About the Author

Justin Duino


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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Get $200 back and a free charger w/ purchase of a Pixel 2 XL from the Google Store

Following the Google Store’s $100 back offer on the Pixel 2 XL that ended just yesterday, the online retailer is now giving customers who finance the phone’s purchase $200 in statement credits and a free 18W USB-C charger.

March 17

Samsung now offering discounted accessory bundles w/ Galaxy S9/S9+ purchases

In past years, Samsung has enticed new customers thinking about purchasing its latest and greatest smartphone by including freebies or offering discounted prices. This year, the company has instead decided to offer heavily discounted accessory bundles for those who order a Galaxy S9 or S9+

March 16

After reading our review of Moment’s lenses and how it made the Pixel 2’s camera even better, I knew I had to get my hands on the different pieces of glass. Unfortunately, the $90 to $100 per lens stopped me in my tracks and made me reconsider the purchase. Thankfully, RhinoShield, the makers of one of the best bumper cases on the market, now has its own line of smartphone lenses available for just a fraction of the cost (25 to $60).

Here’s a detailed look at both company’s lenses, the photographs they allow you to take, and my thoughts on if they’re worth the money.

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For obvious reasons, Google locked down Android phones that were connected and running Android Auto. While there have been workarounds, your phone was essentially a brick when it’s connected to a car. Now, Google is allowing users to swipe to unlock the phone when it’s in Android Auto/Car Mode…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

How to install Mickey and Minnie Mouse AR Emoji on the Samsung Galaxy S9

With today’s official launch of the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung has released a new AR Emoji pack that allows you to look like Disney’s Mickey or Minnie Mouse. Here’s how to install and use the new AR Emojis on your brand new Galaxy flagship smartphone…

Reduce eye strain with the Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+’s blue light filter & grayscale mode

As you probably know, studies have shown that the blue light from electronics suppresses melatonin production and makes it harder to fall to sleep and causes eye strain over time. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a built-in blue light filter and a grayscale mode that cuts out this form of light…

March 15

Today, Google officially announced that it would be renaming Android Wear to Wear OS by Google, “a wearables operating system for everyone.” With this change, we see Google seemingly separating the product from the Android name and making it appear more universal.

Do you think Google will be renaming any other products to remove the Android namesake?

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Here’s how to bring Android P’s volume slider and launcher to older devices

With the release of Android P, we’ve uncovered several graphical changes to the mobile operating system. Two of these updates include a new vertical volume slider and an updated Pixel launcher with a taller dock. Here’s how to get these on your older Android devices…

March 14

How to get better battery life on Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+

Experiencing poorer battery life than you would like on your Galaxy S9 or S9+? Well, you’re in luck as Samsung has built several battery-life saving features into the phone. Here’s how to use them all…

March 13

Make custom map wallpapers of your favorite locations for your phone using Alvar Carto

One of the easiest ways to customize your smartphone and make it feel more like your own is to set a custom wallpaper. While you can always find pictures online, Alvar Carto, a company that makes map posters, is now letting any create wallpapers of your favorite cities. Here’s how…

How to stream March Madness 2018 live on Chromecast, Android, Chrome OS, and Android TV

NCAA’s March Madness kicks off tonight (March 13) with LIU-Brooklyn facing off against Radford and St. Bonaventure taking on UCLA. Here’s how to watch the entire tournament live on Android, Chrome OS, Chromecast, Android TV, and more…

How to enable YouTube’s dark theme on iOS

YouTube recently officially announced a dark theme for its mobile apps on Android and iOS. While we’re still waiting for the feature to roll out to Android’s app, it’s already live on the iPhone. Here’s how to enable it…

March 12

Despite having multiple messaging apps, Allo is the app Google markets most for consumer chats. While it does have a web interface, it must first be signed in through the phone app and must remain in constant communication with the handset. Thankfully, Googler Justin Uberti gives us hope that this will change soon. expand full story

March 11

How to stream the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards live on Chromecast, Android, Chrome OS, and Android TV

Tonight is the annual iHeartRadio Music Awards, hosted by DJ Khaled and Hailey Baldwin. Here’s how to watch the award show live on Android, Chrome OS, Chromecast, Android TV, and more…

March 10

How to enable fingerprint gestures on Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+

Just like many other Android OEMs, Samsung has built fingerprint gestures into the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Here’s how to enable and use them…

Download the official Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ sounds & ringtones here

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are officially available for pre-order with devices shipping on the March 16, but that hasn’t stopped someone from grabbing the ringtones and notification sounds from the phone. If you want to use the audio files on your phone, you can download them here…

March 9

How to drive as Mario on Google Maps

To celebrate Mario day (March 10, Mar10), Nintendo and Google partnered up to allow drivers to roll through the streets as the little plumber. Here’s how to drive as Mario on Google Maps on Android and iOS…

With the release of the first Developer Preview of Android P, we’re one step closer to finding out what Google will name the next version of its mobile operating system.

What do you think Android P will be called?

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Have you ever had a need or want to control your phone from your desktop? While it’s not the only existing solution on the market, the developer behind GenyMobile just released their own version that’s open source, free to use, and it doesn’t require installing an app on your phone. It’s called Scrcpy, and here’s how to build and use it yourself…

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March 8

Since last year, we have been operating under the belief that Samsung is developing its own in-display fingerprint sensor technology for the Galaxy Note 9. According to a new report from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, however, Samsung is likely dropping this technology from its next flagship smartphone…

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