Tag Archive: Android


The Android Q beta program is already fragmented

The hoops you jump through depend on who made your phone.

Like we saw with Android P, the beta program that provides early access to Android Q is available for more than just Pixel phones. That’s really cool for a couple of reasons: not every developer can afford a Pixel phone or wants a Pixel phone, and some brands (cough Huawei) need special attention when it comes to making apps compatible.

Android Q beta is not just  [Read More…]

ASUS ZenFone 6 preview: Big battery, flip camera, stock Android!

ASUS’s new flagship has the specs phone nerds want, and the cameras selfie fans need.

In recent years, the ASUS ZenFone line has been characterized by overbearing software, a bewildering number of often superfluous features, and copycat design language. After first seeing last year’s ZenFone 5 series, my initial impressions were of a phone whose only goal was to be a cheaper iPhone lookalike, while also bludgeoning me with nonsensical faux-AI features. It did little to convince  [Read More…]

Exclusive code: Save 15% on any Toast cover for your Android

We love our phones. They’re awesome, they’re helpful, and they’re here for us when we need to escape. But, for all they do for us, we need to take care of them, too. That means protecting them from the elements.

Toast, one of our favorite brands in the game of covering and protecting devices, has sent us a number of custom cases over the years. Its wood and leather products are an excellent way of adding a layer of security  [Read More…]

Security updates and Android Q access pushed back to June for the Pixel 3a

Manually downloading and flashing the Android Q beta is still possible.

What you need to know Pixel 3a phones are currently on a security patch from March. Security patch updates from April, May, and June are coming in June. Pixel 3a users will be able to opt into Android Q beta again beginning in June.

Google wowed us last week with the launch of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones at Google I/O 2019. Part  [Read More…]

The new Android Auto has me super excited, and should have Apple extremely worried

One of the lesser announcements at Google I/O – considering it was made a few days before Google’s developer conference kicked off – was the new version of Android Auto. The new UI – which is different and, crucially, better than the previous version – has been designed so you spend less time trying to surface information, and more time focusing on the road. More importantly, it shows that Google is taking automotive seriously, and it should have  [Read More…]

Android Central’s favorite Google I/O 2019 announcements!

Google I/O is always a blur. From the opening keynotes to the wealth of code-heavy developer sessions to the amazing musical guests, there’s something for everyone at Google’s annual developer conference.

This year, though, things were changed up a little with the introduction of two new phones and a new smart display from Nest. Those products, plus the myriad announcements related to Android, Google Assistant, Chrome, and many other parts of the Google ecosystem, kept us busy all  [Read More…]

No, Google will not force OEMs to adopt Android Q’s navigation gestures

Google sees custom OEM gestures as a ‘power user option,’ and will not force brands to use Android Q’s navigation gestures.

Google introduced new navigation gestures in Android Q, and the key point is that the back button is going away, with a side-swipe gesture taking its place. The move obviously led to a lot of confusion, with users left to ponder whether custom gestures from the likes of Samsung, Huawei, and others will be waylaid in  [Read More…]

Huawei confirms Android Q update for Mate 20, P30, and more

There are currently no firm dates for when the update will be available.

Android Q has been in beta since this past March, and at the Google I/O keynote on May 7, Beta 3 was launched along with support for a bunch of other non-Google smartphones. Now, Huawei’s revealed details as to which of its devices will receive the final upgrade to Q when it’s released.

Per a post on Chinese social network Weibo, Huawei confirmed that  [Read More…]

Android Q’s ‘Adaptive Sleep’ could keep your screen awake while using it

It’s only showing up in Beta 3 for some users.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by your phone going to sleep on you while in the middle of reading an article, Android Q might just have a new feature for you.

Some users are reporting seeing an option called Adaptive Sleep in the new Android Q Beta 3 update. According to the description, “Your screen would not dim and go to sleep if the device detects your  [Read More…]

What do you think about Android Q Beta 3’s new gestures?

Google’s round two for gesture navigation is here.

Android Q Beta 3 is full of new features, but perhaps the most important is the overhauled gesture navigation system.

In addition to being able to use Pie’s gestures and the traditional three-button setup, Beta 3 introduces a new method of doing things where you swipe up from the bottom of your screen to go home, swipe from the left or right to go back, and do a swipe up  [Read More…]