[Update: Go apps too] Play Store now recommending lite apps to some users

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/03/31 5:20pm PDT Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/play-store-now-recommending-lite-apps-users/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/03/31 5:20pm PDT</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">We've received a few tips that Android Go apps are also being shown as alternatives, not just Lite apps. Thanks Wael for the screenshots! </span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_play-store-lite-app-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-482097" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_play-store-lite-app-hero.png" alt="" width="728" height="351" /></a></p> <p>Over the past year or two, we've seen a rise of 'lite' apps - lightweight alternative applications for popular services. Facebook Lite, Skype Lite, and Twitter Lite are just a few examples. But it's not always obvious to users that these...

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Iran reportedly to block Telegram due to ‘national security’ concerns

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Generic-Telegram-Hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-483516" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Generic-Telegram-Hero-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>After posting about its <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/22/telegram-hits-solid-200m-monthly-user-milestone-shares-4-8-5-update-apk-download/">impressive 200 million user count</a>, messaging service Telegram has been dealt another blow. The Iranian government is reportedly preparing to block the platform, citing concerns of "national security."<span id="more-483514"></span></p> <p>This follows not too long after Telegram <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/20/telegram-loses-appeal-keep-encryption-keys-russian-government/">lost an appeal in Russia</a>, where the government there ordered the company to hand over its encryption keys, again with nods to national security. In Iran's case, the report comes from <em>Mashreghnews.ir</em>, who quotes Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of...

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[Continuously Updated] 2018 April Fools’ Roundup: All the jokes from around the web

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Wheres-Waldo-Maps-Hero-Google.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-483493" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Wheres-Waldo-Maps-Hero-Google-728x409.png" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>April Fools' day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early. Google's various divisions do a decent job each year. Last year's Google Gnome was a pretty good one, and the Maps team's 2014 <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2014/03/31/google-wants-this-april-fools-to-be-the-very-best-kicks-things-off-with-a-google-maps-pokmon-challenge/">Pokemon prank</a> was a memorable one. <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2015/04/01/the-oneplus-dr-1-drone-is-an-april-fools-joke-that-you-can-buy-maybe-possibly-probably-not/">OnePlus</a> even does a good job.</p> <p>It can be tough keeping track, though, so let us handle the work while you enjoy the jokes.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/continuously-updated-2018-april-fools-roundup-jokes-around-web/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/continuously-updated-2018-april-fools-roundup-jokes-around-web/'>[Continuously Updated] 2018...

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Phiaton BT 150 NC review: Great sound and noise canceling in an affordable package

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_review_DSC_0576.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-483495" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_review_DSC_0576-728x485.png" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Taking a step away from fitness-oriented audio, I have recently spent some time with Phiaton's BT 150 NC noise canceling earphones. This is aimed at traveling professionals who want to have great noise canceling without breaking the bank. Phiaton manages that with the $150 BT 150 NC, all while providing very good sound quality and comfort.<span id="more-466451"></span></p> <p>As you well know, dear reader, cut corners are inevitable, especially when discussing anything with the word "affordable" attached to it.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/phiaton-bt-150-nc-review/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/phiaton-bt-150-nc-review/'>Phiaton BT 150 NC review: Great sound...

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Finally! High quality wireless headphones for under $80

Get your kicks from AAPicks today with a deal which we think you’re going to enjoy: 69% off TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones. If you’re in the market for some high-quality Wireless headphones, but you don’t want to pay an extra $300 more to have a certain logo on the side (you know which one […]

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Google working to open recently-freed wireless spectrum for shared use

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Google-Mobile-data-antenna-generic-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-483485" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Google-Mobile-data-antenna-generic-hero-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>A big chunk of the 3.5GHz spectrum in the US—called Citizens Broadband Radio Service, or CBRS for short—is being opened up for use later this year. Originally used by the US military, the FCC decided in 2015 that the frequencies could be put to better, shared use without obstructing its current applications, like Navy radar. And, according to <em><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-29/google-led-plan-to-upend-wireless-industry-gains-momentum">Bloomberg</a>,</em> Google's building the systems that will allow for seamless use of these new frequencies.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/google-working-open-recently-freed-wireless-spectrum-shared-use/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/google-working-open-recently-freed-wireless-spectrum-shared-use/'>Google working to open recently-freed wireless spectrum for shared...

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Google claims Pixel 2 MMS issues fixed despite continued reports

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Pixel-2-XL-MMS-Generic-Hero-Photo.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-483473" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Pixel-2-XL-MMS-Generic-Hero-Photo-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>According to a <a href="https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/phone-by-google/BwyxuNcJj-U/lqmlbC0tAgAJ">statement</a> made by a Google employee on the Pixel product forums, a somewhat widespread problem with receiving MMS messages on the Pixel 2 XL has been resolved. But if you ask the people that claimed to be affected, you'll get a very different answer. <span id="more-483467"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Screenshot_20180327-143801.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-483475" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Screenshot_20180327-143801-329x658.png" alt="" width="329" height="658" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center"><em>Image via <a href="https://productforums.google.com/d/msg/phone-by-google/BwyxuNcJj-U/TFvZKjkxAgAJ">Omar Ramadan</a></em></p> <p>We had heard some reports for this problem ourselves, which manifests as an inability to receive or download MMS messages...

