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A couple days we ago we told you about some of our favorite Android Youtubers. Included in that list was /r/AndroidGaming’s very own NimbleThor who today shared a video of his very favorite Android games over the past few years. If you’re looking for something new to download and play right now, feast your eyes on these.

Download links are below the video

Best Action Gameplay Experience Best Shooter Gameplay Experience Best RPG Gameplay Experience Best Oldschool / Nostalgia Gameplay Experience Best Strategy Gameplay Experience Best Rogue-like Gameplay Experience Best Multiplayer Gameplay Experience Most Fun Gameplay Experience Best Silly Gameplay Experience Best Casual / Platformer Gameplay Experience Best Impossible Game

If you enjoyed this video and the game selections, head on over to YouTube and subscribe to NimbleThor where he shares Android Game suggestions each weekday. You can also find his /r/AndroidGaming post on this topic right here.

What Android Games are you playing?

Let us know what you’ve recently...

Android is incredibly powerful, but with great power can come great complexity: it’s not easy to unlock the most helpful tasks unless you really know your way around. There are so many hidden Android features that even advanced Android users find themselves stumbling upon new tips and tricks quite often.

But you’ve got to start somewhere, right? This comprehensive Android How To article will explain the first things that every new Android user should do, ensuring you get started on the right foot. These first things will work on mostly any Android phone, but for device specific how-to hints, head over to our Tips & Tricks section.

The most dangerous thing you can do is dive into your Android device thinking you know it all. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert it’s easy to overlook some simple steps that you’ll later regret skipping. That’s why even if you’ve been using Android for quite some time, you may find revisiting these basic steps pretty helpful.

Transfer Data from old phone

You just got your shiny new Android Phone and can’t wait to dive in… but how will you get all the content, photos, videos, text messages, and other stuff from your old phone onto your new phone? We’ve got you covered.

Now that you’ve got your stuff… let’s...

We all know about MKBHD (who just won creator of the decade), the Official Android Channel, and channels for the popular Android blogs, but what other YouTubers are regularly creating amazing content regarding Android? Here are 11 Android-wielding YouTubers worth subscribing to- share your other favorites in the comments!

Sam Bechkam

Although Sam tracks and discusses a wide variety of tech topics, Android seems to be among his favorites. He posts high quality content several times a month and often does roundups of two noteworthy topics: Android Apps of the Month and Best Nova Setups. For the latter he accepts submissions from subscribers and shows off their custom setups in a highlight video. It’s fun to see how different people organize their phone and helpful for finding new layouts and tweaks to try for yourself.

NimbleThor

An avid redditor and staple in /r/androidgaming, NimbleThor focuses specifically on mobile games, uploading game suggestions every single weekday. He’s been consistently publishing new videos for the past year and has no sign of slowing down. In fact, Friday will mark his 1-year anniversary of sharing top Android Game picks on Reddit. To thank his subscribers, he’s publishing a very special and highly-requested video on that day. If you love Android games, NimbleThor is a channel you need to check out.

CooLoserTech

The constant race to reveal the first smartphone that can [insert marketing message] is something we’ve seen over and over again. Whether it be the thinnest smartphone, the smallest bezels, the first with 3D screens, first with a secondary display, or some other “groundbreaking” feature- the perceived push to “be first” is real.

The latest race is in the arena of flexible displays and foldable smartphones. Rumors suggest Huawei is powering full throttle to be the first to market in November. That may or may not be a good thing, for both Huawei and consumers, but you tell us: are you eager to try/buy a smartphone with a flexible and/or foldable display?

The “race” to achieve this feature has been a marathon and there are plenty of participants. Let’s take a look at some milestones along the way:

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There are a lot of smart people discussing digital privacy thanks to the latest Facebook controversy. It was worth discussing before, but this has served as a backlash catalyst with potentially unintended consequences. Before I explain, let me be clear: you shouldn’t download your Facebook history.

There are several pools of dialogue occurring on the Facebook topic. Critics pointing fingers at the clueless old fogies deciding our technological fate (and rightfully so), faithful Facebook users flinging vile insults at Zuckerberg (on Facebook mind you), and lots of smart journalists trying to get to the bottom of things.

Take for example the excellent piece by Brian Chen from the New York Times who was shocked at what he saw after downloading his Facebook history.

