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 use Android's In Apps search to find your phone's content faster

Master Gmail for Android with these tips and tricks

Master Gmail for Android with these tips and tricks

Gmail remains the productivity king, and there are plenty of tools offered to you on Android for bringing that unruly inbox under control.

Android device updates: It's finally time for Android Wear 2.0 on the Moto 360 second-gen

Android device updates: It's finally time for Android Wear 2.0 on the Moto 360 second-gen

Verizon's Asus ZenPad Z8 is the latest Android tablet to get its taste of Nougat after a rather lengthy wait.

10 Google Assistant features that save you time

10 Google Assistant features that save you time

It's time to get over it and just start talking to your phone, because certain tasks are much faster with Google's digital aide.

Android device updates: Android O has an official beta, and Nougat hits several new phones

Android device updates: Android O has an official beta, and Nougat hits several new phones

The latest Android device updates include Android O's beta debut, of course, plus Nougat rollout for the LG Stylo 2V, HTC One M9, and LG G5.

Android device updates: Android Nougat finally comes to the unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge

Android device updates: Android Nougat finally comes to the unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge

The Huawei Watch dials up Android Wear 2.0, ending a long wait for the latest version of Google's wearable OS.

Drive smarter and safer with these Android Auto tips

Drive smarter and safer with these Android Auto tips

Google's smart car dashboard is right there on your phone, so it's time to put it to use for smarter traveling through town or the open road.

Android device updates: T-Mobile sends out a fix for the Galaxy S8, S8+ red screen

Android device updates: T-Mobile sends out a fix for the Galaxy S8, S8+ red screen

It's monthly update time for the Pixel and Pixel XL, while the Nvidia Shield Android TV unveils a beta program for eager testers.

Four Android apps that put SMS on your desktop
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Four Android apps that put SMS on your desktop

Keep the conversation going without having to pick up your phone with these desktop and web-based applications.

Android device updates: Galaxy S8, S8+ update arrives for T-Mobile and Verizon models

Android device updates: Galaxy S8, S8+ update arrives for T-Mobile and Verizon models

Verizon's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are finally getting Nougat, while the Xperia XZ and X are pushing ahead to Android 7.1.1.

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

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

Each app offers unique features to help you conquer survive the commute home. Which should you use, and when?

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.

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