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Netflix, but for smartphones: Is it the future?

Despite the growth of the used smartphone market, a huge amount of new smartphones are sold each year. Marketing and carrier plans work their magic to support sales and detrimental factors like planned obsolescence, failing support for older devices, and a limited ability to repair phones keep anything too old from sticking around in the […]

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AT&T and Sonim announce the XP8, a $699 ultra-rugged phone for public safety workers

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_340244-Component-1-Sonim-XP8.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-483465" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_340244-Component-1-Sonim-XP8-728x333.png" alt="" width="668" height="306" /></a></p> <p>We don't often see much into the world of ultra-rugged smartphones and tablets as "normal" consumers, though we catch glimpses from time to time from the likes of CAT and such. These devices take many steps beyond the Galaxy S Active series in terms of durability. Since AT&T seems to be fond of these phones, it and Sonim have announced the XP8 for use on FirstNet. This phone looks like one solid piece of technology and, despite its middling specifications, it will cost a whopping $699.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/att-sonim-ultra-rugged-xp8-public-safety-workers-699/"...

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Alphabet Scoop 003: Pixel 3 chatter, Chromebooks vs. iPad, and Wear OS focuses on battery life

This week, we talk about our homescreens, wearables, and setups, the first Wear OS watch, a slew of ARCore announcements, and all of the week’s most important app updates. Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Play, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players. https://9to5google.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/alphabet-scoop-0031.mp3 more…

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Wicked Audio Endo review: The boring kind of cheap headphones

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_review_DSC_0507.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-483080" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_review_DSC_0507-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Bluetooth audio products take many forms at several price points, offering us the consumers multiple options to meet our respective needs. While some can go for the top-dollar, high-end items from Bose, others may need something under $100 or even $50. Affordable audio is potentially lucrative, especially when a customer can go find them at his or her nearest Walmart. Growing up, the only name of true note I knew in this particular market was Skullcandy, an edgy company set on providing decent-ish headphones and earphones that looked nice/cool,...

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39 new and notable Android TV apps and games from the last 8 months (7/12/18 – 3/31/18)

<div class="multi-page-post pages"> <header class="section-header "><span class="header-bg blue-bg">multi-page article</span> </header><section><span>Page 1</span> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/39-new-notable-android-tv-apps-games-last-8-months-7-12-18-3-31-18/2/"><span>Page 2</span></a></section></div><p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_android_tv_expansion.jpg" class=" no-style"><img title="android_tv_expansion" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_android_tv_expansion_thumb.jpg" alt="android_tv_expansion" width="728" height="409" /></a> Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android TV apps and games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the last few months or so. Due to how large this list is, it has been broken up into two pages. The first page lists only ATV apps, and the second page is made up entirely of ATV games.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/39-new-notable-android-tv-apps-games-last-8-months-7-12-18-3-31-18/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/31/39-new-notable-android-tv-apps-games-last-8-months-7-12-18-3-31-18/'>39 new and notable Android TV apps...

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Reflection, glare, and… moths?

image via Wikipedia. No, you don’t need to check the URL. You haven’t somehow been sent to an insect collecting site. This is still the good ol’ Android Authority you know and love, and I’m still here to tell you about some new developments in display technology. Stick around, we’ll get to the moths in […]

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Google’s Emoji Scavenger Hunt is a browser-based game that tries to make machine learning fun and accessible

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_EmojiScavengerHunt-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-483441" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_EmojiScavengerHunt-hero-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>"Machine learning" and "neural network" are familiar terms to anyone who follows what Google is up to these days, but they may not be the most accessible or comprehensible concepts for the masses. And that's fine — you don't need to have a firm grasp of machine learning to enjoy <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/12/google-releases-huge-hdr-image-dataset-researchers/">better photos</a> or <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/05/24/ways-machine-learning-improved-gboard/">keyboards</a>, for instance. Still, Google has been quietly showcasing ways for users to get more <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2016/11/16/quick-draw-like-draw-something-googles-artificial-intelligence-network/">hands-on with these concepts</a>, and the latest such experiment is a game called <a href="https://emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle.com/">Emoji Scavenger Hunt</a>.<div class="clear"></div>...

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How to: Automatically mark archived emails as read in Gmail or Inbox

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_inbox-notification-hero-1.gif" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-483424" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_inbox-notification-hero-1.gif" alt="" width="1080" height="675" /></a></p> <p>One of the things that most annoyed me when switching from Gmail to Inbox as my main email client was how you could no longer mark emails as read. My email workflow had always consisted of manually marking emails as read before archiving them, and I didn't appreciate the change. It might just be my unhealthy obsession with being unreasonably neat and organized — it probably is — but it really irks me to think that there might be an unread email hiding somewhere in my archive.<div class="clear"></div> <a...

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10 best TV remote apps for Android

The IR blaster is one of the most under-appreciated features on mobile phones. It’s also starting to become a rarer feature on mobile phones. It has a lot of uses. One of those is to control your TV. There are a variety of apps that are capable of it. However, there are also a ton […]

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