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Android rebrands mobile security measures under one umbrella

Android has revealed a catch-all branding for its security measures that seems likely to be used in most software updates and announcements moving forward.
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The best free live wallpapers for Android

Tired of static Android wallpapers that serve only as bland backdrops? Live wallpapers add panache to your Android device without draining the battery.
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Google says they’re finally optimizing Android tablet apps. Do you believe them?

At Google I/O this year, Google said they were working with developers and manufacturers to finally give Android apps the tablet-optimized versions they deserve. No more upscaled, wonky UI that leaves a ton of wasted space, blown up phone apps, or things that are just straight up broken and unpleasant to use on an Android […]

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[Guide] How to stop apps sharing data with Google on Android

Apps taking your data to push ads to you is a tale as old as time itself (or at least since the invention of the smartphone). However, with newer and more transparent pro-consumer policies as late, customers are now getting a say in reducing the ads pushed to them on their Android Smartphones. With this […]

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How to register for and download the Android 12 beta

The yearly release calendar grinds on, and the new version of Android, Android 12, is on the way. Here’s how you can sample the Android 12 public beta.
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Nothing founder teases company’s first Android smartphone

Carl Pei, founder of Nothing, has teased that the London-based consumer technology startup is working on its very first Android smartphone.
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[Guide] 4 ways to block ads on your Android phone or tablet

Ads have become a part of our everyday life, and are nearly inescapable. But it doesn’t need to be like this and there are ways to minimize your exposure to them. Today we are looking at solutions you can employ to rid your phone of cumbersome ads, particularly ones that are particularly invasive to your […]

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Everything you need to know about Android 12 and how to make use of some Essential features

Google came out swinging at I/O 2021, and that’s especially apparent with Android 12. The latest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system brings some pretty serious changes to your smartphone, and we’re here to keep you in the loop. Now that the Android 12 update is in full swing with OEMs such […]

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Google’s newest app makes it easier to switch to Android

Google is finally making its Switch to Android app available in the App Store after a soft launch.
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[Guide] How to configure the Game Dashboard in Android 12

The Game Dashboard is a unique feature introduced in Android 12 and offers a flurry of features to keep avid mobile gamers well entertained and get more out of their games. However, getting to the feature is rather tricky, and requires some clever maneuvering but once enabled, can be a big help. Setting up Game […]

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Google’s ‘Switch to Android’ app helps iOS users do just that

Google has finally countered Apple's "Move to iOS" app by releasing "Switch to Android" for iOS on the App Store, confirming earlier rumors. As the name indicates, it's designed to help iPhone and iPad users import contacts, photos, calendars and video to an Android device. It also shows users how to turn off iMessage in favor of Android messaging and transfer photos/videos by connecting to iCloud. 

Google dropped the new app without a lot of fanfare, as TechCrunch notes. On its Switch to Android website, the app is still not mentioned and can only be found on the App Store with a direct link — search results still turn up nothing.

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The app is a big improvement over the current system, which requires you to back up photos, video, calendar and contacts using the Google Drive iOS app. It was first spotted last summer by 9to5Google in code tucked into Google's Data Transfer Tool, and seen in a more recent release with the ability to import iCloud video and photos into Google Photos. 

Apple's equivalent app arrived way back in September 2015, so Google certainly took its time responding. "Move to iOS" works in much the same way, helping users import photos, video, messages, contacts and more over to an iOS device. One Android device maker, Samsung, has its own device migration app as well called Smart Switch, helping you switch from an iPhone or other Android device to a Galaxy smartphone. However, it's only available on Google Play or its own Galaxy store and doesn't run on iOS. 

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[Guide] How to easily share WiFi details on Android

The internet has become a quintessential part of our daily lives, and when we are entertaining visitors at home or in an office, WiFi is the best way to help share the internet. However, if you have a tricky password or don’t want to go through the trouble of manually entering the password for everyone, […]

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The best free music apps for iOS and Android

We’ve looked everywhere and found the best music-listening and -creating apps in existence for Android and iOS, including Spotify, Apple Music, and GarageBand.
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The best grocery list apps for Android and iOS

Always forgetting something at the store? Keeping a digital grocery list on your phone helps you stay organized and on budget. These are our top picks.
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The best Android VPN in 2022

