Samsung’s Latest Tablet Is Really Damn Thin

When Samsung released the Galaxy Tab S4, I liked its blend of sleek design, long battery life, and Android-based OS supported by Samsung’s Dex desktop software. But its steep price and outdated specs made it impossible to love. That might change with the new Galaxy Tab S5e. Samsung streamlined its flagship tablet to…Read more……

Samsung’s Latest Tablet Is Really Damn Thin

Tidal competitor Qobuz is coming to the US with audiophile music streaming

Since its introduction in 2014, Tidal has been the main provider of high-bitrate music for streaming in the United States. However, the company is more well-known for its controversies — like alleged inflation of subscriber numbers and artists bailing out — than its actual service. Tidal now has some added competition, as French streaming service Qobuz has expanded to the United States.
Qobuz has four plans, with no free tier available. Read MoreTidal competitor Qobuz is coming to the US with audiophile music streaming was written by the awesome team at Android Police. …

Tidal competitor Qobuz is coming to the US with audiophile music streaming

Allstate acquires iCracked, could bring on-site repairs to SquareTrade

SquareTrade, a company owned by Allstate Corporation, is well known for offering device repair services and extended warranties. SquareTrade requires customers to send their devices to off-site facilities to get repaired, but a new acquisition could change that.
Allstate announced today that it has acquired iCracked, a phone and tablet repair company founded in 2009. iCracked specializes in on-site repairs — where technicians will come to you and repair your phone/tablet. Read MoreAllstate acquires iCracked, could bring on-site repairs to SquareTrade was written by the awesome team at Android Police. …

Allstate acquires iCracked, could bring on-site repairs to SquareTrade

Today only: Get an unlocked 512GB Galaxy Note 9 with a free Galaxy Tab A 10.5 for $1,050 ($170 off)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is still one of the most expensive phones out there, but deals are starting to appear. If you act fast, Amazon will sell you a 512GB Note 9 with a free tablet for $1,049.99. This deal is good today only.

You probably know all about the Note 9 at this point—it’s Samsung’s current top-of-the-line until the Galaxy S10 shows up in a few weeks. It has a great OLED display (no notch), an S Pen stylus, and a larger battery than past Note phones. Read MoreToday only: Get an unlocked 512GB Galaxy Note 9 with a free…

Today only: Get an unlocked 512GB Galaxy Note 9 with a free Galaxy Tab A 10.5 for $1,050 ($170 off)

Chrome Beta 73 adds copy and share buttons to address bar, improves media playback on PCs, and more [APK Download]

Now that the Stable version of Chrome 72 is out, Chrome 73 has moved up to the Beta channel. While there are a few nice improvements on Android, most of the new features in this release are for desktop platforms. Without further ado, let’s take a deep dive into Chrome Beta 73.
Address quick actions
As we previously reported, Google has added a series of buttons to Chrome’s address bar on Android. Read MoreChrome Beta 73 adds copy and share buttons to address bar, improves media playback on PCs, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police. …

Chrome Beta 73 adds copy and share buttons to address bar, improves media playback on PCs, and more [APK Download]

Epix is the latest TV holdout to launch a streaming video service

Epix has been one of the TV industry's more conservative outlets. Where HBO, Showtime and other premium services launched stand-alone streaming services a while ago, Epix has insisted that you subscribe to a TV package to sample its wares. Now, howev… …

President Trump expected to sign executive order banning Chinese network equipment

Huawei has been in hot water lately — governments around the world are banning its network equipment, it allegedly tried to steal technology for ‘diamond glass’ screens, and its CFO has been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy. A report from Politico claims that the White House is preparing to sign an executive order that would ban U.S. carriers from using Chinese telecom equipment, including products from Huawei.
The report claims that President Trump is expected to sign an executive order, possibly as soon as this coming week, that would ban the use of Chinese telecom equipment by U.S. Read MorePresident Trump…

President Trump expected to sign executive order banning Chinese network equipment

Facebook page admins can now reply to Instagram DMs from FB, as shades of cross-platform integration emerge

Over the years, Facebook has purchased many successful businesses but has for a large part kept these services separate, at least as far as the public can observe. But now we’re slowly starting to see that change, as Facebook Page admins become able to respond to Instagram Direct Messages right from their inbox.