When you download a copy of your Facebook data, you will see a folder containing multiple subfolders and files. The most important one is the “index” file, which is essentially a raw data set of your Facebook account, where you can click through your profile, friends list, timeline and messages, among other features.

He went on to discuss the findings within his personal Facebook History:

  • 764 names and phone numbers of everyone in his iPhone’s address book
  • a history of each time he opened Facebook over the last two years
  • locations, like when he was at a hospital two years ago
  • list of roughly 500 brands that had his contact info

This will likely spark an unsettling feeling in your stomach and leave you wondering, “What about me?”...

The United States Senate hearing with Facebook’s Mark Zuckberg is complete- at least round one. Although the primary topic of interest was the Cambridge Analytica scandal, conversational shrapnel flew Google’s way: Android was specifically mentioned three times.

Wondering how often the iPhone was mentioned? It wasn’t. For those keeping score at home: Google was mentioned 10 times, Twitter was mentioned 9 times, Apple was mentioned 3 times, and Amazon- 2. The House of Representatives had their own hearing today and didn’t mention Android or the iPhone by name once with only Google being mentioned briefly in passing.

Combing through the transcript via the Washington Post (Senate/House), here are the bits that mention Android by name.

(1) Facebook collects call/text histories from Android phones?

Facebook Messenger allows users to set the app as the default messaging app across an entire device, meaning you could also use Facebook Messenger to send and receive text messages. Here is US Senator Roger Wicker grilling Zuckerberg on how it uses that call and text history:

WICKER: Is it true that — as was recently publicized, that Facebook collects the call and text histories of its users that use Android phones?

ZUCKERBERG: Senator, we have an app called Messenger for sending messages to your Facebook friends. And that app offers people an option to sync their — their text messages into the messenging app, and to make it so that — so basically so you can have one app where...

We’ve seen an almost exponential increase in quality of mobile games over the past few years and some of the recently released games on Android in 2018 are must-downloads.

We’ve collected 10 of the best new Android games released so far in 2018 that you should download and check out right now. Here they are (in no particular rank order):

PUBG Mobile


Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is a game every Android player should try. It’s free and offers a taste of the most popular battle royale game on the planet, and supports 100 players just like its desktop big brother. Google Play link.

Space Marshals


Space Marshals is a top-down shooter that blends elements of retro science fiction and western, with a gorgeous cell shaded look that reminds us of Team Fortress 2. Google Play link.

Slayaway Camp

Tonight’s final question in HQ Trivia is one that every Android lover should have easily answered correctly: which has NOT been the name of an Android Operating System?

Vote in the poll to guess (aka state the obvious) and leave your answer/opinion in the comments. Anyone who got 11 answers right and that 12th one wrong? Clearly an iPhone person. Am I right?

Sadly I was playing on my friend’s iPhone (hence the screenshot) and lost on the weenie dog question (that’s what I get?)!

Google has become a daily part of most people’s lives. Whether Gmailing, Google searching, Google Mapping, or watching a Youtube video- Google’s most popular products have weaved themselves into the fabric of our culture. But what about Google’s lesser known apps?

You might be surprised to learn that Google has 160 Android Apps on the Google Play Store, many of which you probably never knew existed. We compiled a full (yet compact) list, sorting the results by rating volume (ascending) to help surface the lesser known apps.

My personal favorite is Jamboard: an app for Google’s tech-infused whiteboard that you can buy right now for $5,000.

You’ll see a lot of apps that are pre-installed on devices or apps intended only for internal use, but there are also some gems that might surprise you which we’ve placed in bold. You might not be able to download them (depending on your devices) but it’s fun to see everything that Google has on its Android plate (in addition to Android itself, of course).

Here are all 160 Google Apps with their rating count in parenthesis:

  1. Voice Access (1) – for users with difficulty operating a touch screen
  2. Android TV Remote Service (1) – for use with Android TV Remote
  3. Android TV Home (2) – home screen and launcher for Android TV devices
  4. Android TV Core Services (3) – support package for Android TV devices
  5. Local Services ads...

The FCC can be a great tipster for predicting the future of electronic devices and they just gave us a solid glimpse at what appears to be a brand new… something from Google. It looks like a Chromecast on steroids, has an Android TV styled remote (with Google Assistant button), and is adorned with a giant “G” Google logo in several places.

