Intel won’t make wearables anymore, but its mobile chips aren’t going anywhere

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/intel-generic-copyright-by-JiahuiH.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-487603" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/intel-generic-copyright-by-JiahuiH.png" alt="Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/huangjiahui/4907798630" width="1536" height="1024" /></a></p> <p>Earlier this week, <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/articles/intel-plans-to-shut-down-smart-glasses-group"><em>The Information</em></a> reported that Intel will be shutting down its New Devices Group, the branch responsible for developing wearable consumer products such as the Vaunt smart glasses prototype. The news comes a few months after Intel announced it had also given up on developing its own smart watches and trackers.<br /><span id="more-487597"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/vaunt-intel-smart-glasses.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-487598 size-large" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/vaunt-intel-smart-glasses-668x445.png" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center"><i>Intel's Vaunt smart glasses prototype. Credit: <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/5/16966530/intel-vaunt-smart-glasses-announced-ar-video">The Verge</a></i></p> <p>This marks Intel's definitive departure from the wearable consumer product market, in...

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[Deal Alert] Arlo Pro 2-pack down to just $280 ($140 off) from QVC

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Screen-Shot-2018-04-20-at-8.33.07-PM.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487589" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Screen-Shot-2018-04-20-at-8.33.07-PM-728x388.png" alt="" width="668" height="356" /></a></p> <p>Most smart cameras require a wired power source. Oftentimes, though, getting a power source to a camera mounted anywhere outside just isn't practical. That's where <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/01/11/netgear-arlo-pro-review-great-things-just-okay-rest/">Netgear's fully wireless Arlo Pro cameras</a> come in. QVC is currently offering a two-pack for just $279.96, a substantial discount from its usual $419.99 price.</p> <p><span id="more-487586"></span></p> <p>Each Arlo Pro has 720p recording, 8x digital zoom, and infrared night vision. The battery (remember, these are wireless) lasts for six months on a charge, which is pretty impressive.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/20/deal-alert-arlo-pro-2-pack-just-280-140-off-qvc/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/20/deal-alert-arlo-pro-2-pack-just-280-140-off-qvc/'>[Deal Alert] Arlo...

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Qualcomm cuts 1,500 jobs in California

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Qualcomm-generic-hero.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-477412" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Qualcomm-generic-hero-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Qualcomm doesn't have to worry about <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/14/broadcom-withdraws-qualcomm-bid-wake-trump-block/">a hostile takeover</a> anymore, but the company is still trying to please stockholders. It previously promised to reduce costs by $1 billion, and part of that seems to be laying off a large number of employees.</p> <p>Qualcomm has begun cutting 1,500 jobs in California, with some positions being eliminated in other locations as well.<span id="more-487590"></span> The company employs about 34,000 people globally. Qualcomm said in a statement, "We first evaluated non-headcount expense reductions, but we concluded that a workforce reduction is needed to...

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S9 $659.99 (SM-G960F/DS) on eBay

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/deal-alert-samsung-s9-dual-sim.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-487560" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/deal-alert-samsung-s9-dual-sim.png" alt="" width="2950" height="1230" /></a></p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes in slightly different variants, depending on which part of the world it was intended to be sold in. Whereas the version designed for the US market comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip inside, Galaxy S9 devices sold internationally all feature Samsung's Exynos 9810 chips instead. Many consider the Exynos devices superior due to their edge in performance (and <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/16/twrp-support-comes-exynos-galaxy-s9-s9/">better development</a>), but others prefer them because they're the only version that can be purchased with dual-SIM support.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/20/deal-alert-dual-sim-samsung-galaxy-s9-659-99-sm-g960f-ds-ebay/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/20/deal-alert-dual-sim-samsung-galaxy-s9-659-99-sm-g960f-ds-ebay/'>[Deal...

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[Deal Alert] Fitbit Ionic down to $240 on eBay ($60 off)

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/20180420-Fitbit-Ionic.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487565" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/20180420-Fitbit-Ionic-728x372.png" alt="" width="668" height="341" /></a></p> <p>The world of smartwatches is starting to dry up, and as sad as that is, I can't say that I'm surprised. However, there remain a few diamonds in the rough, one of which is on sale <a href="http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574915657&toolid=10001&campid=5336677250&customid=&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2FNEW-Fitbit-Ionic-Smartwatch-Fitness-Tracker-One-Size-S-L-Bands-Included-%2F173087828290">over on eBay</a>. The Fitbit Ionic, in all three color variations, is going for $239.99, a nice $60 off. <span id="more-487563"></span></p> <p>While not really a typical smartwatch – as compared to a Wear OS or Gear device – the Ionic nonetheless received a very fair rating from Ryan, who <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/04/fitbit-ionic-long-term-review-fitbit-may-track-wearable-win/">re-reviewed the wearable</a> after it had...

