Tag: Gizmodo

Google Bans “Sugar Daddy” Apps From the Play Store

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) You probably wouldn’t expect to find references to “sugar daddies” in Google’s policy updates, but this week that’s exactly what...

Android Auto Beta Now Open to All, but Be Careful

Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo If you drive a car that supports Android Auto, Google has opened a beta tester program to try the new features before everyone...

This Chromebook Bug Locks Users Out of Their Laptops

Folks were logged out of their Chromebooks because of a typo on Google’s end.Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo Typos can be pretty embarrassing, but in...

Eligible Smartwatches Can Upgrade to Wear OS 3 in 2022

The Moto360 smartwatch is one of many that run on Snapdragon Wear 3100Photo: Victoria Song/Gizmodo After Google and Samsung announced they were partnering to build...

Verizon Finally Embraces RCS, Now the Lone Holdout Is Apple

Verizon will make its Android Messages app the default in 2022, though its own Messages app will also get RCS implementation. Photo: Florence Ion /...

Use This Tool to Check Your Phone for NSO Group’s Spyware

Photo: JACK GUEZ / AFP (Getty Images) If you’ve been watching the news this week you may have heard something about the NSO Group, an...

Windows 11 Might Let You Sideload the New Android File Format

Will they or won’t they support Google’s new app bundles?Image: Microsoft Amazon has officially confirmed that it is working on supporting the new Android App...

Wear OS Apps Just Got Easier to Download

Photo: Victoria Song/Gizmodo While the next generation of Google’s Wear OS smartwatch platform has been the focus of a lot of buzz lately, the company announced today...

Android TV Is Getting Improved Recommendations and a Watchlist

Image: Google Since the release of Chromecast with Google TV, Google has been updating Android TV with a number of the fancier features available on...

7 Cool Pixel Features You Can’t Get on Other Android Phones

Photo: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo The Google Pixel series of phones hasn’t really caught the imagination or attracted the sort of sales in the same way that...

MAGA-branded ‘Freedom Phone’ Is a Major Security Hazard

Screenshot: YouTube/YourVoice Network, Inc Be it Parler, Gab, or GETTR, recent times have seen no shortage of dollar-sign-eyed entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on conservative America’s...

The Third Android 12 Beta Is Available Today

Screenshot: Google The development of Android 12 appears to be progressing like clockwork, because just over a month after Google released its second Android 12...

Android 12’s New Gaming Features Are Finally Catching Up

Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo As the launch day for Android 12 rapidly approaches, so does Google’s announcements about upcoming features to get people excited about the update....

5 Reasons to Turn On Android’s Developer Mode

Screenshot: Android Hidden away in the main Android Settings menu is a secret set of tools called Developer options that gives you access to all...

Walmart’s Onn FHD Streaming Stick Is Like a Cheaper Chromecast

The Onn FHD Streaming Stick is a seriously nice device for just $25.Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo For as much as we wring our hands over Amazon...

Test Your Android Phone’s Water Resistance With This Handy App

Test your Android phone’s relative water resistance with an app from the Play Store. Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo Today I learned that you can test the...

Google Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Brought By 36 States and Washington, D.C.

Photo: JOSH EDELSON / Stringer (Getty Images) Google’s Android app store is the subject of an antitrust lawsuit brought by 36 states and Washington, D.C....

Getting Your iPhone Near This Cursed Network Breaks Its Wifi

Photo: Noah Berger / AFP (Getty Images) A security researcher and his iPhone’s wifi have gotten strangely familiar with Murphy’s law in the past few...

These Nine Android Apps May Have Stolen Your Facebook Password

Photo: Lionel Bonaventure (Getty Images) Google has kicked nine Android apps with more than 5.8 million combined downloads off its Play Store after researchers discovered...

Google Seems to Be Closing the Borders on Its Play Store

The new Android App Bundles will have a .aab file extension. Image: Google Google will start imposing a change that would clamp down on the...

No Google Apps Means Endless Issues

The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is a seriously gorgeous piece of hardware, despite its slightly plastic back.Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo Huawei has had a bumpy road...

Shield TV Owners Are Pissed About the Banner Ads in Android TV

Image: Nvidia Nvidia’s Shield TVs are some of the best streaming video boxes on the market, but following a recent update to Android TV, Shield...

Windows 11 Will Let You Sideload Android Apps

Android apps on Windows 11 can be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore or sideloaded from other sources.Image: Microsoft When Microsoft introduced Windows 11 this week,...

Android Apps on Windows 11 Could Put Apple’s Seamlessness on PC

Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 via the Amazon Appstore.Image: Microsoft Windows is my desktop operating system. It’s what I’ve been using all...

Jio Announces Ultra-Affordable Jio Phone Next With 4G for India

Image: Jio/Google While carriers in the U.S. are racing to add 5G coverage to their networks, today India’s largest wireless provider announced a new device...