Gone are the days when using a Huawei phone meant living with an unfortunate compromise between great hardware and lousy software. The company's latest big-screened flagship, the Mate 9, comes with Nougat-based software that feels more like Android and less like a weird clone of iOS. And it's matched by impressive hardware specs, a unique dual camera setup — not to mention an enormous 5...
No more reaching for that microphone icon — just say "OK Google" and do your thing.
Google has announced that the "OK Google" hotword now — finally — works in Android Auto. The staple Google feature, long absent from the company's automotive interface, should be available whether you're using Android Auto on a phone or directly on a head unit.
More than 30 organizations — including Domino's Pizza, WebMD and Tripadvisor — bring new functionality to Google's smart speaker.
Hot on the heels of its latest feature expansion, which brought Netflix and Google Photos integration, Google Home can now order you pizza.
Right now you can only download an old beta version of Nougat for the GS7 — and unless you're in the beta program, you won't be able to get OTAs.
With the arrival of Android 7.0 Nougat in beta form for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, many GS7 owners are eager to try out the new software, and with it the updated Samsung Experience 8. After all, there's a lot of great new stuff to see. But there's...
If your Huawei Mate 9's screen looks too blue or too orange to you, there's a simple fix.
If you're like us, you're looking at your smartphone's screen constantly throughout the day. So you want it to look just right — including the color temperature of the display. By default, the Huawei Mate 9's display has a slight blueish tint to it — you might notice that colors look slightly cooler in...
Swipe to dismiss also makes a comeback in penultimate Wear 2.0 developer preview build.
The Android Wear 2.0 development train keeps on rolling with the release today of a new developer preview build. The biggest change in the new build is the addition of new APIs for authenticating on your phone for a watch-based app. As Google explains in today's blog post:
To make authentication a...
The quick take
Huawei has finally come of age — the Chinese company's enormous new flagship phone is a huge leap ahead in software terms — backed up by top-notch hardware and epic longevity.
Top-notch build quality
Big, attractive screen
Fast performance throughout
Great battery life and super-fast charging
Lower screen resolution than rivals (regular Mate 9)
2016 Alex's Favorite Tech
Everyone at Android Central has spent an amazing amount of time with mobile technology, accessories and gear throughout 2016. The goal is simple: use all of this stuff, find out what works the best and let you know the merits of what we determine to be the cream of the crop. 2016 was a fantastic year for new technologies to be released but also for...
Samsung brings a fresh visual style to a familiar part of Android — along with a bunch of new features.
Notifications are a staple part of the Android experience, and they've been changed up in a big way in version 7.0, Nougat. Notifications are more functional and information-dense than ever, with inline replies and bundled notifications allowing you to see and do more without opening the app...
There's a lot to see in the Galaxy S7's biggest update so far.
The Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy S7 + S7 edge — currently in testing through the Galaxy beta program — is the most comprehensive update yet for Samsung's 2016 flagship. In addition to giving the GS7 its first Android platform update, the Nougat beta gives us our first look at Samsung's next-gen UX, which is...
Samsung and Apple are still fighting it out in the U.S., and the country's top court has just ruled in the Galaxy maker's favor.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Samsung's favor in its ongoing design patent war with Apple, throwing out an earlier ruling that Samsung would have to pay the iPhone maker $399 million for infringing on its design patents, and giving Samsung a chance to win back...
Instrumental report says there wasn't sufficient clearance between the battery and its enclosure, and that 'aggressive design' led to the battery being squeezed.
Ever since the late Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was withdrawn from sale, there has been no shortage of theories — both legitimate and dubious — about exactly what caused the phone's battery to go boom. Samsung originally blamed a battery...
New Google app is designed to help keep you — and the people you care about — safe.
Google has today launched a new app designed to help you share your location with the people that you trust. With Trusted Contacts, you can add your closest friends and family members, and allow them to request your location at any time.
Headlines shout about hundreds of millions being vulnerable. But they ignore a vital part of Android's security which stops app-based malware dead in its tracks.
Whether it's QuadRooter earlier in 2016, or Gooligan more recently, the news is full of reports of terrifying Android security vulnerabilities. Often they're brought to light by security companies with a product to sell, and blown out...
Remote management app could expose data to attackers — or compromise devices through hijacked update files.
Update, December 9: Betty Chen, CMO of AirDroid has reached out to Android Central with the latest on the team's work to fix the vulnerability. See the response below:
We have just completed the staged rollout of AirDroid(Mobile 22.214.171.124; Mac/Win 126.96.36.199 ) on Google Play Store, it is...
Outfit your OnePlus 3 or 3T with these must-have accessories.
Whether you're a veteran OnePlus 3 owner, or you're just getting started with the brand new OnePlus 3T, you've got the same broad range of accessories to choose from. That's because although these two phones are different on the inside, they have many overlapping features, and exactly the same physical dimensions.
So let's dig in....
Malware used existing root exploits to target Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop devices, racking up fake installations and reviews on Google Play.
Security firm Check Point has revealed a new malware campaign involving using malicious apps to root Android devices, steal Google authentication tokens and illegitimately rack up installation numbers and review scores for other apps.
Update to build B126 fixes notification bugs and improves performance and photo quality.
Up to now we've been using the Huawei Mate 9 on pre-release firmware, as we noted in our review. Today, ahead of its December launch in Europe, the global dual-SIM version (the model reviewers currently have) has received a major software update, essentially putting it on retail-quality software.
With a month of use behind us, how is the larger of the two Pixel phones holding up?
The Google Pixel XL, the larger of the two Pixel handsets, is a great phone. In fact, we currently rank it as the best Android phone you can buy. But the real mark of a top-tier smartphone is that it stands up to months, or even years of use without skipping a beat. That's why we're going to revisit both Pixel...
£55 off new mid-ranger from BLU.
Florida-based brand BLU has extended its £55 off deal for the new Vivo 6, a metal-clad mid-ranger that launched on Black Friday at a special price. As part of a Cyber Monday deal, you'll be able to pick up the Vivo 6 for its discounted price of £184.99, down from the standard £239.99. The "rose gold" model is back ordered to December 2, while the regular "gold"...