Eric Schmidt leaving Executive Chairman post at Alphabet to become “technical advisor”

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ericschmidt194x300_thumb.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-6295" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ericschmidt194x300_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a></p> <p>Alphabet has announced that Eric Schmidt is changing roles to "technical advisor," as the 62-year-old steps down from his position as executive chairman. Schmidt has been with Google for 17 years, serving as CEO from August 2001 to April 2011, and subsequently as executive chairman of Google, a role he continued when the company reorganized into Alphabet in October 2015.</p> <p>Alphabet has not provided a specific reason for the timing or underlying reason for the move.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/eric-schmidt-leaving-executive-chairman-post-alphabet-become-technical-advisor/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/eric-schmidt-leaving-executive-chairman-post-alphabet-become-technical-advisor/'>Eric Schmidt leaving Executive Chairman post at...

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Instagram now lets you directly nag your friends to watch your live video

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_instagram-live-video-in-direct-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-465295" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_instagram-live-video-in-direct-1-728x425.png" alt="" width="668" height="390" /></a></p> <p>What's the point of broadcasting live on Instagram if you can't prod your followers to watch you? Otherwise you're just livestreaming to the wind. To solve this crisis, Instagram today <a href="https://instagram-press.com/blog/2017/12/21/new-send-a-live-video-in-direct/">announced a new feature</a> allowing users to send their live videos right to the Direct inbox of a follower or a group of them. It's kind of like performing a song on their front lawn and throwing rocks at their window to get them to notice.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/instagram-now-lets-directly-nag-friends-watch-live-video/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/instagram-now-lets-directly-nag-friends-watch-live-video/'>Instagram now lets you directly nag your...

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New commit shows possibility of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 powered Chromebooks

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nexus2cee_samsung-chromebook-plus-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-409337" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nexus2cee_samsung-chromebook-plus-hero-728x326.png" alt="" width="668" height="299" /></a></p> <p>At the <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/05/news-snapdragon-845-exists/">unveiling</a> of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 earlier this month, Microsoft and Qualcomm <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/qualcomm-announces-always-connected-windows-10-pcs/">announced</a> "always-connected" Windows 10 notebook PCs with LTE support and batteries that last throughout the day. For Microsoft's part, this new initiative is separate from the previous Windows RT releases, as these systems can seamlessly run <del datetime="2017-12-22T03:36:58+00:00">x86-64</del> 32-bit x86 apps. A newly discovered commit indicates that Snapdragon 845-powered Chromebooks are being developed as well.</p> <p><span id="more-465293"></span></p> <p>The new commits include the "cheza" board powered by "chipset-qc845." While this would not be the...

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Wikipedia for iOS adds new black mode for iPhone X’s OLED display

Joining the ever-growing list of apps adding support and optimization for iPhone X, Wikipedia has updated its iOS app with a new “Black” mode that takes full advantage of the device’s OLED display… Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks Cover The update comes as part of version 5.7.3 of Wikipedia for iOS. In addition to the […]

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Tidal splashes onto Android TV with its lossless music streaming

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/nexus2cee_tidal-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-459161" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/nexus2cee_tidal-hero-728x400.png" alt="" width="668" height="367" /></a></p> <p>If you are someone who would pay 20 bucks a month for lossless streaming audio, you would probably like the option to play those high-bitrate tunes through the receiver connected to the biggest screen in your house. It's only fair. Rejoice, audiophiles and audiophile wannabes (like me), because streaming service Tidal has released an Android TV version of its app. <span id="more-465277"></span></p> <p>Tidal also leans heavily on providing high-resolution music videos as well as audio, and boasts in its <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aspiro.tidal">Play Store listing</a> that users can now "stream exclusive...

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Future Chromebooks might be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845

Earlier this month, Qualcomm unveiled its next-generation processor for the upcoming wave of flagship smartphones, while also showcasing how Snapdragon can power all-day cellular-connected Windows laptops. A new report today suggests that Chromebooks could one day be powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor. Nintendo Switch Spotted in the Chromium repository (via XDA-Developers) are various references […]

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[Deal Alert] Get 1 movie rental or 3 TV episodes at Google Play for $0.99

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_googleplaymovies99cents.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-465258" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_googleplaymovies99cents-728x299.png" alt="" width="668" height="274" /></a></p> <p>It's that time of year when kids are out of school, it's really freaking cold outside (at least where I am it is), and friends and family find themselves all stuck together for long and often awkward periods of time. What better way to pass that time than with some cinematic or televised entertainment? Well lucky you, because Google Play is giving you one rental of any eligible movie for just $0.99 as well as offering three TV episodes to purchase, also for $0.99.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/deal-alert-get-1-movie-rental-3-tv-episodes-google-play-0-99/"...

