Android Basics: How to send an alert to your Google Trusted Contacts

With the debut of Google’s latest application, Trusted Contacts, users can now share their exact GPS coordinates with friends and family members in case they are ever in danger or need assistance. Thankfully, once the application has been configured properly, there is a quick and easy way to send out an alert with your location to all of your trusted contacts…
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Android Basics: How to enable landscape home screen on Google Pixel

Android is flexible and customizable, but sometimes the sheer number of options you have can be a bit overwhelming — even with a device that’s relatively simple and user-friendly like the Google Pixel. One of the many Google Pixel features you might not know how to enable is the landscape home screen, so read on for a quick walkthrough…

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LG Watch Style Review: Android Wear for those who want the basics done well [Video]

Smartwatches tend to range from incredibly basic, offering not much more than just notifications, to supercomputers that have everything built-in while also making the watch big and bulky. Ultimately, the smartwatch that most customers want is one that lands somewhere in between these two categories. The LG Watch Style is an Android Wear 2.0 device that resides more on the basic side of the spectrum but at least it does the basics extremely well…

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Google introduces the Android Basics Nanodegree, a set of Android dev courses for novices

Google and Udacity have today announced the Android Basics Nanodegree, a new program to help people — namely, those with no previous development experience — learn the basics of creating applications for Android. The series of courses is developed by Udacity in collaboration with Google and allows students to work within the Android Studio at their own pace…

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Android Basics: How to turn on and adjust Night Light settings on the Google Pixel

One of the trends in today’s technology is the ability to remove the blue tints from the screens that we are staring at all day long. The reason for this is partially because studies have shown that we have a hard time falling asleep after our eyes have been subject to the blue light. With Android 7.1 shipping on the Pixel, Google has included a feature called Night Light which will tint the screen red and cut out some of the harmful blues…

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Android Basics: How to enable the app drawer on the Huawei Mate 9

In the past, one of the biggest complaints about EMUI — Huawei’s skinned version of Android — is the fact that it didn’t have an application drawer and would litter homescreens with app shortcuts. The only way to gain an app drawer was by installing a third-party launcher. Thankfully, with the release of EMUI 5.0 on Huawei’s Mate 9, there is a setting that can enable a native app drawer without requiring you to download anything…

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Android Basics: How to sideload an APK

Android applications are made up of many different files which are then compressed into a format called ‘APK.’ Typically, developers then upload these files to the Google Play Store and then users can download them. This usual method hides all of the technical work in the background.

Sometimes, though, you might want to install an app that isn’t in the Play Store. The steps below will walk you through the process of setting up your device to install APKs…

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