About Will Sattelberg
Will is the Phones Editor at Android Police, which means he usually has a dozen different smartphones on his desk at any given time. He covers everything from leaks of your next phone to the components that'll power it. He's got plenty of opinions about the current state of Android phones — thoughts you'll read in his reviews, editorials, and more. You'll also find him writing up our buyer's guides, where he hopes to help shoppers make the right choice in their next phone. Will appears on the Android Police podcast, where he occasionally taunts his co-hosts with bad opinions about smartwatches and charging cables, and writes AP's weekend polls. In his spare time, he produces podcasts, rewatches the same 37 films, and pretends not to have a never-ending backlog of video games. He lives in Buffalo, NY and is willing to give you chicken wing recommendations at any time. Just ask.
What was their first phone?
My first phone — of any kind — was the Moto Razr v3, which I eventually lost on a school bus. My first smartphone was the infamous HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon's first, very bad, 4G LTE device.
The future of gestures on Android is here. Here's how to use it
Android 14 is full of new features, most found behind the scenes. A couple of years after Google gave us a new look for our favorite smartphones with Material You, the last two upgrades have focused on upgrading elements you might not think about every day. Security, privacy, and speed are three aspects that Android 14 excels at, but Google didn't stop there. A new addition to gestures could change how you think about swiping between apps on your new Pixel 8 Pro, but you need to activate predictive back gestures to see it in action.
Curious what makes Qualcomm's latest flagship SoC tick? Here's what's under the hood
These days, if you have one of the best Android flagships around, it's probably powered by one of two mobile chipsets: Google's in-house Tensor series, or a Snapdragon 8 SoC. As much as we love the Google Pixel 8 Pro, Qualcomm has been absolutely destroying this space lately, pushing ahead of the competition over the last year and looking to do it again with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Curious what makes this chipset tick? Here's everything you need to know about Qualcomm's latest launch.
The Google Pixel 8 series made its debut in October 2023 and sports some incredible ML features
Google makes some of the best Android phones around, and with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, the company has managed to repeat history. With Made by Google 2023 now in the rearview mirror, we're looking at a pair of devices that improve on the tech giant's powerful — yet flawed — 2022 lineup in nearly every way. In fact, as our reviews found, this year's Pixel lineup is one of the best yet.
One less way to feel the burden of ecosystem lock-in
It's a busy year for Qualcomm. In addition to announcing its new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC today — the chipset that will be found in the majority of Android flagships over the next twelve months — the company also unveiled Snapdragon Seamless, a new cross-platform initiative that looks to turn its silicon into a vast product ecosystem. With Qualcomm making another major play for the Windows market, it seems like the next couple of years could see your smartphone, PC, and much more able to communicate with each other like never before.
Going head-to-head with the Pixel on Google's home turf
Looking back at this year's crop of excellent Android smartphones, it's easy to see how Qualcomm has dominated. While Google struggled to get its Tensor G2 chipset to meet modern efficiency standards, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 built on its predecessor's legacy with impressive performance and long-lasting battery life. Now, on the back of a breakthrough partnership with Samsung — and with Google looking to impress with its recently-launched Tensor G3 — Qualcomm has returned with a new SoC for 2024.
It might not work with Android, but Apple continues to place its claim on my wrist
Allow me to let you in on a little secret. Despite the fact that my position as the Phones Editor of an Android-focused website means I'm almost always carrying an Android phone (or two, or three) in my pockets, my wrist is usually adorned with an Apple Watch. After more than half a decade across three different Android wearables — dating back to the first-gen Moto 360 — I first picked up the Apple Watch Series 5 in 2020, finally giving in after Google seem bored with its own platform.
Smart speakers are one thing, but what about the device that's always in your pocket?
Can you feel that? It's the mobile industry slowly preparing to leave Techtober behind for another year. Sure, the next two months are jam-packed in their own way — Best Buy is starting its Black Friday deals before you'll hand out a single piece of Halloween candy — but this year's crop of smartphones are announced and, for the most part, stocked in stores. As the Phones Editor here at Android Police, let me tell you: it's a relief.
Samsung's next flagship lineup will be here before you know it
Although the Samsung Galaxy S23 series remains some of the best Android phones you can buy right now — particularly the massive Galaxy S23 Ultra — it's easy to look ahead at what's next. Samsung recently announced two new folding phones, including the massive Galaxy Z Fold 5. But if you're uninterested in foldables, the Galaxy S24 series is the company's next set of incoming flagships, set for release early next year.
Not sold on the Pixel 8? Google's next midrange phone might be for you
With one Google Pixel launch out of the way, it's time to start looking forward to the future. And while we're sure there's plenty on the table for Google's future hardware lineup — new tablets, smartwatches, foldables, you name it — there's one device we know for sure is on its way. The Pixel 8a is set to succeed this year's Pixel 7a, and assuming it gets the same attention and care we recently saw with the Pixel 8, it could be one of the best budget phones of 2024.
