The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s newest flagship phone, a triumphant return to the spotlight after the disastrous Note 7. There’s a lot to love about the latest from Android’s largest manufacturer, but there’s also a lot to dislike. Let’s talk about it.
Bluetooth 5.0 is so cool. It lets you do things with Bluetooth audio that have been on our wish lists for a long time—like separate the audio from a specific app (say, Music) and only play it over a Bluetooth connection, keeping other media audio (like navigation sounds) on the phone.
Once upon a time, Android devices and Bluetooth audio devices handled their respective volume outputs independently of one another. Then Google linked Bluetooth and system volume together for a more unified experience. Now Samsung is letting you undo that on the fly.
Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, is happening now in Mountain View, California. The company unloaded a slew of new features at the keynote, and we’ve been sifting through the debris to find the coolest stuff worth talking about.
Android “O“ is the upcoming version of Google’s mobile operating system, but you don’t have to wait until the release date to get your hands on the latest and greatest features. If you have a compatible Nexus or Pixel device, you can install the developer preview of Android O right now.
Google I/O 2017 keynote is in the books, and as usual, Google showed us a preview of the latest version of Android. Codenamed O, the next iteration of Google’s mobile operating system is coming this summer, but you can get your hands on the beta right now. Here are the best features you’ll see when it drops.
Google+ is sort of an anomaly—the folks who love it really love it. The folks who don’t, well…don’t. If you signed up at some point but don’t really use it, there’s a chance you still get unwanted notifications.
It’s 2017, and I still see people criticizing Android for “fragmentation”. This gives Android in general a bad name, and I want to make the facts clear: this isn’t Google or Android’s fault. It’s the fault of your manufacturer.
If you’re an Android user, Android TV is a great way to bring your mobile OS (and your favorite apps) to the big screen. And if you’re looking to get more from your Android TV box, this is a collection of few tips and tricks to help supercharge your experience.
Android Wear is super handy for getting quick info without pulling out your phone. Notifications, calls, appointments, and everything else will push directly to your wrist, making life easier. But if those notifications stop showing up, it can be really annoying.
With the Galaxy S8 family, Samsung took an all-in bet on a different aspect ratio for the display. Instead of a traditional 16:9 ratio, the S8 uses 18.5:9. It’s not that different, but different enough that it can cause some issues with certain apps.
Android is all about choice: like the option to use different apps for different things, or to change apps with one tap. But on the Galaxy S8 (and S7 running Nougat), Samsung changed the option to launch specific apps “just once” and automatically make them the default choice.
If you’re like me, you can’t stand having to switch keyboard modes just to hit an exclamation mark or comma in the middle of a body of text. The thing is, this is Gboard’s default setting. Fortunately, there’s a really simple way to fix it.
After years of having a dedicated home button and physical navigation keys, Samsung ditched its traditional layout for a more modern, virtual approach on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. As a result, you can now customize the navigation panel along the bottom of the screen.
Weak Wi-Fi connections are incredibly frustrating when using Android Auto. Because of its voice-driven interface, it can’t process commands when the connection is weak—especially if the connection is just strong enough to connect, but too weak to actually use. Fortunately, with one toggle your life with Android Auto will get significantly better.
Chrome is the browser of choice for many people, and if you’re looking to supercharge your search game, there’s a quick and easy way to search all of your favorite sites directly from the address bar (or as Google calls it, the Omnibox). Let’s talk about it.
Android’s Always-On Display can be super useful for seeing information at a glance when you look at your phone. But it can also be super annoying because, well, your phone’s display is always on. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Selling your old phone should be a simple, straightforward process. And really, for the most part, it is—if you know all the proper steps. If you don’t, fret not—we’ve got you covered.
PlayStation users have long wanted a way to plug in an external USB drive to their console and use it as local storage for games, apps, and the like. After years of waiting, Sony incorporated this feature in Software Update 4.50. Here’s how to do it.
Android Auto does a lot to make your phone more useful and safe in the car—it simplifies the interface and limits functionality, only allowing access to key apps that you need while on the go. More recently, Google incorporated an “auto-reply” feature that allows users to quickly reply to incoming messages.
So you’ve been thinking about dabbling in that water for a while now. You’re wondering, “what’s life like on the other side?” Switching from iPhone to Android can be daunting, though, because you have so much more choice—how could you possibly choose from so many phones? We’re here to help.
If you’ve jumped on the Google Wifi train (or at least been considering it), then you know there are a lot of reasons to love Google’s mesh network setup. And as helpful as the indicator lights are to let you know everything is powered up and running smoothly, they can also be a distraction. Here’s how to turn them off.
All of a sudden, it seems all the mobile carriers are offering unlimited plans. So, how do they stack up?
Modding Android is far from a new idea, and when it comes to bending the OS to your will, Xposed is one of the most powerful tools out there. While there are dozens of Xposed modules available, we’ve picked a handful of our favorites to help you step your Android game to the next level.
Google Calendar is undoubtedly a powerful tool for managing everything from appointments to schedules to reminders (and everything in between). As good as it is by default, there are things you can do to make its notification system even better.