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17 hours ago

Jump around with your old pal Mario in Super Mario Run [Best New Games for Android]

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What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?

There are thousands and thousands of games available in the Google Play Store, with more being added every month. With so much content hitting the app store, it can be damn near impossible to keep up on the latest releases and determine which games are worth your time.

Here at Android Central, we want to help. We'll be using this space to let you know about the latest gaming releases for Android that we think deserve your attention. We'll be checking in and updating this page weekly as new games are released, so refresh often!

Update March 24: Super Mario Run, Scream Go Hero: the Eighth Note, and Dead Ringer: Fear Yourself are three distinctly different games that are new to the Google Play Store and worthy of your attention.

Super Mario Run

Hey guys, have you heard of this game company called Nintendo? I hear they just released a new game on Android or something…

All kidding aside, Super Mario Run is easily the biggest and most anticipated Android game released this week — even if iOS users have been enjoying the game for the past three months. It's Nintendo's second game released for Android after Fire Emblem Heroes, and the first to feature everyone's favorite characters from the Mushroom Kingdom.

If you haven't heard much about Super Mario Run you can read our handy FAQ for the full details, but basically it's a re-imagining of the cherished Super Mario platforming gameplay we all know and love that's been optimized to play with one hand on your mobile device. Mario is always running, so you simply tap to make him jump.

This game is easy to pick up and play, but hard to master with 24 levels each with three sets of Challenge Coins to discover and collect, along with Toad Rally for racing against other players to collect coins and Toad, as well as a kingdom building dynamic.

In celebration of the launch on Android, there a Play Every Day event where you will receive in-game gifts for logging into Super Mario Run daily over the next two weeks. Even if you never planned on paying to unlock the full game, this is a great opportunity to check out the game. You just might fall in love with it.

Download: Super Mario Run (Free / $9.99 to unlock full game)

Scream Go Hero: Eighth Note

Scream Go Hero is an interesting little game that offers players a new game dynamic you've probably never seen before. To move your character through the level, you need to use a unique controller: your voice.

Here's how it works. When you talk quietly, your ninja moves forward. When you yell or otherwise raise your voice, your ninja will jump. The louder you yell, the higher he jumps.

This is a really simple game with both set levels to play through and an endless mode that has proved to be quite challenging. Often times you'll need to scream to reach a new platform, then go completely silent as you contemplate your next move.

Of course, given the nature of this game, it's probably not something you'll want to play on the bus. Or maybe you do? I'll leave it up to everyone sitting around you to dole out judging stares.

We're recommending this because it's a pretty creative attempt, creates silly results, and is free to play. If you want to give this game an honest go, consider playing with headphones in a quieter room. Also, prepare to have to explain to anyone around you why you're screaming at your phone.

Download: Scream Go Hero: Eighth Note (Free)

Dead Ringer: Fear Yourself

Dead Ringer: Fear Yourself is a terrifying new sci-fi horror game from the creators of Eyes- The Horror Game, so if you're not a fan of being scared out of your mind, give this one a pass.

The game is a first-person shooter with puzzle elements. The story is set in a futuristic setting, wherein a computational biologist secretly infected water supplies around the globe with MIRA-cules, micro-bots that are able to manipulate DNA in an attempt to get global nuclear disarmament. When his noble mission ends up with him being arrested, the MIRA AI starts to goes rogue and starts killing people around the world. But in doing so, she accidentally created an uncorrupted copy of herself — humanity's only hope!

You play as the uncorrupted version of MIRA, as you explore the MIRA base of operations and try to outsmart MIRA's traps and security systems. Along the way, you'll run across all sorts of unsettling biological experiments, their proximity made known to you with a beeping indicator.

Prepare for all sorts of jump scares and frantic action, as you desperately search for energy used to keep yourself alive as well as ammo for your weapon. You'll definitely want to play this game at night, with headphones on, for full emersion.

This is a free game with a bunch of ads between levels which will either annoy you and take you out of the game, or offer a refreshing palate cleanser after you've bad the bejesus scared out of you.

Download: Dead Ringer: Fear Yourself (Free w/ads)

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17 hours ago

There's a whole new privacy policy in the Nextbit Robin Nougat update

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The transition to Razer as the parent company is complete.

