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.

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.

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.

Android device updates: T-Mobile begins rolling out Nougat to Galaxy S7, S7 Edge beta testers

Android device updates: T-Mobile begins rolling out Nougat to Galaxy S7, S7 Edge beta testers

Sprint's HTC One A9 is also getting Nougat, which finally passed the one percent mark in Google's monthly tally of Android versions.

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