[Update: Facebook, Microsoft join in] Google is turning its pistol emoji into a squirt gun

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/04/29 7:33pm PDT Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/google-turning-pistol-emoji-squirt-gun/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/04/29 7:33pm PDT</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">Following Google's announcement, both Facebook and Microsoft have committed to changing their gun emojis to water pistols. In other words, all major vendors have now switched to water guns. </span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/android-pistol-emoji-before-after.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-488275" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/android-pistol-emoji-before-after-728x282.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="259" /></a></p> <p>A few years ago, Apple was the first big emoji designer to stop rendering the "pistol" emoji as a real gun. It went from a revolver to a green squirt gun, and other companies have just...

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How to keep paying $99 a year for Amazon Prime

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/amazon-prime-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-489151" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/amazon-prime-hero.png" alt="" width="2797" height="1889" /></a></p> <p>Last week, Amazon <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/26/amazon-prime-increasing-119-yr-starting-may-11-new-subscribers-june-16-renewals/">announced</a> it would be increasing the price of its yearly Prime membership subscription from $99 to $119 starting May 11 and June 16 for renewals. Prime has gradually become more expensive over time — the last time the price of a yearly subscription increased was in March 2014, from $79 to $99 — and while it's hard to argue that you're not getting plenty of value for what you're paying, no one likes to have to pay more for something.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/keep-paying-99-year-amazon-prime/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/keep-paying-99-year-amazon-prime/'>How...

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Curious Catch: FreeUP lets you EARN free coverage!

We love finding offers which are a bit left-field, so look out for our ‘Curious Catch’ range of deals. Today we’ve got some interesting mobile plans from FreeUP which are the perfect example. FreeUP is a new provider on the AT&T network. If you only use a few GB of data every month but you love […]

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Facebook’s Messenger Kids gets a sleep mode

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/messenger-kids-sleep-mode.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-489141 size-hero-size" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/messenger-kids-sleep-mode-728x726.png" width="668" height="666" /></a></p> <p>Facebook <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/14/facebooks-messenger-kids-app-comes-play-store/">recently released</a> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.talk">Messenger Kids</a>, an app designed for privacy-conscientious parents who want a safe way to let their kids chat with friends online. Messenger Kids provides a way of doing so, offering an adult full control over a child's contact list and who they can talk to, all without having to create a full-fledged Facebook account. An update to the app finally addresses a concern that parents have had until now: being able to manage when their kids can access the service.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/facebooks-messenger-kids-gets-sleep-mode/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/facebooks-messenger-kids-gets-sleep-mode/'>Facebook's Messenger...

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Motorola releases kernel source code for Moto G6 Play

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/g6-play-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-489135" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/g6-play-hero.png" alt="" width="728" height="409" /></a></p> <p>Even though Motorola usually doesn't push software updates in a timely manner, it doesn't take long for the company to release the accompanying kernel source code. The Moto G6 and E5 family was <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/19/motorola-introduces-latest-budget-lineup-launch-moto-g6-g6-play-moto-e5-e5-plus-e5-play/">officially announced earlier this month</a>, and even though the phones aren't widely available yet, Motorola has released the kernel source for one model - the G6 Play.<span id="more-489134"></span></p> <p>The kernel source code for the G6 Play has been uploaded to GitHub, under the device names "aljeter" and "jeter." If you're not familiar with this process, the...

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Wicked Audio Shred Wireless review: So close to being great

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/review_DSC_0881.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-489119" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/review_DSC_0881-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Fitness-focused audio is a very saturated market, filled with options both good and bad. Wicked Audio, a manufacturer that focuses on providing good style and bang for your buck, recently sent me the Shred Wireless to try out. This pair of neckband earbuds packs quite a decent punch, especially for the price. The magnetic, metal housing on the buds themselves is nice, too.<span id="more-483221"></span></p> <p>But there's always one thing that's enough to drive me mad, and it keeps the Shred Wireless from being a great option.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/wicked-audio-shred-wireless-review/" class="read-more">Read...

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T-Mobile and Sprint officially announce merger

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/T-Mobile-loves-Sprint-carved-in-tree.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-488761" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/T-Mobile-loves-Sprint-carved-in-tree-728x429.png" alt="" width="668" height="394" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/27/report-t-mobile-sprint-may-agree-merger-soon-next-week/">After years of on and off discussions</a>, it's finally happening: T-Mobile and Sprint are merging. The two companies have released official statements, confirming the merger will finally happen and how it will work. The merger will be an all-stock transaction, with Sprint valued at $59 billion and T-Mobile at $146 billion.<span id="more-489127"></span></p> <p>The combined company will be called T-Mobile, and will have "lower costs, greater economies of scale, and the resources to provide U.S.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/t-mobile-sprint-officially-announce-merger/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/t-mobile-sprint-officially-announce-merger/'>T-Mobile and Sprint officially announce merger</a> was written by the...

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What’s new in OnePlus 5T with the Android Oreo update

Launched last year, OnePlus 5T is a solid, well-rounded smartphone that packs in top-of-the-line specifications in a well-built chassis. The OnePlus 5T though shipped with OxygenOS 4.7.6 based on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. But recently, the company shipped OxygenOS 5.0.3 based on Android 8.0 Oreo via an OTA update and quickly followed […]

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10 best email apps for Android

Email is one of the oldest and most important forms of online communication. It’s a service many of us use every single day. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them. Some may only have a single account on something like Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo. Their individual apps will give you […]

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This is what it’s like using only open-source software on Android

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DSC01570.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-488833" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DSC01570.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1331" /></a></p> <p>Technically speaking, Android is open-source. This means anyone can look at the operating system's code, or change it - this is how OEMs like HTC and Samsung add their own tweaks. That openness has often been a rallying cry for hardcore Android enthusiasts. Why use a closed platform like iOS, when you can have a free and open-source platform?</p> <p>But even from the beginning, there were components of Android that were closed-source.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/like-using-open-source-software-android/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/29/like-using-open-source-software-android/'>This is what it's like using only open-source software on Android</a> was written...

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Five features that make Overcast better than Apple Podcasts

I’ve been listening to podcasts on Apple devices long before it became mainstream. In fact, I used iPodderX to listen to podcasts on my iPod before iTunes had support. I’ve used just about every podcast app ever made for iOS. I can say without a doubt that Overcast is the best podcast app that I’ve […]

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