Tag Archive: Phones


4 things foldable phones need to address before I buy into them

Amazing technology that’s hindered by a few growing pains.

Last week, a few of my colleagues were lucky enough to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Fold — the very first foldable phone that’s launching here in the U.S. in just a few short days.

Even though I’m watching from the sidelines, it’s been really exciting to see their first impressions of the phone and learn what it’s like to actually use a device of that  [Read More…]

Best Nokia phones in 2019

Nokia makes some of the best budget and mid-range phones right now. Its devices share the same classic industrial design language that made Nokia stand out in the past, and the brand has partnered with Google to offer Android One on all of its devices. The result is that the $ 350 Nokia 7.1 is one of the best phones you’ll find for under $ 400, and there’s a lot more of where that came from.

Budget excellence Nokia 7.1  [Read More…]

Huawei phones can once again install VLC from the Play Store

You can once again use VLC to play music and videos on Huawei devices.

VideoLAN blacklisted Huawei phones from downloading VLC last year, stating EMUI’s “ridiculous policy of killing all background apps” caused several issues with background playback. The issues led to negative reviews by Huawei users, and VideoLAN decided to pull the plug. The company said a few months later that it would be working with Huawei to issue a fix, and it looks like that  [Read More…]

Why unlocked phones are the way to go [PODCAST]

More and more, phone makers are offering their devices in an unlocked capacity. Did you know that many of the flagship models we see at carriers are also offered direct to consumer?

Going this route frees the consumer up from a contract or long-term obligation and provides peace of mind. Wouldn’t you like to hop from one carrier to another because of a better rate? As we see it, an unlocked phone is the only way to go.

That’s not  [Read More…]

How to enable One UI (Android 9 Pie) dark mode on Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung’s software has provided comprehensive theme capabilities for years but has never had a system-level dark mode like many competitors. Its Android 9 Pie software, which brings the new “One UI” interface, introduces a brand new “Night mode” that accomplishes the same goal: black out as much of the interface as possible, which is easy on your eyes at night but also friendly to your battery. This is how you enable and configure it.

How to enable dark  [Read More…]

Here’s how the Android Central staff uses its phones

Take a tour through our setups.

Here at Android Central, we go through a lot of phones. Our amazing staff of writers has used just about every phone under the sun (even iPhones!), and most of us eventually settled on one device that meets our needs best. The same goes for apps and services, too — they’re arguably more important than the phone itself, and everyone has a different setup that works for them.

Whether you’re looking  [Read More…]

Android phones can now be used as hardware keys

Google this week took its focus on security to another level, making it possible for Android users more effectively secure services.

Available immediately in beta, people with Android phones running 7 Nougat or later can use their device as a hardware key. Similar to Google’s Titan Key, it’s a way of protecting Google accounts with a second layer of security. This new tool is available in both personal and business accounts.

This makes it easier and more convenient for you  [Read More…]

Open-world MMORPG ‘Black Desert Mobile’ is coming to US, UK Android phones

Black Desert looks incredible on mobile devices!

Black Desert is a third-person action game by Korean developer Pearl Abyss. The title can be classified as a sandbox-oriented massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) which offers players unprecedented freedom. You should love exploration and be able to engage challenging enemies in a heartbeat if you want to succeed.

The game takes place in a fantasy setting and revolves around the conflict between the rival nations of Calpheon  [Read More…]

Repair tech from phones to cameras with this discounted toolkit for only $7

It happens to the best of us. We try so hard to care for our devices, but it’s inevitable that something will go wrong and they’ll need to be fixed. That doesn’t mean you need to take it somewhere and pay a ton to get the job done, though. Thanks to the internet and YouTube, you can find information on how to repair just about anything these days, so why not try the job at home?

You’ll need some tools  [Read More…]

Motorola adds Digital Wellbeing, Google Call Screening to Android One and G7 phones

No one likes a random phone call from a robot in the heat of a busy day. Google has helped solve this on the Pixel phones with Google Call Screening. Now, Motorola has announced the two companies are partnering to bring this Assistant-powered feature to the G7 and Android One family of devices.

For those that don’t know, this great feature is built into the Phone app and uses Googe Assistant to give you a Call Screen button to give  [Read More…]