In a press release for the Facebook Communities Summit, the social giant has announced integration that makes it easier for users managing pages to communicate with their followers on the photo-sharing service. Read MoreFacebook page admins can now reply to Instagram DMs from FB, as shades of cross-platform integration emerge was…

Facebook page admins can now reply to Instagram DMs from FB, as shades of cross-platform integration emerge

More details emerge about Android Q’s improved privacy and permissions controls

Android Q news is starting to arrive bit by bit, largely due to an early AOSP build that’s been doing the rounds. Probably the most welcome enhancement — other than the much-anticipated system-wide dark mode — is an overhaul to the privacy and permissions settings.
Thanks to our friends at XDA Developers, we now know a little bit more about what to expect.

We already learned that the next big version update could prevent background apps from reading your clipboard, although background location access could return. Read MoreMore details emerge about Android Q’s improved privacy and permissions controls was written by the awesome…

More details emerge about Android Q’s improved privacy and permissions controls

Android Police a Twitch affiliate, Amazon Prime subscribers can support us for free

We launched a Twitch channel last year as the new home of the Android Police Podcast. Since then, we’ve also launched a second weekly show, where we answer questions and discuss topics with live viewers. The Twitch channel is an affiliate, meaning you can support our live content with Twitch subscriptions – at no cost to yourself, if you have Amazon Prime.
For those of you not familiar with Twitch, you can follow a channel for free (you’ll get alerts when it goes live), but you can also pay for a subscription. Read MoreAndroid Police a Twitch affiliate, Amazon Prime subscribers can…

Android Police a Twitch affiliate, Amazon Prime subscribers can support us for free

Acer announces two all-in-one Chrome OS desktops for businesses

There are plenty of Chromebooks, and a few Chrome OS desktop boxes, but there is a major lack of all-in-one options. If you wanted something akin to an iMac running Chrome OS, your only real choice was to find a 2016 Acer Chromebase. Acer announced two new all-in-one Chrome OS desktops today, both designed for use in schools and businesses.
First is the Acer Chromebase 2412 (pictured above), which will have an unspecified “8th Gen Intel Core Processor,” up to 8GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 128GB of internal storage. Read MoreAcer announces two all-in-one Chrome OS desktops for businesses was…

Acer announces two all-in-one Chrome OS desktops for businesses

Weekend poll: Do you make video calls from your phone?

Our weekend polls are typically freestanding, but based on the response from our last one, we thought a related follow-up question was in order. You made your interests when it comes to the ideal front-facing camera position known, but we’re curious about how you use that camera. Specifically: Do you use your phone for video calling?

There are plenty of apps to do it with. There’s Skype, Duo, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, FaceTime, and piles of other services that provide video calling features. Read MoreWeekend poll: Do you make video calls from your phone? was written by the awesome team at Android Police….

Weekend poll: Do you make video calls from your phone?

Dolphin Emulator fixes rendering issues on Android Pie, adds Wii Remote emulation, and more

Dolphin, the much-loved Nintendo GameCube and Wii emulator, has been making strides in Android support over the past few months. It returned to the Play Store in August 2018, and a few months later, rumble emulation and other improvements were added. The latest update to the Android port has even more improvements in store, like Wii remote emulation and fixes for Android 9 Pie.
First, this month’s Dolphin update drastically improves visuals in some games when using the OpenGL rendering option. Read MoreDolphin Emulator fixes rendering issues on Android Pie, adds Wii Remote emulation, and more was written by the awesome team…

Dolphin Emulator fixes rendering issues on Android Pie, adds Wii Remote emulation, and more

