Android Wear beta program opens up for Oreo 8.0, only available for LG Watch Sport

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/nexus2cee_wearoreo.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-449119" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/nexus2cee_wearoreo.png" alt="" width="728" height="290" /></a></p> <p>Now that Android 8.0 Oreo is out of beta and making its way onto devices in earnest, the Wear team is taking a turn with its own preliminary firmware update. <a href="https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/10/android-wear-beta.html">Starting today</a>, Google's <a href="https://www.google.com/android/beta">Beta Program page</a> is now distributing an early version of the next release of Android Wear. However, if you were looking forward to a lot of new features, you might be disappointed to hear that this is being referred to as a "technical upgrade to API 26" – mostly an update to...

Continue Reading

What to expect from the Google event this week

Google will be holding an event on October 4 in San Francisco, where the company is expected to announce a number of new devices. Rumor has it that we’ll see a Chromebook, an upgraded VR headset, a couple of smart speakers, and more revealed alongside the two new Pixel smartphones. In this post, we’ll take […]

Continue Reading

[Last day to enter] Giveaway: Win one of 20 BESTEK Surge Protectors with USB ports [US]

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/nexus2cee_bestek-giveaway-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-447866" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/nexus2cee_bestek-giveaway-hero.png" alt="" width="728" height="400" /></a></p> <p>There are plenty of ways to protect your phone. You could buy a case, or a screen protector, or duct-tape it to your hand so you never drop it. But one surge of electricity during a storm, and your shiny new device can become a brick. You might already use surge protectors around your home for computers and other large electronics, but what about your portable devices? <a href="https://www.bestekmall.com/">BESTEK</a> has two fantastic surge protectors with built-in USB ports, and we're giving away 20 of them (10 of each).<div class="clear"></div>...

Continue Reading

17 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (9/26/17 – 10/2/17)

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nexus2cee_apps-01.png" class=" no-style"><img title="roundup_icon_large" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nexus2cee_apps-01.png" alt="roundup_icon_large" width="728" height="400" /></a>Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.</p> <p><span id="more-448904"></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>Apps</h2> <h3>Blizzard Battle.net</h3><p></p> <p><strong>Android Police coverage</strong>: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/26/soldiers-now-blizzard-releases-battle-net-app-android/">[We're all soldiers now] Blizzard releases Battle.net app for Android</a></p> <p>The<a href="http://us.battle.net/en/"> Battle.net</a> <a href="http://us.battle.net/en/app/">desktop app</a> is Blizzards' answer to Valve's <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/about/">Steam...

Continue Reading

Here’s how much Samsung will earn from each iPhone X

Samsung‘s success as a component supplier is well-known. Revenues from its Display and Semiconductor businesses have represented an increasingly significant portion of its overall income in recent years. This is thanks in part to Samsung’s partnerships with other smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, one of the world’s biggest. It may come as no surprise, then, that a recent […]

Continue Reading

VLC stable sees first major update in a year (v2.5) including an improved UI, search changes, support for Android Auto and PiP

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/nexus2cee_VLC-Generic-Hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-448568 size-hero-size" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/nexus2cee_VLC-Generic-Hero-728x410.png" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Popular media player VLC just updated the stable branch of its Android app to 2.5, and it's one of the biggest updates in recent memory. This latest update has a dynamic new UI that better fits with Material Design guidelines, PiP mode, Android Auto support, 360-degree video support, and search improvements (including Google search integration), among a <em>ton</em> of other smaller features. As the first major release in <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/06/21/vlc-v2-0-rolling-network-browsing-merged-android-tv-version/">over a year</a>, we've been looking forward to it for quite a while. <span id="more-448966"></span></p> <p>For the long version, you can read the...

Continue Reading

Best Android phones (October 2017): our picks, plus a giveaway

With Android thoroughly dominating the mobile industry, picking the best Android smartphones is almost synonymous with choosing the best smartphones, period. But while Android phones have few real opponents on other platforms, internal competition is incredibly fierce. From sleek devices that impress with premium design, to powerhouses brimming with features, to all-around great devices, and affordable […]

Continue Reading

Zizo’s Galaxy Note8 cases are bold, protective, and affordable [Sponsored Post]

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/nexus2cee_inCollage_20171002_122626913-01.jpeg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-448992 size-hero-size" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/nexus2cee_inCollage_20171002_122626913-01-e1506973746683-728x340.jpeg" width="668" height="312" /></a><span id="more-448542"></span></p> <p>As you all know, the Galaxy Note8 is not a cheap phone. $900+ is a sizable chunk of cash for anyone, and it would really suck to damage such a pricey device in a fall because you are using a cheap, crappy case, or - gasp - going naked. Note 8 buyers, don't let this happen to you; get yourself a great case from Zizo. They've got four excellent options to choose from in the <a href="https://www.zizowireless.com/collections/samsung-galaxy-note-8-cases/products/zizo-bolt-case-for-samsung-galaxy-note-8-12-ft-drop-tested-glass-screen-protector-1">BOLT</a>, <a href="https://www.zizowireless.com/collections/samsung-galaxy-note-8-cases/products/zizo-ion-case-for-samsung-galaxy-note-8-military-grade-drop-tested-tempered-glass-screen-protector">ION</a>, <a href="https://www.zizowireless.com/products/zizo-atom-case-for-samsung-galaxy-note-tempered-glass-screen-protector-and-airframe-grade-aluminum">ATOM</a>, and <a href="https://www.zizowireless.com/collections/samsung-galaxy-note-8-cases/products/copy-of-zizo-static-case-for-samsung-galaxy-note-8-military-grade-drop-tested-built-in-kickstand">STATIC</a>.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/02/zizos-galaxy-note8-cases-bold-protective-affordable-sponsored-post/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a...

Continue Reading