Google says Android 12 will better support third-party app stores

Don’t like the Google Play Store and Google’s policies for how developers can use it to distribute their apps? Then you don’t have to use it. One of the differences between Android and iOS is that Google officially lets users (or phone makers) install third-party app stores, while Apple does not. Now Google says the […]

How to install Fortnite on Android (now that it’s gone from the Play Store)

The developer of the wildly popular battle royale game Fortnite launched their own battle against Apple and Google this week. In a well-orchestrated series of moves, Epic intentionally broke the rules of the App Store and Google Play, which resulted in Fortnite being kicked out of both stores… and in response Epic file lawsuits against […]

How to disable Android auto app updates from the Google Play Store (for all apps or just some)

Automatic Android app updates are usually a good thing. Developers can make new features, bug fixes, or other changes available to users by uploading a new version of their app to the Google Play Store and most Android phones and tablets will download and install those updates automatically. But there are a few reasons you […]

Daily Deals (11-27-2019)

With many Black Friday deals going live a bit early, you can already save on smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other devices. Looking for some games and digital media to fill up those devices? Those are on sale too — The Microsoft Store is running deals on games, movies, and TV shows. Steam and the Humble […]

Huawei’s new phones cost up to $2300, ship without Google Play

Huawei’s latest smartphones feature impressive hardware, design, and software. But one thing they don’t feature? Google Mobile Services. While Google’s Android operating system is open source, the company’s Google Mobile Services which includes Search, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, and the Google Play Store are not. And due to US trade restrictions, Huawei wasn’t able to […]

Amazon’s 2019 Fire 7 tablet can be rooted, unlocked, and more

Amazon updated its entry-level Fire 7 tablet this year with a new model sporting a faster processor and twice as much storage as its predecessor. But two things haven’t changed. First, prices for Amazon’s Fire 7 tablet still start at $50 (or less during one of Amazon’s frequent sales). And second, the 9th-gen Fire 7 […]