Tag Archive: Android


What if Android P is designed for Chromebooks?

Android P could be another Honeycomb, but in a good way.

Sometimes playing “what if?” can be fun, especially when there’s a reasoning to whatever thing you’ve put together inside your head. I’ve had this half-crazy idea that Android P could be a release designed for big screen devices like convertibles, tablets, and Chromebooks. And as off-the-wall as that sounds, it wouldn’t be the first time.

Android doesn’t need a redesign, it needs tobe fixed for tablets  [Read More…]

How to use Instant Apps on your Android device

You have probably heard of the term “Android Instant Apps“, but you might not be exactly sure what it means.  Introduced back at Google’s I/O 2016 developer conference, Instant Apps represent the next step in app evolution. This is a universal Android solution that blends the speed and power of a native fully-fledged app with […]

How to factory reset an Android phone

How do I factory reset my Android phone?

There are a number of reasons why you might need to factory reset your Android phone. Maybe your phone is overloaded with apps and running slow, or you’ve downloaded a recent update and it’s causing problems with your phone’s functionality. Or maybe you want to reset to the factory settings because you’re selling your phone (you should always do this when selling an old device, by the way).

Here’s  [Read More…]

Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 pick up Android 8.0 Oreo update

Available first for users in the UK.

One of the leaders for mid-range Android phones is Honor, and while the company’s latest devices include the Honor View 10 and Honor 7X, two of its older handsets – the Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 – are now getting welcome upgrades to Android Oreo.

With Oreo, you’ll find your standard array of goodies, such as picture-in-picture, snappier boot times, faster performance, notification dots, and plenty more. On top  [Read More…]

How to recover photos from a deceased loved one’s Android phone

The death of a loved one is never easy. Here are some ways to recover their old photos and look back on the good times.

Death is hard to cope with. Wakes and funerals bring a flood of memories — good and bad. Naturally, you may want to look back on photos of those old memories in order to bring yourself some closure. In the old days, you may have had a photo book to look through (and you  [Read More…]

Best apps for reading comic books and visual novels on Android

Comics are kind of a big deal today. No longer for just obscure geeks at Comic-Con, comics have gone mainstream, especially due to their presence on the small screen. Lots of comic books have been transformed into TV shows and movies, in the last few years, but there are some who still prefer reading visual […]

The beauty and frustrations of using Android Auto

Android Auto is a fantastic way to get important content from your phone onto your car dash. But it’s not without problems.

Android Auto is a wonderful way to get the important parts of your phone — navigation, music, phone calls, and (limited) notifications — onto your car’s head unit or as a simplified interface on your phone. It’s super cool, and miles ahead of every car manufacturer’s built-in dash interface. Having said that, Android Auto isn’t without its  [Read More…]

The Shield TV hasn’t gotten Oreo yet because no one cares about Android TV

Oreo should arrive at some point this year, but this still isn’t a good sign.

As I’ve said before, the NVIDIA Shield TV is the best way to experience Android TV. It’s fast performance, unique design, and excellent software make it a great buy, and while NVIDIA’s typically been fast with software updates, Oreo has been noticeably absent from the streaming box. However, it looks like we finally have a reason for its delay.

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The 3 best Android phones for former Windows Phone users

Looking for a new smartphone? Here are the three best Android phones you should consider (and why) if you’re switching from Windows Phone.

You’ve likely heard that Windows Phone is no longer a thing. That makes picking an alternative handset an essential step for those who need a smartphone but can no longer rely on Microsoft.

As Executive Editor of Android Central sibling site Windows Central, I have always carried around multiple smartphones to make my  [Read More…]

6 tools that make Chrome for Android so friggin’ extra

Google Chrome for Android comes equipped with many of the streamlined features to be expected from the pioneers of one-click culture. Many of the tools offer an even sleeker look and improvements to already intuitive synchronicity across Google interfaces. One amazing new tool unlocked a whole world you never knew existed on your Android device. […]