About the Author

Sean Riley

@RileySeanM

Sean has been covering mobile tech professionally for almost a decade now and he’s still obsessed with it. He’s spent the majority of that time covering all things Android for a number of publications and in recent years has focused in on mobile photography and wearables. Sean loves to help show people how to get the most out of their tech, so if you want to chat about any of these topics, you can find Sean on Twitter @RileySeanM.

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August 19

Smartwatches have dominated wearable coverage in recent years, and there are fantastic options for those that do want all of the power that a smartwatch can offer. However, for many people, a fitness tracker might be a better fit. These devices will record all of your fitness data in a much smaller package than the average smartwatch. The key advantages you should be looking for in a fitness tracker versus a smartwatch are size, battery life, and cost. So if you think a fitness tracker might meet your needs, here are the best fitness trackers for Android and Google Fit on the market today.

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July 22

[Update: July 2019] Best Android games in every category

I’m going to get this out of the way right at the beginning. There are so many awesome games for Android that trying to build a comprehensive best android games list isn’t practical. What I have put together is a list of great Android games across every genre. I’ve played and enjoyed every game on this list, and while I’m certain you will recognize a number of them, hopefully it also includes some that you haven’t tried yet. There are definitely more fantastic Android games out there, so please let me know your own favorite(s) in the comments, and maybe it will make the list next time around.

July 9

How to make calls with Google Home and Google Nest Hub

Given everything that you can do with your Google Home(s) and/or Google Nest Hub(s), it’s easy to forget some of the simple tasks it can handle. One that I make use of a few times a week is the ability to make calls. Once you have it set up this is dead simple, so here’s how to get started making calls with Google Home and Google Nest Hub.

June 13

How to find your Android phone with any device

We’ve all had a device go missing at some point and it can certainly be a bit nerve-wracking. Fortunately, Android has quite a few ways to tackle this problem as long as you have another device on hand. Let’s take a look at some common situations and how to find your Android phone using another device.

June 10

How to test your internet connection for Google Stadia compatibility

One of the most important questions for potential Google Stadia users is whether your network speeds are fast enough. Fortunately, Google has a tool available to answer these questions.

May 20

While unlimited data plans have made a return in recent years, plenty of us are faced with a monthly data cap or throttling. Thankfully, Android has a number of tools that can help you save data every month.

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May 8

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL specs: A Pixel 3 at half the price

After an amazing run of secrecy (not), we have the final official specs for the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL following Google’s announcement of the devices on stage at Google I/O 2019. The younger siblings to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will look to capitalize on the same software prowess and support that makes the Pixels a frequent recommendation among Android fans while coming in at a more appealing price point for the average consumer.

Android Q Beta 3: How to enable and use Android Q’s fully gestural navigation

With the release of Android Q beta 3 yesterday we’ve seen yet another revision to gestural navigation on Android. The newest effort certainly shows promise, but it might take longtime Android users some time to get used to it.

If you are taking the plunge and installing the Android Q beta, you aren’t thrown into the deep end by starting out with the fully gestural navigation enabled, so if you are looking for the full Android Q experience you’ll need to enable it first.

May 6

Google Assistant is an amazing tool that’s becoming more and more prevalent in the home thanks to smart speakers. We tend to forget that it all started on our smartphones, and while it might be awkward to use voice commands on your phone in public, your car is another story. Behind the wheel is the perfect place to use Google Assistant and keep yourself safer in the process.

If your vehicle supports Android Auto, you already have Google Assistant. Otherwise, you can use a new standalone Assistant device, or your smartphone alone can get the job done. Google Assistant has plenty of features to help you to keep your eyes on the road, so let’s take a look at how to get the most out of Google Assistant in your car. expand full story

May 2

Google Assistant is perhaps the most powerful tool in Android, and the rise of smart speakers has only accelerated things. For those of you looking to get more out of Google Assistant, the car offers an abundance of opportunities to do so. An Android smartphone alone is enough to use Google Assistant in the car, but a few accessories can really ramp up the experience.

From a simple smartphone mount to a full replacement for the head unit, these accessories will supercharge your Google Assistant car experience.

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