Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!
You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Deadpool to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.
If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.
Lose your phone? You can now simply ask Google to find it for you right from a web search.
Google's ability to find and ring your phone or tablet has expanded outside of the Android Device Manager to regular Google search. Instead of going to the Android Device Manager website or app to find one of your other lost devices, you can now open up the main Google search page in your browser and type "find my phone" to get a top result of a map that will locate your phone, similar to the way you can use the main search box to see your upcoming flights and other personalized results.
The Google Search app for Android is getting an update that will allow users to play podcast directly from search results. This comes on the heels of Google Play Music adding support for podcasts on the web as well as in the Google Play Music app.
And it's exactly as easy as you'd think. If a podcast shows in the search results, you'll hit the play button and listen.
Exploding Kittens, a strategic digital card game with art from The Oatmeal, is now available on Android. The game is actually a digital version of a physical card game, in which you try to keep playing by avoiding the Exploding Kitten card.
Finally! You can now subscribe and listen to your favorite podcasts with Google Play Music.
First it was its own streaming service and now Google Play Music has evolved to include podcasts in its library. Gone are the days of needing a third party app to subscribe and listen to your favorite podcasts ( the Android Central Podcast, of course!); you can now centralize all of your listening habits, thanks to Play Music.
We'll walk you through how their web interface works to get you on your way to podcast paradise.
The ASUS ZenFone Zoom is a unique looking phone, designed for those who enjoy the control of a DSLR camera but don't plan on walking around with one every day. It's a solid, snappy phone with a decent display and some clever camera hardware with matching visual styling to support the experience. Russell did a great review of the ZenFone Zoom, which you should definitely check out if you haven't already.
Microsoft has updated its Translator app for Android, adding support for translating words in images. This allows you to get instant translations of signage, menus, and more. Additionally, those with Marshmallow installed on their phones will be able to translate text without leaving their current app.
Back in January Google rolled out its first wave of high-speed Wi-Fi to train stations in India, and now the company has added nine more stations. With more than 100,000 people already logging into the Wi-Fi each week, Google's main goal is to make it available to more than 10 million Indians every day.
Four big tech coalitions have teamed up to write an open letter to two senators in opposition to a bill that would require smartphone manufacturers to decrypt data for law enforcement on demand. Apple, Google, and Facebook are amongst the companies that these coalitions represent, and the letter expresses their "deep concerns" surrounding the proposed bill.
It won't be long before you can get your hands on an HTC 10, and the company is continuing to push out new marketing material for it. The latest ad shows off the best features of the smartphone, like the display, cameras and sound quality. Between the dramatic music and flashy animations, the video captures your attention and leaves you wanting more information.
The European Union has filed formal antitrust charges against Google regarding its Android operating system. The regulators state that by bundling its own services and making Google Search the default search engine on Android, Google has abused its dominant position, preventing other companies from competing in these segments.
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories has made its debut on the Play Store, bringing the classic farming simulator to Android devices. You're tasked with running a farm, which entails growing crops, flowers, and trees, as well as raising livestock, starting a family, upgrading your home, and much more.
LeEco has unveiled three new handsets in China today, the Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2. The phones are the first to eschew the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of USB Type-C audio, with LeEco rolling out two USB-C headphones to go with the handsets.
It's not so much packaging, really, as a big old Pelican-style case.
We're hanging out at CE China this week, a new event hosted by IFA, and since it's Asia focused we're seeing a bunch of stuff that we might not normally come across in Europe or North America. One of those things is the ivargo and its pretty epic box.
This likely isn't the retail packaging, just as with the fancy Nextbit Robin box we received our review unit in, but it's a Pelican-style case, so it's pretty fantastic either way.
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