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.

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.

A new rating system will tell you if SD cards are capable of running mobile apps

A new rating system will tell you if SD cards are capable of running mobile apps

The SD Association announced a new "app performance class" that will give buyers more knowledge about what to put inside their phones.

Report: Android 7.1 rollout to Nexus devices will begin Dec. 6

Report: Android 7.1 rollout to Nexus devices will begin Dec. 6

The software will bring the latest features and the December security patch.

How to send GIFs with the Google Keyboard in Android Nougat

How to send GIFs with the Google Keyboard in Android Nougat

Sometimes you need a wacky GIF to say just the right thing during a conversation.

These are the coolest things you can do with Google Home

These are the coolest things you can do with Google Home

The Google Assistant can do everything from tell you about the day's weather forecast to streaming video and turning off the lights.

'Google Cast' is being phased out in favor of Chromecast for connected TVs and speakers

'Google Cast' is being phased out in favor of Chromecast for connected TVs and speakers

The change is a bit of an about face for Google, which is opting to bank on its successful Chromecast name for all supported hardware.

Pixel update is bringing a lift-to-wake and double-tap screen feature

Pixel update is bringing a lift-to-wake and double-tap screen feature

The software upgrade gives you two new methods to quickly view notifications or check the time on your home screen.

How your Android phone can help you conquer Black Friday

How your Android phone can help you conquer Black Friday

The power of Google and several smart Android apps can help you keep your sanity and save some money during the high holy days of shopping.

Google is rolling out the final build of the Android 7.1 Developer Preview

Google is rolling out the final build of the Android 7.1 Developer Preview

It's the last release before the final version rolls out to Nexus devices and the wider Android ecosystem.

Google Maps will now tell you how busy a place is in real time

Google Maps will now tell you how busy a place is in real time

Other data-driven tricks include projections about how long people stay at a place and more detailed hours from certain venues.

Report: Google's Pixel is off to a roaring start on Verizon

Report: Google's Pixel is off to a roaring start on Verizon

Analysis suggests that Pixel activations at Verizon are going very well despite the competition of a new iPhone, thanks in large part to an aggressive advertising campaign.

Report: Android Pay may use gamification to encourage you to tap and pay

Report: Android Pay may use gamification to encourage you to tap and pay

Code references in the latest update reveal that prizes may soon await those who want to use their phone regularly at the checkout counter.

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