169 articles published since May 11, 2014
About Faith Leroux
Faith writes guides, how-tos, and roundups on the latest Android games and apps for Android Police. You’ll find her writing about the newest free-to-play game to hit Android, or compiling explainer guides on popular social networking apps like Twitch and Discord. Her area of expertise is in action RPGs and gacha games, but will play and study the occasional competitive shooter. Before joining Android Police, Faith studied Chemistry and graduated with an honors specialization in Chemistry in 2016; leading her to spending many hours toiling around the lab during her time spent as an undergraduate, eventually developing her analytical mindset to dissect and dissemble information and data to arrive at an answer. Her favorite pastime was writing reports, presentations, tutorials, and literature reviews, which led to her pursuing a career in writing after completing a graduate certificate in technical writing. Faith’s first Android phone was Samsung Galaxy Note II in 2012, giving her a taste of how a small piece of powerful hardware can open anyone up to endless opportunities for your favorite hobbies. She’s also been a gamer for over 20 years, starting with Super Mario Bros. on the NES; she has owned over 15 devices for gaming ranging from handhelds to consoles. Now with her analytical mindset, passion for writing, and core identity as a gamer, she can finally chase her dreams as a technical writer and gaming journalist. Nowadays, you’ll find Faith studying spreadsheets and assembling data to theorycraft new teams and builds for Genshin Impact. You’ll also see her trying to dig deep to discover Android gaming’s most hidden gems.
You may have retired your Amazon Kindle because you picked up a nifty Android tablet to play around with some extra apps. But it's a waste to have your Amazon Kindle sitting there and collecting dust, especially if it's in (near) perfect condition. So maybe you want to sell or give away your Amazon Kindle but have concerns over the personal data that's on it. There is a way to erase your Kindle e-reader and its associated data. In this guide, we teach you how to perform a factory reset so that you can sell or give away your Amazon Kindle without leaving any traces behind.
Start your Pokémon GO journey with a handbook that won’t go out of print
Niantic's most popular augmented reality app, Pokémon Go, has always been a favorite of Android games. Since the app's release in 2016, Pokémon Go has sent Pokémon trainers into the wild (our version of the wild, which may be your backyard). Even after several years since the app launched, the game stays afloat with new updates and features thanks to its steady monthly earnings. As new generations of Pokémon get added, Pokémon Go sees a healthy amount of installs to attract new players into the game. Even today, you won't find another AR-based game like Pokémon Go. But other players who don't follow the Pokémon franchise too closely may just use the game as just another glorified pedometer app, one that motivates you to stretch your legs by going on peaceful walks with some banger music playing through a pair of comfortable wireless earbuds. No matter the type of player you are and what your aim is, it is never too late to get into Pokémon Go.
Fuel your wins and boost your gameplay
Rocket League has been among the most popular multiplayer games for years, and for valid reasons. It combines the speed of racing games with the thrill of competitive sports. Simply put, it's soccer, but with cars. Your job is to get the ball into the opponent's net with your vehicle.
A hand-picked selection of the best gacha games worth gambling your time with
Playing free-to-play and gacha games offers highs and lows like no other genre of games. Some gachas lock a player's progression behind paywalls, while others hide mundane, repetitious gameplay loops with eye candy. However, despite these unappealing qualities, gachas can still go toe-to-toe with some of the best Android games.
It may be time to say goodbye to your Disney Plus content. The popular streaming service had another price increase on October 12, 2023, with its upcoming ad-free plans. The ad-free subscription used to cost $3 per month. It's being raised to $14 per month (previously $11 per month since the November 2022 price hike). Like Netflix's pricing scheme, Disney+ has been looking for ways to extract dollars from faithful customers.
These are the best weather apps that compare to Dark Sky
Dark Sky leaves behind a legacy as one of the most reliable weather forecasting apps. You'd consult the app to plan your daily activities to avoid those rainy walks while you're out with the dog and your valuable smartwatch, avoiding being caught in a downpour! This is why we turn to easy-to-access apps like Dark Sky to help predict the weather within our immediate vicinity (hyperlocal) with decent accuracy. However, the app will be no more at the start of 2023, so we devised a working list of some of the best alternatives for Dark Sky.
Nintendo has ergonomics controller design down pat
When it comes to comfortable Bluetooth controllers, there's no better match than the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. The sturdy and well-designed ergonomics make the Pro Controller one of the best for long gaming sessions. Its impressive design helps overcome the awkward B/A/Y/X button layout that perplexes many gamers accustomed to the Xbox controller layout.
Just how outdated or up-to-date is your city's Street View
Street View changes how we perceive locations around the world. With 3D imagery, we can confidently plan our trips. Google Street View launched in 2007 and began with a select few cities in the US. Today, Google Street View has captured over 220 billion images across 100 countries to bring 360 images to Google Maps, ranging from individual streets to notable landmarks. Now you can bring up Street View from within Google Maps to get all onsite details of any place (with Street View activated). But the question is: how often does Google Maps update Street View, and when can you expect the next update? You can find all these details on any trusty Android tablet, phone, and web browser.
