Tag Archive: Important


Why software is infinitely more important than any other phone spec

(And also the most subjective).

All of us at AC recently got together for a fun roundtable talking about features in a phone that we think are the most important.

Out of all the features that were mentioned, “camera” stuck out as the thing that was brought up the most — and rightfully so. It’s a hugely important feature, as our phone is often the only tool we have to preserve family gatherings, sleepy pets, and jaw-dropping  [Read More…]

The Android Central staff’s most important features in a phone

Different people have different priorities.

Your phone can say a lot about you and your personality. The features that matter the most to you largely determine what phones you should consider when looking to upgrade; the Pixel 4 takes amazing photos, for example, but it’s off the table if you need all-day battery life.

We asked around the Android Central staff to see what each of our writers look for in a phone, and what phones should  [Read More…]

Why is it important to use a VPN?

A VPN is super important for anyone. Yup, that’s the full sentence – it’s that important. But specifically, why? For a start, online security. At the moment, without a Virtual Private Network, aka VPN, you’re going online naked where anyone can access your data and even your location.

Alright that was a bit of a scare to start with but it’s the reality of online browsing these days be it from apps, browsers on computers or even through smart speaker  [Read More…]

4 important tips when purchasing a cellphone plan for seniors

Although much of the smartphone world these days is geared towards younger users, there is still plenty of demand for senior-friendly devices and cellphone plans in the market due to the peace of mind, security, and feeling of independence that owning a cellphone can offer.

That demand means there’s plenty of options out there in the world when it comes to choosing a cellphone for seniors, but not all of them are created equal. Here are four important tips to  [Read More…]

What is RCS messaging, and why is it important to Android?

We all want a better way to do messaging and calls on our Androids, and RCS is the best way to make it happen.

RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is the latest supposed savior or the disjointed and frustrating world of cross-device messaging. RCS is being pushed heavily by Google, but adopted sparingly by carriers around the world.

But like all things, it helps when you have a basic understanding of what people are talking about. There’s  [Read More…]

The most important parts of the Pixel 4 are things that can’t leak

There will be at least some surprises on October 15.

If you even casually follow technology news, you probably feel like you have a great handle on what the Google Pixel 4 will be like. A flood of leaks have shown us the hardware, color options, sizes, specs, camera capabilities, and tiny details aplenty. And we’ve already taken a deep look at Android 10 and what it brings to current Pixels, which brings the excitement level up.

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The Redmi K20 pricing backlash is an important lesson for Xiaomi in India

Xiaomi fans are mad that the Redmi K20 costs $ 20 more than its Chinese counterpart.

For the longest time, Xiaomi went unchallenged in India. After making its debut in the country back in 2014, Xiaomi essentially had a stranglehold on the budget category, pushing out local players like Micromax and Intex and then challenging Samsung for the crown. It has managed to do all that on the back of its Redmi series, continually rolling out new  [Read More…]

The Nest Hub Max misses the most important feature

A physical shutter over the camera lens is a simple — and obvious — way to make a home hub more trustworthy.

The Nest Hub Max is official. I’m almost certainly going to buy one, seeing as how I’m all in on the Nest ecosystem already. I’ve also got a Google Home Hub — erm, Nest Hub, that is, thanks to a rebranding — and a Lenovo Smart Display in the kitchen.

And I’m going to buy a Nest Hub Max knowing  [Read More…]

Samsung wins in all areas but the most important: the camera

The best display, the fastest processor, and a camera that’s great but not the best — that’s how you can describe the past few Galaxy S phones.

Samsung’s Galaxy S phones are always among the best money can buy. Year after year, with very few exceptions, the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note has the best display, the best processor, the features most buyers want, and above all the availability that builds a recipe for success. The line’s  [Read More…]

The Pixel 3 Lite will be Google’s most important Pixel in 2019

Google’s finally creating a Pixel phone for everyone else, and that’s really exciting.

For the past three years, Google’s released a new Pixel phone in October. In 2016 we got the original Pixel, 2017 saw the release of the Pixel 2, and last year in 2018, we had the Pixel 3. The Pixel 3 is (unsurprisingly) the best of the bunch so far and remains as one of our absolute favorite Android phones you can buy.

Google’s  [Read More…]