Facebook announces Snapchat-inspired World Effects AR feature for Messenger

Facebook today has announced the latest Snapchat-like feature coming to Messenger. Called World Effects, this feature allows users to drop 3D objects using the rear camera and augmented reality, much like augmented reality features in Snapchat. Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks Cover The World Effects feature is very similar to Snapchat’s rear-facing augmented reality tools. […]

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Only around 50,000 units of the Essential Phone have been sold, according to its camera app’s download figures from the Play Store

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_ph111.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463805" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_ph111-728x437.png" alt="" width="668" height="401" /></a></p> <p>By now, it should be apparent that the Essential Phone hasn't sold in the numbers that Andy Rubin and co. had thought it would. Having started at <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/08/17/essential-phone-available-now-pre-order-essential-sprint-best-buy/">an MSRP of $699</a>, the <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/23/essential-phone-gets-permanent-price-drop-499/">PH-1 dropped to $499 just two months after release</a> (and <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/03/essential-phone-drops-1050-650-canada/">to $650 CAD in Canada</a>). On top of that, there have been numerous opportunities to get the phone for even more cheaply, including through a <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/28/essential-phone-goes-incredible-300-friends-family-discount/">$200 friends-and-family discount</a> and <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/27/insane-deal-alert-essential-phone-plus-360-camera-just-399/">an incredible Cyber Monday Amazon deal</a>.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/around-50000-units-essential-phone-sold-according-camera-apps-download-figures-play-store/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/around-50000-units-essential-phone-sold-according-camera-apps-download-figures-play-store/'>Only around 50,000 units...

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Android 8.0 Oreo beta hits Nokia 5, will arrive on Nokia 6 soon

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Screen-Shot-2017-12-12-at-5.49.17-PM.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-463800 size-hero-size" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Screen-Shot-2017-12-12-at-5.49.17-PM-728x478.png" width="668" height="439" /></a></p> <p>Nokia's actually been doing very well in the update game for its new line of phones under HMD, with <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/08/08/nokia-5-6-start-receiving-august-security-patch-day-nexuspixel-devices/">incredibly quick security patch releases</a> and software betas. For instance, the 'flagship' <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/25/nokia-opens-android-8-0-oreo-beta-test-nokia-8/">Nokia 8 got an Oreo beta back in late October</a>, with the <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/24/nokia-8-gets-android-8-0-oreo-update-nokia-6-5-coming-soon/">full update issued just a month later</a>. Now development is trickling down to the lower-end models, namely the Nokia 5 and 6. The Oreo beta for the Nokia 5 is out now, with the 6's coming soon.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/android-8-0-oreo-beta-hits-nokia-5-will-arrive-nokia-6-soon/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/android-8-0-oreo-beta-hits-nokia-5-will-arrive-nokia-6-soon/'>Android 8.0...

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31 new and notable Android games from the last week (12/6/17 – 12/12/17)

<p><img src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nexus2cee_games-02_thumb-2.png" />Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.</p> <p><span id="more-463723"></span></p> <div class="note-wrapper"><div class="note note-tip"><div class="note-heading"><i class="icon-tip"></i></div>Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info. <p>Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/topics/features-2/best-appsgameslwps-of-the-week/">here</a>.</p></div></div> <h2>Games</h2> <h3>Portal Knights</h3><p></p> <p><strong>Android Police coverage</strong>: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/07/3d-sandbox-action-rpg-portal-knights-ported-android/">3D sandbox action-RPG 'Portal Knights' has been ported to Android</a></p> <p>Imagine <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mojang.minecraftpe&hl=en">Minecraft</a>, but with a story mode.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/31-new-notable-android-games-last-week-12-6-17-12-12-17/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/31-new-notable-android-games-last-week-12-6-17-12-12-17/'>31 new and notable Android games from the last...

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[Deal Alert] Nvidia SHIELD TV $149 ($30 off) with three months of YouTube Red ($30 value)

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Screenshot_20171212-133422.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463778" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Screenshot_20171212-133422-728x393.png" alt="" width="668" height="361" /></a></p> <p>Sometimes a good deal deserves an encore. Nvidia's SHIELD TV is a popular set-top Android device, providing you with all the apps you love on a big screen, as well as some decent gaming chops. Back during the <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/21/deal-alert-grab-nvidia-shield-tv-30-off-different-bundles-starting-149/">Black Friday</a> sales it dropped down to $149, or $30 off the full price. But just in case you missed it, the deal is back, and you even get three free months of YouTube Red, an additional $30 value, with your purchase.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/deal-alert-nvidia-shield-tv-149-30-off-three-months-youtube-red-30-value/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/deal-alert-nvidia-shield-tv-149-30-off-three-months-youtube-red-30-value/'>[Deal Alert] Nvidia...

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Google launches two new gimmicky photography apps on Android

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_googphotos.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463782" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_googphotos-728x617.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="566" /></a></p> <p>Google is wild for all this machine learning and computational photography stuff lately. That's good because it has led to innovations like HDR+ and Google Photos. Google's researchers are also constantly coming up with neat little demos, some of which are packaged up as apps. Case in point, the newly launched Storyboard and Selfissimo apps in the Play Store. You can check them out right now, but don't expect a lot of functionality. Both apps are one-trick-ponies.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/google-launches-two-new-gimmicky-photography-apps-android/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/google-launches-two-new-gimmicky-photography-apps-android/'>Google launches two new gimmicky photography apps on Android</a>...

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Adobe Lightroom updated with improved auto settings, app shortcuts, and more

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_download.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463774" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_download-728x319.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="293" /></a></p> <p>Despite a bumpy start, Adobe's Android version of Lightroom has become a capable and popular app for mobile photographers. It can process RAW files, apply filters, and it syncs across devices with a Creative Cloud subscription. Today, Adobe is rolling out a new version that includes neural network smarts and some features for newer builds of Android. Most features still work without a subscription, too.</p> <p><span id="more-463767"></span></p> <p>Here's what you can expect in the latest version of Lightroom.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/adobe-lightroom-updated-improved-auto-settings-app-shortcuts/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/12/adobe-lightroom-updated-improved-auto-settings-app-shortcuts/'>Adobe Lightroom updated with improved auto settings, app...

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