There's some language in the Nougat update for the Nextbit Robin, which rapidly moved from final beta to public release in the last 24 hours, explaining a small change in the privacy policy due thanks to the new parent company. Now that Razer owns Nextbit, all of the legal details surrounding how a phone is used falls to Razer. The privacy policy itself isn't wildly different from the Nextbit policy you probably didn't read when you first got the phone, but it's an important detail to note.

It's not clear how much control Razer is going to give Nextbit when it comes to future hardware or software decisions. Razer has trouble expanding its color palette beyond matte black and lime green without the help of 1,000 LEDs, and Nextbit's design language is wildly different. One of the biggest things to watch as these two groups influence one another is how that design language will change on both ends. As cool as it would be to see Nextbit's use of brighter colors and softer edges rub off on Razer, a rugged-looking dystopian future super soldier communicator isn't impossible.

Nextbit Robin review

Either way, the Nougat update is available now if you head to Settings>About Phone>Software Update and hit Check For Updates. It's a big download, and is going to take about 20 minutes to fully install, but Nextbit has put a lot of love into making Nougat great for this phone so grab it quick as you can.

Nextbit Robin

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17 hours ago

How to deal with YouTube VR crashing

Dealing with a crashing app can be irritating, but there are a few things that can help.

YouTube VR is still fairly new when it comes to delivering great content to those using VR headsets. YouTube has long been a giant when it comes to video on the internet, but this new foray allows them to deliver even more great content from all over the world. While just about everyone knows how easy it is to lose a few hours on the website, this can be particularly difficult in VR. Especially since lately, for some users, the YouTube VR app has been unexpectedly crashing. There are a few things you can do to stop this happening though, and we've got the details for you here.

Read more at VRHeads.com

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17 hours ago

Focus your mind with a lifetime subscription to Brain.fm's audio library, now 80% off

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Life is busy and relaxing can be hard. Avoiding distractions isn't easy, they are literally everywhere. Whether you need to avoid them to get some studying done or need help getting yourself to sleep, it can be a struggle to get it done. There are a number of different programs and options out there to tune out these distractions, but unfortunately they aren't all cheap.

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This huge 80% savings that brings the price to just $39 won't last too long, so you'll want to act quickly. Whether you need to buckle down and study for that upcoming exam or just need to relax after a long day of work, Brain.fm is the perfect option for you.

Don't wait for the price to jump back up to $200 and instead grab this lifetime subscription for yourself right now.

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18 hours ago

Super Mario Run for Android: Everything you need to know

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Super Mario has finally arrived on Android! Here we go!

After a long wait, Super Mario Run is finally available for Android from the Google Play Store. It's Nintendo's second game released for Android after Fire Emblem Heroes and its third official app after Miitomo. It's essentially Nintendo's take on the endless runner genre on mobile, featuring Mario and all his pals.

Super Mario Run is a free download. You can play through the entire first world — boss level included — in World Tour mode for free before you need to shell out $9.99 to unlock the rest of the game. There are three ways to play the game: World Tour, Toad Rally, and kingdom building. You're required to kind of cycle through all three modes as you play in order to progress in each one: you need to beat World Tour levels to unlock new levels for Toad Rally, and you need to succeed at Toad Rally to impress Toads and build up your kingdom.

But first and foremost, you need to master the core gameplay.

How do I get started?

When you open the game for the first time, you'll be asked to select a region; after this, you'll be asked to link your My Nintendo account, if you have one. We suggest signing up for My Nintendo if you don't already have an account: It unlocks some free in-game content, most notably Toad as a playable character. You can also sign up with Twitter or Facebook. After you've signed up and agreed to the Terms and Conditions, you're ready to play!

Signing up for a My Nintendo account unlocks Toad as a playable character.

From there, the game runs you through the tutorial level, where you learn the basics of how to control Mario and how the game mechanics work. Everything is shown to you step by step, so even though you know you tap to jump, you must wait until it teaches you how to jump in the tutorial. All told, the tutorial takes under a minute to complete before we're thrown into the main story of the game

(Spoiler alert: it involves King Bowser kidnapping Princess Peach).

What are the controls?

The first thing you need to know: Mario runs automatically. You don't have to — nor do you get to — manually direct him forwards or backwards. He also automatically jumps over small obstacles like blocks or enemies, small gaps in the path, and low-height Warp Pipes.

