Karandeep has been with Android Police as a freelance writer since 2019, covering reviews for India, buyer’s guides for the US, and handy tutorials for everyone. He cares more about the impact of technology on people’s everyday lives than the superfluous features companies keep adding each year, which is central to his reviews and product recommendations.
In his previous life, he worked with Android Headlines to cover everything Android. He also wrote and edited for a handful of publications in India during his writing journey, which started in 2014. Ever since his first Symbian phone that had the iconic Ovi store to download apps, he has stuck to Android phones and is currently using a Google Pixel 6a.
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Ever since it parted ways with Huawei, Honor has been trying to grab the attention of potential phone buyers. It already has some decent mid-range phones and plans to take on some of the best foldable phones out there with its own model. But Honor seemingly wants a bigger slice of the flagship pie as it is set to announce a new flagship smartphone later this month — its second high-end phone series for 2022.
Your new flagship Android phone allows you to get anything delivered to your doorstep with the touch of a button. But the convenience of online shopping sometimes gets marred when the product isn't as described, or worse, you don't receive it. In such cases, you might have to deal with a seller sitting hundreds of miles away, which is seldom a pleasant experience.
Synology makes a vast number of NAS enclosures, ranging from enterprise-grade systems for several thousand dollars to more affordable, basic home use systems costing just $100. And a lot lies between those two extremes.
While Google Live Translate is excellent for translating whatever is on your screen without leaving the app, it's limited to Pixel phones. Even some of the best Android phones out there don't support it. But with Telegram's built-in translation tool, you can quickly and easily translate messages from your friends from the other side of the world. And for that, you don't even need to leave the chat window. To start using translation in Telegram for Android, you need to enable the feature, and here's how it's done.
While Google Maps helps us navigate our expansive cities, Google Earth takes things a couple of notches higher (quite literally). It gives us an immersive virtual experience of watching our planet from far above. And with Google Earth's smooth zoom-ins and 3D buildings, you can spend hours watching those curated, stunning tours.
It's downright impossible to steer clear of pop culture spoilers when they are practically everywhere on the internet and, sometimes, in your chat box. While you can avoid reading an online review until you've watched the last episode of House of the Dragon, how will you stop that diehard MCU fan in your chat group from spoiling the movie you've been eagerly waiting for?
Even if you have a top-notch Chromebook with an excellent keyboard, you don't want to use it to tediously type the same email addresses of your colleagues every time you send an email. In situations like these, it's easier and more sensible to create a group of your frequently contacted people and send them all an email in a jiffy. Gmail lets you do that with the help of Google Contacts. Here's how you can create a group email in Gmail.
Google Meet has become the go-to app for all kinds of video meetings, from group chats with friends to business conferences. And Google has made sure the app is available practically everywhere, from your personal Gmail account to the best tablets for hybrid work. For an everyday tool like Google Meet, it becomes necessary to have at least a working understanding of how to create and join calls instead of figuring it out minutes before a meeting.
WhatsApp may be the most popular messaging app, but Telegram fares much better when it comes to the variety of platforms it supports. Telegram has apps for Windows, MacOS, and Linux, as well as Android and iOS. And while Messages with RCS Chat has made its way to everything from flagships and the best budget phones, Telegram is a solid alternative for people who may own older phones that don't support RCS Chat.
“Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees.” That’s the assurance Telegram had always given when you opened its mobile app for the first time. But the messaging app walked back its claim in June 2022 when it announced its Telegram Premium tier.
Twitter is the place many of us go for our daily dose of news and to stay up to date with the latest trends. But that constant flow of information can sometimes turn into a cacophony that we all need a break from. Either that or you're just bored of seeing those preachy threads on productivity all through your feed. Whatever the reason, you can temporarily deactivate or permanently delete your Twitter account with a few taps.
Having your own cloud storage is the ultimate dream, and it's easy to get started with pre-built solutions like Synology DiskStations. Synology is better known for its hardware, but the company has stepped up its game on the software side. Synology Drive, for example, rivals Google Drive with a clean interface and several modern features.
Every spreadsheet software has a few basic features to make your experience easier, from handy tools for managing rows and columns to the ability to merge cells. Google Sheets is no different. It takes just a couple of clicks to merge adjacent cells in any direction. It works seamlessly across devices, be it one of the best Chromebooks or your Android phone. However, you get some additional options when merging cells on the web.
Newer technology is always exciting, but there's also that excellent flagship from the previous year that you can snag for a sweet discount. It's a classic tech conundrum: to buy a new budget phone or an old flagship. And with modern mid-rangers getting increasingly better in almost every sphere, it is quite confusing to pick between the two. However, your preferences will tell you if you're better off with a new budget phone or an old premium flagship.
If you’re in the market for a new router for your home, it makes sense to pick one that supports the newer Wi-Fi 6 standard. It will be good for future-proofing your home network and boosting network performance for all your connected devices — with better bandwidth allocation and channel capacity over previous Wi-Fi versions. As a bonus, these modern routers come with several convenient features, such as app support and a ton of smart controls for your network and the devices on it.
Now that most phones don’t ship with a charger in the box, you’re free to get the charger of your choice from brands like Anker. You could get an adapter that doesn’t take up a lot of space or one that can charge all your devices simultaneously while also saving you some cash over the first-party options. For this Prime Early Access Sale, Amazon has slashed the prices of many Anker wall chargers, power stations, and wireless chargers.
Google's smartwatch platform has been around for years, and the company has been rumored to be working on a wristwatch of its own for almost as long. 2022 is the year when the Google Pixel Watch sees the light of day at last. Google's first smartwatch has a lot going on, but its Fitbit integration for its health features is what stands out.
In three years of their existence, Samsung's foldables have come a long way, and the best part is that they don't cost an arm and a leg anymore. Samsung's latest Galaxy Z Flip 4 is already discounted by a full $200 for the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale, making it one of the most affordable foldables at just $800.
Your TV has started to feel sluggish, probably because its hardware and software cannot keep up with all newer apps and services. But instead of throwing your old TV away, you can add a Fire TV Stick to give it a new lease of life. And you’re in luck right now because Amazon is running some excellent deals on all its Fire TV sticks for the Prime Early Access Sale, offering up to 50% off across its 4K and HD dongles.
When it comes to getting proper Wi-Fi coverage in every corner of your home, only a mesh system can give you peace of mind. And among mesh routers, Netgear Orbi takes the crown by offering the best coverage in large areas without losing the speed on the far ends. Some top-rated Netgear Orbi mesh systems are discounted by up to $100 for this Prime Early Access Sale. So, grab one immediately and give your home Wi-Fi a new life.