If there's one area where Android mobile hotspot tethering has been lacking over the years, it's been in the inability to share your phone's Wi-Fi connection with other devices. Samsung has apparently realized this as well, and has included a nifty little feature on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge which allows you to do just that.
While the idea of re-broadcasting a Wi-Fi connection might seem pointless to some, there are actually some really good use cases for it, the most common and useful of which would probably be in hotels. These days, a lot of establishments may offer free Wi-Fi, but there are frequently paid tiers as well which give you much faster speed. Read More
Did you know that Chrome on Android can handle downloads in two different methods? Before we got this tip, I sure didn't and it took a little investigative work to get to the bottom of this difference. See, there are two ways you can trigger a download in Chrome. One is by clicking on a link that opens the bottom pop-up asking you if you want to save a file (think APK Mirror) and the other is by long tapping on any embedded content (usually media) and selecting save. The first triggers the Downloads app (or Download Manager) from Android, the second triggers Chrome's built-in download manager functionality. Read More
Telegram's Supergroups were introduced back in November to let group admins bump up the member limit of regular groups from just 200 users to 1000. Surely, there's no way anyone would ever need to make a group larger than that, right? Wrong — at least according to Telegram's developers: version 3.7 now supports groups up to a whopping 5000 members. "That's 5 times as good," and it's hard to argue with that logic.
Telegram 3.7 also brings a few other nifty features to Supergroups, including pinned messages that show at the top of the screen, public links so that anyone can join or anonymously browse a Supergroup (trust me, there's no reason why you'd want to join Telegram's public test group), and a handful of tools for group admins like blocking users or deleting messages. Read More
I see you. Yes, you. You've been hanging around AP for months now, reading every article and news story about the sleek and sexy Nexus 6P. You want a 6P, I know, but you've got that nagging problem that you're struggling to overcome – you want the phone, but you just can't pull the trigger until the right deal comes along.
Well my friend, the deal is here. B&H has the Nexus 6P on sale for $50 off the price it sells for at the Google Store. Read More
When you make a voice search or any other voice input on Android, there's a complex process that goes on behind the scenes. Your voice is recorded, transmitted to Google's servers, analyzed and converted into a text string, then either passed on to the relevant web service (like Google Search) or sent back to your device. It's usually almost instantaneous if you have a decent Internet connection, but therein lies its one weakness: you do have to have that connection in order for it to work. The rudimentary offline system (in Android since Jelly Bean) relies on a relatively unsophisticated vocabulary and detection system that's slow and less powerful than the connected version. Read More
Well you can't say they didn't give it a good try. After years of attempting to break into the lucrative tablet market with its own semi-exclusive platform, US bookseller Barnes & Noble plans to halt digital sales on its app and video stores. Diginomica reports that the company will stop sales on March 15th (Tuesday), and that customers who've bought content from either location have until then to download their apps and videos one last time. Connecting Nook Video content to accounts for either Disney Movies Anywhere or CinemaNow will allow customers to retain streaming and download rights on other platforms. Read More
The Android N preview is here, and we're all rather excited about it. (Galaxy S7? G5? Mi 5? What's that?) Android N, even in its primordial preview form, is already showing us tons of new features and changes to the Android OS at large. There are over forty Android N stories on Android Police already, and N has been announced for under a week. And we're still on the first preview. There's a lot going on here.
And there's doubtless more we haven't discovered yet. Changes that will pop up as the N preview continues to update over the next four-plus months, the longest preview of any Android OS release yet. Read More
Samsung's marketing team has been hitting it out of the park recently with funny, memorable commercials highlighting the S7's many cool features. A couple of days ago, they posted three new commercials starring Lil Wayne and Wesley Snipes, and I think they are pretty stellar. I could describe them for you, but I wouldn't wan't to spoil the surprise. Watch them for yourself. Read More
YouTube Gaming is one of the younger entries in the company's ever-expanding stable of apps, but its development team isn't wasting any time implementing new features. The latest update to YouTube Gaming is positively packed with new stuff, none of which is more dramatic than a pop-out video player which can be viewed while using any other app. To try it, press the menu button overlaid on any video, then tap "popout player" (If you're not seeing the option, try force-closing the app and restarting it). Read More
I'm a big fan of Root Explorer for its powerful featureset and no-nonsense user interface. As utilitarian as it is, no one has ever accused it of being, well, pretty. But the latest update to the app, version 4.0 on the Play Store, gives the entire thing a fresh coat of paint. Yeah, it's somewhat overdue, but dedicated users will be happy to see it anyway. "Material Design" is the only entry in the changelog, but to be fair, that's a pretty big change. Read More