By - JR Raphael

The Pixel 3a could be Google’s ‘Moto G’ moment

In the grand scheme of things, for an Android enthusiast, Google’s Pixel 3a phone really doesn’t seem all that electrifying. And it’s no wonder: The Pixel 3a, on its surface, is a lower-end remake of the premium Pixel 3 model that came out last fall. When we have devices showing up that are foldable, poppable, and packing more screens than

By - JR Raphael

The real story with Android’s new security update setup

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of Google I/O information. After all, Google gave us tons of tasty nuggets to digest at its developers’ conference last week — everything from a new midrange Pixel phone to a totally revamped (again) Android gesture interface — so when it comes to the more technical announcements, perhaps it’s no surprise to

By - JR Raphael

Android Q gestures: The good, the bad, and the baffling

Every time we think we know all there is to know about Android Q, something new comes along and shakes up our understanding of Google’s latest Android version. The first Android Q beta brought us relatively subtle changes to areas like notifications, navigation, and power management — along with quietly important improvements to less visible areas like privacy, security, and

By - JR Raphael

3 burning questions about Google’s Pixel 3a

After years of rumors, anticipation, and speculation — and maybe the occasional related libation — Google’s midrange Pixel is finally a reality. Google announced the Pixel 3a, as it’s now officially known, at its I/O developers’ conference this week. The device looks like the regular Pixel, acts like the regular Pixel, and even shares the regular Pixel’s exceptional camera —

By - JR Raphael

The best Android apps for team collaboration

Working together sure isn’t what it used to be. These days, you don’t have to be in the same conference room — or, heck, even time zone — to work side by side with co-workers. Thanks to the variety of top-notch collaboration tools for our ever-connected devices, you can edit, organize, and communicate with anyone as if you were sitting right next

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The 3 big asterisks everyone’s missing about Pixel sales

Oh-em-gee, you guys (and gals and non-gender-conforming readers who prefer to be called neither guys nor gals but are equally welcomed and appreciated): Didja hear?! Google’s Pixel sales are, like, totally tanking. The company’s entire self-made smartphone program is probably gonna be outright cancelled any second now — because it is just struggling and flailing and several other overly dramatic

By - JR Raphael

8 handy hidden features for Google Calendar on Android

Google Calendar is a core part of the Android productivity package — but if all you’re using is what you see on the app’s surface, you’re missing out on some pretty powerful possibilities. Yes, oh yes: Just like so many of our modern digital tools, there’s more to Google Calendar than meets the eye. And while the majority of the

By - JR Raphael

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to Q

What a long, strange trip it’s been. From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally — time and time again. Google’s mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved. Here’s a fast-paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform’s birth to present. Android versions 1.0 to 1.1:

By - JR Raphael

Unraveling the new Android Notification Assistant

I’ll admit it: I spend far too much time thinking about Android notifications. To wit: ‘Twas a time when I wished upon a star for the simple ability to snooze an Android notification — to send it away to a later moment, similar to what Google’s recently deceased Inbox app allowed us to do with emails. That capability came around in