Things shouldn’t be so hard when driving
Android Auto makes it easy to get your infotainment essentials in a range of cars without fiddling with the settings or learning how to use a new user interface when switching vehicles. It integrates seamlessly with many in-vehicle head units, and lets you use your favorite navigation software and media apps while driving. For the most part, it's a great experience because the best Android phones are compatible and don't require additional software. Android Auto also integrates natively with Google Assistant to help while driving and to provide recommendations to make your ride smoother and help you keep your eyes on the road.
Developers shouldn’t have to dread yearly OS updates anymore thanks to the new Android SDK Upgrade Assistant
Google is kicking off its annual with a welcome lineup of updates, new development libraries, and enhanced tooling. This year's big talking points feature Jetpack Compose, Material Design 3, and Android Studio Flamingo, but most of the individual form factors are also making appearances.
Put your feet up with a few relaxing mobile games
Mobile gaming is great for playing on the go, but the Android store offers more than high stakes and intense gameplay loops. Seeing as it's getting colder outside, you might be in the mood for something slow, calm, and contemplative. Well, AP feels the same way and is here to recommend some to get you through the cold months. Hope you like low-intensity gameplay and soothing soundtracks.
Not only will your kids have fun with these games, but you'll also get some quiet time
Digging up games for children can be a lesson in aggravation when many mobile games are built to empty wallets instead of offering fun, especially when youngsters are involved. This is why we compiled a list of the best games on Android for kids that won't break the bank while offering tons of enjoyment for any age.
Replay history with these great emulators
History is not always kind to the games we love, and older consoles have become hard to find and prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, emulation software enables Android devices to run classic games with interfaces designed for the best Android phones, so you can revisit some of your favorite games and consoles of years gone by. Of course, you can play some classic titles on your Android, but sometimes there's nothing like the original.
The update packs new features like Match content frame rate and mic and camera privacy toggles
In September 2022, Google announced the $30 Chromecast with Google TV (HD). The streaming stick packs inferior specs compared to its 4K sibling but runs on Android 12. With Google TV on top, the user experience on both Chromecasts is essentially the same, but the cheaper model provides a better user experience in some aspects. Despite multiple significant updates since its release, the 4K Chromecast has continued to run on Android TV 10. That's changing now, as Google has started rolling out its Android TV 12 update.
Great MMOs aren't just on desktop anymore
From classic cross-platform titles like Old School RuneScape to new Android exclusives like Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds, there's an MMORPG for every kind of Android gamer. However, there are a lot of cheap, pay-to-win titles on the Play Store, so it can be challenging to find the gems hidden in the lists.
Google is already scaling back Assistant Driving Mode, marking the true death of Android Auto on your phone
Assistant Drive Mode was a pale imitation, but at least it was more than just a Maps wrapper
If you drive a car without a dashboard display, it's been a rough couple of years. Last year, Google shut down Android Auto for phone screens on Android 12 and beyond, with the app shuttering entirely for all users this year. Earlier this week, we learned Assistant Driving Mode was dropping the Maps card from its dashboard. It made some sense — that specific static card wasn't particularly useful, as it redirected you into the full Maps app — but it turns out that's far from the full story. Today, Google confirmed it's making a much larger change to Assistant Driving Mode: it's shuttering the dashboard view completely.
Or a tablet, we don’t judge
The excitement of getting a new smartphone and seeing the welcome screen for the first time never seems to get old for many of us. Still, the dreaded restoration process which follows afterward manages to take away some of this magic. Even the best Android phones on the market aren't immune to the extra data transfer steps required to restore your new device to a usable state. Google has simplified this process with options such as the built-in data transfer tool and Google One cloud-based backups.
Dust off the mouse and keyboard for these amazing games
Whether you needed a time-kill when waiting in line or during your commute, not too long ago, mobile games were perfect simple distractions. Most of these games required minimal inputs, providing stimulating primary gameplay loops. Today, we have innovative spins on existing genres as a result of constant refinement. Companies are even finding ways to optimize performance to create some of the best phones for mobile gaming.
