Tag Archive: Android


Daily brief: Android Weariness, Google Maps listens, and what the heck is LeEco?

What happened on September 29?

Do you use a smartwatch? I do, and there’s a higher-than-normal percent chance that you do, too, if you’re reading this. But do your friends and family members adorn Moto 360s, Gear S2s or Pebbles? Perhaps some wear an Apple Watch? The more likely answer is that they wear a Fitbit, if anything at all. I still know some folks who wear the same Casio calculator watch they graduated high school  [Read More…]

Google delays Android Wear 2.0 until early 2017, adds Play Store support

Android Wear 2.0 is coming later than expected, but for a good reason.

Google is pushing back the public release of Android Wear 2.0, the huge upgrade to the company’s wearables platform unveiled this summer, to early 2017. Announced alongside the third developer preview, Google says that after a great response from the developer community thus far, it has “decided to continue the preview program into early 2017, at which point the first watches will receive Android Wear 2.0.”  [Read More…]

Best Android Phones 5.6 Inches And Under

The industry has sort of agreed that phones with 5.5-inch screens are mainstream. The best phone you can buy at that size is the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Best overall Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

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There’s no question that Samsung hit a home run with its Galaxy S7 line. We already think the smaller GS7 is the best phone  [Read More…]

How to copy music to your Android phone

How do I put music on my Android phone?

Most phones now have storage capacities that lend themselves nicely to holding all of your favorite tunes. If your phone has a microSD card slot, even better! You can usually transfer your music right onto the card.

Here’s how to copy your music onto your Android phone using either Windows or Mac!

How to copy music from your Mac onto your Android phone using Android File Transfer  [Read More…]

How to pair Bluetooth headphones with your Android phone

How do I pair Bluetooth headphones on Android?

With Apple getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the new iPhone, there has been some speculation as to what’s next for Android. Luckily, there is no one, proprietary port that could replace the headphone jack on Android phones… For now. So, whether you want to future-proof yourself or you just want the convenience of wireless headphones, getting a pair of Bluetooth cans isn’t a bad idea  [Read More…]

Pixel hype: Can the first real ‘Google phone’ make a splash outside the Android bubble?

The big message the company needs to convey on October 4 is why normal people should care about a phone ‘made by Google.’

Do you have an Android phone?

No, I have a Galaxy.

Just about every one of us at Android Central have had some variation on that conversation over the past few years. It underscores the difference in how normal people — those who don’t live and breathe smartphone industry nonsense every day — view phones. For  [Read More…]

How to keep the Pokémon Go Plus from disconnecting from your Android phone

How do I keep my Pokewatch from disconnecting?

If you’re one of the many people out there who recently decided to dive deeper into the world of Pokémon Go by picking up a Pokémon Go Plus for your wrist, you may have noticed it plays by slightly different rules than the rest of the game. You can use it without the screen on your phone even being on, and through it you can catch Pokemon, check  [Read More…]

Andromeda: How Google can conquer the desktop, figure out tablets — and maybe change Android phones forever

The next stage of Android’s evolution is starting to come into focus. Google’s Andromeda, like the galaxy, is vast, complex and — for the moment — unknowable.

Slowly and quietly, Android has been growing into a desktop OS. (That’s in addition to being a phone OS, a tablet OS, a TV OS and a watch OS.) This year’s 7.0 Nougat release debuted with a feature we’ve still yet to see on any production device: freeform window  [Read More…]

Best Android Phones 5.7 inches And Over

If you’re looking for a phone with a huge screen, you’ve come to the right place.

Best Overall Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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In its new, non-exploding form, complete with green battery icon, the Galaxy Note 7 is not only the best big Android phone, it’s probably the best Android phone you can buy, period. The Note 7  [Read More…]

Android and chill: Nougat and the root question

Android is safer than ever for the people who want (and need) it to be safe. We should be happy about that.

There’s some talk about Pixel phones and root — specifically that it’s not working with any of the existing methods. All the nuts and bolts are at XDA — excellent job on that Mishaal — for those who want to dig deeper into the how and why, but I want to just talk about  [Read More…]