The ultra-powerful successors to some incredible phones
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. Last year's Samsung Galaxy S22 series blew us away with an excellent refined design, solid performance, and the rebirth of the Note series.
A big chunk of savings, no commitment required
It seems like only yesterday the Galaxy S22 Ultra landed in our hands, bringing the Note series back to life in all but name (and, you know, expandable storage). But time endlessly marches forward, and the Galaxy S23 series is right around the corner. After months of leaks and rumors — not to mention an accidental early reveal of this year's date — Samsung's next Unpacked is officially set for February 1st.
Yes, the rumored 200MP camera looks like it will be a major selling point
Earlier this week, Samsung accidentally shared that its next highly anticipated Galaxy Unpacked event will go down on February 1, when the upcoming Galaxy S23 series will be announced. If recently surfaced teaser videos of the phone are anything to go by, at least one of the S23 models could find a spot on our list of the best Android phones, thanks to some seriously upgraded camera hardware.
Android could soon let you convert physical SIM cards and import eSIM profiles
Google just began distributing its Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 release, giving Pixel fans a glimpse of things to come in the March Feature Drop. In addition to 31 new emoji and a feature that lets you force-theme icons on your home screen, this latest version contains code that hints at major quality of life improvements for Android’s eSIM experience.
The 2020 flagship series may pick up One UI 5.1 in the future
Last year, Samsung promised to release up to four generations of Android OS upgrades for its recent Galaxy smartphones, ranging from the Galaxy S22 series to the Galaxy S21 FE and Galaxy Tab S8 lineup. For the Galaxy S20 series, it meant that Android 13 would be its final update, as it was supposed to receive three OS upgrades. The South Korean tech giant appears to be cooking up some surprises for Galaxy S20 owners, as Samsung has been spotted testing a major version of One UI 5 for the 2020 flagship lineup.
Get you classic TMNT fix with Netflix's newest game
Thanks to Netflix Games' end of the year wrap up last month, we learned that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge would be launching on Android sometime in 2023. Well, apparently, we didn't have long to wait, as Netflix Games has just launched the game on the Play Store. Much like every other Netflix Games release, you will need a Netflix account to play, but if you already have one, then you can hit the ground running since there are no extra fees to pay to enjoy the entirety of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge.
The transient taskbar is now easier to access
Google released the second beta for Android 13 QPR2 this week, packing a few subtle UI changes. The update has revised the taskbar usage tutorial, and the UI now defaults to the transient taskbar. Here’s what that means for the average user.
It should have had this years ago
Sling TV spruced up its streaming app in 2021, introducing larger thumbnails for shows and reducing dead space between buttons. More importantly, the service revamped the cloud DVR and channel guide interfaces with new options to bookmark your favorite shows and filter content easily. Perhaps the biggest change was its refreshed home screen, which highlights content recommendations, but something was missing: user profiles. If you live in a multi-user household, the lack of this feature may cause your recommendations to become more cluttered than they should. Sling TV has recently filled this void with the addition of multiple user profile support.
Fulfill your destiny by collecting your favorite Avatar: The Last Airbender characters
Avatar: The Last Airbender caught the world by storm between 2005 and 2008, with the Nickelodeon show amassing all manner of offshoot content like books, movies, and games. Now there's a new mobile title on the horizon, offering collectible characters that span the entire series. We already know it will play as an RPG, where you'll get to explore a living map comprised of four nations in an effort to build the ultimate team. Today, Avatar Generations opens pre-registration, ready for you to signal your interest.
Mineral is making heartier plants with robots and machine learning
Farmers feed the world. But they don't just produce the food we eat; they also release tons of greenhouse gases, making the agricultural industry one of the leading contributors to climate change. It'll take drastic measures to turn things around like switching out staple crops and incentivizing sustainable practices. A small, but important part of the equation, however, is making sure we're able to adapt to the change that's happening. That's where Alphabet, parent of Google, wants to step in.
