HMD Global is keeping up the pace on releasing new Nokia-branded Android smartphones (and TVs!) with yearly refreshes on its varied series ranging from the premium side to the penny-pinchers. For the most part, the new Nokia 2.3 brings progress for its most basic line of offerings, but as we're headed to 2020, there's one big thing about this phone that doesn't scream "future-proof": the microUSB connector. For context, the Nokia 2.2 from just this June was a vast improvement from its two predecessors in adopting a larger display and slightly sleeker design. Read MoreThe Nokia 2.3 would've been a good 2020 burner phone if it weren't for microUSB was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google's smart speakers and displays are brimming with features, some of which unknown. Many of you likely never noticed that they can ask their smart displays to star, share, or hide a pic when it comes up, but that feature has been available for a year. Google is now making it more visible by bringing the icons to the screen. When they're idly sitting, your Nest Hub, Hub Max, and other smart displays can cycle through your own photos as a slideshow. Read MoreNest Hubs let you easily hide, star, and share slideshow photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google revealed today that Darksiders Genesis is the latest game to arrive on the Stadia game streaming platform, and you can pick it up today for $39.99. This is a hack and slash game where you'll explore the dark events that laid the foundation for the first game in the series, which makes this release a prequel. Not only does the Stadia release of Darksiders Genesis align with the release on PC, but this is also the first title in the franchise that includes 2-player co-op. Read MoreDarksiders Genesis hacks and slashes its way onto Stadia, now available for $40 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
When your job relies on the timely delivery of packages at a regular interval, keeping track of all the incoming and outgoing mail can be a bit of a challenge. Back in the day, Google Now made it pretty easy, but Google killed that as it did so many other useful tools. Today the company has announced a new "Package Tracking Early Access Program" that promises better package tracking integration for more parcel delivery companies via Search itself. Read MoreGoogle Search prepares for better package tracking integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you've been waiting for the perfect time to outfit your home with a smart hub and smart speaker, you may not find a better deal than this one. Right now, you can pick up a brand new Google Nest Hub and a Google Nest Mini for just $79 ($99 off), or the price of the discounted Hub all by itself. Both with and without the Nest name attached to its smart home devices, Google has excelled at crafting truly useful smart hubs, speakers, and displays. Read MoreGet this Google Nest Hub and Nest Mini bundle ($79) for less than the price of a Hub itself was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Your Nest Hub and Hub Max recently improved their display's information density by using ultrasound sensing. Knowing how close or far you are, they can adjust the font size and level of detail they show in some circumstances. But starting this week, they'll become more proactive and use this same technology to serve you relevant info as you approach them. Googler Ashton Udall explained how better accessibility and vision impairment were behind the team's decision to use ultrasound to tailor information density for users. Read MoreYour Nest Hub will show your info more proactively thanks to ultrasound sensing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you didn't grab some of Mobvoi's smart products when they went on sale last week for Black Friday, you're getting another chance. Right now over on Amazon, you can pick up a pair of TicPods Free wireless earbuds for just $49.99 ($80 off). The TicPods Free are true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that boast clear audio, a IPX5 rating for dust and waterproof protection, and two sizes of silicone ear tips to get the perfect fit. Read MoreTicPods Free are still on sale for $50 ($80 off) on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design edition has seen its fair share of pricing fluctuations since it launched in October 2017. The luxury-branded phone started at $1,200+, dipped closer to the $1,000 mark later that year, and then ultimately crashed around $750. This week, the Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design has reached a new all-time-low price at just $549.99 on Amazon. The model featured in today's deal is factory unlocked and will run on GSM networks. Read MoreHuawei Mate 10 Porsche Design plummets to $550 (down from $700+) on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Changes to the UI of Android Auto are few and far between, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few things in testing from time to time. There are (at least) two interfaces in the works right now, one of which appears to be rolling out to some people, and we have screenshots of both. Also, for those waiting for the ability to customize the apps in your launcher or get the temperature in your status bar, both appear to be live for everybody now. Read MoreAndroid Auto tests two new UIs for Google Assistant, launcher customization and weather are live (APK Teardown) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google has long offered freebies with Chromebooks, but it's expanded the offerings beyond its own services in recent months. For example, you can get a few months of Disney+ with Chromebooks right now. Starting today, you can also get some Android games on your Chromebook in the form of Star Wars: KOTOR and Asphalt 9. Star Wars: KOTOR (or Knights of the Old Republic) is a circa originally released on Xbox and PC in 2003. Read MoreChromebooks now come with a copy of Star Wars: KOTOR and free items in Asphalt 9 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.