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.

Google Maps vs. Waze: Which should be your go-to map app?

Android device updates: Android Wear 2.0 tipped to drop soon for Huawei Watch, Moto 360 second-gen

Android device updates: Android Wear 2.0 tipped to drop soon for Huawei Watch, Moto 360 second-gen

Google Pixel beta testers are getting their update to the latest stable Android build, which has unfortunately caused some fingerprint sensor problems for others.

Five tips and tricks to improve your WhatsApp experience

Five tips and tricks to improve your WhatsApp experience

The world’s most popular messaging app nails the basics, but there are some other useful features that you also put to use.

Android device updates: AT&T, Verizon Galaxy Note 5 finally makes the leap to Nougat

Android device updates: AT&T, Verizon Galaxy Note 5 finally makes the leap to Nougat

Sprint's Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and HTC One M9 are among a batch of phones that are now getting their fresh serving of Nougat.

​Tips and tricks to master Gboard, Google's super smart Android keyboard

​Tips and tricks to master Gboard, Google's super smart Android keyboard

Google's keyboard app can save you time with all of its typing tricks if you look under the surface at all of its clever tricks.

Why YouTube Music should be the future of Google's music ambitions

Why YouTube Music should be the future of Google's music ambitions

Google Play Music is a solid service, but it needs a major rethink for Google to gain traction against more popular streaming competitors.

Android device updates: Android 7.1.2 arrives for Pixel and Nexus devices

Android device updates: Android 7.1.2 arrives for Pixel and Nexus devices

Android Wear 2.0 is finally hitting the LG Watch and Watch Urbane, while it's Nougat time for the Sprint Note 5 and S6 Edge+.

Android device updates: Unlocked Galaxy S7, Axon 7 Mini, and Huawei Mate 9 score new software

Android device updates: Unlocked Galaxy S7, Axon 7 Mini, and Huawei Mate 9 score new software

Three smartwatches are getting Android Wear 2.0, but a bug has held up the software from a wider rollout.

Android device updates: A Nougat treat for the Nextbit Robin and T-Mobile HTC One M9

Android device updates: A Nougat treat for the Nextbit Robin and T-Mobile HTC One M9

Android O made its debut this week, although it's a very rough version that's aimed squarely at developers.

How to prep your phone for offline use

How to prep your phone for offline use

The internet isn’t quite everywhere yet, so here’s what you need to do to survive your next commute, flight, camping trip, or whenever you want to disconnect.

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.

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