Tag Archive: User


Five Developer options even the average user should use

You might not know this, but Android has some nifty and unique features hidden in a secret menu called Developer options. But even if these options are built for the convenience of developers who need additional functions to test apps they are writing, it doesn’t mean the regular user can’t benefit from trying them out.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to know a bit about these hidden Developer options. Especially since some can actually help you improve your overall Android experience.  [Read More…]

Cheap Android phones are selling user data in developing countries

Data is collected and sold through the guise of a firmware update app.

User data and the privacy surrounding it has been a particularly hot topic this year, and while there’s been plenty of talk regarding it in the U.S., a new light is being shown onto this matter in developing countries.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, an Android phone called the Singtech P10 that’s sold in Myanmar and Cambodia actively collects various  [Read More…]

10 things every Pixel 2 user absolutely should know

The Google Pixel 2, and its larger sibling, the Pixel XL 2, is one of the best phones you can purchase right now. Available through Verizon and Google, it’s the latest and greatest in Android and features some pretty damn impressive hardware. It’s one of our favorite devices ever, even if it’s not exactly the sexiest device on the market.

One of the things we love about Android is that it offers so much customization. The platform continues to get  [Read More…]

Nine features and settings every Google Home user needs to know

First introduced in May 2016, the Google Home has fast become one of the leading connected smart speakers. It’s perhaps one of the most flexible devices of its kind and only gets better with updates and new features.

We’re in an era where the Google Home faces strong competition from the likes of Sonos, Amazon Echo, and the Apple HomePod. Each has its own advantages and drawbacks, and the space will get more crowded when Samsung delivers its first Bixby-powered  [Read More…]

Google’s making it easier to understand and manage user data it collects

These changes will go into effect May 25.

Over the past couple weeks, you’ve likely gotten emails from a number of website and apps you use regarding updates to their privacy policies. Europe will soon launch its new General Data Protection Regulation (aka the GDPR) to give people more rights over their online data, and Google recently shared all of the steps it’s taken to ensure it complies with the new law.

First and foremost, Google’s updating  [Read More…]

Help Google improve Android by joining the User Experience Research program

Google wants you to join the User Experience Research program. In doing so, you’ll get access to unreleased products and new features, before they get released.

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Telegram is being ordered by Russia to hand over user encryption keys

Telegram will appeal the new ruling, but this still isn’t a good sign.

Telegram, the ultra-popular messaging app that’s most well-known for user security and privacy, may have to hand over its user’s encryption keys to the Russian government. It was reported on March 20 that Telegram had lost an appeal in court against Russia’s Federal Security Service (the spiritual successor to the KGB) which is asking for encryption keys as a result of President Vladimir Putin wanting access  [Read More…]

Nine features and settings every Google Home user needs to know

The Google Home is incredibly easy to set up and get going to be sure. But, spend a couple of extra minutes with the mobile app and you could have a more personal and customized experience. Here’s how to get started!

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How to use an iTunes gift card as an Android user

Gift cards are great if you get one you’ll actually use. When you get one you won’t, that’s when things can get complicated.

It’s rude to refuse a gift card, and they seldom come with gift receipts because people don’t think they’re going to return gift cards. I mean, who returns store credit?! Well, I would. Cash is more helpful to me than an iTunes gift card, but here we are. At least I know I’m not  [Read More…]

iPhone X and iPhone 8 impressions from an Android user

A day after Apple completely reinvented everything all over again for a second time once more, some thoughts on what that means for the Android faithful.

Apple does what Apple does. And on Tuesday at the new Steve Jobs Theater at the new Apple Park in the same old Silicon Valley, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, iPhone 8 and iPhone X. And in doing so, it reminded us (or at least should have) of  [Read More…]