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Android Advisor 67

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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7 min.
review: android 10

Price: Free Just like every year, Android 10 is a good update. Granular privacy and permission settings are a quiet winner and the playful design, improved gestures and better-late-than-never dark mode shake things up. While it’s great to see every Pixel phone supported, therein lies the issue – when will any other existing phones get Android 10? Some released soon may have it, but Android remains fragmented enough that many of the great ideas here will get lost in other manufacturers’ interpretations and people with older phones will simply never see the benefit of the OS’s evolution until they upgrade. Android 10 is the seventeenth version of Android, but we’re not here to nitpick the name. Google’s latest mobile operating system is available now for every Pixel phone including 2016’s first generation. The…

8 min.
getting started with the os’s best new features

When you first start using Android 10, it won’t look all that different from version 9. In fact, the biggest change you’re going to encounter is that it doesn’t have a tasty dessert moniker attached to it. But even without any radical new features, Android ‘Don’t Call It Q’ charts a whole new path for the OS, with new ways to navigate, customize, and secure your phone. So if you can’t find anything new, you’re just looking in the wrong places. Here are all the best new features in Android 10 and how to start using them. Dark theme Possibly the most highly anticipated new feature in Android 10 is a simple one: dark mode. Called Dark theme, it flips many of the elements in stock Google apps from blinding white to black…

5 min.
10 essential tips for overlooked features

Android 10, previously known as Android Q, has finally started rolling out after months of beta testing. The Android of today is much more feature-rich than it was in the past, and that means some genuinely useful features could escape your notice. No one wants that, so here are 10 tips to get the most out of the latest version of Android. 1. Use the gesture navigation like a pro Google has a new gesture navigation system in Android 10, and it can be much better than the 2-button gesture setup from Android Pie, as long as you know how to use it. As this is a full gesture setup similar to the iPhone, some of the intricacies are unclear. In addition to swiping on the gesture area up to go home, you…

4 min.
5 cool features that haven’t yet arrived

If you own a Pixel or still have an Essential Phone lying around, you’ve probably already tried out Dark theme, gesture navigation, and all the other new Android 10 features. But you might not know there are some other features to explore – features that still need a bit more development time and are currently hidden behind a rather flimsy gate. Interested? You’ll need to enable Developer options on your phone. To do this, go to the System menu in Settings, then About phone, and scroll down to Build number at the bottom. Tap it seven times, and a message will appear telling you that you’re now a developer. Then go back a screen and tap on System, then Advanced, to see the Developer options menu. Most of toggles inside are related…

12 min.
samsung galaxy note10+

Price: £999 from fave.co/2l77Bla The Galaxy Note10+ will be too expensive for some people. It’ll be too big for others. Some will baulk at its lack of a headphone jack and a few might really want a dual selfie cam. For those people, there’s the Galaxy S10+, which is an excellent alternative that checks off all of the above boxes without sacrificing too much of what the Note10+ brings. But if the four drawbacks I list above aren’t an issue, the Galaxy Note10+ should quickly become your favourite phone of all time. No matter what handset you’re upgrading from, the Note10+ will be an improvement, likely a significant one. It’s not just the speed (though it’s basically the fastest phone ever made) or the display (which is pretty much flawless). From the…

9 min.
asus rog phone ii

Price: £829 from fave.co/2nc9nSk The gaming phone market barely existed a couple of years ago. Now, it’s exploded into not only one of the fastest growing areas of the market but also one that’s driving some of the biggest technical advances. So it is with the Asus ROG Phone II – the first phone to feature the souped up Snapdragon 855+ processor, and a 6,000mAh battery. Performance On paper, it has a credible claim to being the fastest and most powerful smartphone in existence. In addition to having 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, it comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855+ processor. This is an improved version of the company’s flagship chip and boosts CPU performance by a slender 4 percent and GPU speeds by a much meatier 15 percent. To the average phone…