If you use public Wi-Fi or just want to hide your browsing history from prying eyes, you should be using a VPN. We found the best VPNs available for Android.
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The best web browsers for Android phones [2022]

Modern smartphones have taken a lot of the pressure off of web browsers, especially with the incredible variety of apps we have that will let services run natively. But that doesn’t mean the web browser is useless. In fact, it’s still probably the most important and most used app on your phone, even if you’re […]

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No fooling! Student creates Android phone with Lightning port

The engineering enthusiast behind the world’s first iPhone with a USB-C port has flipped things around and has now made an Android phone with a Lightning port.
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Automatic Smart tag tracker detection in works for Android

Google is expected to bring an automatic smart tag detection feature to Android.
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The Android 12 update is actually rolling out to the LG Velvet

LG canned its mobile phone business in early 2021 but as it promised, it’s still rolling out updates to the handsets it had already sold. The latest such phone to get updated is the Velvet whose Android 12 OS upgrade is rolling out in South Korea. Having promised that the Velvet would receive a trio […]

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NYTSTND Quad review: High-end wireless charging that’s pretty good for Android, too

We’ve covered several wireless chargers before, and these days you can generally get some pretty nice options without spending too much. But if you want to go all out with it, you can get acquainted with the NYTSTND Quad and its family of wireless charging accessories. Instead of a single charging slot, these hubs integrate […]

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Google is rolling out a rapid Air Raid Alerts System for all Android phones in Ukraine

By now you are probably aware of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which is resulting in a huge humanitarian crisis in the country and widespread devastation caused by Russia’s indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas. It’s shocking, shameful, and has resulted in millions of Ukrainians trying to cross the border into friendly nations such as Poland and […]

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Best free apps for parents for iOS and Android

Being a parent can be difficult, but there’s help out there. Here’s a list of the best free apps for parents to make life easier.
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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 shows why Android 12L isn’t enough

With Google’s Android 12L racing to the finish line, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 reminds us the real issue with Android tablets isn’t the interface.
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Carl Pei teases a return to Android that could essentially be a Nothing smartphone

Ever since he left OnePlus and created Nothing, it has been thought that Carl Pei would turn his hand to smartphones again, and it could be that 2022 is the year that it will happen if his teasing tweet (and Qualcomm and Android’s replies) is anything to go by. His obtuse tweet (embedded above) alludes […]

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[Guide] How to Sideload apps (APK files) on your Android 12 Smartphone or Tablet

Android phones are capable of installing apps outside of the Google Play Store. These come in the form of Android Package (APK) files that contain an individual app and can be installed on your phone if not available on the Google Play Store. A popular example of this is in the form of Fortnite on […]

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You can download Android 13’s first Developer Preview now

Google’s Android 13 breaks cover with its first Developer Preview as the company plans a summer release.
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[Guide] How to Connect a PlayStation Controller to an Android Smartphone or Tablet

If you have a PlayStation controller that you want to use with your Android device, this guide will walk you through 3 simple steps in doing it!

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Samsung is putting other Android OEMs to shame by promising 4 years of OS upgrades and 5 years of security patches

Samsung took the wraps off its new Galaxy S22 smartphones and Galaxy Tab S8 tablets earlier today and while they look all shiny and appealing, I find myself drawn in by a feature that until recently at least, would never previously have been associated with the South Korean company. Software support. With most brands, you […]

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How to turn One-handed Mode on or off in Android 12

One-handed mode in Android 12 is a neat new feature which is handy for flagship phone users or if your phone has a very large display.

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[Updated Jan 27] Amazon are once again accepting pre-orders for the Motorola-branded MA1 Wireless Android Auto Dongle

Announced during CES, the Motorola-branded MA1 Wireless Android Auto Dongle is now available to pre-order at Amazon. The dongle plugs into the USB port on your car and makes it possible to connect wirelessly to Android Auto with your smartphone. Updated January 27: Pre-orders for the Motorola-branded MA1 Wireless Android Auto Dongle are live once […]

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Best portable chargers for your Android phone [2022]

If you’re struggling to get through an entire day with the battery on your current smartphone, or you’re just spending more time away from a charger, you don’t need to toss out your phone and buy a new one. In fact, a portable charger might solve your problem for just a few bucks. Just toss […]

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Surface Duo users rejoice – the Android 11 update is finally rolling out!

