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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‘Grasshopper’ is an app out of Google’s Area 120 incubator that’ll teach you how to code

Area 120, Google in-house incubator, has released a handful of apps that make smart responses, find ways to run ads in VR, and more. Now, a team has built an app called Grasshopper that makes it easy to learn to code right from your phone.

Yesterday

A Google Home user recently asked the Assistant about the current weather and was greeted with a response about checking it with a third-party service. If this has happened to you, don’t worry, this isn’t an ad…

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Google Slides adds support for inserting slides into Google Docs, new guides and rulers, more

To better compete with Microsoft Office, Google is continually adding new features to its suite of apps within Google Drive. This time around, Google Slides is getting an update that adds new guides and rulers to make it easier to format a slide, the ability to add a single slide and place it into a Google Doc, and more.

Earlier this year, Google killed off the Supervised User platform for Chrome and Chrome OS which allowed parents to monitor their kids’ computer usage. At the time, Google said it had a replacement in the pipeline but never expanded on what that was or when it would roll out. Now, without any formal announcement, it appears that Family Link accounts now work on Chromebooks.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Google Pay passes 100 million installs on the Google Play Store

Earlier this year, Google pushed out a redesign to its mobile wallet and changed the name from Android Pay to Google Pay. Now, Google Pay has passed 100 million installs from the Play Store.

Motorola teaser shows off the Moto G6 almost in its entirety

Last month, we saw several renders leak of the upcoming Moto G6 and G6 Play. These showed Motorola’s budget line of smartphones with a design similar to last year’s Moto X4. Thanks to a teaser video first shared and then pulled by the company’s UK Twitter account, this design change has seemingly been confirmed.

Privacy concerns keeping Toyota from implementing Android Auto

These days, it’s hard to find a car manufacturer that doesn’t support Android Auto in at least some of its different models. But one significant holdout is Toyota. Speaking at a Toyota first-drive event, a company representative said this is due to privacy concerns…

April 17

Despite there being dozens of different case companies on the market, almost every offering looks just like the one before it. If you’re looking for something other than the standard plastic and rubber options, Kerf, a company based out of Pittsburgh, hand makes wood cases for Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel smartphones…

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April 16

Here’s another look at the LG G7 ThinQ with a side-mounted power button

Earlier this month, LG announced that it would be unveiling the LG G7 ThinQ in New York City on May 2. While a press render of the upcoming smartphone had already leaked, a new image today proves that LG is moving the power button to the right side of the handset.

How to disable Google Voice’s Sprint integration

For years now, a Sprint and Google Voice collaboration has allowed customers to use their Sprint number for Google Voice or vice-versa. Unfortunately, due to an upgrade to Sprint’s network, this integration will no longer work after June 1. Here’s how to disconnect the two services before the planned shutoff date…

April 13

A recent survey found that users with Android Auto built into their cars were becoming more reliant on the alternative infotainment system software. With wireless Android Auto functionality making its way to Pixel and some Nexus phones, we wanted to know if you would need Android Auto inclusion before even thinking about buying a new car.

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

Coachella kicks off today in the southern California desert and will keep on going throughout this weekend and next. Here’s how to watch the two-weekend-long music festival live on Android, Chrome OS, Chromecast, Android TV, and more…

April 12

How to check if your phone is missing security patches with ‘SnoopSnitch’

This morning, a report came out explaining that a research firm discovered some Android OEMs were lying to customers about their device’s current security patch. Thankfully, there’s an app called ‘SnoopSnitch’ that allows you to check if your phone is running the security patches that the phone claims to be running…

Google shares spring wallpapers, including one potential Android P hint [Gallery]

If you use Instagram and watch Stories created by people you follow, you probably know that companies like to upload images for followers to screenshot and use as wallpapers. Google is one of these companies, and its latest set of spring wallpapers include one that features a bunch of popsicles.

April 11

How to turn off notification dots on Android

With Android Oreo, Google introduced notifications dots, allowing users to see a small marking above individual app icons if it has a corresponding notification. But unlike with other operating systems, it doesn’t show a tally of notifications. If this makes notification dots less useful, there are two ways to quickly disable the feature…

How to factory reset your Google Home, Mini, & Max

Because so much of the Google Home setup process and user experience is through the Home app, it seems logical that the option to factory reset the smart speakers would also be within the application. Oddly enough, it isn’t, and to wipe your devices requires you to press and hold physical buttons on each of the speakers…

How to use Instagram’s Focus Mode to take blurry background photos & videos on Android

Instagram recently announced a new Focus Mode that replicates a bokeh or background blur effect found on most modern Android smartphones. But instead of just working for photographs, the social network’s Focus Mode works for both stills and videos…

April 10

How to hide sensitive notifications from your Android lockscreen

Sometimes you don’t want your text messages and emails showing up in its entirety on your lockscreen for anyone to see. Thankfully, Android allows you to hide sensitive notifications until you’ve unlocked your handset. Here’s how…

How to opt out of Facebook’s targeted ads on Android

One of the underlining themes of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimonials in front of Congress is that people don’t like the idea of being served ads based off of their browsing habits. Thankfully, you can disable these types of ads, but it won’t stop Facebook and others still tracking you…

How to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook testimonials before Congress on Chromecast, Android, Chrome OS, and Android TV

After the news broke that a company called Cambridge Analytica had collected private data from millions of users’ Facebook profiles, many wanted answers from the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. While he has apologized publicly several times, Zuckerberg will be speaking to two congressional committees this week. Here’s how to watch both testimonials live…

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