But just because Mario automatically jumps over enemies and most obstacles doesn't mean he's invincible. Mario can still get injured or die if you're not strategic with your jumps. However, Super Mario Run uses the same bubble save that was introduced in New Super Mario Bros.. You start each level with two bubbles giving you three 'lives', as it were.

How to jump manually

Just because Mario automatically runs and jumps over small enemies and obstacles doesn't mean this game's a sleeper. You certainly need to master all the ways you can control Mario's jumps yourself to stomp enemies, hit blocks, collect coins, and get to out-of-reach areas:

  • To jump normally, tap the screen
  • To get a high jump, press and hold your finger on the screen
  • To spin in mid-air, touch and hold your finger on the screen, and then tap the screen while in mid-air
  • To reverse jump off a wall, tap when Mario is about to hit a wall
  • To stall in mid-air, touch the screen and swipe to the left. One to master for grabbing challenge coins.
  • To do a vaulting jump, tap when Mario is vaulting over an enemy. This also lets you stomp the enemy.

More stylish jumps will also impress more toads during Toad Rally challenges. Those include linking consecutive wall jumps, vaulting jumps, rolling jumps, climbing jumps, and stomping consecutive enemies.

What do the action objects do?

Pause Blocks stop Mario. When you step on one, Mario stops moving, the screen catches up, and the game timer pauses, allowing you to time to determine when and where you want to move next. These often show up when you have a couple of options to choose from: Should you jump to the higher platform or stay on the lower level? When you've made your decision, tap the screen to start moving again.

Launch Blocks launch Mario in the direction shown on the block's arrow. Simply running across a launch block does nothing; to trigger it, you'll have to tap the screen as you cross it. If you tap on a reverse Launch Block, Mario will jump backwards.

Coin Arrows are transparent blocks that reveal coin paths once Mario touches them. These often point you along the preferred path, and can also help you maximize your coin collection in Toad Rally.

Springboards catapult Mario in a specific direction through the air. This can be useful for climbing walls and getting to out-of-reach places.

Red Rings make red coins appear. Red coins are special high-value coins that only appear for a limited amount of time — usually about five seconds. Make sure to run through a Red Ring whenever you see one!

Super Stars will turn you into an invincible coin-collecting machine. They are hidden amongst bricks (usually ones that are hard to reach), so be sure to jump into bricks to smash them! The Super Star power-up acts as a magnet, drawing coins toward you as you run: Big time fun.

Switches control hidden blocks: Some levels have blocks that only appear when you jump on a switch. These will help you reach greater heights, avoid death, and collect Challenge Coins, but be careful! The platforms will expire, so you'll need to hurry or else they might disappear beneath you.

P Switches turn blocks into blue coins for a limited period of time. Jump on a blue P Switch to snap up as many blue coins as you can before they disappear.

Time Extenders add a few extra seconds on the clock. Time Extenders are invaluable on some levels, so be sure to grab one whenever you see it.

What about Boss Battles?

At the end of each world, you'll have to face off against a boss. First, you'll have to complete a level run in a castle or an airship, but instead of finishing the level by grabbing a flagpole, you'll meet up with a Big Boss like Bowser or Boom Boom.

Each has slightly different weaknesses, and you'll have to use your smarts and skills to defeat each one. If you've played previous Mario titles, you should know what to do, but if you need a few hints:

  • Bowser can be defeated when you drop an axe onto the bridge he is standing on.

  • Boom Boom needs a little head-bouncing finesse.

  • Make sure your character is fully powered up before entering a boss battle. That way, you have a little wiggle-room when it comes to making mistakes. After all, it ain't easy to jump over Bowser's spike shell.

  • After defeating the boss, you'll unlock the next world.

What is Toad Rally mode?

Toad Rally is the multiplayer mode in Super Mario Run. You compete against other players online in a head-to-head competition of speed, accuracy, and style. You race against a ghost version of your opponent while each of you play through a level. The number of coins you gather and fancy jumps you pull off during the race determines who wins the round.

As you complete worlds in the World Tour, you unlock new color of Toads. For example, you'll unlock blue Toads once you complete World 1, purple when you complete World 2 and so on. You need to collect certain colors of toads to unlock new characters, so pay attention to what toads are up for grab in each rally.