Today is a day of wonderment and joy for the owners of the original Surface Duo because after languishing on Android 10 since it launched, Microsoft’s foldable device is finally getting its Android 11 update that was supposed to roll out before the end of 2021. The Android 11 OTA is rolling out to unlocked […]

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WhatsApp is nearly ready to migrate Android chats to iPhone

WhatsApp may soon release two highly-requested features. The first is one iPhone users have been waiting for since the company made it possible for Samsung Galaxy owners and later those with Pixel phones to migrate their chat history from an iOS device. Per a post spotted by The Verge, WABetaInfo found evidence in the latest WhatsApp iOS beta release of a feature that lets you migrate your chat history from Android to iOS. The discovery builds on an earlier one the outlet made in September.

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Screenshots shared by WABetaInfo suggest the app will ask for your permission before it starts migrating your chat history. We also know from the earlier leak you’ll need to use Apple’s Move to iOS app as part of the transfer process. On Android, that same process can be convoluted, as you need a Lightning to USB-C cable and phone that’s either brand new or has been recently factory reset.

In a separate articleWABetaInfo published over the weekend, the website found that WhatsApp is also working on a two-step verification feature for its desktop and web clients. Should the company move forward with a release, the tool will allow you to add a personal pin to your account. In that way, anytime you want to access WhatsApp either through your computer or online, you’ll need to input that passcode, as well as the six-digit pin WhatsApp sends to your phone, to do so. That’s something that will help protect you from SIM swap attacks.

It’s unclear when the company plans to release either feature. A month before the migration one launched on Samsung devices, WhatsApp head Will Cathcart said it would arrive on iOS phones “soon.”

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Android 13: Everything we know so far about the upcoming OS

Google is working on Android 13, its next as-yet-unannounced major software release. Here’s what it’s expected to bring.
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Best wireless chargers for your Android phone [2022]

It’s time to finally upgrade those old, wired chargers you have sitting around and get updated with wireless chargers. Wireless charging is getting more common on newer phones, and there’s a good chance your phone supports it if you bought it in the last year or two. But like anything else, there are tons of […]

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The Nvidia Shield TV Experience 9.0 update brings Android 11, 4K GeForce Now gaming, and more

If you have an Nvidia Shield TV device you are probably already aware that it’s received a number of software updates over the years since the first variant launched back in 2015. Nvidia has refreshed the hardware a couple of times with the 2019 and Stick models, but it has made no differentiation between the […]

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Good news! The original Surface Duo may get the Android 11 update in January 2022

Remember back in September when Microsoft promised that the original Surface Duo would receive the Android 11 update before the end of 2021? Well, it’s looking as if that particular deadline isn’t going to be met which means that the first Surface Duo is still languishing on Android 10. According to Windows Central, though, there […]

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How to add a contact in WhatsApp Messenger on Android and iOS

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps on the planet. Here’s how to add your iOS and Android contacts to your WhatsApp list to easily stay in touch.
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How the Huawei Watch GT 3 shows what an Apple Watch for Android would be like

You can’t use an Apple Watch with an Android phone, but what if Apple suddenly made it possible? The Huawei Watch GT 3 shows what it may be like.
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Early Android 13 leak shows handy language and notification control tools

Just like access to camera or location data, Android 13 will make notification access an opt-in feature for apps, saving users a trip down Settings hell.
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How to get Android apps on a Chromebook

Android support on Chromebooks opens up a lot of potential for new experiences. Here’s how to get apps working even if your Chromebook isn’t compatible.
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The best ringtones for iOS and Android

Smartphones ship with a variety of ringtones, but you don’t have to settle for the company-chosen sounds. Our ringtone app picks offer plenty of alternatives.
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How to play YouTube in the background on Android and iOS

Mobile YouTube is great for when you want to watch stuff on the go, but you may just want to listen to YouTube while browsing elsewhere. We’ll show you how.
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How to back up your Android smartphone

Backing up your Android phone regularly is a wise move, in case it’s lost or damaged. Our guide will walk you through a variety of ways to back up your device.
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How to turn off notifications in Android 11 and older

Turn off notifications and stop the spam with these simple instructions for every version of the platform, from the latest Android 11 to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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Download the best Android apps on your new smartphone

