In versions of Android as far back as the mind can remember, apps not found in the Play Store could be universally “sideloaded” by ticking one box in the device’s Security menu. With Oreo, that changes.
Google brought a handful of changes in Android Oreo, both big and small. Among the smaller, yet welcome additions to the operating system is something the company calls Notification Dots. Essentially, these are small markers on home screen icons that let you know when an app has a notification.
Everyone has at least one weather app installed on their phone, but there are so many different ones out there. Finding the “best” one can be a bit difficult, so we’ve rounded up a couple of the best to help you decide.
Google replaced the Caps Lock key with a search button on Chromebooks long ago, but if you plug an external keyboard up to a Chromebook and hit the Caps button, guess what happens? Caps. That’s what happens. Fortunately, you can easily change this.
There may come a time when you may need to factory reset your Nintendo 3DS. Maybe you’re getting rid of it, or maybe you just want a fresh start. Either way, it’s an easy process. Here’s how to do it.
If you’re working at your computer and your phone goes off, you can grab it, unlock it, and check the notification, likely throwing off your workflow. Or, you could just sync your notifications to your computer, so they show up right there—which really makes a lot more sense.
Chromebooks have long been touted as great machines for users who “don’t need anything more than a browser.” But as time has gone on, the machines have gotten more powerful, with more program options are available than ever before. If you thought editing photos from a Chromebook wasn’t possible, it’s time to give it another look.
Android “O” is officially Android Oreo, which is beginning to roll out to compatible devices now. As with most major Android releases, this one brings a host of new features and improvements over its predecessor, Android Nougat. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect when Oreo lands on your device.
It seem like everyone is jumping on the streaming live TV train these days, and with Google getting YouTube on board, it’s worth a closer look. While there are things to like about YouTube TV, I feel like Google still has a lot of work to do to make this a legitimate option for everyone.
While email is still an incredibly popular form of communication, it’s not always a part of everyone’s daily life. And if the time comes when you need to send a document, picture, or some other file using Gmail, you’ll need to know how to attach it.
Android Auto is a highly useful tool in the car. It provides music, navigation, traffic notifications, and quick access to calls and messages. The trouble is, some of these things generate cards on Auto’s home screen, and that can get annoying after a while.
If you spend a lot of time at your computer, there’s a good chance you grab your phone somewhere between seven and 7,000 times per day to check notifications, reply to texts, and a lot more. Wouldn’t it be easier to do all this directly from your computer?
It’s cool being able to add your friends on PlayStation. You can see what each other are doing, what games you’ve been playing, and even play together in some instances. Until that person isn’t someone you want to game with any longer, that is. Then it’s time to remove them.
Amazon’s Fire Tablets are an excellent choice for inexpensive kids’ tablets, and the FreeTime Profiles work really well to keep things sandboxed so little ones can’t run rampant throughout the OS. The only problem is that if you sideload apps on the Fire HD, they can’t be accessed from the kids’ profiles. Fortunately, there’s a workaround.
Sometimes the social aspect of modern game consoles can be great. Other times, it can be annoying—especially if someone is only there to act as a troll. Fortunately, you can easily block people right from your PlayStation 4, leaving you to game in peace.
Everyone who uses Google services knows that Google has copies of your data—your search history, Gmail, YouTube history, and so much more. But did you know you can also download a copy of this data for yourself? Yep, and it’s stupid easy.
When it comes to smartwatches on iOS, many people think the Apple Watch is the only option. However, Android Wear also works with iOS, and Android 2.0 works almost as a standalone watch, making it much more useful than it used to be with Apple’s mobile operating system.
Android’s status bar can get junky pretty fast—especially if you’re using a non-stock build of Android (like on Samsung or LG phones). Fortunately, with the right tools, you can clean this area up without losing any functionality.
If you’re an Android TV user, you’ve probably used the casting feature—the one that makes Android TV work like Chromecast. Historically, it hasn’t provided the best experience, but a new beta build promises hope.
Using the “Ok Google” hotword to start a search or execute a command on your phone is a cool, useful feature. But I get that it’s not for everyone—some folks just don’t like talking to their phones. Here’s how to get rid of it.
In an effort to unify all devices on the same network, Google added a feature to the Google Home app (formerly called “Chromecast”). Now, if someone is playing something on a Chromecast in your home, it’ll show a notification on all the Android devices on your network. That means if your daughter is watching My Little Pony all day, you’ll have to deal with notifications letting you know.
Google Assistant should be available on basically all modern Android phones at this point, but not everyone loves it. If you find yourself disliking Assistant more than you use it, you have some options: you can change how you use Assistant, or you can disable it completely.
If you’re anything like me, you use Google Maps a lot. The thing is, it keeps a detailed history of everywhere you’ve been—regardless of whether you’ve used navigation or not. Here’s how to delete that data.
Samsung’s build of Android Nougat has an incredible new feature that allows users to completely customize their listening experience based completely off their ears. It’s called Adapt Sound, and if you’re not using it, you’re missing out. Here’s everything you need to know.
If you don’t use email as part of your day to day life, it can easily be one of those things that seems more complicated than it is. But there’s no need to break out the computer if you simply need to email something—a picture, document, something—because you can easily do it directly from your phone.