Tag Archive: Android

How to install the Android SDK on Windows, Mac and Linux

Everything you need to get started with the Android SDK, and everything you need to know about installing it.

Installing the Android SDK is far easier than it used to be, thanks to a new package from Google. One download gives you most everything you need to communicate with your phone via the USB port, using tools like adb and fastboot.

If you plan to use the SDK to build Android apps or just see how  [Read More…]

BlackBerry launches the DTEK60 with metal/glass design, Android 6.0 Marshmallow

This week Canadian company, BlackBerry has unveiled its third Android smartphone, the DTEK60. It’s also the company’s last “official” handset, as BlackBerry has announced last month it plans to outsource hardware development to partners. Anyway, the DTEK60 follows the entry-level DTEK50 from earlier this year. However, the DTEK60 comes bundling higher-end specs and is looking

How to recycle or donate your old Android phone

Experts suggest that 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed of worldwide every year. We need to make sure we’re doing what we can to help manage it all.

How many phones are you in your house right now? I’m not just talking about the one(s) in your pocket, I’m talking about the ones stuffed in drawers, under other obsolete pieces of electronics that will likely never get looked at again until you  [Read More…]

ZIDOO X8 TV Box dual boots Android 6.0 and OpenWRT(NAS) on the cheap

Are you the kind of person who likes to push your technology to new limits or extend a set of fun features to otherwise standard hardware? Have you hacked together devices and gadgets that normally don’t have anything to do with each other? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re likely the type

Google makes Android Pay more useful, partners up with Visa and Mastercard

Google is looking to make Android Pay easier to use for mobile website transactions, so this week the search giant has announced it has partnered up with Visa and Mastercard in order to offer more options. The new alliance will permit Android Pay users to pay on websites that allow payments to be made via

Microsoft apps for Android that actually don’t suck

Microsoft is primarily known for its Windows operating systems on desktops, laptops and handhelds. However, with the saturation of the Google Android operating system, Microsoft has realized the potential for additional sales across competing devices. The applications that are currently offered by Microsoft within the Google Play store are plentiful, but not all of them

Android Pay links up with Visa Checkout and Masterpass for quicker online payments

Google just loves making it even simpler to buy things online.

Alongside Google’s initiative to have Android Pay be a standalone mobile payment solution for e-commerce sites, it has also today announced a partnership that will let Android Pay users use their payment methods anywhere that Visa Checkout and Mastercard Masterpass are accepted. That means any site that has integrated with Visa Checkout or Masterpass is now available for you to pay via Android Pay on your phone once  [Read More…]

Me, myself, and Android

Hi, I’m Florence. You’re welcome to call me Flo.

I’ve been at Android Central since September and though I haven’t written much since I’ve started (Have you seen our Smartphone Buying Guides? I helped!), I have been writing about and reviewing Android smartphones for the past four years.

Some of you might know me from my work at Ars Technica. Most of you likely know me from my time at PCWorld/Greenbot and as the co-host of  [Read More…]

Android and chill: The Pixel and exclusivity

The Pixel, phone by Google. Exclusively for Verizon. Not really.

I’ve noticed something during the past week. There are plenty of people who think the Pixel is a Verizon exclusive. This isn’t an accident, I’m sure.

I have no idea what language is on whatever piece of paper Google and Verizon execs signed about the Pixel. I’m pretty certain it wasn’t a note scribbled on a bar napkin and had enough lawyers look at it to  [Read More…]

Android Pay no longer works if you unlock your bootloader, and that’s a good thing

Yes, Google has blocked Android Pay if you unlock your bootloader. My biggest question about it all is ‘why did it take so long?’

Quietly and without any fanfare, Google disabled the ability for Android Pay to make payments on phones with unlocked bootloaders; landing in line with its previously held policy of not allowing rooted phones to access the payment system. It’s frustrating to some, but it’s the right move and it’s in line with  [Read More…]