Google Play direct carrier billing now supports Telcel

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/nexus2cee_topic_google_play_thumb.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-292562" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/nexus2cee_topic_google_play_thumb.png" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a></p> <p>If you're not a fan of giving Google your payment information, or your card/bank of choice isn't directly supported, Google Play has allowed carrier billing for a few years now. This means that when you buy an app/book/movie/etc, the payment would be charged to your phone bill.</p> <p>Google has updated its list of direct carrier billing partners to include Telcel, one of the large major wireless carriers in Mexico. The page also mentions that Omantel, a major carrier in Oman, is now supported.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/google-play-direct-carrier-billing-now-supports-telcel/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/google-play-direct-carrier-billing-now-supports-telcel/'>Google Play...

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Giveaway: 7 winners will get a 1440p security camera ($65+ value each) from Reolink plus a Christmas sale for everyone else [US + 4 other countries]

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_RLC-410-Olivia-Huang-e1513525921455.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-464405" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_RLC-410-Olivia-Huang-e1513525921455-728x513.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="471" /></a></p> <p>If you're ready to take your home security into the 21st century or want to expand your existing system, you can get yourself a 1440p PoE or wireless version for free as part of this giveaway. And if you're not so lucky, or want to really go all out, you can take advantage of a holiday sale on these and other components too.<span id="more-464400"></span></p> <p>Reolink makes everything you need to set up a home (or business, or whatever you want) surveillance system.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/giveaway-7-winners-will-get-1440p-security-camera-65-value-reolink-plus-christmas-sale-everyone-else-us-4-countries/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/giveaway-7-winners-will-get-1440p-security-camera-65-value-reolink-plus-christmas-sale-everyone-else-us-4-countries/'>Giveaway: 7 winners...

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Some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners claiming included headphone adapter doesn’t work

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/nexus2cee_google-pixel-2-10052017-05.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-453830" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/nexus2cee_google-pixel-2-10052017-05-728x410.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>The second-generation Pixel phones have had some struggles. Following user reports of <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/26/google-will-update-pixel-2-2-xl-saturated-color-mode-says-xl-burn-not-issue/">problems with the OLED display</a>, strange effects when taking <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/13/pixel-2-cameras-dont-like-led-lights-displaying-strange-banding-aimed-direction/">photos of LED lights</a>, seemingly <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/08/pixel-2s-muted-mic-issue-may-fixed-blowing-bottom-speaker-nintendo-style/">muted microphones</a>, a <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/19/google-says-pixel-2-buzzing-noise-will-fixed-upcoming-ota/">mysterious buzzing noise</a>, <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/29/google-says-pixel-2-random-reboots-may-fixed-android-8-1-dp2/">random reboots</a>, and <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/29/android-auto-crashing-randomly-many-pixel-2-2-xl-owners/">crashes</a> in Android Auto mode, it has been a tumultuous time for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners. Multiple users in the Google Product Forums have now claimed that the USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapters are not working on their phones, with sound instead being played through...

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Apple’s head of India operations to leave company as growth slows

According to a new report out of The Economic Times, Apple’s head of India operations is leaving the company with “immediate effect.” Sanjay Kaul has been in charge of Apple’s operations in India for the last year and a half, during which Apple has faced mixed results in the country… Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks […]

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp updated w/ new content & social features

Nintendo has released a notable update for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on iOS. The update brings the app to version 1.1 and includes new content and social features, as well as performance improvements and bug fixes… Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks Cover Most notably, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp adds gardening to the tasks available at […]

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Google Maps v9.69 beta adds reviews and comments to lists, improves step-by-step transit notifications, prepares new location sharing option, and more [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_maps.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-464513" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_maps.png" alt="" width="728" height="300" /></a></p> <p>A new version of Google Maps hit the beta channel late Friday evening. At the same time, Google announced improvements to the step-by-step navigation features for moving through public transit. That announcement applies to v9.68 and above, but after poking around in 9.69, there are also a couple of new things to check out. You can now see your reviews on locations in your custom lists, and add comments to those places to add hints or recommendations.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/google-maps-v9-69-beta-adds-reviews-comments-lists-improves-step-step-transit-notifications-prepares-new-location-sharing-option-apk-teardown/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/google-maps-v9-69-beta-adds-reviews-comments-lists-improves-step-step-transit-notifications-prepares-new-location-sharing-option-apk-teardown/'>Google Maps v9.69 beta adds...

