Will is the Phones Editor at Android Police, where he covers everything from leaks of your next phone to the components that'll power it. He's got plenty of opinions about the current state of Android phones — thoughts you'll read in his reviews, editorials, and more. You'll also find him writing up our buyer's guides, where he hopes to help shoppers make the right choice in their next phone. Will appears on the Android Police podcast, where he occasionally taunts his co-hosts with bad opinions about smartwatches and charging cables, and writes AP's weekend polls. In his spare time, he produces podcasts, rewatches the same 37 films, and pretends not to have a never-ending backlog of video games. He lives in Buffalo, NY and is willing to give you chicken wing recommendations at any time. Just ask.
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Google just released its November patch for its currently-supported Pixels — RIP the Pixel 4 — but if you've already upgraded your device to the latest Android 13 QPR betas, you aren't getting left out of the update game. Just a couple of weeks after QPR1 Beta 3 surprised us with a mid-month launch, QPR1 Beta 3.1 is out now, available for the Pixel 4a and newer devices.
Google normally rolls out its monthly security updates to Pixel phones on the first Monday of the month. If you check your calendar, you’ll notice that today is indeed the first Monday of November 2022 — and as such, the company has just released its November security update, rolling out to all supported Pixel phones right now.
Diving into the world of smart home accessories — beyond your usual lineup of smart speakers or displays — is an exciting, costly proposition that can involve modifying your home to accommodate your new gadgets. It's not enough to just buy a bunch of hubs, bulbs, and cameras from your local Best Buy. They have to work together with whatever ecosystem you've found yourself in, even as Matter finally arrives to put an end to our long smart home nightmare.
It's been a few weeks since Google announced its intentions to shutter Stadia early next year, but that doesn't mean cloud gaming as a concept is close to death. While Google's platform — one of the earliest to arrive on the scene — was an unsuccessful attempt for the company to break into gaming, we've seen other services pull it off with more success. And as current-gen consoles remain difficult to buy and modern GPUs continue to rise in price, it's easy to see how the cloud gaming landscape could appeal to plenty of gamers.
The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are here, forcing small phone lovers to choose between their preferred device size and some massive photography differences. While we love the design choices Google made in making the smaller Pixel 7 feel right in the hand, the Pro's upgraded ultra-wide lens, not to mention its exclusive 5x telephoto lens, makes a world of difference.
It wasn't long ago that buying a budget smartphone meant you were probably in for a bad time: crummy performance, paltry update support, and maybe even Micro-USB charging (the horror!). These days, not so much. Some of the best cheap Android phones start under 200 bucks, and they're not that different from the absolute best Android flagship phone we recommend. Plus, with Black Friday right around the corner, some of our favorite affordable devices are about to get even cheaper.
Affordable wireless earbuds are a dime a dozen these days, but if you want the best audio experience around, you'll need to pay for it. When it comes to audio quality and noise cancelation, companies like Google and Samsung can't hold a candle to the best efforts from some of their competitors. Right now, Sony's WF-1000XM4 buds are down to just $178, tying the lowest price yet for what might be the best earbuds you can buy today.
After months of rumors and speculation, Netflix's ad-supported plan finally launches today. Available for $6.99 per month, it might help the streaming giant gain back some of its lost subscribers. It's a tempting option for anyone capable of putting up with ads and a 720p resolution cap, but if you're still rocking some older hardware, you might want to think twice. Anyone with a non-Google TV Chromecast will need to start looking for a new device.
Gaming on ChromeOS has come a long way over the last decade. What started out as an impossibility — save for anything playable in a browser — has evolved into a cornucopia of options. Not only have Android games and cloud streaming transformed the best Chromebooks into capable methods for playing your favorite new titles, but Steam for ChromeOS has been in the development phase for years now. Today, Steam for Chromebooks is moving into beta, marking another step towards local PC gaming on Google's OS.
The Pixel 7 Pro is Google's flagship smartphone for the year. It's one of the best Android phones available right now, challenging the Galaxy S22 Ultra for the title, on the Apple side of the fence, taking on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. At first glance, the Pixel 7 Pro might not look like a significant upgrade over 2021's Pixel 6 Pro, but Google's made sure to include some key refinements and fixes for problems that plagued its predecessor.
With Black Friday right around the corner — and sales already running at various big box retailers — your already-unruly inbox is about to be chock full of shipment information and tracking codes necessary for keeping an eye on your incoming packages. Whether you're buying gifts for the entire family or finally fulfilling a long-awaited item on your wish list, managing all of those orders might be tough. Google's getting ahead of the holiday rush with a new tracking feature for Gmail, coming to your accounts within the next few weeks.
Although the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 make for some of the best Android phones you can buy, plenty of users still prefer to stick with a classic smartphone design. For anyone who would rather stay away from the cutting edge, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is likely the phone for you. This year's Samsung Galaxy S22 series blew us away with an excellent refined design, solid performance, and the rebirth of the Note series.
Android phones come in all shapes, sizes, and price points, but some are a cut above the rest. Whether you're looking for a foldable phone powered by the latest and greatest in mobile processing, an affordable device that doesn't hold back on power, or Google's latest Android enhancements, there's something for you.
These days, most entertainment requires shelling out for a subscription service. Sure, you can try to skip out on monthly payments through digital purchases of your favorite movies and music, but you're bound to miss out on some compelling exclusives. Instead of ditching your Disney+ subscription — I mean, seriously, have you seen Andor? It's so good — you can save some cash by consolidating some of your payments. If you're a Prime member, Amazon's music service is finally a compelling Spotify alternative, though one big catch remains that might keep you paying.
While the internet's attention for social media-fueled drama is squarely focused on Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, users of a separate online feed are running into surprise suspensions. If you tried to check your Instagram feed this morning — presumably looking for all sorts of ridiculous and creative costumes — only to find your account has been locked down, you aren't alone. Users across the app are getting hit with unexpected bans.
The Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro might be Google's shiniest new phones right now, but that doesn't mean they're for everyone. While $600 might sound pretty cheap for a flagship device, to everyone who isn't an early adopter, it's a lot of cash to throw down on just one gadget. Thankfully, Google's A-series exists, bringing the best of the Pixel experience to an even more affordable price point. And with Black Friday right around the corner, the Pixel 6a is getting an early start on the deals, matching the lowest price yet we've seen on this phone.
There's no single element that makes a particular smartphone feel premium. Sure, maybe its 120Hz OLED display looks incredible, but if the build quality feels like it might break at any moment, it's no good. The same goes for the camera — no matter how excellent its gaming prowess might be, if a phone can't capture a quality image in even the best of conditions, it might not be worth considering.
The Pixel 7 Pro has something to prove. When Google unveiled its first-gen Tensor-powered devices last year, many of us were caught up in just how affordable the Pixel 6 was. $600 for a flagship is still largely unheard of, and there’s no doubt that the Google Pixel 7 will grab just as much attention. With such a large price gap between the two phones, it seemed like the choice was obvious: most people should grab the cheaper model.