Choose from a hand-picked selection of the best apps to get healthy
Staying on top of your fitness goals and establishing good habits for a healthier lifestyle isn't always an easy task, which is why we turn to external help from apps. So we reviewed some of the best fitness and health apps available on Android that you can link to your favorite smartwatch to hit the ground running. It's time to stop cheating and take control of your health and fitness with the help of some handy apps. Let's dive in.
A cake-baking game and a new release from Ustwo accompanies the award-winning title
In recent months, Netflix has added plenty of titles to its catalog of subscriber-exclusive mobile games on Android and iOS. All of them may not be fan favorites, but some of them are quality games, and since they are tied to your Netflix subscription, they spare you from annoying advertisements and in-app purchases. Now, October is upon us, and Netflix is adding three more games to its catalog.
Back that chat up
WhatsApp is well known for supporting end-to-end encryption. This type of encryption means that conversations between the sender and recipient cannot be viewed or intercepted by a third party, which makes for a more secure chatting experience on the Meta-owned platform.
Google's Android Auto replacement isn't actually losing any meaningful features
Although it arrived with a promising start, Assistant Driving Mode is a mess. Google's successor to Android Auto for phone screens suffered a delayed launch and a full redesign from what was originally shown on stage in 2019. Without much progress made over the last year, Driving Mode is languishing from a lack of attention or care, desperately needing new features to match fully-fledged services like Android Auto in cars. Now, Google is preparing to remove one of its key elements from the home screen.
Tab groups aren’t just one tab, after all
If you pride yourself on organization in all things, tab grouping in Google Chrome is probably one of your favorite things ever (though if you turn tab groups off, we won't judge). Then again, it feels like the majority of Android users end up opening heaps of tabs on top of each other without a second thought, and only end up engaging with groups by accident. Wherever your felings on them lie, Google is now showing tab groups a little love, as it finally gets smart about how Chrome tallies them up.
Screen readouts will have a clearer voice now
For as complex as modern technology is, we're also in an age where accessibility features are more advanced than ever. Google is among the many companies that has clearly prioritized their development, actively building out plenty of customizable accessibility features. This week, we're learning about text-to-speech (TTS) features getting a major upgrade for most Android devices.
A running list of the best Android games available today
As we all know, the Play Store is useless for discovery, especially when hunting for quality games. That's precisely why we here at AP have taken it upon ourselves to round up the best game currently available on Android. Below you'll find a hand-picked selection of outstanding games that span several genres. So, whether you're interested in competitive shooters or casual puzzlers, you're covered. If you're sick of constantly digging for interesting games to play, you've come to the right place. Don't forget to pick up an awesome gaming phone to really let these titles shine. Enjoy the selection!
It's easier than you think
Gone are the days when a third-party app was necessary to take a screenshot on Android devices. You can now find multiple ways to take a screenshot incorporated into Android on all phones, including the best Android phones. Besides the methods baked into Android, phone manufacturers add other ways to take screenshots in their Android skins. Let's look at the different ways to take a screenshot on most Android phones.
It's gaining an improved dock with shortcuts for your most recent apps
You don't need to look at a calendar to know we're well into autumn — my growing collection of sweaters proves it, too. Despite the turning leaves and early sunsets, Google has yet to give drivers its redesigned Android Auto experience. Promises of a release set for the summer driving season have come and gone, and seemingly, we're no closer to Auto's new dashboard view. It's been so long, in fact, that Google's starting to implement some fresh design changes — even without having shipped this new look.
A new dual-pane option for Spotify and Google Maps has emerged
Google announced a big Android Auto redesign back in May 2022 that would bring a new dashboard view to the car infotainment system, but so far, we haven’t seen the promised revamp in the wild. That’s despite the fact that the redesign was initially expected to roll out “just in time for the summer.” We've seen the new three-pane interface activated via root before, but now, a tinkerer was able to activate a new two-pane view on their Android Auto interface showing Spotify and Google Maps side-by-side.