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Android security update tracker, March 2021: Rankings for popular smartphones

Android security update tracker, March 2021: Rankings for popular smartphones

Major updates of Android don't matter as much as they used to. Many components of the operating system are updated through the Play Store, so even if you're on Android 8 or 9, you can still access most of the same apps and features as someone on the latest release of Android 10. However, the security updates that Google releases on a monthly basis are still critical to keeping your phone or tablet safe. Dozens of security flaws are discovered in components of Android each month, which is why Google releases monthly security patches.

Unlike app and API updates, the security patches can't be delivered directly to devices — phone manufacturers have to integrate the changes into their own flavors of Android, and release them as system updates.

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The best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearables for Android (Spring 2021)

The best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearables for Android (Spring 2021)

Android as an ecosystem is lacking any one de facto wearable accessory. Whereas iOS users enjoy exclusive access to the best smartwatch you can buy, we Android loyalists have to do a little research to choose from a staggering number of smartwatches and fitness trackers (and yes, iPhone owners can use these devices, too — but there's not much reason for them to).

But we here at Android Police have done the legwork for you! Here, for your convenience, is a selection of the very best wearables you can get for your Android phone.

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Samsung rolling out February security patch to Galaxy S9 outside the US

Samsung rolling out February security patch to Galaxy S9 outside the US

Even though each Android security update has a specific month in the name, the patches are usually provided to manufacturers a week or two in advance, so phone makers can have the system upgrades ready in time (or not). Samsung has been known to pull the switch before the first day of a given month, and that's happening again for the February 2021 patches.

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Five great looking cases for your Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra

Five great looking cases for your Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra

Whether you're reading this article on a shiny new S21, or you're still waiting for your device to show up at your door, chances are you're going to need a case to protect your investment. Luckily, there are a lot of great options available, as long as you know where to look. These are our top five favorite cases for the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra.

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Samsung’s budget-friendly Galaxy Chromebook 2 is now on sale in the US

Samsung’s budget-friendly Galaxy Chromebook 2 is now on sale in the US

Debuting as part of Samsung’s CES 2021 product lineup, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 feels more like a prequel to the original notebook and not a real successor. That’s mainly because Samsung had to cut a few too many corners to slash the starting price nearly in half, down to $549 this year. More than a month after its unveiling, the convertible Chromebook finally has a release date for the US: March 1. That means you can get one today.

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February security patch arrives on Verizon Galaxy S20 and Note20 series

February security patch arrives on Verizon Galaxy S20 and Note20 series

Samsung kickstarted its February 2021 patch rollout a bit early this time, with the European Galaxy S20 line being the first recipient. Now, these latest Android security updates are spreading to the US, starting with the unlocked Galaxy S20 models and the Note20 Ultra, and more recently followed by Verizon's Galaxy S9 and T-Mobile's Note20 series.

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Get the most out of your Galaxy S21 Ultra with these 10 apps and features

Get the most out of your Galaxy S21 Ultra with these 10 apps and features

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best smartphone I've ever used. Taking all of the good points from last year's S20 Ultra and fixing many of the complaints, this device is an absolute powerhouse. To paraphrase Uncle Ben, with great hardware comes great flexibility, and as such, there are plenty of apps and resources you can use to make the most of your shiny new phone, and here are 10 of our favorites.

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Galaxy S21 review: The long-haul Android phone

Galaxy S21 review: The long-haul Android phone

For folks outside our little bubble, Samsung defines the Android experience. It's far from the only company making Android phones, but it's the biggest and the most successful — those that call non-Apple smartphones "Androids" are usually thinking of Samsung when they say it. This is a responsibility Samsung hasn't always handled well, but times have changed. In a lot of ways, from software updates to value, the company is now leading the charge, and the new $800 Galaxy S21 is a very, very easy phone to recommend.

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How to make your Samsung Galaxy smartphone feel more like a Pixel

How to make your Samsung Galaxy smartphone feel more like a Pixel

I personally love Samsung's One UI, but not everybody wants their Samsung smartphone to feel quite so Samsung. Getting your phone to feel a little more Google and a little less Galaxy is fortunately quite straightforward, both thanks to Android itself and some of the inherent customization features found in One UI. In this guide, we'll show you how to make your Galaxy phone look and feel a bit more Pixel-y. I'll be using my S21 Ultra for this demonstration, but these steps can be used on any Samsung device running One UI 3.0.

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Motorola One 5G Ace review: Not good enough for $400

Motorola One 5G Ace review: Not good enough for $400

Carriers and manufacturers are super excited to sell you a 5G phone, even if there's very little benefit to buying one in 2021. The feature has slowly trickled down to sub-flagship phones, and Motorola recently started selling its cheapest 5G device yet: the Motorola One 5G Ace. At a price of $400, it's competing directly with phones like the Galaxy A71 5G, Pixel 4a, and Pixel 4a 5G.

The Motorola One 5G Ace isn't a terrible phone, but it does fall behind the competition in many areas, all in pursuit of 5G connectivity — something that just isn't that important right now.

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