Only around 50,000 units of the Essential Phone have been sold, according to its camera app’s download figures from the Play Store

By now, it should be apparent that the Essential Phone hasn’t sold in the numbers that Andy Rubin and co. had thought it would. Having started at an MSRP of $ 699, the PH-1 dropped to $ 499 just two months after release (and to $ 650 CAD in Canada). On top of that, there have been numerous opportunities to get the phone for even more cheaply, including through a $ 200 friends-and-family discount and an incredible Cyber Monday Amazon deal.

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Google launches two new gimmicky photography apps on Android

Google is wild for all this machine learning and computational photography stuff lately. That’s good because it has led to innovations like HDR+ and Google Photos. Google’s researchers are also constantly coming up with neat little demos, some of which are packaged up as apps. Case in point, the newly launched Storyboard and Selfissimo apps in the Play Store. You can check them out right now, but don’t expect a lot of functionality. Both apps are one-trick-ponies.

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Google rolls out three experimental photography apps for Android and iOS

Google Storyboard app for Android

Google has never been one to shy away from releasing experimental apps and seeing if they stick, and today Google has unleashed three new apps for everyone to try.

Google is kicking off its first part in a series of what it’s calling “photography appsperiments.” These aim to be useful mobile photography apps that are built on Google’s experimental tech.

There are three new apps that are now available as part of Google’s appsperiment:

  • Storyboard is an Android-only app that turns your videos into comic book-style single page layouts. Once you’ve captured a video, you load it into Storyboard and the app will automatically select interesting video frames and lay them out in a storyboard. It’ll also apply one of six filters. You can then either save the storyboard or pull down to create a new one.

Google Selfissimo app for Android and iOS

  • Selfissimo! is an automated selfie photographer for Android and iOS. When you tap the screen to start a photoshoot, the app will encourage you to pose and then snap a photo whenever it senses that you’ve stopped moving. Tap the screen again to end the photoshoot and review the contact sheet, then you can save individual selfies or the entire photoshoot.

Google Scrubbies app for iOS

  • Scubbies is an iOS-only app that lets you manipulate the speed and direction of video playback. You can scrub with one finger to play the video, and once you find a video loop that you like, scrub with two fingers to capture the playback and then save it.

To try these apps out for yourself, hit the links below.

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Start the week with 18 temporarily free and 14 on-sale apps

December trudges onward, meaning that we’ve come back around to another Monday. Finals week is about to kick off for me, so good luck to you if you’re in the same boat, but that won’t interfere with the first round of app sales for the week. Peruse and browse the lists below at your leisure. No personal recommendations to be found today, sadly.

Free

Apps

  1. eXport-it UPnP Client/Server $ 2.15 -> Free; 6 hours left
  2. DMD Panorama Pro $ 3.49 -> Free; 1 day left
  3. Spartan Six Pack Abs Workouts & Exercises $ 3.49 -> Free; 1 day left
  4. My Talking Pet $ 2.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  5. 80s Music Radio Pro $ 1.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  6. 90s Music Radio Pro $ 1.49 -> Free; 5 days left
  7. Screen Lock Pro : Power Button Savior $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  8. Status Bar Info $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  9. Prices in China Pro $ 1.49 -> Free; 7 days left

Games

  1. Buddy School: Basic Math learning for kids $ 1.49 -> Free; 6 hours left
  2. Dino Tim: Preschool Basic Math $ 1.49 -> Free; 6 hours left
  3. My Town : Daycare $ 2.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  4. Ball Trip $ 1.99 -> Free; 5 days left

Icon packs & customization

  1. Magic Greenhouse 3D Pro lwp $ 0.99 -> Free; 6 hours left
  2. Planetscape 3D Live Wallpaper $ 0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  3. Christmas 3D Live Wallpaper $ 0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  4. Candy – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days left

Sale

Apps

  1. Super Resume Builder Pro, CV $ 4.99 -> $ 0.99; 5 days left
  2. Car Camera $ 2.49 -> $ 0.99; 6 days left
  3. World Military Map Pro $ 1.49 -> $ 0.99; 7 days left

Games

  1. Space RPG 3 $ 1.49 -> $ 0.99; 1 day left
  2. Mahjong Fantasy $ 1.99 -> $ 0.99; 3 days left
  3. Radium 2 | Ra² $ 3.49 -> $ 1.99; 3 days left
  4. Lowriders Comeback 2: Cruising $ 1.99 -> $ 0.99; 5 days left
  5. 10monkeys Bubbles | Subtraction $ 2.49 -> $ 1.49; 6 days left
  6. 10monkeys Diver | Addition $ 2.49 -> $ 1.49; 6 days left
  7. Mental Hospital IV HD $ 2.49 -> $ 0.99; 6 days left
  8. ACE Academy $ 9.99 -> $ 1.49; 7 days left

Icon packs & customization

  1. Unicorn Dark – Icon Pack $ 1.99 -> $ 0.99; 2 days left
  2. Animated Birds $ 2.99 -> $ 0.99; 4 days left
  3. Make Your Clock Widget Pro $ 4.99 -> $ 2.49; 4 days left

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  1. Yuriko Satomi A.I.

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