You can even download the user manual (PDF link) which shows a nice graphic of the remote:

And full specs:

But wait: no USB Type-C? Hmmm… That’s odd.

Today is a big day for Facebook and its users as the company will begin notifying 87 Million people if they were targeted in the Cambridge Analytica incident.

Beginning today, when you log into the Facebook app, you may see a section similar to the above on your news feed. In addition to suggesting you update 3rd party app connectivity, Facebook will disclose if you were affected by Cambridge Analytica’s improper sharing of information of your data. We’re not sure if this notification will roll out over hours, days, or weeks- but keep on the lookout.

Facebook has come under incredible scrutiny for their role in helping political interest groups target Facebook users with propaganda-filled messages and what we’ve come to know as #FakeNews. It’s an odd place for Facebook to be since their ability to allow advertisers to deeply target very precise groups based on personalized criteria make it one of the most powerful advertising platforms the world has ever seen. Legalities aside, many people are reconsidering how or if they’ll continue using Facebook including Elon Musk who abruptly deleted Facebook accounts for both Tesla and SpaceX.

Here’s what you should do next:

  • Keep your fingers crossed.
  • Log into Facebook if you dare.
  • Update your 3rd party app...

If you haven’t tried making payments with your phone via Google Pay, now might be a good time to dip your toes in: you’ll get $10 for free if you make 5 separate purchases and can earn an additional $100 for referring friends to Google Pay (10 referral max at $10 each). The offer ends on May 15th but you’ll only have 30 days to complete your 5 purchases if you start before April 15th.

You can pay with Google in apps such as Airbnb and Instacart and a wide variety of retailers including (but not limited to) McDonald’s, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Walgreen’s, Meijer, Subway, Panera Bread, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Starbucks.

To get the offer simply sign into the Google Pay app from your Android Phone and opt-in to the campaign which should display front and center. You may find it’s a location and/or account specific opportunity- let us know. You can also find the full promotional rules here.

Are you an avid Google Pay user? Have you tried it but never made it a habit? Let us know in the comments!

So, guys, the OnePlus 6 will have a notch. We’ve seen it in leaks before, but we didn’t know whether that would actually come to pass.

Read: OnePlus 6 leaked with wood finish

That is, until company man Carl Pei decided to just confirm the details himself, even going as far as sending The Verge a shot of the phone and its cute little notch.

He also felt the need to defend the thing, noting how it adds more screen real estate where a bezel would have been otherwise. It’s a good point, because if that was just going to be a typical thick bezel then why wouldn’t you want more room to work with?

Functionally speaking, it’s growing on us. (Or, at the least, some of us are going to simply tolerate it.) But we still can’t shake the feeling that the notch wouldn’t have been so ubiquitous if not for Apple jumping on the board. Call Sharp and Essential the first all you want, but Apple clearly blazed the trail.

Since the launch of the Pixel 2, the device has been regarded as having the best smartphone camera. In side-by-side comparisons, the Pixel 2 has beat out the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the HTC U11+, the iPhone X and even Samsung’s latest Galaxy S9.

The Pixel 2’s secret sauce lies in its HDR+ image processing which captures multiple images to produce a single shot that’s sharper, brighter and more vivid. On top of that, the Pixel 2 also use AI rather than a second sensor and lens to capture portrait-style photos with a digitally blurred background. And it can do it with both the main and front-facing cameras.

Many people buy new smartphones each year so they can have the best camera experience possible. But if you’re happy with the phone you have now, there’s a chance that you could get the Pixel 2’s camera experience on your phone simply by installing a modified version of its camera app.

All you have to do is download the APK to your device, install it and start taking pictures. You get all of the major features that Pixel 2 users have, including HDR+ and Portrait Mode support with both cameras.

Download the Google Pixel 2 camera apk

The Pixel 2’s camera app does not work on all devices. For the most part, the APK is compatible with...

Yesterday, Huawei officially unveiled its latest flagship lineup of devices with the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. However, the company didn’t just stop there, as the Porsche Design Mate RS was also unveiled to the world.

You may remember a rumor that stated that Huawei was working on an unknown device with 512GB of storage. Well, it turns out that the PD Mate RS is that device, as there is a storage option allowing for up to 512GB of onboard storage.

