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Android Advisor is your go-to source for everything Android, from smartphones, tablets and the best mobile apps to wearable and in-car tech, optimised for the small screen of your mobile device. Whether you're new to the Android operating system or a seasoned user, you're sure to find something you like in Android Advisor's wealth of analysis, reviews, features and tutorials. Android Advisor will not only help you to choose the best phone or tablet for your needs, but also to get more out of that device.

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12 Issues

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3 min.
6 android q features we can’t wait to try (after the dark theme)

To celebrate the 10th major release of Android, Google has a present for all of us: a dark theme. After several starts and stops and half-efforts, Google is finally bringing full dark mode to all Android Q phones, and from what we’ve seen it’s glorious. But while dark mode will probably be the most popular feature of Android Q, it’s only a small part of what the next-generation OS will deliver. From security and privacy to folding screens and 5G, Android Q is packed with features that will transform your phone. Here are the six features we’re most excited about (other than that sweet, sweet dark theme) after witnessing the Google I/O keynote. 1. Live Caption If you’ve ever been in a quiet room and needed to watch a video, Live Caption…

4 min.
google’s next-gen assistant blows siri away

Sayonara, Siri. During Google’s I/O keynote, the company revealed several jaw-dropping new features coming to Google Assistant, and the AI-enhanced software on Android phones appears ready to run laps around Apple’s still-too-simple rival. Google calls it “the next-generation Assistant”. The secret ingredient? Moving Google Assistant’s processing from the cloud to your device. CEO Sundar Pichai claims that the company managed to condense Assistant’s speech recognition models from 100GB in size all the way down to a mere 50MB, letting it run directly on your phone. “This breakthrough enabled us to create a next-generation Assistant that processes speech on-device at nearly zero latency, with transcription that happens in real time, even when you have no network connection,” Google revealed in its announcement post. Google says the shift allows Assistant to process your commands…

5 min.
hands-on: google pixel 3a

Price: £399 inc VAT from fave.co/2PUAOdX As expected via the usual onslaught of Internet leaks, Google has announced some new mid-range smartphones. The firm’s own-brand Android range is now more affordable thanks to the addition of the Pixel 3a, and we were lucky enough to have an early look at it. Design A mid-range device, especially a version of a flagship phone, can often be a much poorer construct due to the price difference. Google has, however, kept things very similar with the 3a, and even side by side you’d struggle to tell it apart from the regular Pixel 3 (£739). The design is kept the same with all the little details found on flagship devices. That includes a two-tone finish on the back with a shiny glass section around the camera. The main…

4 min.
hands-on: google pixel 3a xl

Price: £469 inc VAT from fave.co/2JaJAUm We’ve already looked at the Pixel 3a (page 14), so it’s now time to look at its big brother – the Pixel 3a XL. Design There’s not a huge amount to say about the design because Google has kept the same design language from the existing phones. So the 3a XL is a similar size to the Pixel 3 XL (£869) – 160.1x76.1x8.2mm compared to the latter’s 158x76.7x7.9mm. Plus, it has the same two-tone finish on the back. With a £400 price difference between the two phones, Google has had to cut costs somewhere, so there’s no waterproofing here. Otherwise, it’s just smaller tweaks, such as the lower speaker being mounted to the side of the USB-C port instead of forward facing. The pressure sensitive Active Edge sensors remain…

3 min.
5 pixel 3a features that may sway you from buying a £1,000 flagship

At long last, the Pixel 3a has arrived. At its I/O Developer’s Conference, Google took the wraps off its newest handsets, and lo and behold they look at whole lot like the Pixels that came before. Except they’re very different. A mid-cycle release with a far lower price tag than the Pixel 3 or any of its flagship peers, the £399 Pixel 3a and £469 3a XL don’t have frosted glass or wireless charging, or even a dual selfie cam. Sure, they have a new colour and a headphone jack, but they’re very much in the vein of a mid-tier Android phone, with specs and features to match. But if you dig a little deeper, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL have a whole lot more to offer than a middling…

4 min.
hands-on: google nest hub max

Price: £219 inc VAT from fave.co/2Ynkm97 As well as new Pixel 3a phones, Google used its I/O developer conference to announce another smart display. Now branded with the Nest name, we’ve taken a look at the Nest Hub Max. We loved the Home Hub when we reviewed it last year and still do, but it was a shame that Google didn’t offer a larger option with a built-in camera. Well that’s exactly what the Nest Hub Max offers so we’re rather pleased. Before we begin, it’s worth explaining that the branding is now ‘Google Nest’ with the two coming together. Google has owned Nest for five years now, so it’s no surprise that it has decided to use the names together. The Hub Max combines Google and Nest technology so it makes sense,…