Google announced a new "unlimited" plan for its Fi cellular service this morning, and on paper, it's an improvement in most ways over the company's current pricing model for heavy duty users. Data caps have been increased to 22GB before throttling, while pricing for individuals has been lowered to $70 per month (previously, Fi maxed out at $80/mo for individual users). The catch is that it's $70 per month, full stop — Fi's dynamic pricing doesn't apply to unlimited subscribers. Read MoreGoogle Fi's new "unlimited" plan is an admission of defeat for the upstart MVNO was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Back in the not-quite-dark-ages of Android, new services and APIs were launching seemingly every other week as Google and Apple engaged in an aggressive land grab to acquire users and tempt developers. Gaming became a popular battleground, and Google was investing in new features for Play Games like an API that gave developers the infrastructure to run real-time and turn-based multiplayer games for free. However, like many other older Play Games APIs, Google will be shutting this one down in about six months and it may render some older games unplayable. Read MoreGoogle Play Games will shutter its multiplayer services next year, leaving some older games to die was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google Wifi is, for our money, the best mesh Wi-Fi setup you can get. Soon, it'll reportedly get even better: according to 9to5Google, Google plans to launch a refreshed version of the router system with the Google Assistant built right in at its New York hardware event next month. The new system will apparently be under the Nest brand, as it moves toward being Google's only smart home line. The main router won't include a speaker, but will come with smaller "beacons" that extend the primary unit's signal and double as speakers roughly on par with Google Home Mini devices. Read MoreUpcoming 'Google Nest Wifi' will reportedly have built-in Assistant speakers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
In April, we received word that Amazon was working on a high definition music streaming service to rival Tidal’s HiFi subscription offering, and after months of waiting, a contender has finally emerged. Starting today, Amazon Music HD promises listeners access to more than 50 million 16-bit lossless high definition songs sampling at 44.1kHz, or the sound equivalent to tracks found on CDs. Subscribers will also have access to “millions” more 24-bit Ultra HD songs sampling at 192kHz, which is the highest audio quality available in the music industry. Read MoreAmazon's new Music HD offers Tidal HiFi quality, but starts at just $13/mo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Android 10 is finally available after months of beta tests, but it's only on a handful of devices. Nova Launcher is nevertheless wasting no time adding support for one of Android 10's most popular features: dark mode. You can now tell your launcher to follow the system dark mode setting. Nova Launcher has long had a night mode—it gives you the option of using the darker UI during initial setup. You can also have Nova switch automatically between light and dark throughout the day. Read MoreNova Launcher beta adds support for Android 10 dark theme was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Another day on the Amazon Deals of the Day carousel and this go-around, we're hitting up the storage device manufacturer PNY. If you want a 512GB SD card for well under $100, a 256GB microSD for under $40, or the best price on a 256GB USB-C drive, all of them are on sale until midnight PDT. The PNY Elite 256GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C flash drive has a necessarily long name thanks to the USB Promoters Group, but what it is able to do for your computer or phone is to read files at up to 130MB per second. Read MoreGet this 256GB USB-C drive for $45 ($12 off) on Amazon's Deal of the Day was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Keyboard apps have gradually evolved from simple text input tools to Swiss Army knives, allowing you to share everything from links and stickers to videos. Fleksy decided to go one step further, and finally lets you do the one thing you've always wanted to do on a keyboard: Watch news, cooking tips, and other clips from your favorite TV networks! Yes, Fleksy now allows you to watch short clips while you're chatting, accessible through the menu button on the top left of the keyboard. Read MoreFlesky brings video to its keyboard because ... wait, someone actually asked for this? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The LineageOS project is busy as always, adding support for more devices and implementing new features. The last time we covered the popular custom ROM, official builds for the OnePlus 6T and 7 Pro arrived, and there have been plenty of additions (or re-additions, in some cases) since then. In early August, LineageOS halted all builds for Xiaomi devices due to a DMCA claim filed against some proprietary components. It seems the issue has been resolved, because Xiaomi phones are being re-added to the official build roster. Read MoreLineageOS brings back support for Xiaomi phones, updates more devices to Pie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google Fi made a name for itself because of its transparent pricing. A base fee for unlimited calls and text messages plus pay-as-you-use data, with costs capped at a certain threshold to keep you from breaking the bank. Still, people in need of a lot of data might prefer fixed costs for budgeting reasons, and they'll be pleased to learn that Google now offers a $70 unlimited data plan for a single line. Read MoreGoogle Fi gets unlimited plan, Pixel 3 and 3 XL are 50% off for a limited time was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Last summer, The Beeb (as it's affectionately known on my side of the pond) launched a new app for all of its various audio content, inventively called BBC Sounds. At that point, we knew the BBC iPlayer Radio app's days were numbered, but now the time has finally come to say goodbye to what many people still believe is the superior app. As of yesterday, iPlayer Radio is entering a staggered shutdown process, with one tipster writing in yesterday to tell us it had stopped working for them already. Read MoreBBC iPlayer Radio shutdown begins, get the BBC Sounds app to continue listening [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.