About the Author

Justin Duino

@jaduino

I’m a writer for 9to5Google with a background in IT and Android development. While I have a soft spot for stock Android, I’m typically juggling two to three devices at once running both Android and iOS. My previous work can be seen on Phandroid, Android Central, and AndroidMeter. Email me at justin@jaduino.com. Tips are always welcome.

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September 29

[Update: No longer possible] How to switch back to the classic Gmail on the web

Overnight, Google began to roll out the revamped Gmail which introduces a handful of new features alongside a new design. But if you aren’t a fan of these changes, you can still switch it back to the classic design. Here’s how…

July 12

Following yesterday’s YouTube TV outage, subscribers will receive a week of free service

Yesterday, in the midst of one of the most anticipated World Cup games, YouTube TV went down for almost an hour. As an apology, YouTube TV is giving subscribers a free week of service.

When Samsung announced its upcoming Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 9, the company included a close-up image of the handset’s S Pen in a gold colorway. Now, what looks to be a promotional poster for the unannounced phone has leaked online.

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July 11

Google Maps on Android Auto now has a satellite view

Do you ever get tired of seeing the same old gray and dull Google Maps while driving around using Android Auto in your car? Well, you’re in luck as it appears as though satellite view has become available for the infotainment system.

Android Auto is now available on several new cars from Alfa Romeo, Nissan, Volvo, & soon Dacia

With studies like the one done by AAA showing that Android Auto is a less-distracting option for drivers, it should be no surprise that car manufacturers like Alfa Romeo, Nissan, Volvo, and soon Dacia are including Google’s software in more of their vehicles.

How to switch to a 24-hour clock on Android

After setting up your Android phone, you probably noticed that the time wasn’t in the 24-hour or ‘military time’ format. Thankfully, this is something that takes less than a minute to change if that’s something you want on your phone.

July 10

As per usual, Samsung can’t seem to keep its upcoming products from showing up all over the internet. This time around, we have two freshly leaked renders of the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Tab S4 to discuss.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Just like last year, the engineering team behind Android P will be hosting a developer-focused Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on July 19th.

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Instagram officially introduces the ‘Question Sticker’

Last week, a handful of users noticed a new sticker while creating an Instagram Story that allowed them to ask their followers a question. A week later and Instagram has officially announced the ‘Question Sticker.’

As I discovered a week ago while trying to find a third-party camera app for Android with manual controls, almost everything in the Play Store is pretty bad. But Moment, the company known for its smartphone camera lenses, is here to fix that with the ‘Pro Camera’ app.

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Spotify for Android now lets you reorder songs within a playlist

One of the most common user complaints about Spotify for Android has been the inability to edit the song order in playlists. Late last month, the music streaming company announced that this feature would soon get added to the mobile app, and not even a month later, it has.

How to use YouTube’s incognito mode for private browsing on Android

The YouTube app recently got updated with an incognito mode that allows users to search and watch videos privately. Here’s how it all works.

How to use the Instagram Story Question Sticker on Android

Well before its official announcement, Instagram began testing out a new sticker that allowed users to ask their followers questions. Now that the feature is live for everyone, here’s how to ask your question on Instagram Stories…

July 9

Developer hacks together wireless support for an Android Auto receiver [Video]

Back at CES, we got to check out some of the first wireless Android Auto infotainment systems. Unfortunately, we learned at the time that wireless support would most likely never make its way to older units. But fortunately, a developer has found a way to hack wireless support onto existing systems.

When version 36 of Google Duo began to roll out, we confirmed in an APK Insight post that the app would soon get multi-device and tablet support. Both of those new features are live, and now some have found that Duo works on some Chromebooks as well. expand full story

‘Minimize app’ button being tested in Android Auto allows for quick app switching

Even if your car doesn’t include an Android Auto-enabled infotainment system, the mobile app can still be used to provide a similar in-car experience. But until now, if you needed to switch away from the Android Auto app, it would be completely closed and wouldn’t run in the background.

Samsung Experience update brings homescreen rotation to Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8

Most of today’s flagship Android phones allow you to rotate the homescreen when using them in landscape mode. After a recent Samsung Experience update, this is now also possible on the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8.

You can now use Google Assistant to control Dish Hopper DVRs

Amazon Echo owners have been able to control their Dish Hopper DVRs over a year now using Alexa voice commands. If you’ve been living in envy, the wait is now over as the Google Assistant can now help you watch your favorite shows all without picking up a remote.

July 8

How to change the Google Assistant voice

Google is always working on improving the Assistant and occasionally adds new voices for users to choose from. With eight currently available as of this writing, here’s how to pick the right one for you.

July 7

In this week’s top stories: Google officially released the fourth Android P Developer Preview for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, a detailed explanation of RCS and Google’s involvement, five reasons why the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is still a worthwhile purchase, and much more. expand full story

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