Use your Android phone safely by sliding it into one of these car mounts
It's unsafe and, in most places, illegal to hold your phone in your hand while driving. The solution is to invest in one of the many car mounts available today. A good phone mount holds your device securely, affixes reliably to your vehicle, and doesn't block any ports or buttons on the phone. Some also offer additional features like articulating arms and even wireless charging.
It now lets you view non-printing characters while editing
Google Docs isn't just one of the most widely used word processors around because it’s available for free with every Gmail account — it's also decently powerful. But while both personal and Workspace users rely on Docs for all their writing needs, there are plenty of diehards out there who still swear by Microsoft Word, pointing to the availability of its more advanced features. Google Docs keeps expanding functionality to narrow that gap, and with this latest addition, it’s even closer to that goal than ever.
Moose meets goose
New year. New you. New dawn. New light. We got any more of these? How about new emoji? The Unicode Consortium published its official list of new emoji back in September. As expected with any major software maintainer, Samsung put up its own designs for Galaxy device owners to use shortly afterward. Now, in 2023, Google's next in the queue and it looks to be drip feeding these fresh symbols to devices on Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.
How soon changelogs will return to the Play Store on the web is still up in the air
The Google Play Store is a window to a vast world of millions of apps for your favorite Android phone. But you will often find Google introducing more bugs to the Play Store than it fixes — it was missing app update notifications some time ago, and it’s disappearing app changelogs now. But it appears that Google didn’t intend to remove app changelogs from the Play Store for the web, and a fix could be just around the corner.
Looking to relax with some peaceful gardening games? You've come to the right place
If you search the word "garden" on the Play Store, you'll find a tidal wave of content that hits basically every genre mobile gaming has to offer, which isn't that surprising. Gardening is a versatile subject that, in game terms, can refer to farming, jungles, vegetation-based hostile turf wars, and more. As one would assume, this theme results in games that look great, especially on quality Android tablets. Some of the best Android games on the Play Store perfect simple gameplay loops independent of theming, something gardening games offer in abundance. Let's dig in!
Amazon hardware for the Amazon ecosystem, but which Fire tablet makes more sense?
They aren't exactly powerhouses, but Amazon Fire tablets are among the most affordable offerings on the market that are actually worth using. They're great for basic stuff like catching up with your favorite shows or answering emails and are especially useful for people who are heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem. 2021 and 2022 saw refreshes of the popular Fire HD 10 and the Fire HD 8 tablets with moderate improvements to hardware and features like faster processors and USB Type-C charging ports, bringing them up to speed with many budget Android tablets. Besides their obvious difference in screen size, there are a few other specs that separate the two.
You can block it and then bother WhatsApp about it
kYou may be asked for your phone number when visiting a store, whether you're there to get something fixed or to purchase something. Then, within seconds of sharing it, you might receive messages from the store on WhatsApp, and some of those may have nothing to do with your recent visit. Why did this happen when the store didn't ask for your consent to deliver updates and ads on WhatsApp? You may have noticed that the employee tablets have the option to toggle it off. However, it curiously stays on by default.
Goodnight, sweet prince
It's been a long run for the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7T. The legendary smartphone range, which included OnePlus' first attempt at a "Pro" device, was launched all the way back in 2019. We're now in 2023, though, and that means those smartphones are turning four this year. All good things must come to an end. If you're still using your OnePlus 7, you might want to replace it already, as its last update is just now rolling out.
Finding downloaded files on your Samsung Galaxy phone is easier than you think
Did you download a file on your Samsung Galaxy phone but can't find it now? Most content you download is usually stored in the Downloads folder of your phone, though it can be a challenge to access it, especially if you haven't opened it before. Check out where you can find the downloads on the best Samsung phones and where they are stored.
Protect your Pixel 6a's OLED screen with these reliable options
The Google Pixel 6a is one of the best budget Android phones of 2023. It comes with the latest and greatest software from Google, a powerful Tensor chip, and solid cameras. And to top it off, its 6.1-inch OLED screen is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and delivers vibrant colors with rich contrast.