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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips are always welcome.
September 29, 2018
[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, 2018
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.
July 11, 2018
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, 2018
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.’
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, 2018
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.
‘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, 2018
July 7, 2018
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