Political scrutiny on Google continues to grow in Europe

The European Parliament adopted a report which recommends that Google be restructured. Though the report was adopted 445-104, it is not a binding one. The European Commission has two open cases against Google, which will take years to be completed. The European Parliament just adopted a report which calls for the complete structural separation of Google’s […]

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Huawei’s upcoming AI assistant is a Black Mirror episode in real life

Huawei is looking to provide emotional interactions through its AI assistant. The company’s team is inspired by the movie Her and envisions that soon enough, we won’t even need to touch our smartphones to use them. While Huawei’s vision sounds ambitious and exciting, its plans to essentially replace human interactions sound slightly worrisome. Huawei is reportedly preparing […]

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Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/nexus2cee_DSC06512.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-318512" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/nexus2cee_DSC06512-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Android Auto is meant to simplify your phone experience so that you can keep your eyes on the road, but that simplification can sometimes be taken too far. For this reason, Google is adding the ability to view your full contacts list. That means that there are now four ways to call someone while connected to Android Auto.</p> <p><span id="more-487681"></span></p> <p>Previously, you could use Assistant, choose from your call lists (favorites, recently placed calls, received calls, missed calls), or manually dial the number to call someone.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/android-auto-adds-ability-view-full-contacts-list/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a...

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Capcom is killing ‘Puzzle Fighter’ on July 31, less than a year after launch

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/capcom-puzzle-fighter-hero-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487674" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/capcom-puzzle-fighter-hero-1-728x435.png" alt="" width="668" height="399" /></a></p> <p>Capcom announced in a <a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/jefferysimpson/blog/2018/04/20/puzzle-fighter-sunset-announcement">blog post</a> yesterday that it's winding down support for its free-to-play puzzle game, <em>Puzzle Fighter</em>. In-app purchases will be available until April 23, and the game will be removed from app stores on July 1. The game's servers will shut down on July 31, making it unplayable.</p> <p><span id="more-487672"></span></p> <p><em>Puzzle Fighter</em> is a fairly run-of-the-mill puzzler that sees players matching colored gems to eliminate them from the screen, with the addition of characters from Capcom's various properties, like Mega Man and <em>Street Fighter</em>'s Ryu.<div class="clear"></div>...

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AT&T CEO describes new $15/month streaming service during antitrust testimony

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/att-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-487669 size-hero-size" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/att-hero-728x364.png" width="668" height="334" /></a></p> <p>AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson surprise-announced the company's upcoming streaming service, called Watch, during his testimony at AT&T's ongoing antitrust trial this week. The service will be free for AT&T unlimited wireless subscribers, a spokesperson later said, and cost $15 per month for everyone else. The service won't include sports programming.</p> <p><span id="more-487665"></span></p> <p>Watch will allow subscribers to watch cable content without a cable subscription. AT&T already provides a service like this one in DirecTV Now, which starts at $35 a month; Watch will be considerably less expensive, and sounds like it...

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Google app v8.0 beta adds a screen for Your People, prepares custom routines to run on a schedule, switch Lens to the selfie camera, and more [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/google-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-487660" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/google-1.png" alt="" width="728" height="300" /></a></p> <p>The Google app just leapt up to version 8.0 late last night, but despite the shiny new version number, most things are looking about the same. A new screen has been added for "Your People," while a teardown tells us that it will be possible to set regular schedules to run custom routines (when they launch), the Google Lens will be able to switch to the front-facing selfie camera, and more.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/google-app-v8-0-beta-adds-screen-people-prepares-custom-routines-run-schedule-switch-lens-selfie-camera-apk-teardown/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/google-app-v8-0-beta-adds-screen-people-prepares-custom-routines-run-schedule-switch-lens-selfie-camera-apk-teardown/'>Google app v8.0 beta adds a screen for Your People, prepares...

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ZTE responds to US ban, says it will ‘take judicial measures’ if necessary

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_ZTE-Generic-Hero.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-477411" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_ZTE-Generic-Hero-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>ZTE was caught <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/07/technology/china-zte-us-trade-restrictions-iran/">dodging US sanctions on Iran</a> two years ago. To avoid a possible US import ban (ZTE is based in China), <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/03/07/zte-pleads-guilty-to-violating-us-sanctions-against-iran-will-pay-nearly-a-billion-dollars-in-fines/">it paid nearly a billion dollars in fines</a>. Part of the settlement required ZTE to fire four executives and discipline 35 others. Earlier this week, the US Department of Commerce said ZTE had not disciplined or reduced bonuses for the 35 employees. As such, <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/16/new-us-ban-zte-means-might-not-axon-8/">the company was barred from importing US tech</a> (including Qualcomm processors) for seven years.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/zte-responds-us-ban-says-will-take-judicial-measures-necessary/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a...

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Flickr has been acquired by photo-sharing service SmugMug

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/flickr-smugmug-hero.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-487654 size-hero-size" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/flickr-smugmug-hero-728x381.jpg" width="668" height="350" /></a></p> <p>Flickr <a href="https://blog.flickr.net/en/2018/04/20/together-smugmug-flickr/">announced</a> yesterday that it's entered into an agreement to be acquired from Oath Inc. by photo-sharing and image hosting platform SmugMug. Flickr <a href="https://blog.flickr.net/en/2018/04/20/together-smugmug-flickr-faq/">says</a> there are currently no plans to change its service following the acquisition.</p> <p><span id="more-487645"></span></p> <p>You may not be familiar with SmugMug, but it's actually been around since 2002—longer than Flickr, which came online in 2004. SmugMug's service is subscription-based, offering paid plans for individuals and businesses. While SmugMug doesn't offer any free plans, Flickr's popular ad-supported service will remain intact.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/flickr-acquired-photo-sharing-service-smugmug/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/flickr-acquired-photo-sharing-service-smugmug/'>Flickr...

