Tag Archive: Makes


Nougat makes steady gains in August distribution numbers, but so does Marshmallow

Nougat is gaining momentum, but the going is slow.

The latest Android distribution numbers put Nougat adoption — including both 7.0 and 7.1 — at 13.5%, an increase of 2% from a month prior. Android 7.0 Nougat is installed on 12.3% of active Android devices, while 7.1 accounts for 1.2%.

An interesting trend over the last two months has been the rise of Marshmallow devices. After holding steady at 31.2% in both May and June, Marshmallow  [Read More…]

Samsung now makes the best phone for Google Daydream

To get the best experience on Daydream, you’ll want the best phone for the job.

Google Daydream delivers an excellent way to comfortably jump into and enjoy VR. Trying to figure out which phone is the absolute best for VR as well as be a solid phone can be a bit of a hassle. That’s why we’ve done the legwork with you!

From it’s excellent display, to better Bluetooth functionality, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the absolute  [Read More…]

Plex live TV makes its way to Android phones and tablets

Having initially launched for Android TV, the regular app on phones and tablets is now getting live TV support.

When Plex live TV first launched it was made clear it was a staggered rollout where device support would get added over time. That time is now for Android phones and tablets with the mobile app joining the Android TV app in getting the new feature available to Plex Pass subscribers.

The update comes alongside a similar  [Read More…]

New low-energy mesh standard makes Bluetooth the Internet of Thing’s best friend

Bluetooth could be the standard that turns the internet of things into something we can care about.

Chances are that when you hear “Internet of things” you don’t have high expectations. I feel you. Unfortunately, the real internet of things isn’t as exciting as some envisioned, and the devices and software used for shipping containers or a big library just don’t have a wow factor.

That will change eventually, and we’ll have consumer things that are useful,  [Read More…]

What makes you choose Android over iOS? [Roundtable]

Android can regrow hair, get you in shape and save you 15% on your car insurance. Not really.

Here at Android Central everyone has something to say. We have different opinions about politics, business and anything else with a side to pick. But one thing we all have in common is that we use Android instead of iOS. We might have an iPhone for one reason or another, but when you call us an Android phone will  [Read More…]

Google makes it easier to find high-quality apps with new curated Play Store bundles

Find better apps from the humans at Google that use them every day.

Google has announced that it is bringing more order to the Play Store with a bunch of new human-curated app lists.

As part of an increased focus on its Editor’s Choice section, which began last month with ‘Android Excellence’, which focused on high-quality individual apps, Google will now post “stories” that highlight groups of its favorite programs based on theme.

These so-called editorial pages  [Read More…]

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate makes managing video files a breeze (Review)

Overview: Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is video management software for Windows PC and Mac that allows you to edit, download, convert and manage video files from all different sources including Android and mobile devices. It has a ton of features and tools to help you get your videos how and where you’d like them using […]

Essential Phone makes a pitstop at the FCC before it hits the US

Back in May, Andy Rubin’s new company, Essential, decided to shock the Android world by announcing a brand new phone named ‘Essential Phone‘. However, ever since that announcement, things have been fairly quiet with various details coming out here and there, but many of us still wondering when the device would launch. While we don’t […]

YouTube’s new VR180 format makes virtual reality easy to create

YouTube’s new VR180 video format bridges the gap between 2D and VR, and it’s going to be a big deal.

At VidCon 2017, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced some big things for the platform, including a mind-blowing statistic: 1.5 billion people watch YouTube videos monthly.

But one of the bigger topics discussed at the show was an upcoming video format called VR180, which combines virtual reality and regular old flat 2D content into a single video. Using  [Read More…]

Google’s new Local Guides points system makes leaving reviews worth your time

Whether you’re a traveler or a homebody, the Google-led app rewards handsomely for leaving recommendations.

Google Local Guides were introduced in 2014 to help foster a giant community of local reviewers who just know where all the best stuff is. When you sign up to be a Local Guide, every contribution helps you rack up points towards unlocking other elements of the service inside Google Maps. Over the next few days, Google  [Read More…]