Derek Walter

Derek Walter is a freelance technology writer based in Northern California. He is the author of Learning MIT App Inventor, a hands-on guide to building your own Android apps.

How to prep your phone for offline use

Dress up your texts with these 4 Android SMS-replacement apps

Dress up your texts with these 4 Android SMS-replacement apps

Get a better messaging app that suits your texting style and personal preferences.

Take better smartphone photos with these tips

Take better smartphone photos with these tips

Since your Android phone is probably the camera you have with you the most, it's time to step up your photo skills.

Android device updates: Android 7.1.1 comes to the OnePlus 3 and 3T, Nexus 6 gets a downgrade

Android device updates: Android 7.1.1 comes to the OnePlus 3 and 3T, Nexus 6 gets a downgrade

Fossil's smart watches are the first to score Android Wear 2.0, which has been elusive since the update was announced.

Master the many ways to search with Google on your Android phone

Master the many ways to search with Google on your Android phone

Search faster and smarter by learning all of the various places and ways to perform a Google search on Android.

Android device updates: Nougat rollout begins for the Moto Z Play
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Android device updates: Nougat rollout begins for the Moto Z Play

The March security update is ready for Google's Pixel and Nexus devices, while Nougat creeps up in Google's latest ecosystem report.

How to get started with the Google Assistant on your Android phone

How to get started with the Google Assistant on your Android phone

No longer a Pixel exclusive, Google’s all-knowing oracle will transform the way you use Android.

How to reduce your smartphone use without missing out

How to reduce your smartphone use without missing out

We offer some practical strategies for spending less time with your phone in your hand, without being disconnected from the rest of the world.

Android device updates: Nougat is coming to the Moto G4, G4 Plus

Android device updates: Nougat is coming to the Moto G4, G4 Plus

The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is also getting Android 7.0, while Huawei is offering a Nougat beta test for the Honor 6X.

Everything you need to know about the Google Home app

Everything you need to know about the Google Home app

This relative newcomer to Team Google has turned into an essential application for managing several core services.

Android device updates: Sprint, T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge make the leap to Nougat

Android device updates: Sprint, T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge make the leap to Nougat

The T-Mobile LG Stylo 2 also gets Android's latest treat, and Google may have finally squashed an annoying Pixel bluetooth bug.

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup: Here's everything we know so far
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Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup: Here's everything we know so far

From a new digital assistant to a beefed-up camera, Samsung is angling for a major comeback in the new year with the Galaxy S8.

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