If you win a rally, you'll convince Toads to join your kingdom — but if you lose, a certain number of them will leave.

Perform trick jumps to impress Toads

The more stylish you are during Toad Rally, the more Toads you'll impress. You'll know if you're gaining Toads by the thumbs up icon that will flash on the screen every time you do a stylish jump such as a rolling jump, linking consecutive wall jumps, or by vault jumping past enemies. If you're really impressing the Toads, you may see some of them populate the bottom of your screen as your audience.

But be careful, because if you die you'll lose your Toad fans. How many Toads you impress during the run will factor into your final score, so if it's an especially tight coin collecting race it might just come down to who impressed the most Toads. Since all these Toad Rally runs occur on levels you've unlocked during the World Tour, you will want to remember your best lines and any secret areas with oodles of coins so you can get the upper hand on your opponent.

Coin Rush

As you collect coins through the level, you fill up your Coin Rush meter. Once it's full, you unleash a coin-collecting frenzy, with coins shooting out of any nearby pipes and Coin Arrows doubled for the duration of the bonus. You can fill the Coin Rush meter by collecting coins (including Challenge Coins) and pulling off sweet tricks as you go.

What about kingdom building?

The final aspect of the game is building up your Mushroom Kingdom. All the coins you collect in Super Mario Run can be used to build and deck out your kingdom with mini-games, decorations and other bonus objects. You buy buildings and decorations from the shop (or unlock them as gifts from the Gift Box) and then place them in designated spots on your land.

You can place up to eight buildings and 12 decorations to your kingdom to start, although there will be opportunities to expand your Kingdom as you collect more toads and level up your Kingdom.

Castle mini-games

One of the coolest things you can add to your Kingdom is mini-game huts. You buy these special bonus buildings from the shop, which in turn let you play bonus games once every eight hours. Bonus houses are a quick way to earn coins and Toad Rally tickets.

How can I unlock the other characters?

There are 10 unlockable characters in Super Mario Run: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Toadette, and five different Yoshi (the classic green Yoshi we all know and love, along with red, yellow, purple, and blue). Besides Mario, each character can be unlocked by completing a task, or by reaching a certain number of Toads in your kingdom. For example, you unlock Toad by connecting your Nintendo account within the app, Princess Peach is unlocked by beating the World Tour levels, while Luigi and the Yoshis are unlocked by collecting specific Toads in the Toad Rally.

Each character has a special ability: Luigi can jump higher than any other character, Princess Peach can float a la Super Mario Bros. 2, Toad can run faster than all other characters, and Yoshi has his flailing floating jump that you may remember best from Super Smash Bros..

Any other questions?

Super Mario Run is ultimately all about mastering each level. There are three different sets of Challenge Coins to collect, and you're constantly replaying the same levels in Toad Rally as you lure Toads to your Kingdom and collect coins. After a couple of hours playing through the game you should be well on your way to mastering the controls.

Got any questions, comments or tips to share? let us know in the comments!

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18 hours ago

You should probably start looking for an alternative to Hangouts

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The dream of mobile messaging without SMS is dead. At least, for now.

Hangouts is dropping SMS support on May 22, according to an email sent to G Suite administrators. Starting March 27, Hangouts users will get a message explaining the change so there's time to choose a new app. Weirdly, Google is trying to frame this feature removal as an improvement.

Last year, we announced several improvements to the most popular features of Google Hangouts, such as the new video meetings experience and better group chat messaging. As a part of that ongoing effort, we will be removing carrier SMS text messaging from Hangouts on Android after May 22, 2017.

The email continues on to explain that Google Voice users will not be affected by this change, which in turn means Project Fi users are also clear to continue using Hangouts for now, but honestly why bother? It's not hard to see where this is going.

Perhaps most important, this change and its future consequences makes it clear Google isn't pursuing a world where it is the universal identifier anymore.

Google wants Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat to be the video and messaging services for G Suite (business) customers, and for Allo and Duo to be what consumers use. It has been made clear that Google is going to stop anyone from using Hangouts — at least for now — but it couldn't be more clear that Hangouts isn't going to be an included app in Android for much longer.

