About Daniel Allen
Daniel writes guides, explainers, and technology news. He especially likes deep diving into niche topics that require more than scratching the surface. He's been writing in newspapers, magazines, and blogs for over 20 years writing hard news, entertainment, and science stories. When not writing he enjoys reading science fiction, playing music, and raising a rambunctious toddler. The devices you'll find him using every day are his Pixel 4a, Acer 311 Chromebook, and Amazon Fire HD 10. As soon as he saves up some money he's getting a 3D printer.
Share your love of Comic Sans with the world
Smartphones are personal objects. We carry them around all day and use them to manage the minutiae of our lives via calendars, contacts, and social media. Even if you buy a new phone every year, you at least arrange your apps or use a unique background, but why stop there? Why not change the font as well?
Adaptive Brightness is awful, but a quick reset may save your from dreaded screen blasts
The Adaptive Brightness feature can be found on smartphones and the top Android tablets. It automatically adjusts your screen's brightness based on the ambient lighting conditions. Ideally, it makes reading on your phone in different lighting conditions easier, and as a bonus, it can help you conserve the phone's battery life.
Not only will your kids have fun with these games, but you'll also get some quiet time
As the mobile game market has matured, developers have become savvy at using psychological tricks to exploit us into playing one more game or spending one more dollar. Normally, among informed adults, this kind of behavior isn't a problem: capitalists are going to capitalize. But when it comes to games for children, a higher standard must be set. To that end, we've put together a list of some of the best kid-friendly games on the Play Store. Whether you're looking for Android games appropriate for four-year-olds or want to dig up a few tablet games worthy of your Fire Tab, Android Police has you covered.
YouTube is more than a repository of Minecraft videos. It's also a flourishing social media network. There are no clear statistics about how many comments people leave on YouTube, but it's a lot. Around 100 million people engage with YouTube videos every week through likes, shares, and comments. Normally, this is a good thing for content creators and consumers, but there is a dark side to YouTube comments in the form of comment spam.
One of the greatest accomplishments of the internet is the ability to connect with other people around the world (we recommend connecting with a quality Chromebook). Along with that connection comes the ability to communicate and exchange digital information and files. In the 80s, this exchange occurred by logging in to a host computer and initiating a file transfer over a dial-up connection.
Straightforward but impossible in the app
The online streaming landscape is becoming increasingly competitive, and Netflix is no longer the clear leader in the industry. Despite gaining over two million subscribers over the summer last year, the online media giant was likely rattled by seven-digit subscriber losses earlier in 2022, leading to the cancelation of a host of shows and the closure of its animation department.
Google Docs is an ideal tool for writing in the cloud, but you'll probably want to save or export your document at some point. Whether you want to attach it to an email, print a physical copy, or convert it to another format, you'll need to know how to save and export.
Who needs Spotify when you've got these YouTube workarounds?
There's no question that YouTube offers the largest collection of streaming audio and video content in the world. It would take 82 years to watch everything that's uploaded in one day (try watching some of it on one of these awesome tablets!). That content can be broadly categorized into two groups: content you actively engage in, like tutorials and recipes, and content you passively engage in, like playlists and podcasts on your favorite Android device.
The revolution wrought by smartphones has been something of a mixed blessing. On one hand, you have kids stealing cars for TikTok likes, and on the other, you have genuinely useful apps making your life subtly better (much like these amazing camera phones can help you take better photos). One of those apps is Google Wallet which lets you securely digitize many of the cards in your wallet as well as tickets to concerts and sporting events.
Whether you enjoy it or not, there's no denying that YouTube has been one of the greatest gifts of all time to autodidacts. Whether you want to learn how to play the guitar or fix your toilet, there's a slew of YouTube videos just waiting to help you (and we have some amazing phones for you to watch them on).
From genre mashups to classic tables, there’s something for everyone on the Play Store
Modern pinball has been around since the 1940s when Gottlieb hit upon the idea of adding flippers to its popular tables. What began as simple electromechanical novelties made up of switches and levers has evolved into computer-controlled marvels with complex tables and full-color video.
Looking for an edge to last longer? Try unlocking a few of the game's secrets to reign supreme
One of the reasons for the continued success of the retro-inspired Vampire Survivors is the abundance of unlockable content. Initially, only a few stages, items, characters, and weapons are available, but as you tear through the waves of monsters, you'll unlock an arsenal of weapons and items and a small army of characters to help you plow through the infernal hordes, all of which makes this one of Android's best games. And while you're at it, you might as well play on a top-tier Android gaming phone if you don't already own one.
Someday, you might change your mind about which cards you want to give Amazon access to
Amazon is one of the world's largest retailers, offering everything from groceries to budget-friendly Fire tablets. If you shop online, there's a good chance you bought something from the mega-retailer at one point or another. But if you want to shop at Amazon, you'll need to have a credit or debit card attached to your account. And with weddings, Amazon Prime Day, and the holidays just around the corner, you'll want to make sure your payment details are up-to-date.
Not too long ago, setting up your TV was a simple affair involving a handful of cables and perhaps a visit from the cable company. But with the growing ubiquity of smart TVs and the massive growth in popularity of streaming services, setting up your TV today also involves logging in to your Wi-Fi and Netflix accounts. Although Samsung's Tizen operating system dominates the smart TV space, Android TV is on its heels. Let's look at how to get that up and running, so you can bask in the best the online entertainment world offers on the big screen in your living room.
Everything you need to know to not get lost in your own city
When it comes to mobile city builders, there's no doubt that Pocket City is one of the best Android games around. But rather than resting on his laurels, creator Bobby Li has been hard at work crafting the follow-up to the surprise 2018 hit. After over two years of development, Pocket City 2 is finally here and ready to play on your favorite Android phone or tablet. If you're a Pocket City veteran, you should be able to jump right in (although there are plenty of new features to keep you busy), but if you're new to the city-building genre in general, we've put together a handy guide to get you started.
You're a hacker, Harry!
You've probably heard the name GitHub tossed around in various corners of the internet. With the rise in access to free programming resources across the web, you likely know what GitHub is and may have an account. But beyond the base service that GitHub offers is an array of functionality that can improve your experience on the site and the experience of others that come to your repository. If you want to improve your experience while coding, check out these Chromebooks.
What the heck is an unhandled exception, and what can be done about it?
When it comes to computers, whether they’re on your desk or in your hand, nothing is more frustrating than when your favorite Android game or app crashes. Hours of progress can be lost in an instant, forcing you to replay the same tedious or difficult sections again, or worse, you could lose some important work for your day job. So what can you do if you’re trying to get important things done but your phone keeps crashing (besides upgrading to an awesome gaming phone)?
Our top character picks to confront hordes of enemies and come out alive
When it comes to the best bullet-hell roguelite games available on Android, Vampire Survivors stands above its competition, not just for being the inspiration for numerous imitators but for being among the best in its execution and presentation.
How to look beyond the basic smartphone camera specs
Cameras are complex instruments with complicated components that work in concert to create an image. Even though these components (and their specifications) play a critical role in determining the ultimate quality of an image, the only tech spec that gets any lip service in marketing literature is the megapixel count.
Manage your images with ease
Google Photos is the most convenient photo management app for Android users. Photos are automatically synced between all supported devices, so you can take a photo on your phone and it appears on your Google Assistant-compatible smart home device in minutes. The app contains many helpful features, but these can be easily missed.We rounded up these helpful tips and tricks so that you can use Google Photos to its fullest potential. But if you're frustrated with what Google Photos offers, try these alternative photo management apps.