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.

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.

How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

Take charge of your privacy so there are no surprises about how much information your digital assistant is holding onto.

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.

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