That means the people using Hangouts simply because it's there aren't going to go looking for it to install it, which means the number of people that aren't Android nerds available to you on Hangouts is going to drop rapidly. I give it a year tops after that change until it's easier to find people on Facebook Messenger than Hangouts, which isn't great for several reasons.

I'm not using this, and you can't make me.

Perhaps most important, this change and its future consequences makes it clear Google isn't pursuing a world where it is the universal identifier anymore. Hangouts was convenient because every Android user has a Google account, which meant the Gmail address offered multiple ways to quickly communicate with people. As Google shifts to messaging services that are only linked by phone numbers and fewer services that identify by email, the ubiquity of a Google account has the potential to rapidly lose its significance to those all in on the ecosystem this company has created.

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19 hours ago

The Galaxy Tab S3 is worth buying just for its S Pen

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Samsung has once again graced the tablet world with the presence of its S Pen. Here's why the Galaxy Tab S3 is worth it simply for its pressure sensitive stylus.

It's been years since a major tablet release from Samsung came bundled with a stylus. The last S Pen-equipped device was the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (say that in one breath). But now that the Microsoft Surface and Apple iPad Pro have become mainstays with their stylus-equipped tablets, Samsung is throwing its S Pen back into the ring.

The S Pen became an attractive reason to choose a larger Galaxy Note smartphone over smaller devices, and now that technology has been bundled with the Galaxy Tab S3. If you're considering a tablet with a stylus in tow for your next purchase, here are a few reasons to consider Samsung's latest tablet over the competition.

It's compatible with a ton of apps

The most important thing to know about the S Pen is that it's compatible with any mobile application that supports the stylus input. I tested it with apps like Microsoft OneNote, Google Keep, and Adobe Draw and all three applications recognized the S Pen's pressure sensitivity, though not all of them registered it fully. Drawings apps will be more precise than productivity-focused ones, for instance, because they're programmed to recognize the nuance in the direction of the S Pen. The point is, you can get professional-grade work done with this tablet.

The Galaxy Tab S3 also comes with its own Samsung Notes, which is good for quick hits and jotting down random notes when other apps aren't immediately available. But I preferred to use the S Pen with OneNote, which is where I typically scrawl notes throughout the work day. I appreciated, too, that the S Pen's 0.7mm tip helps make it one of the most accurate styluses I've ever used.

Program it, however you like

Adobe Draw.

Maybe you don't want to use the actions set by default in the S Pen's Air Command — that's fine! You can program the Air Command menu as you like, whether to pin oft-used apps and services or to rearrange the order of some of the S Pen's default abilities. You can add up to a maximum of ten shortcuts or as few as one — the one shortcut to rule them all.

Easily translate words

Translate German.

Translate the language on screen with just a hover of the S Pen.

I like to read German website and I'm continuing my education in my parent's native language. It helps to have a built-in translation feature that doesn't require I copy and paste text into another app, as is typically the case with using Google Translate.

On the Galaxy Tab S3, you can enable a mode that translates the language on screen with just a hover of the S Pen over the word. The feature works in most apps with clear text, including Texture, the magazine reading app. I like to use this feature when I'm reading Romanian websites because then I can translate any of the words I'm stumbling on without having to translate the entire page into English. It forces me to practice.

Make animated GIFs

GIFs.

Use this feature to extract text from an image.

This isn't a necessary feature per se but it is a fun feature to have readily available. You can hover over the screen and select Smart select from the Air Command window to create an animated GIF from a non-DRM video file. It works fine with YouTube videos and most videos displayed in the tablet browser, though you won't be able to use it inside apps like Netflix and Hulu — that's considered copyrighted content.

You can also use Smart select to crop out a portion of the screen and save it as a separate image file. This is helpful if, for instance, you need to share quick information with coworkers through chat. You can even use this feature to extract text from an image and then paste it into another note taking app. These are helpful multitasking abilities to have built into the interface.

Write with the screen off

Screen off.

The Galaxy Tab S3 doesn't actually work when its screen is off, but it does come enabled with a feature that lets you easily pen a note without having to endure unlock hell. Simply grab the S Pen, click its button, tap it to the screen, and get to writing. The note will be saved in the Samsung Notes app, where you can then export it to other applications as you need. It's a good feature to have if you're living a life that's constantly on the go.