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Chrome OS Settings and Shortcuts to appear in launcher alongside Android apps Chrome OS

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Chrome-Settings-app.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487533" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Chrome-Settings-app-728x436.png" alt="" width="668" height="400" /></a></p> <p>With Android tablets being... Android tablets, Chromebooks are quickly being adapted to fill the void. On <a href="https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/chrome-os-systems-supporting-android-apps">supported devices</a>, they combine the utility of Android apps with the flexibility of an adaptive (and productive) form-factor. The latest tweak, presenting Android-style Settings and Shortcuts apps in the launcher, further affirms the role Google's Chrome OS is set to assume. <span id="more-487527"></span></p> <p>It's no secret, we're of the opinion that Chrome OS devices are <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/26/ready-not-chrome-os-tablets-must-replace-android-tablets/">set to displace</a> Android tablets, and app-centric changes like these seem to imply that Google feels...

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AT&T launches its “5G” to more markets

Shutterstock AT&T is promoting its new technology called 5G Evolution. According to a press release, 5G Evolution is now in over 100 markets. However, despite what its moniker would suggest, 5G Evolution is not 5G. Yesterday, AT&T put out a press release patting itself on the back for launching what it calls 5G Evolution technology […]

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How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/server-rack.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487537" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/server-rack-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>It's not a huge stretch to say that without the <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/09/oneplus-finally-buys-website-address-along/">domain name system</a>, the internet as we know it would be practically unusable. With domain names being as important as they are, the servers we use to look them up form a critical part of our internet experience. For users who would like a little more control over how their phones resolve domain names, we're here to talk about what you can do to configure Android to work with the domain name server of your choice.<div...

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Verizon LG V30 update adds AI camera and ThinQ branding

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ai-cam-2.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487535" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ai-cam-2-728x408.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="374" /></a></p> <p>At Mobile World Congress, LG announced a new version of the V30 called the V30S ThinQ, but it wasn't <em>actually</em> new. There were no hardware changes to enable the AI camera features (just more storage and RAM), so there was nothing stopping LG from rolling them out in an update. It did so in Korea <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/10/lg-v30-update-south-korea-brings-thinq-ai-camera-features-branding/">last month</a>, and now the same re-branding is coming to Verizon in the latest update.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/20/verizon-lg-v30-update-adds-ai-camera-thinq-branding/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/20/verizon-lg-v30-update-adds-ai-camera-thinq-branding/'>Verizon LG V30 update adds AI camera and ThinQ branding</a> was written by the...

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LG G7 ThinQ will reportedly feature a Google Assistant button

LG’s upcoming G7 ThinQ will reportedly feature a dedicated Google Assistant button. The button functions similarly to Samsung’s Bixby’s button, for better and worse. The button also plays into Google’s and LG’s respective strategies. You can already call up Google Assistant with your voice or with the Google app. If you pick up LG’s rumored […]

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9to5Mac Daily 065: April 20, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/9to5mac-daily-april-20-2018.mp3 more…

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[Update: Trees theme hits stable for 4/20] Reddit app v3.0 beta adds night mode, account drawer, themes, and more

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/04/20 1:51pm PDT Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/20/reddit-app-v3-0-beta-adds-night-mode-account-drawer-themes/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/04/20 1:51pm PDT</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">This version of the Reddit app just hit stable, delivering the Trees theme just in time for 4/20—almost too perfectly timed—as well as all the other v3.0 goodies we covered. You</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_DSC02329.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-482856" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_DSC02329-728x409.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>The official Reddit app has been not so good compared to many of the alternative clients, but it's getting better today. The v3.0 update is in beta, and it adds a number of important features.<div...

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Google Assistant turns to external answers when its own services are offline

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Assistant-knows-a-guy.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487248" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Assistant-knows-a-guy-728x382.png" alt="" width="668" height="351" /></a></p> <p>Google's software Assistant and corresponding Home hardware are there to answer your questions (within certain limits), but it may not always be Google that answers. In some circumstances, including things like service outages, it looks like Google is able to hand off questions it would typically answer to third-party apps or services. With your consent, of course.<span id="more-487243"></span></p> <p>[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F0IgzplT7I?feature=oembed&w=668&h=501]</p> <p><a href="https://searchengineland.com/google-assistant-sometimes-uses-accuweather-when-their-weather-service-fails-296517"><em>Search Engine Land</em></a> reported yesterday on the video just above, in which a request about the weather is passed off to AccuWeather, rather than be answered by the...

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