Tag Archive: History


Android Central’s latest t-shirt is a history lesson

There isn’t a single piece of Android history on your upper torso, and we’re here to change that. Android Central is doing a limited-time run at Teespring from today until June 28. This design is running the gamut from Android 1.5 Cupcake to Android 9 Pie. Drag your more mundane friends kicking and screaming down memory lane by recounting the quirks of every single generation of Android!

The shirts are 100% premium cotton, available in blue, light blue,  [Read More…]

Of course Google tracks your purchase history using Gmail

Yes Google collects purchase data, because it always has, and that’s not all it collects.

CNBC seems to think it’s breaking some sort of news in pointing out the fact that Google uses Gmail to track your online purchase history. The revelation comes from seeing a (relatively) new Google Account page that lets you view every purchase that Google has stored, which rightfully bothers some who didn’t realize this was something Google was collecting; or, at least  [Read More…]

Win an exclusive piece of Google and Android history!

Every year at Mobile World Congress, the Android Garden is where Google presents its best products and services, from Android (obviously) to Google Assistant, Maps, and Photos. However, Google and its partners also provide one of the biggest challenges for all attendees who want to participate in something super fun: the Android Partner Walk. Specifically, the challenge to collect two exclusive pins per company, which are only available on certain days.

These pins have become the unofficial trade  [Read More…]

A brief history of Android releases (podcast)

How long have you owned an Android phone? Were you there when the T-Mobile G1 kicked off the platform more than one decade ago? We were, and we remember what it was like to own an Android phone.

As much as we loved our handsets at the time, we’ve really come to appreciate new features as they rolled out with each of the Android releases. Some we felt immediately and added to the experience; others laid the groundwork for other  [Read More…]

How to delete your Google Search history

Google makes it incredibly easy to manage your account activity. As a company that got its start in search, it now gives users dead simple controls over search activity and history.

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to delete your Google search history, you’re in luck. You can do that, and so much more. It’s definitely not new by any stretch, but it’s much easier now  and we definitely recommend you check it out.

If you visit myactivity.google.com from a desktop  [Read More…]

Location history – what is it and how to use it?

Location history is that feature on your Android phone which keeps track of all the places you visited throughout the day, every day. Since you carry your phone at all times, the tool can provide a very good preview of your daily whereabouts.

Location history can be enabled from the Maps app, which is the standard navigation app by Google. From there, users can have access to a nifty Timeline feature that lets you browse the place you’ve visited, and  [Read More…]

Google still tracks your location even when you turn off Location History

Mother Google is always watching.

Google Maps is filled with all sorts of tools/features to help you navigate the world around you, one of which is something called “Your Timeline.” Your Timeline uses Location History to create a private view of your exact whereabouts on any given day, and while it’s a pretty neat feature, can be a bit much for privacy-conscious users.

You can disable this by turning off Location History for your Google account, but  [Read More…]

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on the web

It takes some time, but you can completely control the location history Google collects from your devices.

We’ve already covered how to remove individual locations and history items from Google Maps on Android, but when you need to access and manage all of your location history, you need to hop onto the computer. As the old saying goes, “knowledge is power” — and we’re going to give you all of the tools necessary to know what information  [Read More…]

How to view your location history in Google Maps

See where you’ve traveled with Google Maps.

Google Maps has a nifty Timeline feature that lets you browse the places you’ve visited along with the routes traveled. The feature was overhauled in 2015, and Google has added the ability to collate images you’ve taken at a particular location, allowing you to get a better overview of your travels.

It certainly comes in handy if you’re looking to see all the images you took at a particular location,  [Read More…]

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

Just because you searched for it once doesn’t mean it has to live on forever.

We all search for plenty of wacky and one-time things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don’t always want that sitting in our history forever. There are also plenty of times when we navigate somewhere that we’ll never go back to, and there’s no reason to have it saved in the app’s history. And of course sometimes we just  [Read More…]