Would you like a stylus?

Would you like a stylus with your next tablet? Got any other questions about the S Pen's abilities? Sound off in the comments!

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20 hours ago

The Moto G5 Plus is coming to the U.S. March 31 for $229

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One of the best mid-range phones of the year is coming to the U.S. at the end of March.

When we first picked up the Moto G5 Plus at Mobile World Congress, it was very clear that under Lenovo, the Plus version of Motorola's venerable mid-range darling was meant to stand on its own in 2017. While it resembles the smaller, cheaper G5, it has a completely different build and set of internals, and it's one of the more exciting mid-range devices to launch so far this year.

And now we know when it will hit the market.

The company has announced that the Moto G5 Plus will come to the U.S. on March 31 starting at $229 for the 2GB/32GB version. There will also be a 4GB/64GB model for $299. Pre-orders for both variants begin March 24, and the phone will be available at a variety of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Costco, Flash Wireless, Fry's, Motorola.com, Newegg, Republic Wireless, Target, Ting, and Walmart. The phone is unlocked and works with all four major U.S. carriers.

Moto G5 Plus specs

The phone will also be available through Amazon's Prime Exclusive program, which discounts a select set of devices in exchange for a modicum of pre-loaded Amazon software and a lockscreen ad experience that pushes Amazon's commerce agenda. We think it's a pretty good compromise, and if you're looking to get what appears to be the best mid-range phone of the year for less, this is likely the way to do it. If you're into that idea, Amazon has the 2GB/32GB model for $184.99, while the 4GB/64GB version goes for $239.99, a $60 discount from the MSRP.

Motorola, on the other hand, will allow a certain amount of customization with its Moto G5 Plus (the regular Moto G5 isn't coming to the U.S. at all) through its own e-commerce store. The phone is available in two colors, Lunar gray and Fine Gold (though a blue model has been rumored).

Will you be buying the Moto G5 Plus when it goes on sale?

See at Motorola

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20 hours ago

How to share photos from Google Photos

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Sharing photos is easy whether you want to upload to Facebook or just share with one person.

Google Photos is a great way to store your photos and ensure that you never accidentally delete something that holds value to you. But as we all know, half of the fun of photos in the social media age is the ability to easily share them. Thankfully, Google makes things really easy to share your best photos on Instagram, or just your best friends hassle-free. We've got all the details for you here.

Share photos to friends and social media

The easiest way to share our photos with the world is by posting them to social media. This lets your friends and family discover them on their own time whenever they check their feeds. This method allows you to share a single photo with specific friends, or directly to social media. It's simple, it's easy, and it will let you have complete control over who sees your photo.

  1. Open Google Photos
  2. Tap on the photo that you want to share
  3. Tap the share icon at the bottom left of your screen.
  4. Tap on the icon for your social media of choice, or choose a person to send the photo to

Share an album

There are times that sharing a single photo just isn't going to cut it. Whether you want to share snaps from your latest adventure or photos from a recent party, sharing an album may be the most convenient way to go about it. You get some more options when you share an album, and retain control over who can see it at all. This option may be the best idea for folks who have a dozen or more photos to share, or who want to allow friends to add more photos to the album through collaborative features.

  1. Open Google Photos
  2. Tap the album icon in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap on the album you would like to share.

  4. Tap the overflow icon in the upper right corner, it looks like 3 vertical dots.
  5. Adjust the album sharing options and copy the link
  6. Send the share link to those you want to share this album with.

Check to see what you've shared

In some cases you might want to double check who you have shared a specific album or photo with and Google has you covered. In the album section of the app, you'll find an area called 'Shared'. Within it are the albums and photos you have shared, along with whom you have shared those photos with. This is an easy way to check whether you've shared a specific photo before, and ensure you've shared it with all of the appropriate people.

  1. Open Google Photos
  2. Tap the album icon in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap on Shared
  4. Double check on shared content

Sharing made simple

Google Photos delivers tons of great options when it comes to sharing the moments that matter to you. It doesn't matter whether you want to share them with just one person, a select group, or everyone following you on Instagram, Google has you covered. You can share, adjust settings, and even see who you shared past photos and albums with all from within the Google Photos app.

Are you a fan of sharing using Google Photos? Be sure to drop us a line below and tell us about it!

