Tag Archive: Android


Essential Phone on Sprint being updated to Android 8.1 Oreo

Rolling out to users now.

A little less than a month ago, Essential started pushing Android 8.1 Oreo to all unlocked versions of the Essential Phone. There wasn’t any word at the time when the Sprint variant of the phone would get similar treatment, but that’s now changing.

According to Essential’s official Twitter account, Oreo officially began making its way to the Sprint Essential Phone around 1:00 PM ET on April 9. Multiple users have replied to  [Read More…]

ARCore and Android: Everything you need to know!

This is everything you need to know about ARCore!

One of the hot new features on newer flagships is their ability to work with augmented reality (AR) applications. Pokémon Go was the first big AR game release, and Apple introduced its Animoji feature in late 2017. On the Android side, Google has been working to provide a standardized AR ecosystem with ARCore.

This is everything you need to know about ARCore!

Origins with Tango

ARCore  [Read More…]

Best Android Phone Over $700 in 2018

When the price doesn’t matter, you get some great phones to choose from.

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Best overall Google Pixel 2 XL

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Google’s Pixel 2 XL gives you sleek and solid hardware, all of the requisite specs inside, and simple and intuitive software that runs at a breakneck pace. Once again it isn’t flashy, but it’s beautifully efficient — and IP67 water-resistant.

The software features and  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Android P on Wear OS: This smartwatch doesn’t need a charger

Android P brings a dark UI and power-saving features to the Huawei Watch 2.

After officially rebranding Android Wear to Wear OS a few weeks ago, Google has released a developer preview for the Huawei Watch 2 that gives us an early look at some of the improvements Android P will bring to the platform.

The preview system image is available on the Android Developers site, where Google also provides instructions on how to install it through  [Read More…]

What Android phone should you buy in early 2018?

The AC community is here to help.

Buying a new smartphone is an exciting quest, but at the same time, can also be anxiety-inducing. A lot of truly excellent handsets have been released over the last few months, and all of this choice might make it difficult for you to narrow down the perfect phone for your needs.

One of our Android Central forum members reached out to the community for help in buying their next phone,  [Read More…]

Best Android Phones with Expandable Storage

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Best overall Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+

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The Galaxy S9 series takes what made the Galaxy S8 so good and fixes many of the minor irritations, including the placement of the rear fingerprint sensor. The screen is brighter, the software feels smoother thanks to a faster processor, and the camera is significantly improved in low light.

But Samsung didn’t mess with  [Read More…]

How to stream IPL 2018 on your Android phone, TV, and in VR

IPL 2018 will be broadcast live on Hotstar, with commentary in six languages.

The 2018 instalment of the Indian Premier League cricket is set to kick off from April 7, and it’s hard to believe that we’re already in the eleventh season. The cricket tournament will be held over the course of the next seven weeks — culminating in the final on May 27 — with eight teams scheduled to take part.

The IPL is India’s largest  [Read More…]

Flamingo, one of the best Twitter clients on Android, is dead

Twitter’s obnoxious token system strikes again.

As many improvements as the official Twitter app has seen over the years, it’s still far from perfect. The user experience can easily be hampered by unrelenting ads and an algorithm that can be absolutely maddening at times, and as such, many users like myself have found solace in third-party clients.

Some of the big names for these apps include Talon, Falcon Pro, and Fenix. Flamingo used to be among the  [Read More…]

What was your first Android phone?

We’ve come a long way.

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve seen Samsung – one of the world’s biggest smartphone brands – updating a lot of its hardware to Android 8.0 Oreo. Oreo is one of my favorite versions of the OS to-date, as it offers the best user experience ever found on Android, and it’s great that more people than ever are finally getting the chance to experience it.

It’s certainly exciting to look forward and  [Read More…]