Consumer Reports finds Apple Pay Cash to be the best P2P payment platform

Consumer Reports today published its first-ever breakdown of the best peer-to-peer mobile payment platforms. Comparing Venmo, Square Cash, Facebook Messenger, Zelle, and Apple Pay Cash, the tests found that Apple’s offering scored “significantly higher” than competitors… Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip Overall, Apple Pay Cash received a score of 76, with features such as payment authentication […]

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This is Google’s (rather boring) statue for Android 9 Pie

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/AndroidP_StatueReveal_TW.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-507550" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/AndroidP_StatueReveal_TW-728x364.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="334" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/google-serves-hot-slice-android-9-pie-p-name-finally-goes-official-todays-public-release/">Android 9 Pie</a> was officially released earlier today, but there was one thing missing from the announcement: the statue. You see, Google creates a statue to put on display at its Mountain View campus for each new Android dessert version. Lately, the statues had been <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2016/06/30/google-stop-playing-with-my-heart-with-these-bad-android-statues/">getting pretty stale</a>, though the <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/08/21/google-steps-android-statue-game-super-oreo-bugdroid/">Oreo one</a> showed some improvement. The statue for Android 9 Pie, however, marks the return to boring bugdroids.</p> <p><span id="more-507549"></span></p> <p></p>https://streamable.com/ql3ib <p>The statue, which was unveiled at 3:14pm PT, only consists of the bugdroid waving with a pie to...

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[Update: Problems addressed] Raven Connected Car System review

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/08/06 8:17pm PDT Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/raven-connected-car-system-review-compelling-product-one-major-flaw/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/08/06 8:17pm PDT</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">The main issue I had during my review period is that the Raven video recordings were frequently corrupted. I also complained that the internal fans were too loud. Since then, Raven</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/DSC01675.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-501893" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/DSC01675.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1331" /></a></p> <p>Most people purchase used cars instead of new models, which means most people don't have the latest and greatest tech in their vehicle. How many cars on the road today are equipped with cassette players,...

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AR Stickers v1.3 reduces app size by 86% by making Star Wars and Stranger Things packs optional [APK Download]

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Screenshot_20180806-213115.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-507515 size-hero-size" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Screenshot_20180806-213115-728x376.png" width="668" height="345" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/11/googles-ar-stickers-rolling-pixel-devices-apk-download/">AR Stickers launched</a> with a handful of sticker packs, all of which were included in the main app's download. Over time, however, Google kept making each pack separate apps that you'd have to download to use, leaving 'Star Wars' and 'Stranger Things' as the only pre-installed ones. Now, Google has spun those two off as well, reducing the AR Stickers app size from 65MB to just 8.5MB.</p> <p><span id="more-507509"></span></p> <p>There were initially five sticker packs: 'Star Wars,' 'Stranger Things,' 'Foodmoji,' 'Blocks,' and 'Text.' A separate <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/08/google-adds-winter-sports-blocks-ar-stickers-pixel-camera-apk-download/">'Winter Sports'</a> pack was added in a...

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AR Stickers v1.3 reduces app size to 8.6MB by making Star Wars and Stranger Things packs optional [APK Download]

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Screenshot_20180806-213115.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-507515 size-hero-size" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Screenshot_20180806-213115-728x376.png" width="668" height="345" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/11/googles-ar-stickers-rolling-pixel-devices-apk-download/">AR Stickers launched</a> with a handful of sticker packs, all of which were included in the main app's download. Over time, however, Google kept making each pack separate apps that you'd have to download to use, leaving 'Star Wars' and 'Stranger Things' as the only pre-installed ones. Now, Google has spun those two off as well, reducing the AR Stickers app size from 65MB to just 8.5MB.</p> <p><span id="more-507509"></span></p> <p>There were initially five sticker packs: 'Star Wars,' 'Stranger Things,' 'Foodmoji,' 'Blocks,' and 'Text.' A separate <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/08/google-adds-winter-sports-blocks-ar-stickers-pixel-camera-apk-download/">'Winter Sports'</a> pack was added in a...

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T-Mobile announces new ‘Essentials’ plan starting at $60/month for one line

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_T-Mobile-Tmobile-T-Mobile-generic-hero-MWC.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-477435" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_T-Mobile-Tmobile-T-Mobile-generic-hero-MWC.jpg" alt="" width="1536" height="1024" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2016/08/18/t-mobile-announces-t-mobile-one-single-unlimited-data-plan-surprising-number-caveats/">Two years ago</a>, T-Mobile announced it would only have one cellular plan moving forward - the 'ONE' plan. That didn't last long, as the ONE Plus plan became available <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2016/12/21/tmo-many-t-mobiles-one-plan-rule-confuses-everyone-modified-new-one-plus-add-ons/">a few months later</a>, along with a slew of add-on packages. Now the carrier is throwing another option into the mix, called 'T-Mobile Essentials.'<span id="more-507508"></span></p> <p>The new plan is $60/month for one line, $90 for two, and $15 per line for the next 3-6.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/t-mobile-announces-new-essentials-plan-starting-60-month-one-line/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/t-mobile-announces-new-essentials-plan-starting-60-month-one-line/'>T-Mobile announces new 'Essentials' plan starting at $60/month for one...