Did you pick a great deal on a new smartphone for Black Friday? Maybe there was a new one under the Christmas tree? Whatever the reason, you’re going to need the best Android apps for that new phone, and you’re in the right place. We’ve gathered up all the best Android apps from around the […]

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How to scan a QR code on Android and iOS

Here’s how to scan a QR code on your iPhone or Android phone. Many phones have built-in QR code scanners, but if yours doesn’t, we recommend some apps to help.
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How to save text messages on iPhone and Android

Here’s how to save your text messages in Android and iOS. We have a simple step-by-step guide to help you save text messages on your iPhone or Android phone.
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ICYMI: We check out Android 12’s visual refresh

This week, in addition to covering all the Cyber Week deals we could find, we also reviewed some unique gadgets. Steve Dent and a licensed drone pilot toured the French countryside with the help of the DJI Mavic 3 drone, while Terrence O’Brien played with the Animoog Z app, a sequel ten years in the making. Also, Cherlynn Low played around with Android 12 to check out its new Material You design.

The Mavic 3 is the easiest DJI drone to fly

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Steve Dent spent some time with the DJI Mavic 3 and a licensed drone pilot in the French countryside to see what the new device is capable of. He reports that not only is the Mavic 3 the easiest DJI drone to fly, but the large 4/3 sensor and dual camera system produce incredible footage – and the 46 minutes of range is double the time that the previous model could capture. He tested the standard model in the $ 3,000 Fly More combo package, which includes three batteries, a charging hub, one set of ND filters and a carrying bag. The Mavic 3 is also available in a Cine mode with a built-in 1TB SSD and Apple ProRes 422 HQ video support.

While the Mavic 3 was easier to maneuver thanks to its improved obstacle avoidance, it was also easy to fold the 899-gram drone into a more compact size for storage and travel. Steve says the camera and video specs are impressive: the primary camera was built in collaboration with Hasselblad and has a 24mm f/2.8-f/11 lens with a color profile for accurate hues. The video camera can shoot 5.1K at 50fps or 4K at 60fps; Steve says the larger sensor provides better low light performance, more detail and great dynamic range. However, there are some downsides – namely the price, but also that the additional features that DJI promised (like ActiveTrack5 and QuickShots) aren't available now but will be released in January. Overall, Steve says the Mavic 3 delivers, but is best for professions and prosumers.

Google’s Material You design gives Android 12 a much-needed visual update

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Cherlynn Low knows that the many versions of Android make a review of the core features a bit difficult, but the upgrades on the operating system’s most recent release make for a refreshing experience and provide more transparency over data and privacy. That’s largely thanks to the new Material You design that has decluttered the UI and enlarged buttons and sliders, among other things. Cherlynn particularly liked the Privacy Dashboard that informs users when their camera and mic are activated, along with which apps require them. Android 12 also has new indicators for when the camera or mic are actively being used.

Cherlynn did note some aspects that disappointed her, namely the default way to summon the Google Assistant, and the confusing charts and graphs in the battery and privacy dashboards. She was also excited to try the audio-coupled haptic feedback, but wasn’t able to find any apps that supported it. Overall, she said that the visual updates in Material You and increased privacy tools made the system feel drastically different — in a good way.

The Animoog Z app is a proper sequel that took ten years to make

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Terrence O’Brien was looking forward to testing out Animoog Z, the follow up to Moog’s original software instrument which used wavetable synthesis. This sequel to the app has largely the same core Anisotropic Synth Engine, consisting of dozens of waveforms that you can choose from, ranging from samples of analog saw waves to more digital sounds. However, the new release adds a third dimension to the X/Y axis of the original — a Z axis that notes can move along.

Terrence says this gives the new app a bit more depth and room to evolve. He found that certain presets took advantage of the additional modulation path to make more complex and unique sounds. There’s also a new effects section with a looper, delay, filter and an arpeggiator, plus MPE support. Additionally, Terrence says the redesigned look that the new app has makes it feel more modern and easier to navigate. After testing, he declared the Animoog Z a worthy successor to the groundbreaking original. A limited version is available as a free download, with the full featured version going for a flat $ 10.

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The best Android games available (December 2021)

The Google Play Store is loaded with some terrific titles — and some terrible ones. We’ve vetted all the options to bring you the best Android games around.
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