Recent Articles | Android Central

Buy a Chromebook: Asus Flip | Acer 14 | Dell 13

Headlines

1 week ago

Are you playing Pokémon Go?

125

It's only been a few short days since Pokémon Go was released by Niantic, and it's already taken the world by storm. Chances are you're either walking around town to catch Pokémon, or you know at least one person who is. The truth is that this game has blown up big time, and people who have never had any interest in pocket monsters are now looking for Pokémon everywhere from their backyard to the church 10 miles down the road.

That's what brings us to this week's poll! We want to know if you are playing Pokémon Go. With that in mind we've got four options for you to choose between: "Of course I am!", "I've downloaded but haven't been able to play much", "I'm not playing Pokémon go", "I'm not playing and I wish people would stop talking about it."

Are you playing Pokémon Go?

Are you caught up in the sheer madness of Pokémon Go? Have you already heard enough about this game? Drop into our comment section and let us know about it!

Pokémon Go

img { width: 100%; height: auto; } .devicebox ul { display: table; margin: 0 0 10px; width: 100%; } .devicebox ul li { background: #f7f7f7; margin: 2px 0; padding: 4px 15px; } .devicebox ul li:hover { background: #fff; } .devicebox ul li:before { display: none; } .devicebox p ~ p { line-height: 1.25; } .devicebox p:first-of-type + p { padding: 15px; } .devicebox a.buy-link { border-radius: 5px; display: inline-block; font: 14px/31px "Proxima Nova Extrabld",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; text-align: center; } .devicebox a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:link, .devicebox a.buy-link:active, .devicebox a.buy-link:visited { background: #37B5D7; color: #FFF; } .devicebox a.buy-link:hover { background: #2694B2; text-decoration: none; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { content: "\e61e"; font: 40px/0 "ac_iconset" !important; margin: 0 3px 0 -8px; vertical-align: middle; } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { /* div:not(.columns-3) excludes help menu content */ .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p img, .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 660px) { .devicebox h3 { text-align: center; } .devicebox ul, .devicebox p { display: block; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox p img, .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 661px), all and (max-width: 500px) { /* 2x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(even) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { width: 100%; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 659px) and (min-width: 501px) { /* 3x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(100%/3 - 10px/3); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(3n):not(:nth-last-of-type(2)) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:only-child { width: 100%; margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(odd) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } } @media all and (max-width: 500px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { display: none; } } .page-admin .devicebox {max-width: 350px;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe {position: relative; height: 0; padding-bottom: 56.9%;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe iframe {width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;} /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Pokémon Go Medals: How to unlock bronze, silver and gold for everything!

22

They're mostly for rubbing in everyone's face, which is why you need all of them!

The Medal system in Pokémon Go is a little self serving for the moment. You don't gain anything by unlocking them, aside from a little note in your account saying you've unlocked them. That means there's a list of accomplishments you and your friends can compete on unlocking, and obviously the one with the most Medals unlocked is the best Pokémon Go player right?

Every Pokémon Go medal comes in Bronze, Silver, and gold. Here's what you need to do in order to unlock each of these Medals!

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Google's latest search tools will help you find the best hotel and flight deals

3

Though we're still in the heat of the summer, Google is preparing to roll out some interesting new features to make searching for flights and hotels much easier.

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

10 perfect Pokémon catches to blow your Pokémind

12
Pokémon Go

When you combine Pokémon and the real world, you conjure up all kinds of weird, wonderful, awkward and hilarious possibilities. Here are just a few doing the rounds right now.

The beauty of Pokémon Go is how it combines beloved, familiar virtual monsters with the real world. Through augmented reality, it's possible to snag shots of Pokémon in unusual, hilarious or otherwise ridiculous locations before scooping them up into your Pokéball.

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Prime Day can save you 30% on a variety of phone cases right now!

2

Looking for a new case to keep your phone protected but don't want to spend a ton of money? Well, Amazon is currently offering 30% off various cases as part of its Prime Day deals, so you'll want to check these out. Whether you have a Galaxy S7, LG V10 or Nexus 6P there are several options to choose from.

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Google Cardboard mention in Pokémon Go may be a sign of things to come

11

As if the world wasn't already hyped enough over Pokémon Go, it looks like there may be another reason to push the excitement further: Google Cardboard.

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Pokémon Go passes 10 million total installs on Android

19

Need any more evidence as to just how damn popular Pokémon Go is? How about this — we're a week out from the game graduating from beta status. And today it crossed the 10 million downloads threshold on Google Play. That puts it in the 10 million-to-50 million category. So it could be a little while before we see it jump to the next level. Or it may come sooner than we think, especially once it starts opening up to more people in more countries.