Apple kills Google’s internal iOS apps for violating App Store rules

Yesterday Apple pulled Facebook’s ability to distribute internal apps for employees on iOS in the wake of an investigation performed by TechCrunch, which alleged that Facebook was not only paying teenagers to use an app to record their activity, but that the app was also abusing Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program to be distributed in the first place. In follow-up coverage, it was noted that Google was also using the same method to distribute a consumer-facing app called “Screenwise Meter,” which Google subsequently pulled. Read MoreApple kills Google’s internal iOS apps for violating App Store rules was written by the awesome team…

Apple kills Google’s internal iOS apps for violating App Store rules

26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to finish January

The end of January is nigh upon us, but that also means it’s time for another round of app sales. Today’s list is much shorter than Monday’s; better yet, it still has a couple things worth noting.
Free
Apps

All Language-Camera Translator PRO $1.49 -> Free; 1 day
Applock – Fingerprint Pro $4.49 -> Free; 4 days
Binary Calculator Pro $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
Business Calculator Pro $1.49 -> Free; 5 days
Photo Editor Pro – Filters, Sticker, Collage Maker $4.99 -> Free; 6 days
Salesforce Scanner $3.99 -> Free; 6 days

Games

Fractal Space HD $2.49 -> Free; 1 day
PUSH $0.99 -> Free; 1 day
Cubes $0.99 -> Free; 2…

26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to finish January

Jaybird unveils the thoroughly unexciting RUN XT true wireless earbuds

The Jaybird was one of the first big name accessory makers to jump on the true wireless bandwagon with the RUN, but it’s been doing wired Bluetooth earbuds like the Tarah since then. Now, it’s time for the RUN’s successor. Jaybird’s RUN XT earbuds have the same form factor as the RUN, but they’re fully water-resistant. That’s basically the only difference, and Jaybird is sticking with the same $179.99 price tag. Read MoreJaybird unveils the thoroughly unexciting RUN XT true wireless earbuds was written by the awesome team at Android Police. …

Jaybird unveils the thoroughly unexciting RUN XT true wireless earbuds

Samsung Electronics vows to use more environmentally sustainable packaging, including bioplastics and paper

Unboxing electronics is such a pleasant activity that whole sections of YouTube are dedicated to the subject, but the environmental repercussions of all those molded plastic trays, shrink wrap, and fiddly plastic cable ties can be higher than you think. Odds are, you’re just going to throw it all away or toss it in your closet, making reuse unlikely. To offset all that waste, Samsung Electronics has decided to start replacing plastic in its packaging with more sustainable materials, like paper and recycled or bioengineered plastics. Read MoreSamsung Electronics vows to use more environmentally sustainable packaging, including bioplastics and paper was…

Samsung Electronics vows to use more environmentally sustainable packaging, including bioplastics and paper

Nokia’s U.S. comeback starts with two new budget Android phones

Nokia’s finally ready to return to the smartphone race in the U.S.
The phone brand, once an independent global powerhouse, then sold to off to Microsoft, then revived under HMD Global in 2016, has announced it’ll sell two new Android phones on Verizon and Cricket Wireless, respectively.
While the new Nokias don’t stack up (not even close in terms of performance) to an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or Galaxy S9, or OnePlus 6T, the phones are significant in that they’re the first of what could become a bedrock of devices to restore the mobile brand’s glory.
SEE ALSO: Nokia 9 and its five rear…

Nokia’s U.S. comeback starts with two new budget Android phones

YouTube reorders video resolution options so it’s easier to pick the highest quality first

One feature I wish YouTube had is an option to select a default resolution for video playback. My internet situation is so bad (WiFi is rather slow, 4G has a silly cap) that I always resort to 360p or 480p to avoid buffering or eating through my plan, so for now, I have to open the quality picker each time and choose the one I want. Those of you who are luckier than me had to do the same, only you’d be picking the highest quality instead. Read MoreYouTube reorders video resolution options so it’s easier to pick the highest quality…

YouTube reorders video resolution options so it’s easier to pick the highest quality first