Tag Archive: Android


Essential Phone giveaway! Enter now at Android Central!

We’ve put together a little contest that will give one of you the opportunity to win an Essential Phone, because who doesn’t like winning free phones? All the details are below, so get yourself entered now!

THE PRIZE: One Android Central reader will be taking home a new Essential Phone in black!

THE GIVEAWAY: Head down to the widget at the bottom of this page. There are multiple ways to enter, each with varying point values. Complete all  [Read More…]

Best Game Controllers for Android in 2018

Best overall Best for portability Best value

Best Overall SteelSeries Stratus XL

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If you want a no-compromises controller, something that feels just like the controller you use when you’re sitting in front of your television, SteelSeries has what you need. These controllers look and feel solid. No cheap buttons, wiggly joysticks, or any of the typical problems you find with cheap mobile gaming controllers. You’re getting what you pay for here, which means you’re  [Read More…]

ProtonVPN launches on Android as a truly free VPN solution

A free VPN service that’s enjoyable (and safe) to use.

Thanks to the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability that reared its ugly head in October of last year, VPN services have become more valuable than ever before. A quick search on the Google Play Store will reveal a heap of VPN apps to choose from, and while there are legit options, there are also ones that spam you with ads, sell your data, and even install malware.

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How to find the IMEI number on your Android phone

There are lots of easy ways to find your phone’s IMEI number.

No matter what phone you’re using — whether it’s a budget Moto E4 or a $ 900 Galaxy Note 8 — it will have an International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. The IMEI number is a unique identifier that’s usually a string of 15 digits, and comes in handy if you’re trying to locate a lost or stolen phone.

How can I find my  [Read More…]

7 awesome Android games that were inspired by Fantasy/Sci-Fi movies

It today’s tech-driven world, movie makers have found a new medium to market blockbusters – mobile gaming. For the past few years, Hollywood has been readily embracing the new fad of creating official games based on popular titles in an attempt to lure in even more fans. The Android platform has certainly seen its fair […]

Best icon packs for Android

Without icon packs, we are left with chaos.

App icons are different shapes, different sizes, different color schemes and follow different design guidelines. Samsung’s icons look different than Google’s icons, look different from Microsoft’s icons, look different from every other developer’s icons. They are messy. They are awkward. They need to be brought under control. And until Adaptive Icons are implemented consistently and required for all third-party apps, that’s where icon packs come in.

Icon packs bring  [Read More…]

5 of the best Android lock screen replacement apps

The Android lock screen has come a long way since Android began and the experience differs vastly between devices. One of the best features of Android is the ability to customize almost every element, one of which is the lock screen. There are, therefore, a number of lock screen apps that can be used to […]

Microsoft made Android Windows-friendly — but the work is far from done

I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s services and support on Android, but there are still too many Microsoft ecosystem apps and services that are either half-baked or simply not available. Here’s what I’d like to see Redmond do next.

For Windows 10 Mobile users, it has been a painful couple of years. After months of virtual silence, Microsoft unceremoniously announced it was leaving its phone users high and dry, as Windows 10 Mobile entered maintenance mode. No  [Read More…]

Honor 8 won’t be updated to Android Oreo

Honor is blaming “hardware and software limitations” for Oreo’s no-show.

The Honor 8 was a truly fantastic mid-range handset when it launched in August of 2016, and following the update to Android Nougat in February of last year, it was made even better. We were crossing our fingers for Oreo to come to the phone in the near future, but those dreams have now been crushed.

Honor’s Twitter account in India recently replied to a user asking  [Read More…]

Ingenico’s latest mobile POS reader runs Android out of the box

With the Moby M70, Ingenico is offering a mobile POS solution running Android 7.0 Nougat.

Ingenico is one of the largest integrated payment solution providers in the world. Even if you haven’t heard the name previously, if you’ve used a credit card reader at a retail store recently, chances are it was made by either Ingenico or Verifone. Ingenico has been offering POS (point of sale) systems for over 35 years, and the company is now rolling out its  [Read More…]