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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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6 min.
ces 2020: 8 exciting android announcements you might have missed

Another year, another CES in the books. Once again, the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center were filled with folding PCs, helpful smart home gadgets, and futuristic AI dreams. But among all the hype that may or may not ship, we found some truly useful and exciting Android-related things at CES this year: 1. Wacom One In the age of tablets, styli, and Bluetooth pencils, a dedicated drawing tablet might seem unnecessary, but Wacom has other ideas. The newest member of its family of computers, displays, and tablets is the Wacom One (£359), which brings the usual Wacom accoutrements: a 13in display, pressure-sensitive stylus, an integrated stand, handwriting recognition. There’s one thing this tablet has that the others don’t, though: Android support. It’s somewhat limited (supported handsets include a handful of…

3 min.
samsung unveils galaxy s10 and note10 lite

With just weeks to go until we get a look at the first premium Galaxy handsets of 2020, Samsung has one more variation of its 2019 phones to show us. It has unveiled the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note10 Lite that bring ‘key premium features’, (unannounced) lower price tags, and a healthy dose of confusion. The two phones have a similar look, with a 6.7in Full HD OLED screen, skinny but visible bezels all around, and a centred hole-punch display. Both phones also have a Pixel 4-esque bump in the top left corner that house triple-camera arrays, though the phones are actually quite different: Galaxy S10 Lite Display: 6.7in Full HD+ OLED, 2,400×1,080 (394ppi) Processor: Snapdragon 855 RAM: 6GB/8GB Storage: 128GB Front camera: 32Mp, f/2.2 Rear camera: 5Mp, f/2.4 Macro + 48Mp, f/2.0, OIS, Wide + 12Mp, f/2.2…

1 min.
cloud print users given a year to find alternative

In a year that saw the death of Inbox, Google+, and the goo.gl URL shortener, not to mention the loss of free original quality photo storage with every Pixel phone purchase, Google wasn’t finished. Next to go is Google Cloud Print. Cloud Print has been around since 2010, but despite a fancy website and deep Android and Chrome OS integration, it never actually made it out of beta. And now it never will. Google has quietly announced that users have until 31 December 2020, to enjoy Cloud Print. When the calendar changes to 2021, “devices across all operating systems will no longer be able to print using Google Cloud Print.” That’s 12 months away, so it’s giving users lots of time to find something new, but it’s unlikely that they’ll find anything…

1 min.
google makes it safer to text on android

As part of its push to bring Android Messages up to speed, Google has rolled out two new features: Verified SMS and spam protection. Together, they will help make sure your conversations aren’t taken over by people you don’t want to talk to. Like the phone app, Google won’t automatically filter out suspected spam messages, but it will warn you when it suspects one has arrived. You’ll be able to let Google know whether it got it right and also report spam texts, all of which will be used to improve the detection engine. In addition to flagging spam, Google will also verify whether you’re indeed chatting with the brand you think you’re chatting with. If so, Google will add a verification badge alongside the business name and logo in the…

8 min.
xiaomi mi note 10

Price: £351 (inc VAT) from fave.co/2t4l1Cq It’s been a while since we’ve seen Xiaomi announce a new model in the Mi Note line, but it’s been worth the wait, with the Mi Note 10 garnering column inches as the world’s first penta-lens 108Mp camera phone, rocking Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. This is a big-screen, big-battery smartphone, the global version of the Mi CC9 Pro. Unveiled in Spain in November 2019 at an attractive price of €549, Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 has not yet been officially made available in the UK. That doesn’t mean you can’t buy one, however: GearBest has been offering an excellent deal on Mi Note 10 since launch, available in Aurora Green, Glacier White and Midnight Black at the incredible price of £462, and down to just £351.42…

11 min.
huawei nova 5t

Price: £399 (inc VAT) from fave.co/2tQ73E5 Huawei’s flagship Mate 30 series was the company’s first major release without Google Play services. Ongoing tensions with the US government meant none of the Google apps that have become synonymous with Android handsets were available, and this hit the phone’s prospects of global success hard. However, despite having been announced just a couple of weeks earlier, the Nova 5T retains all of Google’s goodness. This mid-range handset is therefore able to deliver a reassuringly familiar experience, complete with a few notable upgrades over June’s Nova 5. But can the first Nova phone to be released in Europe truly compete in the ever-expanding midrange market? Read on to find out. Design The Nova 5T has a gorgeous 6.26in, 2,340x1,080 display, which strikes a good balance between quality and affordability.…