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AT&T and Verizon are under investigation for colluding to let eSIM phones remain locked to their network

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/sim-chip-generic-cc-Teque5.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-487640" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/sim-chip-generic-cc-Teque5.jpg" alt="" width="2816" height="2112" /></a></p> <p>The US Department of Justice is investigating AT&T and Verizon for allegedly colluding with the GSMA to influence eSIM standards so as not to threaten their dominance over the US consumer market. The investigation was opened five months ago after Apple and an unnamed wireless carrier complained to the DOJ, according to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-doj-at-t/u-s-said-to-investigate-att-verizon-over-wireless-collusion-claim-source-idUSKBN1HR2Z8"><em>Reuters</em></a>.</p> <p><span id="more-487638"></span></p> <p>eSIM, short for embedded SIM, is a new format of the ubiquitous SIM cards that are used in phones and other mobile devices to securely identify and authenticate a user on a carrier’s network.<div class="clear"></div> <a...

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We asked, you told us: Android P will be called…

Android P is coming fast, with the developer preview already out, and we expect to know more about the confectionary-based name of the coming Android operating system upgrade during a keynote at Google I/O 2018. Android has been released numerically and alphabetically ever since Android 1.5, or Cupcake. Since then, along with the numerical increment, […]

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12 Fortnite-style games for Android you can play right now

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/battle-royale-movie.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487267" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/battle-royale-movie-728x324.png" alt="" width="668" height="297" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/buy-now/battle-royale">Fortnite</a> may not yet be available on Android, but that doesn't mean you can't get into some hectic battle royale gameplay on the OS. A ton of similar games have released on the Play Store in the last few months, so I figured why not round up all of the better titles into one post so our readers can see what their options are while patiently waiting for the official Fortnite releases.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/12-fortnite-style-games-android-can-play-right-now/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/12-fortnite-style-games-android-can-play-right-now/'>12 Fortnite-style games for Android you can play right now</a> was...

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Alphabet Scoop 006: RCS is now ‘Chat’, Android P nav mess, Google acquiring Nokia Health?

This week, we talk about Google’s RCS rebrand “Chat” and what it means for messaging on Android and iOS, more chatter about the controversy around gesture-based navigation in Android, Google potentially acquiring Nokia Health, and much more. Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Play, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and […]

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TWRP now supports Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Moto E4 Plus, and more

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/mi-mix-2.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487633" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/mi-mix-2-728x409.png" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>Team Win Recovery Project, which you probably know as TWRP, is the most popular custom recovery around. The open-source project makes it easy to flash custom software, including custom ROMs, on compatible phones and tablets. Since <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/06/twrp-now-available-sony-xperia-xa2-verizon-wear24/">our last update a couple weeks ago</a>, TWRP has added support for a handful of other devices, including the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and Moto E4 Plus.<span id="more-487632"></span></p> <p>Here's the list of devices that recently got TWRP support:</p> <ul><li>Motorola Moto Z Play 2016 (<a href="https://twrp.me/motorola/motorolamotozplay2016.html">addison</a>)</li> <li>Motorola Moto E4 Plus (<a href="https://twrp.me/motorola/motorolamotoe4plus.html">nicklaus</a>)</li> <li>Telekom Puls (<a...

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Sony LF-S50G review: Novelty features don’t redeem this expensive Google Assistant speaker

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Sony-Assistant-LF-S50G-Assistant-speaker-hero-hipster.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487065" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Sony-Assistant-LF-S50G-Assistant-speaker-hero-hipster-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>In the personal assistance arms race, the two <em>real</em> options for Android users are Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, and both companies have realized that victory will require ubiquity—not as the final result, but as the means. To that end, each has opened its platform up for third-party hardware, and Sony's (un)imaginatively named LF-S50G takes advantage of Google's Assistant in the same way the first party Google Home does, seasoned with a few unique features like gesture controls and a clock.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/sony-lf-s50g-review-novelty-features-dont-redeem-expensive-google-assistant-speaker/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/sony-lf-s50g-review-novelty-features-dont-redeem-expensive-google-assistant-speaker/'>Sony...

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Google rolls out fix for setting alarms and reminders on Google Home speakers

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/nexus2cee_Google_Home_Family.width-1000-728x433.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-472088 size-hero-size" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/nexus2cee_Google_Home_Family.width-1000-728x433-728x433.png" width="668" height="397" /></a></p> <p>Asking your Google Home smart speaker to set an alarm or reminder is a rudimentary <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/10/ultimate-guide-google-home-tips-tricks-understanding-making-assistant-speaker/">use case for those devices</a>. But it seems some users recently found that their Google Home failed to sound alarms and reminders that were set. Now Google is saying that a fix has been rolled out and those functions are working again.<br /><span id="more-487619"></span></p> <p>A few users in the Google Home Help Forum brought up the issue, saying they used their voice to set <a href="https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/googlehome/_2IBhBDzbuc;context-place=forum/googlehome">alarms</a> or <a href="https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/googlehome/BXjk66OF9F4;context-place=mydiscussions">reminders</a> on their Google Home...

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