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Android Performance Tips and Tweaks

Android phones have a habit of getting bogged down after 6 to 12 months of use (or do they?). A phone that was once a speed demon starts to feel a bit sluggish. But before you hand over some hard-earned cash for a new smartphone, there are some things that can be done to speed up your phone experience, and some things that do utterly nothing.

Useful or Little Known Android Features

Android Tech Tip Week Android powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices worldwide. Its openness has made it a favorite for consumers and developers alike, while its ability to run on all kinds of hardware now makes up the largest installed base of any software platform. Let's kick things off with some convenient features you may not be familiar with to help you get more out of your Android device.

Google releases the first public beta of Android O

Although it’s been available as a developer preview for a while, yesterday at its annual I/O conference Google announced that the first public beta for Android O is now available to download so anyone with a compatible device can test…

HTC announces its squeezable U11 flagship phone

HTC has officially announced its new flagship smartphone, the HTC U11. The successor to last year’s HTC 10 features a 5.5-inch, Quad HD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, and new glass and metal design. But its marquee feature is something the…

Turn your Galaxy S8 into a desktop PC replacement with the Samsung DeX dock

Samsung's DeX dock promises to turn your Galaxy S8 and S8+ into a desktop PC replacement for $150 (it is now available). It features HDMI output to connect to an external display, two USB 2.0 ports, one ethernet port and a USB-C port for power. Once connected to a monitor, DeX casts a 1920x1080 desktop with resizable windows. The whole interface looks like Chrome OS, but it's Android, so expect to use just Android apps. Reviews are mixed -- it's not without its faults, but ahead of Microsoft's Continuum.

Google's mysterious Fuchsia operating system gets a wild UI

Google has for some time now been working on a new operating system. Tentatively known as Fuchsia, the search giant’s third operating system (alongside Android and Chrome OS) is an open-source project that’s slowly but surely coming together. …

Google ends Android Nougat beta, expect Android O beta soon

Google has closed down its Android Nougat Beta program as it prepares for the next major release of its operating system. According to the company, a beta program for the yet-to-be-named Android O is due soon. Nougat’s successor will get…

HTC U Ultra Review: What went wrong?

The HTC U Ultra is a massive handset. It has a 5.7-inch display as well as a secondary display and capacitive navigation buttons. When combined with large bezels and a huge chin, the U Ultra can be an unwieldy device. But that's not all, something with HTC's latest flagship has really gone wrong.

Android overtakes Windows as most used operating system

Google’s Android has overtaken Microsoft Windows for the first time as the world’s most popular operating system in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined. This according to web analytics company StatCounter, which recorded Android’s…

Master Android development with top-tier training

Android is the world's most popular mobile platform, and understanding its ins and outs is a surefire way to break into the world of app development. But creating apps from the ground up can be a harrowing experience for newcomers…

LG G6 poised to become Galaxy S8's biggest competitor

The Galaxy S8 got its official unveiling yesterday and the LG G6 is looking like a real contender this year. Reviews for the LG G6 are not yet out, but we've played with a preview unit for a few weeks and its big 5.7" display and 18:9 aspect ratio are great for one-hand use. Unlike LG's previous-gen flagship, the G6 is solidly built, packs water and dust resistance, expandable storage, and the latest version of Android. So if you don't need the fastest SoC, others bells & whistles, and don't need to worry about breaking your curved display, you may want to consider the LG G6 instead.

This is the new Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are official. Easily one of the most anticipated tech launches of the year, the Galaxy S8 is meant to lead the Android pack and innovate ahead of the next-generation tenth-anniversary iPhone coming in…

Google plans to drop SMS integration from Hangouts

Earlier this month Google announced some upcoming changes to its messaging strategy that will see the creation of two new versions of Hangouts: Hangouts Meet, a video conferencing product, and Hangouts Chat which is a new business focused communications too…