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22 hours ago

Moto G5 Plus is now up for pre-order on Amazon, Alcatel A30 on sale for $59

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Amazon is offering a $45 discount on the G5 Plus if you're willing to put up with lock screen ads.

The moment you've all been waiting for is finally here. After getting announced at the end of last month, the Moto G5 Plus is now up for pre-order as an Amazon Prime exclusive for $184.99. That's for the ad-subsidized version with lock screen ads, much like last year's G4 Plus.

The standard version is also up for pre-order for $229 for the model with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage, with the variant offering 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage costing $299. Amazon mentions that the phones will be releasing on March 31.

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1 day ago

U.S. Senate votes to strip away Americans' online privacy

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The resolution would also prevent the FCC from enacting similar consumer protections in the future.

Your service provider needs permission to sell your private information under current rules. But that might be changing if the House follows the Senate's lead on S.J Res 34.

Senate Joint Resolution 34 is congressional disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission rules relating to "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services". The U.S. Senate voted 50 - 48 today to pass this resolution under the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers 60 days to repeal a law before it's enacted.

A similar repeal vote from the House would roll back the requirement of broadband internet providers to get your permission before sharing personal information like your location, your web history and financial details with any third party. In addition, it would prevent the FCC from writing similar rules in the future.

Five Creepy Things Your ISP Could Do if Congress Repeals the FCC's Privacy Protections (EFF.org)

As predicted, the vote went along party lines with 50 Republicans voting Aye and 46 Democrats along with two Independents voting Nay on the resolution. Isakson (R-GA) and Paul (R-KY) abstained.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for debate and a vote.

The major talking points of the FCC rule adopted in December 2016 are considerations of user privacy. They read as follows:

  • Opt-in Approval. We adopt rules requiring carriers to obtain customers' opt-in approval for use and sharing of sensitive customer PI (and for material retroactive changes to carriers' privacy policies). A familiar example of opt-in practices appears when a mobile application asks for permission to use geolocation information.
  • Opt-out Approval. Balancing important governmental interests in protecting consumer privacy and the potential benefits that may result from the use of non-sensitive customer PI, we adopt rules requiring carriers to obtain customers' opt-out approval for the use and sharing of non-sensitive customer PI.

Other sections of the rule require broadband providers to notify subscribers in the event of a data breach and serve to establish a baseline of what data is private and how it needs to be handled. The Senate voted to strip the rule in its entirety.

If you disagree with this decision and want to talk to your representative about the situation, you'll find their contact details right here.

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1 day ago

Android O: Everything you need to know

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You have questions about Android O and we have answers. Here's the skinny on what you need to know about Google's next.

Android O is upon us! Well, not really. But the first developer preview has been released and we're starting to uncover what Google has been doing with Android for the past year and what to expect when it's released.

Google says to expect the full version in the fall of 2017 (likely with a Pixel 2 that runs it), but we should see a major update and a new preview version in mid-May right around the time Google I/O 2017 is happening. Our bet is that we will also see a proper beta program release then, but Google hasn't said as much.

In the meantime, we'll keep this page updated as the best place to find everything you need to know about Android O!

What's new in Android O

We have to start with all the changes under the hood that come with Android O. And we expect plenty of them!

With the first developer preview, we saw some exciting stuff that will have a big impact for developers and the apps they can make. New ways to use custom fonts and icons, a better way to deliver professional-level audio and awesome ways to connect with others for things like head-to-head gaming or local social applications.

We expect a lot more but this is enough for us to be excited as ever for the next version of Android.

What's New in Android O: Everything you need to know

What's the status of the Android Beta program?

Right now, the Android Beta program is still used for testing builds of Android 7.1. Rumors suggest that 7.1.2 will be the last Android 7 release to go through the Beta Program and we'll see a switch to the Android 8 platform come May, right around the time Google I/O 2017 is happening.

As public beta builds are supposed to be close to the release version and not something that will break things, this makes a lot of sense. We'll keep you updated on the beta builds and you'll know when the first Android O beta becomes available!

Android O isn't available in the Android Beta Program yet, will likely join in mid-May

Should you install the Android O developer preview?

Probably not.