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ASUS begins updating the ZenFone 3 Max with ZenUI 4.0

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_5652000cv11d-728x415.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-465254" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_5652000cv11d-728x415-728x415.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="381" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/15/asus-begins-updating-zenfone-3-line-zenui-4-0-starting-zf3-zoom/">Three months ago</a>, ASUS promised to update the ZenFone 3 product line to ZenUI 4.0: a trimmed down, more minimal version of the company's software. They started with the ZenFone 3 Zoom at the same time as that announcement, and <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/06/asus-zenfone-4-max-updated-zenui-4-0/">just recently</a> the ZenFone 4 Max got it. Three months later, its forebear the ZenFone 3 Max is able to join the fun. The update will be rolling out over the next week.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/asus-begins-updating-zenfone-3-max-zenui-4-0/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/asus-begins-updating-zenfone-3-max-zenui-4-0/'>ASUS begins updating the ZenFone 3 Max with...

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[Deal Alert] Samsung EVO Select microSD cards discounted up to $20 on Amazon

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_2017-12-21-14_37_56-Amazon.com_-Samsung-256GB-100MB_s-U3-MicroSDXC-EVO-Select-Memory-Card-with-Ada.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-465217" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_2017-12-21-14_37_56-Amazon.com_-Samsung-256GB-100MB_s-U3-MicroSDXC-EVO-Select-Memory-Card-with-Ada-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Smartphones come with more internal storage these days, but sometimes that just isn't enough. For those devices with the necessary slot, a microSD card can allow you to carry a massive media library around in your pocket. You can get some of the fastest cards out there today for a nice discount. Samsung's EVO Select cards are all on sale. The smaller ones are just a few bucks off, but you save more on the larger ones.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/deal-alert-samsung-evo-select-microsd-cards-discounted-20-amazon/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/deal-alert-samsung-evo-select-microsd-cards-discounted-20-amazon/'>[Deal Alert] Samsung EVO Select microSD cards...

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Jan D, developer and founder of Team Venom/Viper for HTC phones, is retiring from the project

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_sDFbON5J.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-465206" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_sDFbON5J-150x150.png" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a></p> <p>In what might be very unfortunate news for users of the Viper ROMs, Team Venom developer and founder Jan D, or "j to the 4n," has <a href="https://venomroms.com/im-saying-goodbye/">announced</a> today that he is retiring from the project to spend more time with his family. Although the project does have four other developers involved in it, notably including the prolific Magisk developer TopJohnWu, this does leave the future of the ROM somewhat in question. <span id="more-465198"></span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">I’m saying goodbye… <a href="https://t.co/cHPwFjPItj">https://t.co/cHPwFjPItj</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZOda2OjlIO">pic.twitter.com/ZOda2OjlIO</a></p> <p>— Jan D (@j_to_the_4n) <a href="https://twitter.com/j_to_the_4n/status/943470969653522432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December...

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Pandora for Android TV adds premium subscription support, Google Assistant, and more

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_unnamed-9.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-465208" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_unnamed-9-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Pandora went many years without a traditional music streaming option like Spotify or Play Music, but it eventually adde the $10 Premium tier that allows you to play whatever tuns you want. However, the Android TV client has been lagging behind. Today, a new version is rolling out that adds support for Premium subscriptions along with a few other features.</p> <p><span id="more-465207"></span></p> <p>Here's the changelog for Pandora 4.0 for Android TV.</p> <div class="note-wrapper"><div class="note note-note"><div class="note-heading"><i class="icon-note"></i></div> <ul><li>Search and play songs, albums, or playlists for any occasion.</li></ul></div><div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/pandora-android-tv-adds-premium-subscription-support-google-assistant/" class="read-more">Read More</a></div><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/pandora-android-tv-adds-premium-subscription-support-google-assistant/'>Pandora...

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’57° North for Merge Cube’ is a unique augmented reality choose your own adventure game

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DQxtAksU8AUoy2e.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-465159" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DQxtAksU8AUoy2e-728x410.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Mighty+Coconut">Mighty Coconut's</a> first foray on the Google Play Store offers up quite a unique gameplay experience. Their title is called <em>57° North for Merge Cube</em>, and it is an augmented reality choose your own adventure game that requires the use of a third-party foam cube from a company called <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/merge-vr">Merge Labs, Inc</a>. Suffice to say it may be a bother to purchase yourself one of these cubes, though the gameplay of <em>57° North</em> is most definitely worth the added effort and cost.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/57-north-merge-cube-unique-augmented-reality-choose-adventure-game/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/57-north-merge-cube-unique-augmented-reality-choose-adventure-game/'>'57°...

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Some are experiencing a rattling or buzzing problem with the Pixel 2 XL’s speakers

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DSC00725.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-465171" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DSC00725-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Google's Pixel 2 XL might be a great phone, but it hasn't been without controversy. Now we can add one more issue to the growing list. For many, one or both of the phone's front-facing speakers suffer from distortion/rattling. In some cases, the problem only seems to crop up at louder volumes, but for others (including us here at AP) it occurs even at lower volumes such as during phone calls.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/experiencing-rattling-buzzing-problem-pixel-2-xls-speakers/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/21/experiencing-rattling-buzzing-problem-pixel-2-xls-speakers/'>Some are experiencing a rattling or buzzing problem with the Pixel...

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