6 ways to make the most of Android’s Clock app

Who needs an alarm clock when you’ve got your Android phone handy? In the past year or so that I’ve relied on the Clock app on my Nexus 5X, I’ve rarely overslept. Now that I’ve got the hang of the Clock app’s various features and foibles, I’m close to replacing that "rarely" qualifier with a…

Google’s Uptime lets you watch YouTube videos with your friends

As part of Area 120, Google’s initiative for letting employees work on their ideas for apps and startups, a Google employee came up with a great idea for YouTube lovers. Uptime is an app that lets you watch YouTube videos with your friends. You sign in and join your friends in a session that’ll allow…

YouTube is launching a streaming TV service for $35

It’s been a while since we heard rumors about YouTube’s plans to launch a TV streaming service, but now it’s official. YouTube has announced a new streaming service that will mix live TV with online video. Think Sling TV or Playstation Vue. For $35 per month, you’ll get ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and around 30 other…

What those IP ratings like IP68 or IP53 really mean

Waterproof phones are exciting. Instead of dropping your phone in a bowl of rice when you accidentally knock it off the counter and into the sink, you can just dry it off and keep on truckin’. And many of today’s waterproof phones are as waterproof as they can possibly get—they’ve got an IPX8 rating, where…

What makes the Galaxy Note 7 hazardous?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially dead. Samsung has ended production of the phone and it will go down in history as one of the worst tech blunders a major company has ever made. So what makes the Galaxy Note 7 such a defective device? After the first recall, Samsung suggested that the batteries…

Allo 101: how to get started

Allo, the new Google Assistant-infused messaging app has made a big splash. More than 5 million Android users have already downloaded the app and it’s currently one listed as one of the top free app downloads on Google Play. If you haven’t already downloaded Allo, we want to give you an idea of what to expect…

How to turn your PC into an Android computer

Most smartphones these days run on Android, but when it comes to computers, Windows and Mac OS are the dominating players. There have been a handful of Android builds for computers over the past few years, but most of them are hard to install or offer limited functionality which sticks too closely to what we have on…

The Last 5 Free Apps You Need to Manage All Your Cloud Data

So much of your life is now stored in the cloud. Dropbox and Drive have those important documents, Instagram and Google Photos manage your pictures, and other cloud-connected services are full of your data. These different services make it a problem for the regular user. It’s impossible to quickly find that particular file or photo…

Spring cleaning

A few weeks ago, I had replaced the original black back cover with a new white cover. /r/Nexus5/comments/4ms40p/looks_like_new_with_a_new_back_cover/ Yesterday, I did some spring cleaning and now looks like new and it feels like new. cleaned up the micro-USB port because the cable kept falling off. I used a x-cutter to make shards of wooden cocktail…

Google confirms Nougat is Android 7.0 in video

… Google’s official Android YouTube channel just uploaded the video below. Above? A screen capture from it. Android 7.0 Nougat – there you have it. Google revealed the nickname of the latest Android OS earlier this morning along with the mascot you see above. Android 7.0 follows Android 6.0.1, meaning Android 6 never even had…

Android N Dev Preview 3 Comes With Four New Wallpapers [Download]

… The third developer preview of Android N is now in the wild, and there are lots of interesting tweaks to see. Just for fun, Google threw in four new wallpapers along with the standard pink sky image that came with the last two. We’ve got them all ready for download below. All four images are different…