As mentioned above, builds of Android that aren't yet ready for the beta program aren't really ready for prime-time, at least not for consumers. Expect the phone to be buggy in plenty of ways, applications to not play nice with the preview and there's no way you should depend on your phone being available in the case of an emergency if you're messing about with the developer preview.

We know it's tempting, and if you have an "extra" Nexus or Pixel phone laying around you might give it a try. Just think twice before you install it on a phone you need to depend on.

Should you install Android O developer preview on your Pixel or Nexus?

What devices can install the Android O developer preview?

The Android O developer preview is available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C and Nexus Player.

Remember, that doesn't mean Android O will be released for all of those devices, as we saw the Nexus 5 get developer previews for Android 7 and it was not part of the release. There is a lot of work behind the scenes with licensing and software versioning so just because a device can run the software doesn't mean it will officially see it.

Google announces Android O, Developer Preview image now available

How do I try the developer preview, and how do I roll back if I want to?

One of the best things about Nexus and Pixel products is that Google lets us install the operating system anytime we want to, just like any other computer.

Not only does this help folks who fall victim to the squirrelly world of cellular data connections when they never get an update they should have, but when we want to tinker with the software on our phone we can install any version that's compatible any time we like.

We want to stress one more time that we don't recommend you install the Android O developer preview, or any pre-release software on a device you depend on.

There is a very good chance that things will not work the way you need them to work. This software is released for developers to start building new apps and for testers to find bugs. There is very little support for issues and things are expected to break.

That means you can download and install the Android O developer preview, and if you change your mind (or when the second preview comes along) you can go back to the stable release by reinstalling the operating system. The process isn't difficult, but it does require some computer knowledge and the ability to follow directions to the letter. We've put everything you need to check out the preview and go back when you're finished in one place.

How to get Android O on your Pixel or Nexus (and how to roll back to Nougat)

Android O

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1 day ago

Android 7.0 Nougat for the Nextbit Robin is just around the corner

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It's so close you can almost taste it, though we don't condone attempting to eat your phone.

Good news, Robin owners. According to a forum post, Nextbit appears to be in the final stages of finishing out a stable Nougat build for the Robin. The final build is rolling out to current beta users right now and if it passes with flying colors, the update could soon rollout to everyone else.

Beta users, look for Build number Robin_Nougat_88. You'll be on Android 7.0 with January's security patch after the update.

Wondering why the update to Nougat on the Nextbit Robin is such a big deal? Well, not only will you have the Robin's seemingly unlimited backup feature, but you'll also have all of the goodness of the latest version of Android, including multi-window capabilities, direct replies from the notification shade, and customizable quick settings.

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1 day ago

Facebook adds reactions and direct mentions to Messenger

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One step closer towards becoming a robust messaging app; one giant leap towards adopting features typically heralded by Slack users.

First, it was Google Hangouts, and now it's Facebook Messenger. Companies appear to be particularly drawn to those features that have made Slack so popular, but can you blame them? Slack's communication dynamic truly is a deligh to use, and those other companies want people to say the same about their messaging apps.

Facebook has announced it's rolling out two new functionalities to its Messenger app. Reactions will allow you to effectively react to a friend or foe's response the same way you would a regular Facebook post. However, unlike Slack's vast emoji offerings, Facebook limits you to seven, including a very terse thumb down emoji.

Messenger has also adopted Mentions, which seem to work the same way they would on Slack. To mention someone, type the @ symbol before their name to notify them to join the chat. This pings the person with an entirely different notification so they're aware they're wanted in a specific conversation. Of course, if you're just not that into your pals, you could turn off this notification entirely.

The update to Facebook Messenger should be rolling out in the coming days.

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1 day ago

Android Theming: the ultimate guide

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Life's too short for an ugly, cluttered home screen.

Android is a system with a singular opportunity to shape our launcher and home screen experience in almost countless ways into what we want. Want to cover your home screens in app icons and make it look like an iPhone? Knock yourself out! Want your desktop to party like it's 1999 with a home screen like Windows 98? Rock on! Just want to make your phone look presentable so you can find your apps without digging through pages and pages of nonsense? We're here to help you!

Whether you want to tweak everything down to the dirtiest details in your folder icon colors or you just want to find a better way to organize your home screen, we're here to help guide you through whatever you want to do with your launcher… or a new launcher.

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