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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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.
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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.
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