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3DMark gets a huge v2.0 update with new interface, Vulkan API support, and more

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_3dm.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-464613" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_3dm-728x432.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="396" /></a></p> <p>How good is your phone when it comes to gaming? There are a few ways to find out, but 3DMark is probably the best. That's the only benchmarking it does, after all. The app has been pretty clunky for a while, but it just got a major update with a cleaner UI, more tests, new charts, and a ton more.</p> <p><span id="more-464612"></span></p> <p>Here's the changelog for 3DMark v2.0.</p> <div class="note-wrapper"><div class="note note-note"><div class="note-heading"><i class="icon-note"></i></div> <ul><li class="recent-change">Completely redesigned app is now faster and more useful than ever.</li></ul></div><div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/3dmark-gets-huge-v2-0-update-new-interface-vulkan-api-support/" class="read-more">Read More</a></div><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/3dmark-gets-huge-v2-0-update-new-interface-vulkan-api-support/'>3DMark gets...

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Android Studio’s Emulator reaches stable channel with Quick Boot for 6-second startup times, Play Store support, and an assortment of other improvements

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Android-Studio.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-464609 size-hero-size" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Android-Studio-728x377.png" width="668" height="346" /></a></p> <p>Back in October, <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/25/android-studio-3-0-arrives-stable-channel-support-kotlin-improves-device-emulators/">Android Studio 3.0 was set loose to the stable channel</a> with improved support for the Kotlin language, platform technologies like Android Things, and many other new and improved features. At the same time, a major upgrade to the Android Emulator also went out to developers on Android Studio's canary channel. It came with quite a few enhancements, but the the headliner was Quick Boot, which can reportedly achieve startup times of less than 6 seconds.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/android-studios-emulator-reaches-stable-channel-quick-boot-6-second-startup-times-play-store-support-assortment-improvements/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/android-studios-emulator-reaches-stable-channel-quick-boot-6-second-startup-times-play-store-support-assortment-improvements/'>Android Studio's Emulator reaches stable...

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Nokia 5 gets the JerryRigEverything treatment, fares better than most

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_2017-12-18-15_11_49-20-Nokia-5-Durability-Test-Scratch-BURN-and-BEND-tested-YouTube.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-464606" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_2017-12-18-15_11_49-20-Nokia-5-Durability-Test-Scratch-BURN-and-BEND-tested-YouTube-728x407.png" alt="" width="668" height="373" /></a></p> <p>Nokia hasn't been a player in smartphones for years, but it's back with the help of manufacturer HMD. There have been various Android-powered Nokia phones this year, and the latest is the mid-range Nokia 5. The Nokia phones of old have a reputation for being durable, but what about this new one? The JerryRigEverything YouTube channel seeks to find out. Spoiler: things went pretty well for the Nokia 5.</p> <p><span id="more-464590"></span></p> <p>The scratch and burn test go about like you'd expect.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/nokia-5-gets-jerryrigeverything-treatment-fares-better/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/nokia-5-gets-jerryrigeverything-treatment-fares-better/'>Nokia 5 gets the JerryRigEverything treatment,...

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12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (12/12/17 – 12/18/17)

<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-463862"></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>Featured App</h2> <h3>Lockfeed Lock Screen for Instagram Pinterest &more</h3><p></p> <p>Today's roundup is presented by <em><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lockfeed">Lockfeed Lock Screen for Instagram Pinterest &more</a></em>, from <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Krots">Krots</a>.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/12-new-notable-android-apps-live-wallpapers-last-week-12-12-17-12-18-17/"...

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Amazon’s Echo Connect smart speakerphone is now available for $34.99

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_51HRDOd4yFL._SL1000_.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-464576" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_51HRDOd4yFL._SL1000_-728x416.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="382" /></a></p> <p>Amazon has so many Echo things now that it can be hard to keep track. There's the Echo Show, Plus, Spot, Dot, and Squiggle. Okay, I made that last one up, but you never know what Amazon is going to do next. Today, it's releasing the <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/27/amazon-announces-new-echo-speakers-spot-alarm-clock-4k-fire-tv-dongle/">previously announced</a> Echo Connect, which links your home phone to Alexa devices. You can order yours today for $34.99.</p> <p><span id="more-464574"></span></p> <p>The Echo Connect plugs into a standard phone line, but it's not actually Alexa-enabled.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/amazons-echo-connect-smart-speakerphone-now-available-34-99/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/18/amazons-echo-connect-smart-speakerphone-now-available-34-99/'>Amazon's Echo Connect smart...

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