1426 articles published since January 25, 2018
About Taylor Kerns
Taylor was an amateur phone nerd for the better part of a decade prior to joining Android Police in 2018, where he's since authored more than a thousand articles about all things Android. Taylor serves as Gadgets Editor, and you'll see his byline on editorials, reviews, comparative buyer's guides, and technical explainers, as well as the occasional piece of breaking news. He's got soft spots for personal audio, wearable tech, smart lights, and mobile photography. There's a good chance he's carrying a Pixel phone right now. In his time away from AP, you'll probably catch Taylor hanging out with his two dogs, playing Xbox, or out shooting with his beloved Fuji X-T20. Send him memes and fan mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google's newest tablet is on sale now
The Google Pixel Tablet is Google's first new tablet hardware since 2018. First teased at Google I/O 2022 and released nearly a year later in June 2023, the tablet is bundled with a charging dock that helps it act as a smart display while keeping its battery topped up. There's a lot to wrap your head around with this hybrid device, and we're here to help. Here's what you need to know about the Pixel Tablet.
Pixel Camera ditches the exposure controls we've had since 2019, and I really miss them
The Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have been out for a couple of weeks now, and most of us here at AP like them quite a bit. True to the Pixel lineage, Google's newest phones are extremely competent pocket cameras, debuting the latest Pixel Camera app that introduces some sorely needed organization to Google's myriad camera features. But the new Google camera experience also changes the way exposure controls work, and even after hundreds of photos, I'm still not on board.
Two of the biggest names in Android have Pro earbuds, and we're comparing them here
In the world of wireless earbuds, there are many brands vying to be the undisputed champion of premium, noise canceling sound. Samsung and Google each have incredible options, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Google’s Pixel Buds Pro.
Are premium materials and a bigger battery enough reason to drop hundreds on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro?
Even though the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic has been released, deals can still be found on older Samsung smartwatches that will save you a few dollars.
It's a good watch, but there's clear room for improvement
Google's Pixel Watch 2 is one of our favorite Wear OS watches. It's not much different from the first generation, but it's got a uniquely Google look, and with more reliable battery life than the original, the second-gen Pixel Watch is easier to recommend to more people. But there are still things we'd change about Google's newest watch if we could. Here are five things about the Pixel Watch 2 we hope Google fixes in its next smartwatch.
Ditch the Daily Readiness Score and save yourself 10 bucks a month
Google-owned Fitbit still sells great standalone fitness trackers, but the Google Pixel Watch was the first Wear OS smartwatch to hit the market with Fitbit integration built in. And now the recently launched Google Pixel Watch 2 follows suit. The watch also comes with a six-month trial of Fitbit Premium, a paid offering that unlocks additional content and functionality. If you're a Fitbit fanatic, you might want to keep that subscription active, but the $10 monthly fee might be steep for some people. Here's how to cancel Fitbit Premium.
Google's second smartwatch holds its own
The Google Pixel Watch 2 is one of two fully fledged smartwatches to feature Fitbit integration. With a name like Fitbit behind its health tracking, you'd be right to expect the Pixel Watch 2 to be a capable fitness tracker in its own right — and generally speaking, it is. Serious athletes might want something a little more purpose-built, but the Pixel Watch 2 does track exercise, sleep, stress, and more. With considerably improved battery life compared to the original Pixel Watch, the second-gen model is a good fitness tracker for most people.
For the love of S Pen
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was one of 2022's best Android phones. It brought back the Galaxy Note design that had been missing in action for over a year. The boxy design and S Pen were hallmarks of the Note range for a long time, but can it truly take over the legacy of the Note 20 Ultra, or is this just a pretender to the throne?
Two second-gen Google wearables, head to head
Both the Google Pixel Watch 2 and its predecessor come with built-in Fitbit health tracking, but Google-owned Fitbit still makes and sells its own dedicated fitness trackers. The Fitbit Sense 2 is Fitbit's latest premium tracker, coming in at a spendy $300 MSRP. The Pixel Watch 2 and the Fitbit Sense 2 share similar health-tracking hardware and use the same Fitbit app, and with similar pricing between the two, it might not be easy to tell at a glance which is right for you. We're here to help.
The Wear OS landscape has shifted considerably in the past few years. Since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 in 2021, Samsung's become a force in the Wear OS space as legacy players like Fossil have largely struggled to keep up. Google's now two generations into its Pixel Watch, too, and depending on your needs, both generations might be good options. The smartwatch market might not offer the same diversity it once did — outfits like Motorola, LG, and Asus don't make smartwatches anymore — but there's still a lot of choice to navigate when it comes to getting a good Wear OS watch.
