Archive for October, 2018


Google ‘app bundles’ help blur the lines between installed and instant apps

Soon it won’t be at all apparent whether an app is truly ‘installed’ or not.

Google’s developer-focused “Playtime” event series kicked off today, and with it comes a whole bunch of changes for developers publishing apps in the Play Store. The biggest push Google’s focusing on is changing the years-old paradigm of installing big (and increasingly so) apps on your phone in a one-size-fits-all manner.

The changes emanate from a new publishing format called an “Android App  [Read More…]

Add some color with the $40 Philips Hue smart dimmable flood light

The Philips Hue BR30 dimmable LED smart flood light is down to $ 39.97 on Amazon. This light normally sells for around $ 50, and the deal is a match for the best we have ever seen.

BR30 bulbs are made for recessed, horizontal, or vertical light fixtures. Other than that, they operate just like any other Philips Hue smart light. Each bulb has more than 16 million color options that can be controlled by the app or  [Read More…]

Spotify update brings simpler navigation + offline radio to Premium users

The Search page is also more powerful.

Way back in August of this year, Spotify rolled out a new UI for its Android app that’s much simpler and easy to use. This was a very welcome change considering how cluttered the app used to be, but up until now, this new UI has only been available for free users. Now, Spotify’s expanding this to its Premium subscribers.

The bottom navigation bar that used to have tabs for  [Read More…]

What should you use now that Inbox is being laid to rest?

In the brink of my beloved Inbox being taken away by Google, and Newton dying, with Astro on its way out too, it’s time to find a great email app for Android. If you’re unfamiliar about why I would even do this, it’s the same as finding another home launcher. Different features, different looks, different possibilities. One of the only criteria I had for finding an app is the ability to use on different platforms (Android, iOS, macOS, etc.). While  [Read More…]

Should you buy a Google Pixel Stand?

Best answer: The Pixel Stand is a great wireless charging stand that works great with your new Pixel 3, but it’s expensive. Unless you need the Ambient Mode and Google Assistant features, you may be better off buying a reliable fast wireless charger from Samsung or a similar brand.

Google: Google Pixel Stand ($ 79) Amazon: Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand 2018 ($ 42) Why the Pixel Stand is better than a typical Qi charger

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Chromecast 2018 review: A slight refresh to an old favorite

Not much has changed in this 2018 refresh of Google’s old classic.

Chromecast may well be one of Google’s most important products in recent memory. Yeah, there’s Android. Yeah, there’s Chrome OS. But Chromecast — both the hardware, and the protocol that powers it — ushered in a new era of easy streaming. If you see it on your phone, there’s a good chance you can shoot it over to your TV with just a single tap. And unlike  [Read More…]

Sony WH1000XM3 vs. Sony MDR-1000X: Should you upgrade?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We love audio just as much as we love phones, and we test out as many headphones as we can to find the best options for you.

Sony WH1000XM3

ANC at its best

$ 348 at Amazon

Pros Unrivaled noise canceling Intuitive gesture controls USB-C charging Google Assistant-compatible Cons Bulkier than Bose QC35 Assistant replaces Ambient Sound onboard control

The WH1000XM3 puts  [Read More…]

The Neato Botvac D5 robot vacuum cleaner has dropped to $420 today only

User friendly and down to a great price.

The Neato Botvac D5 laser-guided robot vacuum is down to $ 419.99 on Amazon. This deal is a price match of one of Best Buy‘s deals of the day, so it won’t last much longer. This robot vacuum has been selling for around $ 480 recently, and the drop to $ 420 is the best price we’ve seen since last year.

The Botvac D5 and D7 are two of  [Read More…]

Join us for a special live video version of the #ACPodcast on Oct 18 @ 11am

We’ll be live on October 18 at 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm BST

The Android Central Podcast began in March 2010, long before Android was a household name. Back then, the site was run by a ragtag group of bloggers eager to tell the world about this incredible new mobile operating system, in an environment dominated by Motorola, HTC, BlackBerry and Apple. Things have changed a lot since then, and the crew that made up the  [Read More…]

Spotify is getting an official app for Wear OS

You’ll be able to browse playlists, favorite songs, and more.

Wear OS’s app selection is actually pretty good, but ever since it was first released as Android Wear back in 2014, one of the biggest absences has been a proper Spotify app. Well, ladies and gentlemen, that’s finally changing.

On October 17, Spotify announced on its official blog that it’s launching a standalone Wear OS app for its streaming service so you can access the best bits  [Read More…]