Android Christmas

There's nothing quite like getting a new phone or tablet as a gift, especially if it's replacing something broken or it's your very first phone or tablet. After the thank you's and hugs have been exchanged, it's time to pull that shiny new gadget out of the box and get to know all of the buttons and sounds that you're probably going to be touching and hearing for the foreseeable future.

With the sheer volume of things running Android nowadays, there's a good chance that new phone or tablet is running Android and isn't quite the same as whatever you were using before. Fortunately for you, this is Android Central and helping you figure out the best ways to get the most out of your new Android-powered thing is pretty much why we exist.

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This here is a brief overview to help point you in all the right directions, sort of a hastily assembled roadmap to get you started. We've got detailed guides to get you started, step-by-step tutorials for just about everything, and a massive group of friendly and helpful Android users all ready to answer questions and welcome you to the community. All you have to do is keep scrolling, and we'll handle the rest.

Lets get started!

First stop — "How do I..."

Our homepage is a constant stream of information on every little Android thing we can find, but there's a lot more to us than just news. We're all about taking each thing we get a hold of and exploring every facet of it, explaining how it all works and showing you how to get the most out of your experience with the hardware and apps we use every day. As a result, there's a whole lot here for you to check out.

  • Check out the Android Central device gallery if you want all of the help and news that applies to just your phone or tablet or watch or TV box or...

  • Explore our Help and How-to section for detailed looks at getting the best photos, making sure your battery lasts as long as it should, and so much more.

  • Read through our Reviews and check out our Youtube channel for more detailed thoughts and videos on just about everything.

  • Enjoy our weekly look at the apps we're using for some ideas on what you should be installing.

There's a whole lot more to Android Central, but these are some of the best places to experience all of the things we do best.

Next stop — The Android Central Forums

Android Central is dedicated to delivering the latest news about all things Android, but powering all that newsy stuff you'll find an incredibly community of users and ambassadors that love to talk about their hardware. The first place you should head anytime you have questions or if you just want to talk to other people using the same phone or tablet as you is the forums.

We've got a forum for just about everything, but the more popular forums right now are for Samsung, LG, and all things Nexus. If you look up your phone in the forum, chances are you'll find other people talking about it right this second. We don't stop at phones and tablets, either. We've got plenty of people talking about Android Wear, Android Auto, and even a couple of folks talking about the tech they use to build a smarter household. There's absolutely something here for you.

Or just head to 'The best' ...

What's the best phone? The best tablet? The best smartwatch? The best apps? Maybe you're coming out of the holidays with a wad of cash in your pocket and are looking for the best way to spend it? We've got you covered with a number of continuously updated lists that'll make sure you're constantly in the know.

Click here for the best of the best.

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If you're planning on sticking around for a while, and lets be honest you totally should, the official Android Central app is a great way to keep an eye on what we're doing and looks nice in the process!

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