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‘Ok Google’ detection is currently broken on many phones

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ok-google-ded-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-507500 size-hero-size" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ok-google-ded-hero-728x410.png" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Judging by the Google Assistant help forums, a whole lot of people are having trouble getting their phones to respond to voice commands. Twelve of the 20 top posts are complaining about the problem on several different device models and even in several languages. Google says it's on the case, though.</p> <p><span id="more-507493"></span></p> <p>Posters complain that they can't activate the Google Assistant by voice on phones made by Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Samsung, among others.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/ok-google-detection-currently-broken-many-phones/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/ok-google-detection-currently-broken-many-phones/'>'Ok Google' detection is currently broken on many phones</a> was written...

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[Update: US English only] First-gen Pixel’s Overview screen allows for text selection on Android 9 Pie

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/08/06 5:17pm PDT Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/first-gen-pixels-overview-screen-allows-text-selection-android-9-pie/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/08/06 5:17pm PDT</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">Several commenters have pointed out that copying text from Overview is only possible when the system language is set to US English. If you're really itching for it, you can</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/pie-overview-select-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-507488" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/pie-overview-select-hero-728x409.png" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>A cool little feature in the Android P Developer Previews was that you could select text and images from any item on the Overview screen. Unfortunately, it stopped working on original Pixel devices...

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MoviePass won’t raise prices after all, instead plans to cut benefits to three movies a month

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/movie-pass-hero.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-507501" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/movie-pass-hero-728x523.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="480" /></a></p> <p>MoviePass has had a tough time recently, between <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/27/moviepass-suffers-outage-ran-money-stock-falls-another-70-one-day/">literally running out of money</a>, suffering an effective 99.999% loss in adjusted stock value from last year's peak, and trying to <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/31/moviepass-attempts-put-dumpster-fire-shooting-self-foot/">cut member benefits even as it increases prices</a>. But the company is still taking its future quite seriously. In an unexpected move, it has decided <em>not</em> to increase subscription prices. Instead, it'll be switching to a three movie per month maximum, with a $5 discount for any tickets beyond that.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/moviepass-wont-raise-prices-instead-plans-cut-benefits-three-movies-month/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/moviepass-wont-raise-prices-instead-plans-cut-benefits-three-movies-month/'>MoviePass won't...

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Google unveils the new Android Pie statue at the Googleplex

Google has followed this morning’s launch and reveal that Android 9 is named “Pie,” with a new Android figurine at the Googleplex moments ago. As is tradition, the green droid is accompanied by the corresponding desert for the year. Nintendo Switch Compared to last year’s joint Oreo unveiling in both New York City and Mountain […]

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First-gen Pixel’s Overview screen allows for text selection on Android 9 Pie

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/pie-overview-select-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-507488" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/pie-overview-select-hero-728x409.png" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>A cool little feature in the Android P Developer Previews was that you could select text and images from any item on the Overview screen. Unfortunately, it stopped working on original Pixel devices — intentionally, it seems, as Google support marked an Issue Tracker complaint about it "<a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/04/android-p-overview-screen-no-longer-allows-text-selection-image-copying-dp4/">Won't Fix (Intended Behavior)</a>." But the feature has now made it to the full release of Android 9 Pie, even on 2016 Pixels.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/first-gen-pixels-overview-screen-allows-text-selection-android-9-pie/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/first-gen-pixels-overview-screen-allows-text-selection-android-9-pie/'>First-gen Pixel's Overview screen allows for text selection on Android 9...

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[Deal Alert] Arlo Pro 2 kits with three, four, or five cameras on sale for up to $230 off

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/arlo-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-494608" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/arlo-hero-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Arlo Pro 2 cameras are still your best bet if you want a wireless security camera, but they don't come cheap. They're on sale today, and while that doesn't necessarily qualify as "cheap," they're a good deal. The three-cam set is within a few bucks of the 2-camera base model.</p> <p><span id="more-507478"></span></p> <p>All Arlo Pro 2 camera kits come with a base station that needs to be wired directly into your network and several cameras that connect to the hub.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/deal-alert-arlo-pro-2-kits-three-four-five-cameras-sale-230-off/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/deal-alert-arlo-pro-2-kits-three-four-five-cameras-sale-230-off/'>[Deal Alert] Arlo Pro 2 kits with...

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The Pixel 3 will only have gesture navigation, with no option for standard nav buttons

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Screen-Shot-2018-07-29-at-12.27.11-PM.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-505771" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Screen-Shot-2018-07-29-at-12.27.11-PM-728x414.png" alt="" width="668" height="380" /></a></p> <p>As we all know by now, <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/08/gesture-navigation-officially-announced-android-p/">Google's implementation of</a> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/07/google-makes-subtle-improvements-gesture-navigation-adds-tutorial-dev-preview-3/">gesture navigation</a> is pretty lackluster. Given that it still takes up the same amount of space as the regular nav bar, it doesn't have any real benefits and just makes things confusing. You'll probably be disappointed to hear that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will ship with gesture navigation, and there won't be an option to use the standard three-button layout that's been used for years.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/pixel-3-will-gesture-navigation-no-option-standard-nav-buttons/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/06/pixel-3-will-gesture-navigation-no-option-standard-nav-buttons/'>The Pixel 3 will only...

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