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.

A beginner's guide to IFTTT on Android

A beginner's guide to IFTTT on Android

If you truly want to work smarter instead of harder, mastering the ins and outs of IFTTT is the way to do it.

Choosing between Google Photos or Google Drive for image backups

Choosing between Google Photos or Google Drive for image backups

Google Photos and Drive complement each other in some ways and offer stark differences in others.

Five Google Assistant integrations we want to see

Five Google Assistant integrations we want to see

Google's eager aide offers some useful tools, but in order to overtake Alexa it needs to talk to more apps and services.

Android device updates: the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are finally getting Nougat

Android device updates: the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are finally getting Nougat

This should give a needed boost to Google's Nougat numbers, which still show a pitifully small dent in the overall ecosystem.

How to set up your Android phone for ultimate privacy

How to set up your Android phone for ultimate privacy

Here's how to replace all of those data-hungry apps and services with ones that don't need to know so much about you.

10 ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to use

10 ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to use

Instead of just sticking your old phone in a drawer or selling it for a pittance, give it a new role.

Android device updates: T-Mobile HTC 10, LG G Pad X 8.0 score Nougat

Android device updates: T-Mobile HTC 10, LG G Pad X 8.0 score Nougat

The latest monthly security bulletin is here, and the Nexus 6 is finally up to speed with Android 7.1.1.

The first things you should do with your new Android phone
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The first things you should do with your new Android phone

We're here to help you make the right tweaks to get off and running with the best setup experience.

Android device updates: Another Nougat beta build hits the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Android device updates: Another Nougat beta build hits the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Huawei has pledged to finally bring Android Nougat to the Honor 8 in February 2017, and the ZTE ZMax 2 gets a boost to Marshmallow.

Give back this holiday season with these great Android charity apps

Give back this holiday season with these great Android charity apps

Donating to worthy causes is easier than ever thanks to apps like these.

Android device updates: OnePlus pushes out updates, Samsung tries to kill off the Note7

Android device updates: OnePlus pushes out updates, Samsung tries to kill off the Note7

Nougat creeped up every so slightly in the latest Android platform distribution numbers released by Google.

The best apps and games for Daydream VR
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The best apps and games for Daydream VR

Step into Google's new virtual world with the most mesmerizing titles available.

The best apps with custom Quick Settings tiles in Android Nougat

The best apps with custom Quick Settings tiles in Android Nougat

Android 7.0 lets developers add quick settings tiles, and Shazam, Todoist, and a whole host of others have jumped on board.

Android device updates: Android 7.1.1 brings a batch of goodies to Google's Pixel and Nexus

Android device updates: Android 7.1.1 brings a batch of goodies to Google's Pixel and Nexus

For anyone still hanging onto Verizon's Droid Turbo, your patience has been rewarded with the debut of Android Marshmallow.

Android Pay FAQ: Everything you need to know about Google's mobile payment system

Android Pay FAQ: Everything you need to know about Google's mobile payment system

We cover everything from setting up Android Pay, using it as your go-to payment tool, and even saving all of your loyalty and rewards offers.

8 apps to help you take the stress out of holiday travel

8 apps to help you take the stress out of holiday travel

Here are some apps and services that can reduce some of the misery that accompanies keeping track of all those details.

Android device updates: LG G5, Sony Xperia XZ, X Performance, HTC 10 score Nougat

Android device updates: LG G5, Sony Xperia XZ, X Performance, HTC 10 score Nougat

The G5 update is coming to the Verizon and LG models, while Sony and HTC are pushing updates to their unlocked phones.

When will your phone get Android Nougat?
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When will your phone get Android Nougat?

Our continually updated list has all the latest details, announcements, and rumors to give you the best possible picture of when you'll get Android 7.0.

Google may be testing out a new card-based layout for the Play Store

Google may be testing out a new card-based layout for the Play Store

A new design is making an appearance for some users, though it's unclear at this point how widespread the rollout is.

Report: Google on pace to sell 3 million Pixels by the end of the year

Report: Google on pace to sell 3 million Pixels by the end of the year

A Morgan Stanley estimate says Google should sell another 5 to 6 million next year, though Samsung remains the smartphone sales king.

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