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

It's official: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the next Note, launching August 2

101
Samsung phone sign

In an unusual move, Samsung has confirmed the name of its next Galaxy Note handset ahead of time — and explained the decision to jump straight from Note 5 to Note 7.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 rumor mill has been churning for some time now, but today at least some of the speculation can end, as Samsung has confirmed one longstanding rumor. That's right — the Korean firm is jumping directly from Galaxy Note 5 to Galaxy Note 7. The move keeps the numbering Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines in sync, as explained in a company blog post:

It also makes sense to jump straight to number seven given the expected arrival of the iPhone 7 this fall.

While the name is confirmed, Samsung hasn't yet shown us anything of the phone itself. That'll have to wait for the official launch event, to be held in New York City on August 2.

Satellite events will happen in London and Rio de Janeiro.

Why Note 7? Samsung explains:

With added functionality of the S Pen and large screen, the Galaxy Note7 is a powerful instrument for achievement and self-expression, and is made for those who want to get the most from their phones – and their lives. Galaxy Note7 will help people do more in work, at home and everywhere in between. We can't wait to tell you more about it!

First and foremost though, you might be curious as to why it's called Galaxy Note7 instead of Galaxy Note6. There are a couple reasons why. First, the Galaxy Note7 will complement our Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and unify our product portfolio. Second, the Galaxy Note7 will minimize confusion about the latest mobile technology from Samsung, and provide full alignment with Galaxy S smartphone.

Galaxy Note 7

As for what we're expecting from the Note 7, the current crop of rumors points to a 5.7-inch screen size, an S7 edge-style curved display, the same impressive 12-megapixel camera as the GS7 and water-resistant features to boot. It's also been rumored that the next Note will feature an iris scanner for additional biometric security, along with a bumper 4,000mAh battery. Leaked renders have also given us a decent idea what the phone will look like — basically, expect a cross between an S7 edge and a Note 5.

Whatever happens, we'll be live from NYC on August 2 to bring you full coverage of the Note 7's official unveiling.

Samsung Unpacked

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 preview: Specs, software, release info and more!

153
Samsung phones

Once again, it's almost Galaxy Note time — and 2016's big-screen Samsung phone looks like being the best in years.

Samsung's Galaxy Note series has always been a fan favorite. It's said among followers of the series that the only thing which can replace a Note is another Note. And so after a strong showing earlier in the year with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, all eyes are on the Galaxy Note 7, due for arrival in the second half of the year.

As usual, the rumor mill is buzzing with speculation about what we can expect from the latest in a popular line of big-screened phones. And to help you cut through the hype and speculation, we've collected all the most reliable info here, in our Samsung Galaxy Note 7 preview. Read on to learn more.

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Samsung Canada pledges aid for Fort McMurray rebuilding efforts following May wildfire

5

Samsung Canada has announced that it will offer aid to Fort McMurray as the community focuses on rebuilding after wildfires swept through the area in May.

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Your favorite calendar app is Google Calendar

19

In last week's poll we asked what your favorite calendar app is. Using a calendar app can ensure that you don't accidentally forget about important events, or miss any doctor's appointments that you made 6 months ago and have now completely forgotten about.

Since there are so many different calendar apps out and available on The Google Play Store we gave you the choice between 9 of the most popular apps currently available. We wanted to know which calendar app was your absolute favorite, and the go to for making sure you don't miss appointments or events in your life.

"Google Calendar" smashed into first place, claiming first place with 63.7% of the vote. With 17.8%, "I use an app not listed here" claimed second place. "aCalendar" managed to grab up 6% of the vote for third place. Fourth place was claimed for "Today Calendar" with 3.9%. "DigiCal" was right behind, snatching up fifth place with 3.5%. In sixth place, with 2.2% was "I don't really use a calendar app." "Cal" scooped uo 1.1% to take seventh place, followed by "Sol Calendar" in eighth with 1%. In last place, with only 0.6% of the vote, was "Jorte Calendar."

Did your favorite calendar make our list? Are you a fan of using Google Calendar to keep track of everything going on in your life? Pop into the comments and let us know!

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

OnePlus 3 vs. Nexus 6P: Who does clean, affordable and powerful better?

162
OnePlus 3 vs. Nexus 6P

Two phones vying for the same customer base — which one does it better?

Update July 12: Amazon and Google both have major deals on the Nexus 6P today. Amazon has the Nexus 6P at $403 for the 64GB mode — essentially the same price as the OnePlus 3 — and $479 for the 128GB model. Meanwhile, Project Fi is also offering the 64GB Nexus 6P for $399. Given those prices and Google's obvious track record for updating Nexus devices, we're inclined to vote for the Nexus 6P as long as the sale is active.

