Tag Archive: Android


Modern Dad on Android 9.0 Pie, Pixels and more!

An update on what’s in my pocket.

There’s something about using a Google Pixel phone that almost feels lazy at this point. Is it the sexiest piece of hardware you can buy? Nope. But it’s predictable. It’s dependable. It’s the kind of phone you want if you don’t want to worry as much about your phone.

And that’s where I’m at these days. I want a phone that works, and I want a phone that works well. The  [Read More…]

Interview: Google’s EK Chung on Android 9 Pie design, simplicity and digital wellbeing

With version 9, Android takes a big step forward in user-focused design.

At first glance, Android 9 Pie looks very similar to Oreo — particularly to the casual observer. While it’s true that Google didn’t redefine the phone interface paradigm or introduce one huge category-defining feature with Pie, this release marks a considerable change in the overall experience of using Android. The change comes from a countless number of thoughtful design and user experience decisions to focus  [Read More…]

What is Digital Wellbeing in Android Pie and how to sign up for it

Earlier today, Google surprised everyone and released the final version of Android 9.0 Pie. While there are plenty of changes under the hood, there are a few extra features included too.

One such feature is Digital Wellbeing, which was introduced at Google I/O 2018. The company hopes this new feature will allow users to put down their devices and focus on life.

In another surprising move, Google is actually rolling Digital Wellbeing as a beta feature. This means that it  [Read More…]

How to use the new app switcher in Android Pie

Android Pie completely overhauls the app switcher — here’s what you need to know.

Switching back and forth between apps is something most of us do on our phones each day. It’s a pretty simple task that’s seen some minor improvements over the years, but with Android Pie, Google gave this a huge overhaul both aesthetically and functionally.

How to open/close the app switcher How to copy text How to clear apps

If you want to learn  [Read More…]

How to get Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing feature on your Pixel right now

The feature isn’t quite finished yet, but Pixel owners can get in on it first.

Android 9 Pie‘s public launch is fresh and filled with tons of new features. But the biggest headline addition coming out of Google I/O earlier this year, Digital Wellbeing, isn’t available right away. Google still has some more work to do before it releases the feature to all Pixel owners, but in a continued spirit of open testing is offering it up  [Read More…]

Android Pie: Everything you need to know about Android 9

From new gestures to extending battery life, here’s everything you need to know about Android Pie!

Following last year’s Oreo release, 2018 is the year of Android 9 Pie.

Google’s latest flavor of Android is jam-packed with all sorts of new features, including a brand-new gesture navigation system, new UI elements, and a heap of under-the-hood tweaks that aim to make this the best version of Android to date.

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to  [Read More…]

How to install Android Pie on your Pixel right now (or downgrade to Oreo)

Cherry pie, pumpkin pie, Android Pie.

Well, it’s here: Android Pie is officially available, and that means finger-tapping, impatient waiting for the update to hit your phone.

Now that the update is available, there are a few things you need to know before receiving it. So read on and let’s get the party started.

Android Pie review: Greater than the sum of its slices

The easy way The harder way Which phones are receiving the final Android  [Read More…]

Alto’s Odyssey for Android review: A perfect follow-up adventure

Another dreamy classic from Team Alto.

Alto’s Odyssey was my most anticipated game on the Android release calendar since it was released for iOS back in February. Rather than having to wait a full year as we did for Alto’s Adventure, Odyssey arrived just six months later thanks to the fine folks at Noodlecake Studios who have delivered another absolute gem for Android gamers.

Alto’s Odyssey is a simple endless runner game that has you dashing down  [Read More…]

ASUS Zenfone Live (L1) is a new Android Go phone, available in the US

The Android Go family is expanding in the US. After the likes of Nokia, Alcatel, ZTE and Motorola, ASUS too has unveiled a new smartphone that runs Google’s stripped-down version of Android. The device is called the ASUS Zenfone Live (L1) and is available for purchase from Best Buy for only $ 109.99.

Android Go is comprised of three optimized main areas: the operating system, Google Play Store and Google apps. These have been reinterpreted in order to provide a  [Read More…]

Not everyone wants Android to be ‘open’

The way Google keeps walking the line between open and closed keeps biting it in the ass.

There’s a really cool Google I/O moment from a few years back that sticks out in my mind. It was shortly after I published a book on using Android tablets, which it caught the attention of Vic Gundotra. He pulled me aside and thanked me for helping people who weren’t super techy learn, and learn to love, Android. That was  [Read More…]