Tag Archive: Phones


OnePlus phones are now receiving Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode

Google Assistant in Ambient Mode turns your phone into a smart display when it’s being charged.

What you need to know Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode is now rolling out to all OnePlus devices. The feature turns your phone into a smart display, letting you control smart home lights and much more. The rollout will be staged, with OnePlus noting that everyone should receive the feature in a week’s time.

Right now, OnePlus’ OxygenOS is the software experience  [Read More…]

AC Podcast 459: New Motorola devices; Farewell Blackberry phones

Android Central writer Joe Maring swings by for a report on the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power after attending a recent event showcasing the phones in Chicago. He, Daniel Bader, and Jerry Hildenbrand also talk about the viability of Motorola RAZR. The flip phone reincarnate is not off to a good start.

The team eulogize BlackBerry devices after TCL announced sales of smartphones bearing the licensed brand name will cease in August. The BlackBerry influence on  [Read More…]

Huawei to make up for the Play Store by pre-installing apps on its phones

Up to 70 apps may be preloaded on the P40.

What you need to know Huawei aims to fill the void left by the Play Store by simply pre-installing the most popular apps on its phones before they’re sold. The P40 may be among the first smartphones to test this strategy. The list of apps installed will vary between regions.

Huawei is looking to create its own alternative to Google Mobile Services, complete with an app store  [Read More…]

Motorola is chasing waterfalls with its next 5G phones

A pair of rumored phones feature waterfall displays, 5g, and a premium spec range.

What you need to know Motorola is reportedly beefing up its newly minted premium range of phones with two new options. Both new 5G phones feature 90Hz waterfall OLED displays. One phone features upper-mid-range specs, while the other phone appears to be the rumored premium Verizon-exclusive Motorola Edge+.

Waterfall displays have gotten quite popular in the past year and they’ve garnered some pretty  [Read More…]

Google has begun rolling out Automatic Call Screening to all Pixel phones

You’ll no longer have to worry about robocalls — if you own a Pixel, that is.

What you need to know Google is bringing its Automatic Call Screening feature to all Pixels. Call screening was previously exclusive to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4. The feature lets you avoid robocalls, by having Google Assistant answer the call for you.

Among the most useful features Google has released for its Pixel lineup — and the most enviable, since  [Read More…]

Tired of messing with your phone’s lock screen? Here’s how you disable it

The lock screen can be annoying. Here’s how to get rid of it.

There are certain aspects of our phone that we’ve come to expect. The home screen is a customizable canvas that we can add apps and widgets to, the app drawer houses all of the applications that are downloaded, and the lock screen shows the time and notifications without giving you full access to the rest of your phone.

The lock screen is a great  [Read More…]

The best Android phones available at Simple Mobile

T-Mobile is one of the biggest wireless network operators in the US, providing 86 million subscribers with coverage. As you’d expect, it features quite an impressive handset selection, including models with 5G support. But what about one of it its prepaid brands, Simple Mobile?

Simple Mobile, as is the case with other MVNOs, has its own rate plans, customer service, and phone selection. Here, we’ll dig into the Android devices offered  [Read More…]

Xiaomi teases launch of ‘power-packed’ new Redmi phones in India

Could it be teasing the Redmi Note 9 series?

What you need to know Xiaomi India has started teasing the launch of new Redmi products in the country. The Xiaomi sub-brand could be hinting at the launch of the Redmi 9 series. Redmi says the new devices are “coming soon.”

Earlier this week, Xiaomi’s India chief Manu Kumar Jain shared a teaser on Twitter for Redmi’s upcoming products. Even though no details were revealed in that teaser,  [Read More…]

Here’s how to use RCS messaging on “most” Android phones

Google has been busy as of late, advancing its users past the decades-old protocol of SMS. The new universal option that the company is trying to bring to light is Rich Communication Servies, or RCS.

What’s it do?

We first outlined what RCS does and what Google’s intentions were in post back in November 2019. In short, the RCS protocol gives Android Message users the opportunity for more data packed messages between chats. Think “iMessage for Android”.

The fallback is  [Read More…]

The best Android phones available at Net10 Wireless

When it comes to smart phones and rate plans, most consumers are familiar with the big four brands (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint) in the carrier space. But what about the numerous prepaid and MVNO companies?

We’ve covered many of the bigger names, highlighting them with buyer’s guides and invite you to check them out. While they’re a great jumping off point, they don’t dive into the specific of handset selection.

Take, for instance, Net10 Wireless. What sort of options  [Read More…]