off), 5-port USB-C wall charger for $38 ($16 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

People in all countries have kids, so it's a bit disheartening when a feature launches for families and it's limited to the US. That was the story with Family Link last year, which was only available in the US at first. However, the parental control service started expanding shortly after, adding Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, then Canada this past February. We might have missed the memo too, because it added a few more countries between then and now (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Mexico, UK). Read More

Google expands Family Link to 27 EU countries, now available in 38 countries in total was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sometimes words just aren't enough when sending messages. That's when you resort to emoji, stickers, and (in extreme cases) GIFs. It's getting easier to create GIFs with the latest beta update to Gboard. All you need to do is open the GIF section, and you can make your own custom GIF with the camera. Read More

[Update: 16 new languages] Gboard v7.2 adds ability to make your own GIF with the camera, plus a new sticker gallery [APK download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

As Android P approaches, some users of newer devices still waiting for Oreo are becoming increasingly frustrated. But LG G6 owners on Verizon Wireless are getting some relief: Android 8.0 is rolling out to the device now.

Update notes are up on Verizon's website. The update includes Oreo goodness like picture-in-picture for YouTube videos, notification dots, and other tweaks like enhanced fingerprint security.

 
Reader screens showing the G6 updating to Android 8.0. Read More

Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to LG G6 on Verizon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Your smartphone makes it easy to snap photos on the go. Maybe too easy. You might end up with so many photos of the same things that it's hard to find your favorites. In the next few days, Google Photos will make that easier with the option to mark images as favorites in the app.

We first spotted this feature in a teardown way back in August of 2017. It apparently took Google the better part of a year to implement a star button. Read More

Google Photos gains option to mark photos as favorites was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info. Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here. Apps Steam Link (BETA)

Android Police coverage: Steam Link for Android hands-on: A nearly effortless game-streaming solution

There are already a few options out there for gamers who would like to stream their PC games to any number of Android devices, but often those apps don't work all that well. Read More

11 new and notable Android apps from the last week (5/15/18 - 5/21/18) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter's Android app looks a little different for many today: the platform now uses its own "Twemoji" emoji set rather than system emoji. The update will have the most effect for users on older Android versions, which lack some newer emoji.


Image by Emojipedia.

A number of emoji don't display properly on versions of Android preceding Oreo, which is still only available on a small fraction of devices. Unsupported emoji show up as unsightly placeholder boxes. Read More

Twitter now uses its own emoji on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nokia-branded devices were on a steady decline for years as Microsoft's Windows Phone platform crashed and burned. For a while, it looked like there may never be another Nokia smartphone, but then HMD stepped in last year to create new devices running Android under the Nokia brand. There will be a lot more of those phones in 2018 thanks to HMD's new round of funding.

The company announced today that it secured $100 million in funding from multiple investors. Read More

HMD secures $100 million in new funding to expand Nokia smartphone brand was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

It seems like every other week, eBay releases a 10 or 15% off site-wide off coupon. The time has now come again, as a new Memorial Day promotion has started. Now you can get 15% off items from select sellers, as long as the product is $50 or more.

You can find all the eligible items here, but note the prices listed are before the 15% off discount. The offer is capped at $50 off, so not the best deal we've seen in recent months, but still worth pointing out since it will last until May 25. Read More

[Deal Alert] 15% off select eBay purchases of $50 or more, up to $50 off was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

From tech support for clueless parents to changing settings away from home, remote desktop tools are an invaluable part of the modern software kit. But the mobile market has expanded to the point that many developers consider the target a higher priority than desktops. That's why AirDroid—makers of the popular tool for managing your Android device from your desktop—have just released a new AirMirror app for remotely controlling one mobile device from another. 

I use the vague term "mobile device" intentionally because AirMirror will soon have an iOS version, too, but it comes with some limitations. Read More

AirMirror from AirDroid arrives to control your phone from another was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A new week has arrived, so let's get down to it with some app sales. Last week presented us with three quite hefty lists and I have to imagine that we'll get slammed with more app sales as we head into Memorial Day weekend (in the U.S.). Today has a few notable items, though, so without further ado, let's get going.

