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Google Wallet on Android Wants to Replace Your Real Wallet

Smartphones May 13, 2022 0 Comments

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…

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Google Explains Your Android Phone’s Broken Notifications

Smartphones May 13, 2022 0 Comments

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…

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

Smartphones May 11, 2022 0 Comments

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…

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5 Reasons You Should Switch to Google Phone on Android

Smartphones May 9, 2022 0 Comments

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…

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How to Undo Typing on a Samsung Galaxy Phone

Smartphones May 5, 2022 0 Comments

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…

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How to Open Notifications With One Hand on a Google Pixel

Smartphones May 2, 2022 0 Comments

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.…

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

Smartphones May 2, 2022 0 Comments

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…

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