From Afrikaans to Zulu, Google Chrome has 153 language options to choose from
Google Chrome supports language diversity, allowing millions of people to surf the internet with their preferred dialects. Even though the browser's default language is English, you can access over 100 languages to swap from Chrome's selected default. When you land on a page displayed in another language, Chrome has built-in support to translate web pages in foreign languages into any comprehendible language you choose. Now, you don't need to worry about juggling your language settings when exploring the web.
Discover the truth behind this ambitious gacha MMO
Tower of Fantasy had survived the 1-year mark and only recently celebrated its first anniversary over the summer, which isn't surprising given the nature of the game. Tower of Fantasy is an ambitious open-world gacha MMO that most releases can't compare to in scale. The closest competitor in size is Genshin Impact. Both titles offer expansive worlds to explore but still offer gacha mechanics to pay the bills. Outside of that, Tower of Fantasy and Genshin Impact cater to different audiences (with some overlap).
Everything you need to get going in the virtual toybox
Roblox has been around since 2006. It is still thriving as one of the largest metaverses in gaming today. Roblox is a game-building platform where anyone can create or play a giant selection of builds; it's a place for gamers by gamers. The platform provides the perfect sandbox and free tools for young and aspiring developers to learn and grow.
You may have snagged a new smartwatch and are now reviewing some helpful Android apps to help your body get back in shape. By simply looking after your physical well-being, you gain many benefits for your overall health. A healthy body can decrease the chances of heart disease while improving brain health and reducing the risk of anxiety and depression.
Genshin Impact shines when there's a colorful cast of characters to join you on your adventures
HoYoverse's Genshin Impact, one of Android's best games and highly engrossing Android gacha, provides a polished open-world experience on multiple platforms. And with the game's exceptionally high budget for its gameplay and graphics, Genshin Impact is also the go-to performance test for most top-of-the-line Android gaming phones.
Legend of Zelda may not have made its mark on Android, but there are plenty of clones to fill the void
Restoring Hyrule from Ganon's demise will never be a story told on Android natively. Instead, you'll have to look to Nintendo to experience the heroics of Link and Zelda across different games. But if you are not willing to budget for a Nintendo console, thankfully, you can still experience respectable Zelda-like alternatives on Android.
Good luck trying to put this gem down
It's been nearly two years since the unstoppable rogue-lite hit Vampire Survivors dropped on Steam and nearly a year since its surprise release for mobile and developer Poncle just keeps making it better. Sure, some of the updates are paid DLC, but the amount of free content updates to the game is mind-boggling at this point. There's a reason why it's on our list of the best Android games. Oh, did we mention that the base game is free and doesn't force you to watch ads? You really don't have a good excuse not to download this onto your favorite Android gaming phone.
You don't need to check your phone when someone else's rings
You might be tired of hearing the same ringtone you've had for years since you last budgeted for a new Android phone. Most people don't realize you can change the default ringtone and assign a custom tune for your listed contacts. It's a handy feature when separating urgent work calls from personal ones. But that involves learning how to experiment with new ringtones while replacing the selected default. This short guide teaches you how to change your ringtone or load any custom tune from your phone's file manager.
All you have to do is play your cards right
Higan: Eruthyll is a real-time strategy card-based gacha game developed and published by Bilibili. In Higan: Eruthyll, you will encounter a peculiar combination of themes, often psychedelic or more fairytale-like. Since its release, the game has brought over full English dubbing alongside a Japanese voiceover, so you may want to crank up the volume on your Android gaming phone to gain the most out of this experience. For new players coming into Higan: Eruthyll blind, we've created a handy guide to assist players in getting the most potential out of their gacha affairs. Our guide breaks down the basics for battling, upgrading, and building potent teams to get you through all the early challenges and hurdles within Higan: Eruthyll.
Filter out those pesky marketing emails with these tricks
Emails have become the de facto mailbox of the web. But much like sorting through the stuffed promotional flyers and pamphlets in your mailbox, your inbox has a similar issue. Junk mail often congests your inbox, chipping away at your Google Drive storage. Gone are the days when you could ignore this problem, as most Google accounts will eat up that 15GB of storage in no time.
HoYoverse plans to revitalize Honkai Impact 3rd with part two, streamlining the on-boarding process
One of Android's best gacha games is about to receive a major update in 2024. Honkai Impact 3rd will kick off part two in February of next year. Some of you may have been patiently awaiting Zenless Zone Zero news, but with this massive update rekindling Honkai Impact 3rd's storyline, you might be waiting a while. HoYoverse has a deep history with Honkai Impact, and only recently has Honkai Impact 3rd concluded its first arc.
Turn off Google's Topics API to preserve your privacy
Google released Topics, a browser-based API (as part of its Privacy Sandbox initiative) during July's Chrome 115 update. Google designed the API to replace third-party cookies and still preserve privacy while allowing a browser to share information with third parties about a user's interests. Essentially, Google believes introducing the Topics API into your browser settings will increase transparency and control over what information gets shared (for personalized ads). However, even with these improvements to online privacy, it still doesn't prevent your data from being collected and shared.