Tag Archive: Android


Google warns against installing Android 11 DP4 on phones running June patch

To install DP4 on your device, you will have to flash the DP4 system image instead.

What you need to know Google has warned users against sideloading Android 11 Developer Preview 4 on devices running the Android 10 June 2020 update. If your Pixel phone is running the June 2020 patch, you will have to flash the Android 11 DP4 factory image instead. While the exact reason hasn’t been specified, Google says doing so could “cause device  [Read More…]

How to record your phone screen on an Android phone

Screenshots are usually good enough to capturing something that you just have to share with others, but if there’s a video or livestream you want to record part of to re-share — or if you need video to prove that a bug actually exists and that you’re not just blowing smoke with the developer — screen recording is there for you. I wish screen recorders were a standard part of the Android experience, but for now, some manufacturers  [Read More…]

How to remove location data from photos on Android

Location data can be very useful in documenting where you took your vacation photos or pictures for proof of things like a traffic accident, but if you leave location data on all the time, it can be used against you if someone you don’t trust gets ahold of your stuff. In order to protect yourself and those around you, here’s how to strip out location info from photos you’ve taken — and more importantly, how to keep it  [Read More…]

This is our first look at Google’s new Android TV dongle

I’m not sure how I feel about this new UI, but the remote looks good so long as the battery lasts.

What you need to know The Android TV dongle we’d hoped would debut at Google I/O is shaping up to be quite the compelling device. XDA Developers obtained what appear to be official renders of the new Android TV dongle, its remote, and an updated Android TV UI. The dongle doesn’t appear to be much bigger  [Read More…]

It’s easier than you may think to print something from your Android phone

As Android technology progresses, so does your ability to get everything done right from your Android phone or tablet. Google has designed a cloud printing app that works with your printer connected either to your wireless network or to your computer via USB. Here’s how to set up Google Cloud Print within Chrome on your computer and how to start printing directly from your Android device.

Products used in this guide Google’s best: Pixel 4 (From $ 628  [Read More…]

Google accidentally leaked the Android 11 beta to some Pixel owners

Well, that’s not good.

What you need to know On June 1, Google began rolling out the latest monthly security patch for Pixel devices. Instead of a boring patch, some users were given the Android 11 beta ahead of schedule. The build number for the OTA beta update is RPB1.200504.018.

A new month is a signal for a new monthly security patch for Pixel devices, and the latest June update has proven to be more exciting than  [Read More…]

Here’s what the revamped Android 11 power menu will look like

Android 11’s Power Menu will work better with smart home devices

What you need to know Android’s power button menu will get built-in smart home controls with Android 11. Hints of the upcoming feature were spotted in developer documentation earlier in the year. New screenshots show us what the finished product might look like.

Google is continuing the revamp of Android’s power button menu it started this year. With the second Pixel Feature Drop, it added Cards  [Read More…]

How BlackBerry built Android but Apple perfected it

BlackBerry started the smartphone craze and Apple changed how we use them. Android has its roots in both and that’s what makes it great.

It all starts back in 2002 when a company called Danger builds a device called the Hicktop — a.k.a. the T-Mobile Sidekick for everyone in the U.S. Yes, there were “data-driven” devices in Japan, and companies were making PDAs, but the smartphone craze can be traced directly back to the Sidekick.

Ironically, the  [Read More…]

Android 11 event and beta postponed: ‘Now is not the time to celebrate’

“We’ll be back with more on Android 11, soon.”

What you need to know Android 11 has been delayed. An event and beta release were scheduled for June 3. The development team says “now is not the time to celebrate”, and says more information will be available “soon.”

This morning, Android Developers has announced via Twitter that the beta of Android 11, along with a June 3rd reveal event, has been postponed.

Likely in a display of solidarity,  [Read More…]

HBO Max on Android TV kicks Apple TV’s butt with this one feature

Closed captions are great for those who need them to enjoy what’s on the television. Captions you can adjust to meet your needs are even better.

It’s easy to talk about accessibility. Actually following through is where it counts. And to that end, there’s a surprising feature tucked inside the HBO Max app on Android TV.

Head on to the top and enter into your profile section, and you’ll see a section called “Closed Captioning.”  [Read More…]