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.

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.

How to use your smartphone to get politically active

How to use your smartphone to get politically active

You want to do more than tweet, share, and like. You want to make a difference. These are the apps that can get you there.

Android device updates: Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 lands Nougat

Android device updates: Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 lands Nougat

A Pixel update squashed a lingering bug that caused some annoying sound problems with some models.

Android device updates: Android 7.1.2 beta brings a fingerprint swipe gesture to the Nexus 5X

Android device updates: Android 7.1.2 beta brings a fingerprint swipe gesture to the Nexus 5X

A batch of Sony devices are getting the latest security patch, and Huawei shared some news about Nougat coming to the Honor 6X.

How to customize icons with icon packs

How to customize icons with icon packs

Your phone's home screen can get as wild or tame as you want with these customizations.

The new Google Voice isn’t quite ready to be your only number

The new Google Voice isn’t quite ready to be your only number

A long overdue revamp modernizes the service, but it still needs some work to truly match its potential.

 How to add custom ringtones to your Android phone

How to add custom ringtones to your Android phone

Go beyond the staid sounds that came with your phone by adding in some of your favorite tunes.

Android device updates: First-gen Nvidia Shield gains Nougat, Prime Video, other features

Android device updates: First-gen Nvidia Shield gains Nougat, Prime Video, other features

The update brings a number of software enhancements, and Nvidia also promised that Nougat is coming to the company's Shield tablet.

The essential Android business apps

The essential Android business apps

Your phone is now your digital briefcase, your ever-present business companion.

Android device updates: Unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play Nougat updates detailed

Android device updates: Unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play Nougat updates detailed

Samsung also shared which batch of phones are going to get Nougat as the update rolls out to more hardware.

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