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Google Wallet on Android Wants to Replace Your Real Wallet

Google Google revealed this week that it’s revamping how tap-to-pay purchases, card management, and passes work on Android devices. It’s all a bit complicated, but generally sounds like an improvement. Google Pay is already available on Android, which can be used for managing cards for digital purchases and tap-to-pay in stores, sending and receiving money from friends and family, and storing digital versions of some types of cards and passes (e.g. buss passes, rewards cards for retail stores, and so…

Google Explains Your Android Phone’s Broken Notifications

Peter Gudella/Shutterstock.com Not all of the best Android phones and tablets work alike, and some devices have aggressive battery-saving software that can stop background notifications from coming through reliably. The Android team at Google I/O explained this week why that’s an ongoing issue. Modern versions of Android strike a decent balance between extending battery life (by pausing or limiting background tasks) and still staying connected to cloud servers that provide push notifications. However, some manufacturers take that a step further…

Android TV 13 Will Upgrade Picture-in-Picture Mode

Android TV powers many different smart TVs, cable boxes, and some of the best streaming devices, and a customized version called Google TV has appeared on some devices. Google has now shared more information about the next major update, Android TV 13. Google already released an initial beta of Android TV 13 earlier this month, but it wasn’t clear at the time what was actually new. Now we have a better idea of what’s coming to Android on TVs, as…

Samsung Apparently Won’t Redesign the Galaxy Z Flip for 2022

OnLeaks/91mobiles The Galaxy Z Fold and Flip are some of the best Android phones right now, at least in terms of uniqueness. The next Galaxy Z Flip phone just leaked, and despite rumors to the contrary, it looks pretty much exactly like the current Flip. There were a few rumors that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 (which will go without the ‘Z’ in some countries) might have a larger battery, and some were holding out hope for a different folding…

Home Screen Shortcuts Are the Best Android Feature You’re Not Using

The Android home screen is known for being highly customizable. There are third-party launchers, icon packs, and tons of widgets to choose from. But you may not know about one of the handiest home screen features: Shortcuts. What Are Home Screen Shortcuts? There are three things you can add to the Android home screen—app icons, widgets, and shortcuts. App icons simply launch the app, but shortcuts can launch directly to a specific section in the app. They’re super cool. Here…

5 Reasons You Should Switch to Google Phone on Android

Google Android phones are, well, phones at the core. You may not think much about the phone app that came pre-installed, but like many things in Android, it can be changed. You should try the Google Phone app. Google’s phone app—technically called “Phone by Google“—comes pre-installed on Pixel phones. Many other Android devices, including Samsung Galaxy phones, can install it from the Play Store. The app has some handy features you may want to check out. Flip to Silence Gone…

How to Undo Typing on a Samsung Galaxy Phone

mokjc/Shutterstock.com The ability to “Undo” the last thing you typed is something we take for granted on PCs. The iPhone also happens to have a handy undo gesture—and, if you use a Samsung Galaxy phone, you do too. Samsung Galaxy devices include an undo feature along with the Samsung Keyboard. In this context, “Undo” will remove the last few words you typed, not the individual characters. The one downside is you can’t use swipe typing if you enable this feature. First,…

How to Open Notifications With One Hand on a Google Pixel

Gabo_Arts/Shutterstock.com There’s no getting around the fact that the majority of Android phones are very large. The Google Pixel series is not exempt from this trend. Thankfully, they have a handy gesture to make opening the notifications easier. To pull down the notification shade on Android you have to reach all the way to the very top of the screen. As part of the “One-Handed Mode” suite of features, Pixel phones have the ability to actually swipe down on the…

Google Pixel 3a Updates End This Month, It’s Time to Shop for a New Phone

Of all the Pixel phones in Google’s backlog, the Pixel 3a is my favorite. It’s the best affordable phone I’ve ever used, and it remains relatively bug-free by Pixel standards. Unfortunately, Google will no longer offer software or security updates for the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL. It’s time to shop for a new phone. Update, 5/4/22: In a statement to 9to5Google, a Google spokesperson revealed that the Pixel 3a will receive its final update by July of 2022.…

How to Use Google Photos as a Screen Saver on Android

While screen savers may not be as useful on a phone as they are on a PC, Android phones have had them for a very long time. You can use this to turn your phone into a Google Photos digital photo frame. People love the digital photo frame feature on Nest Hubs, but you can do something very similar with any Android device. All you need is the Google Photos app on your device and some albums to display. RELATED:…

Android 13 May Help You Exit Apps Faster Using Predictive AI

Gesture navigation arrived for Android in 2019, and at first, it was pretty confusing. Old-fashioned “back” and “home” buttons are simply more intuitive than swiping between apps. But Google has slowly improved gesture navigation, and in Android 13, it could use AI to help you quickly swipe out of apps. Now, maybe you don’t have any trouble exiting Android apps. The “swipe up” gesture instantly takes you out of whatever app you’re using—unfortunately, a decent number of Android users prefer…

How to Change the Default Phone App on Android

Areef salaeh/Shutterstock.com With everything that phones can do, it’s easy to forget they are phones at the core. On Android, you have the choice to swap your phone (dialer) apps with something else from the Play Store. We’ll show you how to do it. You don’t have to use the stock apps that came with your phone. Google has a phone app that can be installed from the Play Store on most Android phones. There are other third-party options as…