Free Apps
  1. Exercises Pro $0.99 -> Free; 1 day
  2. XyKey $1.99 -> Free; 2 days
  3. Sewing Guide Pro $1.99 -> Free; 3 days
Games
  1. Bowling Game 3D $1.99 -> Free; 6 hours
  2. Descensus 2 $0.99 -> Free; 6 hours
  3. VR Tomb's Secrets2 $0.99 -> Free; 1 day
  4. Bill Ball Boll $0.99 -> Free; 2 days
  5. Parkour Flight 2 $0.99 -> Free; 2 days
  6. Dead Bunker II HD $0.99 -> Free; 3 days
  7. Dead Bunker 3: On a Surface $0.99 -> Free; 3 days
  8. i Live - Gold Edition $0.99 -> Free; 3 days
  9. Division Math Game $2.49 -> Free; 4 days
  10. Mystic Guardian VIP : Old School Action RPG $3.99 -> Free; 4 days
  11. Animals Memory Game PRO 2018 $4.99 -> Free; 5 days
  12. Dungeon Defense $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  13. Subtraction Skill Builders $2.49 -> Free; 5 days
  14. TA: Little Red Riding Hood $1.49 -> Free; 5 days
  15. Wonder Knights VIP : Retro Shooter RPG $3.49 -> Free; 5 days
  16. Paper Duels $0.99...

I've been here at Android Police for over a year, now, fighting my way up the ranks and RSS feeds. So far I've succeeded, and having the opportunity to spend my days writing about technology has been incredible. As a result of that, I've accrued a ton of hardware and software, much of which has become an integral part of my workflow and life.

So here's a peek at all the stuff, personal and professional, that lets me do me. Read More

What We Use, 2018 Edition: The stuff Ryne can't live without was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.0 Oreo is finally rolling out to unlocked Moto Z handsets with model number XT1650-03 in the United States. The release weighs in at just over 1.4GB and includes Android security patches up to March 1. It comes almost two months after Oreo started reaching Moto Z owners in Brazil.

It seems a small number of lucky Moto Z users in the US started receiving Oreo earlier this month, but it certainly didn’t reach the vast majority. Read More

Android 8.0 Oreo rolls out to unlocked Moto Z handsets in US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG's Q series phones are essentially more affordable, less powerful cousins to the flagship G series. The LG G7 ThinQ launched earlier this month and it seems like a passable high-end Android phone if a little unremarkable. LG's cheaper Q7 phones have now arrived, and they're pretty much as you'd expect in both the looks and specs department for mid-range devices. According to LG, they offer the same "premium features typically found in more expensive flagship smartphones." I'll let you be the judge of that. Read More

LG announces Q7, Q7+, and Q7α, with mid-range specs and 5.5-inch displays was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

There are some new budget smartphones from Samsung launching in India soon. Samsung just announced not one, not two, not even three, but four new smartphones. The devices are in the J and A series, so you probably know roughly what to expect. The most expensive of them is Rs 25,990, which works out to around $380.

Let's get the specs out of the way first.

Galaxy A6 Galaxy A6+ Galaxy J6 Galaxy J8 Processor Exynos 7 Series Snapdragon 450 Exynos 7 Series Snapdragon 450 Display 5.6” HD+ 6” FHD+ 5.6” HD+ 6” HD+ Super AMOLED Super AMOLED Super AMOLED Super AMOLED Rear Camera 16MP (f/1.7) 16MP (f/1.7)+5MP (f/1.9) 13MP (f/1.9) 16MP (f/1.7)+5MP (f/1.9) Front Camera 16MP (f/1.9) 24MP (f/1.9) 8MP (f/1.9) 16MP (f/1.9) Flash w/ Front & Rear LED Flash w/ Front & Rear LED Flash w/ Front & Rear LED Flash w/ Front & Rear LED Flash Memory 4GB + 32GB4GB + 64GB 4GB + 64GB 3GB + 32GB4GB + 64GB 4GB + 64GB microSD slot (up to 256GB) microSD slot (up to 256GB) microSD slot (up to 256GB) microSD slot (up to 256GB) Battery 3000 mAh 3500 mAh 3000 mAh 3500 mAh OS Android O Android O Android O Android O Design Metal Unibody Metal Unibody Polycarbonate Unibody Polycarbonate Unibody MOP 21,990 (32GB), 22,990 (64GB) 25,990 13,990...

OnePlus got everyone's attention with the OnePlus One because it was cheap and powerful. Each successive OnePlus phone is a little more spendy, but it also adopts whatever hot new features are popping up in more expensive phones. OnePlus has gotten on board with fingerprint sensors, dual cameras, 18:9 screens, and now the OnePlus 6 fully embraces the latest smartphone zeitgeist. This phone sports a glass chassis and a display notch. Read More

OnePlus 6 review: The best notch Android has to offer so far was written by the awesome team at Android Police.