Reliable battery life and improved fitness tracking, wrapped up in a near-identical package
The original Google Pixel Watch was my favorite smartwatch last year, but I've always felt that opinion was against my better judgment. Google's first smartwatch looked fantastic and performed very well, but at a premium price of $350, its weak battery life just took too much babysitting to make it a solid recommendation for most people.
Take advantage of the Pixel Watch's safety features
Google recently launched the Google Pixel Watch 2, one of the best Android smartwatches due to its fantastic suite of features and charming profile. It is more or less the same as the first-generation Pixel Watch. The biggest upgrade is the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 chipset. Apart from Google Assistant integration and Google's exclusive watch faces, you also get new fitness tracking hardware in the form of the continuous electrodermal activity (cEDA) sensor. This helps the Pixel Watch 2 approximate stress levels and gives it a skin temperature sensor.
It's almost entirely about resolution
The Chromecast with Google TV is one of the best streaming devices to hit shelves over the last few years. Built with the incredible Google TV OS, not only does this web-connected peripheral make any “dumb” TV “smart,” but you’ll also be able to enjoy movie and TV show recommendations from Google’s powerful algorithms. Oh, and true to the Chromecast name, you’ll also be able to wirelessly beam pictures, videos and other media from a compatible smartphone, tablet or laptop to your TV screen.
They may look identical, but the second-gen watch packs a handful of upgrades
Along with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, Google finally, officially announced the sequel to its first smartwatch, the Pixel Watch 2, at its Made by Google event in New York. We had the opportunity to try the watch out, and our main takeaway from the brief time we spent with it was that it's very similar to the first-gen model. But there are a handful of objective upgrades here, even if they're not obvious. Here are the biggest generation-to-generation improvements.
The hardware seems fine (and familiar) — but I still wonder about battery life
Google announced its newest crop of Pixel hardware today in New York: the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2 are all available for preorder right now. I had about an hour to play around with the new Pixel Watch this morning, and it's... really similar to the first-generation Pixel Watch. I never had a problem with the Pixel Watch's hardware, so that's fine in my book — but I'm really hoping for meaningful improvement in one particular area that Google couldn't show off in a demo.
Google's second smartwatch is here
After months of leaks, rumors, and official teasers, Google has finally, formally unveiled the Pixel Watch 2. We knew a lot of what to expect before the official announcement, and the rumors were largely true: the Pixel Watch 2 looks nearly identical to the first Pixel Watch, sports a handful of under-the-hood improvements, and costs the same $350. Here's everything you need to know about it.
There's an amazing Samsung phone out there for every size and budget
Whether you're on a strict $200 budget, or looking to make an $1,800 splash for the latest and greatest foldable, Samsung has you covered. The smartphone and electronics titan has lofty expectations of itself and, luckily for Android fans, usually paves the way with some of the best Android phones money can buy. Some may criticize Samsung for its design choices or One UI's occasional heavy-handedness, but these quibbles usually range from unwarranted to wildly inaccurate.
Samsung, Google, OnePlus, Amazon... so many options!
It's still unfortunately true that the iPad has more apps that are optimized for large screens than any Android tablet. But Android tablet hardware has never been better — or more diverse. If you're shopping for an Android-powered slate today, you've got your pick of great options from Samsung, Google, OnePlus, Amazon, and more — many of which offer unique twists on the formula with features like enormous screens and magnetic charging docks.
Also: Galaxy Buds FE are official
It's a big week for Android. As many enthusiasts are looking ahead to Google's upcoming Pixel hardware, Samsung has quietly announced a new batch of FE devices. The company's FE line — short for Fan Edition — features stripped-back versions of existing devices, offered at lower prices. The biggest news of the day is probably the $600 Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, but that's not all Samsung announced today. We're also getting the first-ever FE-branded Galaxy Buds, plus not one, but two tablets: the Tab S9 FE and Tab S9 FE+.
It's expensive, but the Deebot X2 Omni is one heck of a robo-vac
If you haven't been following it closely, you could be forgiven for not knowing that the smart vacuum space has gotten crowded in the past few years. Companies like iRobot, Roborock, and Dreametech release new models at a breakneck pace, with new, high-quality smart vacuums and mops hitting the market at what seems like a monthly cadence.