The PD Mate also features a 6-inch OLED display panel, while being powered by the latest Kirin 970 chipset and 6GB of RAM. There are two storage options, 256GB or 512GB, and Huawei has also included a 4,000mAH battery.

In addition to being the first smartphone to feature 512GB of storage, the PD Mate RS is the first in another category. Surprisingly, Huawei has packed a fingerprint scanner into the display of the device, along with featuring a more-standard rear-mounted scanner.

This is rather impressive, as it...

It was only a few months ago Huawei launched their flagship Mate 10 series around the globe. The launch was stifled a bit after US carriers and some retailers began withdrawing their support (thanks to pressure from the US government) but the Chinese OEM is back with their other flagship line, the now official Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.

We’ve seen plenty of these devices over the last few weeks thanks a constant influx of leaks and while there aren’t too many surprises here, the phones are jam packed with so many features, they’re certainly worth your attention.

Design-wise, the P20 screams premium with shiny metal frames sandwiched in between planes of glass. Yes, the phones feature the already tired iPhone X-like notch up top with Huawei making improvements to this design quirk with a slightly more narrow notch.

Oddly enough, there’s front facing fingerprint sensors as well and while specs are pretty similar across both devices, the P20 Pro features a few extra benefits like more storage, extra RAM, and a third camera for 3x optical zoom. That 40MP shooter? While you can shoot with all 40, by default the phone will combine the data from four adjacent pixels into one, creating a 10MP...

I wasn’t much interested in Amazon’s Subscribe & Save system when it launched, despite its promise to save money on products you already buy regularly (and 15% off if you have 5+ subscriptions). My complaints were two fold:

  1. I thought packages would get stolen from my doorstep
  2. I thought I’d buy more stuff than I need

All that has changed. Thanks to Amazon Key I’m able to receive subscription packages into my house – whether I’m home or not – and can completely disregard the days and times that deliveries occur. With that logistical city-centric nightmare out of the way, I was able to reframe how I think of Amazon subscriptions.

Do you actually save?

I’m now using Amazon Subscriptions in three distinct ways:

  1. to regulate things I buy or use too much
  2. to remind me of things I need to buy but always forget
  3. to refresh things I don’t need but that make me feel so fresh and so clean clean

The real key here is saved time and convenience, not saved money. As Subscribe & Save critics will rightfully point out, directly comparing prices to local retailers shows Amazon savings are negligible if not more expensive. But ask yourself one question: how often do you go to the store for 1 or 2 things and end up getting a shopping cart, basket full, or at least an extra item you didn’t need?

Amazon Subscriptions also save you money by completely avoiding the possibility...

Let’s get “Back to the Future” of Phandroid.

It’s been 3 strange months since I announced Phandroid was for sale and many of you asked for updates as the situation developed. Before I spill the beans on where the site is going, I want to shed some light on how we got here.

Keeping up with Blogdashians

Android was announced in 2007 to very little fanfare and few people thought Google would be successful with the platform. In that first year (leading up to the T-Mobile G1) there were zero devices; speculation, rumors, and developers drove the interest. Android coverage was few and far between but I tried to share every little morsel I could find with our steadily growing readership.

There was a tectonic shift in momentum when Verizon launched the Motorola Droid. Phandroid quickly went from one guy digging through the depths of the internet hoping to find nuggets of info, to a team of bloggers trying desperately to keep up with a torrential downpour of daily Android news. Over time the habit of “covering the news” became our identity and ironically the self-imposed task of “keeping up” left us constantly feeling behind.

Competitors grabbed for SEO plays, successfully sludging along with zillions of “How to take a screenshot” styled articles… so we did too. The rise of social media motivated publishers to prioritize clickbait, promote conflict, and sensationalize headlines… so we dabbled in that. Let’s not discount the handful of amazing content producers who...

After a long wait, users of unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices in the US will finally be updated to the new Android 8.0 Oreo update. Various carriers – including AT&T and Verizon – have pushed S8 Oreo updates and now (finally), US-based users with unlocked phones get to do the same.

The update weighs in at 1354 MB and also includes Samsung Experience 9.0 among other things.

Get to tapping to see if you can force an update and let us know in the comments if you’ve got it successfully downloaded. If you’ve got any questions, head on over to the Galaxy S8 Forum or the Galaxy S8 Plus Forum for more!