Leave it to OnePlus to supply the competition Samsung so desperately needs
Just one year ago, foldable fans in North America were stuck lamenting their lack of choice in the market. Don't like Samsung? You can take your luck importing one of several China or Europe-exclusive options from brands like Oppo or Honor, or keep biding your time while hoping someone arrives with a more exciting option. And considering Samsung once again delivered the slightest of refreshes on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 this year, most enthusiasts knew the latter wouldn't be an option.
Moving content between apps is easy — when you know how to do it
Android 14 is here, and while Google kept its best features exclusive to its Pixel lineup, plenty of new features are coming to your phone soon. While some of this update's best content is hidden behind the scenes, you'll find some crucial new tools perfect for multitasking, especially if you haven't upgraded to one of our favorite foldables. Whether you're rocking a Google Pixel 8 Pro or a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra running the One UI 6 beta, here's how to drag and drop between apps on Android 14.
Is Best Take creepy? Is Magic Editor the next big thing? Are you just happy to see pro controls?
After months of rumors, Google finally released the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro this week. Reviews are, unsurprisingly, strong across the board — both myself and Google Editor Manuel Vonau gave each device a nine out of ten in our respective reviews — but that hasn't stopped plenty of controversy from swirling over the last few weeks. The company's taking a big swing with some of its new camera features, and not everyone seems to be a fan.
Why is using a snapshot for your wallpaper so frustrating?
October might only be reaching its halfway mark, but it's already been a banner month for smartphones. Not only did the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro arrive this week — to critical acclaim, no less — but Android 14 finally made its stable debut across all supported Google devices. I'm a fan of the company's new lock screen customizer for Pixel, but I'd be lying if there wasn't one feature on iOS that had me begging Google to copy it for a Feature Drop. And no, it's not lock screen widgets — it's something much more useful, and certainly up Google's wheelhouse.
Speed up your Fire tablet with these tips and tricks
Amazon's Fire tablets offer incredible value in the tablet market, catering to a wide range of users with three display sizes and a price point starting at $60. These versatile devices have earned a reputation for being budget-friendly and family-friendly. However, they have one drawback: speed. Navigating Fire OS often feels frustratingly slow despite regular upgrades with newer processors.
In the market for a new phone? Get the best Android experience with these flagship phones
When it's time to buy a new smartphone, everyone has different wants and needs. Thankfully, Android has a lot of smartphones that come in all sizes, prices, specs, and even shapes. From foldable phones with the latest Snapdragon chip and some of the best budget phones of the year that balance power and price, to devices guaranteed to get the latest version of Android before everything else, there's a phone on this list for you.
If you want to see the future of Google, the Pixel 8 Pro is the phone to buy
What do we want smartphones to be? While smaller OEMs may settle for cranking out excellent, reliable phones year-in and year-out, the giants of the mobile world seem to be interested in bigger, more existential questions. For five generations, Samsung has experimented with foldable form factors, allowing a smartphone to grow as large or as small as you need to fit the tasks at hand. Apple, meanwhile, seems focused on delivering an ecosystem its users love — even as life inside its walled garden grows staler by the day.
From the fanciest of foldables to the barest of budget phones, these are the deals you don't want to miss
With Amazon Prime Big Deal Days officially over, a lot of the phone deals we saw during the sale event have gone away, but that doesn't mean they are all gone. That's right; there are still a few great deals on some of the best Android phones on the market you can grab right now! We don't know how long these will last, so don't wait.
Annoyed about Google's price hike? Motorola has an Edge to sell you
It's been a surprisingly big year for Motorola. After languishing as an also-ran Android OEM behind the likes of Google and Samsung — in critical response, that is; sales are another matter entirely — the legacy phone maker came back with three solid launches in a row. The business-focused ThinkPhone and mainstream flagship Moto Edge+ left me fairly impressed with their excellent mix of design, specs, and relative affordability, while the Motorola Razr+ delivered the clamshell experience I didn't know I missed.
You'll be able to get Moto's clamshell phone for just $600 at launch
It's been a few months — and a few more product launches — since the Motorola Razr+ first took my breath away, but no amount of foldables has kept me from thinking about how impressed the company's latest clamshell left me. That said, the missing Moto Razr, the cheaper flip phone that promised to bring this smartphone style to budget-minded shoppers, has left me feeling impatient.
There's a lot of competition out there to host your weekend binges and movie nights
When it’s time to kick your kicks off at the end of a long workday, sinking into your couch and watching TV is about as tried and true of a decompressing activity as they come. But when you’re sick of cable and broadcast news, there’s always Netflix, Hulu, and a host of other streaming platforms you can unwind with. Of course, these services require a smart TV to use, and if your living room set is a few decades old, you’ll need to invest in a streaming device to get access to the above services and more.