With each of its phones, OnePlus has consistently aimed at the same type of customers who would normally consider a Nexus — hitting on the big points of lower prices, great performance, simple software and the ability to customize things if you so choose. The OnePlus 3 at $399 has crept up a bit in price, but also value, and that nicely meets the improved hardware and overall experience on offer from the Nexus 6P.

And though the latest high-end Nexus is about eight months old at this point, it holds its ground quite well against all incoming 2016 flagships and for many is still the go-to high-end Android — but does it top the OnePlus 3? We're here to answer that question right now.

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Which Pokémon Go team should you pick?

67

Instinct, Mystic and Valor. Three teams from which you'll choose. And you'll want to choose wisely.

So you've finally reached Level 5 in Pokémon Go. That opens up an entire new world of gameplay. Gyms are now a huge deal. You can actually do things with them.

But more important is that you can now join one of three teams. (Remember factions from Ingress? Same sort of thing.) And once you're on a team, it's time to do team stuff. Like get jackets made, come up with a theme song and learn a cool dap. (That's a secret handshake, boys and girls.)

Here's what you need to know about the three teams in Pokémon Go:

Does it matter which Pokémon Go team you choose?

Yes! It matters a great deal! It's everything, really! Only, no. It doesn't matter at all. That is, gameplay is the same for each of the teams. One isn't inherently better than another. It's when a team is acting as a group that things get interesting. It's the makeup of the entire team itself — the individual levels and items from each player — that makes a difference.

So you'll probably want to pair up with people you know. Or, if you prefer confrontation, play on a different team than someone you're actively playing with.

Team Instinct

This team is yellow. So if you don't like yellow, you'll want to look elsewhere. And it's led by Spark. And Spark thinks that you should trust your instincts. (Thus the name of the team. Instinct.)

The Instinct logo is, of course, none other than that beautiful bird Zapdos.

Team Mystic

Mystic is blue, with Articuno (that's another legendary bird, if you're just getting into the Pokémon world), leading the way. Blanche leads Mystic and employs that sort of calm analysis you'd expect from someone who chases Pokémon while wearing boots.

Team Valor

Candela leads Valor — the red team. And Candela's bird is Moltres. If you think Valor projects an air of power, well, you're right. Training and strength are at the top of this team's playbook.

Can you change your team?

Nope. Currently you're not allowed to change your team on Pokémon Go, and for the obvious reasons. (Ingress allowed a change, for what that's worth.) So maybe ask your friends before deciding which team you want to join. See who's picked what.

And choose wisely.

Pokémon Go

img { width: 100%; height: auto; } .devicebox ul { display: table; margin: 0 0 10px; width: 100%; } .devicebox ul li { background: #f7f7f7; margin: 2px 0; padding: 4px 15px; } .devicebox ul li:hover { background: #fff; } .devicebox ul li:before { display: none; } .devicebox p ~ p { line-height: 1.25; } .devicebox p:first-of-type + p { padding: 15px; } .devicebox a.buy-link { border-radius: 5px; display: inline-block; font: 14px/31px "Proxima Nova Extrabld",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; text-align: center; } .devicebox a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:link, .devicebox a.buy-link:active, .devicebox a.buy-link:visited { background: #37B5D7; color: #FFF; } .devicebox a.buy-link:hover { background: #2694B2; text-decoration: none; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { content: "\e61e"; font: 40px/0 "ac_iconset" !important; margin: 0 3px 0 -8px; vertical-align: middle; } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { /* div:not(.columns-3) excludes help menu content */ .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p img, .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 660px) { .devicebox h3 { text-align: center; } .devicebox ul, .devicebox p { display: block; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox p img, .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 661px), all and (max-width: 500px) { /* 2x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(even) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { width: 100%; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 659px) and (min-width: 501px) { /* 3x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(100%/3 - 10px/3); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(3n):not(:nth-last-of-type(2)) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:only-child { width: 100%; margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(odd) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } } @media all and (max-width: 500px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { display: none; } } .page-admin .devicebox {max-width: 350px;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe {position: relative; height: 0; padding-bottom: 56.9%;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe iframe {width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;} /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Best phone deals you can find on Prime Day!

20

If you are in the market for a new phone, you won't want to miss out on these deals that are part of Amazon's Prime Day! Whether you are looking for a high-end phone or just something to have around as a spare, odds are that you can find a deal that is worth purchasing for you.

Read more and comment

 
1 week ago

Google releases second developer preview of Android Wear 2.0

15

Google has released the second preview update for Android Wear 2.0, featuring new capabilities and bug fixes. This release sees the introduction of Platform API 24 to Android Wear, matching Android Nougat. This release also opens Android Wear's wrist gestures feature to third-party developers.

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages