Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Apr 2017 3:00 pm
Update, April 2017: These are still our picks for the most secure Android phone.
See at Google
See at Verizon
The Google Pixel is the most secure Android phone you can buy, and one of the most secure phones of any available today.
Without disabling any security protections, the Pixel and Pixel XL are updated to keep you protected against known public security...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Apr 2017 2:00 pm
Expanding your Chromebook's storage.
If you want to expand your Chromebook's storage, you can use an SD or microSD card and boom, you've got more space.
Whether you use a full-size SD card, a microSD card or a half-height SD card depends on your particular model of Chromebook.
Updated, April 2017: This post has been updated with the latest recommendations.
Full-size SD cards
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Apr 2017 9:00 am
You should use two-factor authentication on every account that offers it. Here's an explainer of what it is, and why you want it.
Update, April 2017: In light of the recent round of celebrity phone hacks, we have refreshed this page with the most relevant information.
You see a lot of talk on the internet about two-factor authentication (or 2FA as it's commonly called) but most times its just...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Apr 2017 7:00 am
Some things can't be replaced if we lose or damage our phone.
There is an incredible amount of our lives on our phones. Settings to keep everything running, the music that keeps us going, our contacts and even photos of times and places and people we'll never be able to relive or revisit. Keeping all of this safe and backed up is important.
The companies that make the products we use every...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Apr 2017 5:19 pm
Now almost every Android phone can experience VR on Chrome through Google's new WebVR Experiments site.
Previously available for Google Daydream View headsets and the phones that power them, Google has followed up on the promise to expand the VR experience in Chrome, and in typical Google style they kicked off an entirely new website. At WebVR Experiments you'll find content for both Google...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Apr 2017 8:00 am
These two MVNOs are a little different from the rest and can offer something most other MVNOs can't: Unlimited LTE data.
Boost Mobile and Cricket Wireless aren't like most MVNOs. Instead of buying service in bulk from another carrier and reselling it at a low price, they are actually owned by a bigger, more familiar name when it comes to cellular service: Boost Mobile is a part of Sprint and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Apr 2017 1:00 pm
Everything you ever wanted to know about SD cards and your phone.
Android has supported SD cards since the G1 started it all. The overall idea is simple enough — slap an SD card in your phone and expand the storage so you have room for more stuff. While this is mostly the case, there are a few things to know about, especially before you go out and buy one.
We've rounded up everything you need...
As if we needed another reason to get a Shield TV.
The NVIDIA Shield TV is one of our favorite Android devices of all time. At least it's one of my favorite Android devices of all time. It's the best Android TV box, is well supported by the company that makes it, and has the oomph to push out FHD HDR video to any TV that supports it.
Gamestream isn't new but it's a thing that didn't get...
Samsung is bringing the Note 7 back from the dead with a smaller battery that is probably safe.
First, Samsung said it wasn't going to be selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones with newer, smaller batteries. Then it had a change of heart and decided to do just that, and even gave us some poetry about the situation.
Applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities...
What is Adoptable storage on Android?
Android has had limited support for removable storage in one form or another since the beginning. Since Marshmallow, it supports what's called Adoptable storage. It's a feature that lets you turn your removable SD card into a more or less permanent (and no longer removable) part of the device.
The idea is simple, really, and most of the confusion...
In an ocean of adult apps done poorly, these rise to the top.
If you're reading this, chances are you have an awesome pocket computer running Android at your disposal. Today's Android phones and tablets can pretty much do anything, and that includes things of an adult nature. We want to help you find and see that content the best way possible.
Updated, April 2017: This post has been updated...
A complete breakdown of Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service.
In the United States, there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the...
When it comes to SD cards, our phones have a need for speed.
An SD card is the only way to get extra storage space inside your phone. If you need an extra 256GB of storage that doesn't need any wires or anything plugged in, you have no other option. But you have to do it right to make the most of it.
The single biggest decision to make when you're buying an SD card is the speed. The form...
Pre-orders are open now and you'll have your stuff the same day the phone arrives.
If you're all lined up to get a brand new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ when it lands on the virtual shelves you can preorder everything you need to go along with it from Amazon.
The DeX Station that lets you use your new S8 like a computer with a mouse, keyboard, and a monitor is $150 and ships April 20. USB ports,...
A report from Motherboard is some very bad news for fans of Samsung's other operating system, Tizen.
Speaking with Israeli security researcher Amihai Neiderman of Equus Software, Motherboard tells us that there are currently 40 unreported security vulnerabilities that would allow remote execution and hacking of every Samsung TV, watch or phone that uses Tizen as the operating system. More...
In an effort to promote growth and build a safe harbor against patent litigation, Google and some of its major partners have created PAX.
PAX is the latest cross-licensing patent initiative where members provide royalty-free use of patents that cover everything Android-related. The companies involved feel that this will help keep innovation coming, spur future growth, and protect against legal...
Fixing the latest bugs and exploits in Android every month.
Google has detailed the latest Android Security Bulletin and released the fixes for Nexus and Pixel devices.
These are exploits and other security concerns that affect Android as a whole. Issues with the operating system, kernel patches, and driver updates may not affect any particular device, but these need to be fixed in the...
Google makes money from Android by giving it away to everyone else.
Android is a free open-source operating system. The AOSP (Android Open Source Project) is free to download, free to alter, free to build into a product that can power just about anything. But it's probably not something you've ever used when you picked up a phone or other gizmo that runs "Android".
Android is not a thing...
Update, April 2017: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best Android tablet you can buy right now, but enthusiasts should still consider the Pixel C.
Best on a budget
Best for enthusiasts
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
See at Best Buy
The two most important things to have in a full-size Android tablet are a great screen and software that uses every inch of it. That's what...
The open Android is the most important Android.
Android is one of the largest and most popular collections of open source software that has even seen the light of day. But the Android you're getting when you buy the next important phone isn't, and we have to wonder if anyone really cares.
Open source and "free and open" doesn't mean free as in getting something that doesn't cost money. It can...