Derek WalterGreenbot

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.

pixel box

The first things to do with your new Pixel phone

Before you do anything else with your new Pixel or Pixel XL, do these.

on greenbot.com

material design awards 2016

Google proclaims the winners of the 2016 Material Design Awards

Airbnb, Kitchen Stories, and productivity app Asana are among the group lauded for the best use of Google's design guidelines.

google wallpapers

Google's official Wallpapers app is now in the Play Store

The app works on any Android device running 4.1 or higher, giving you a chance to explore some Googly wallpaper options.

t mobile unlimited

T-Mobile to pay $48 million in settlement over throttling customers with heavy data usage

At issue is how the carrier slowed down connections for those on unlimited plans without any type of notification.

android on windows

How to run Android apps on your Windows PC

There are several good options for taking your Android experience to the desktop.

google maps navigation beta

A new widget gives you a quick view of traffic conditions in Google Maps beta

Find out if the coast is clear or if you need to take a different route as you're about to head out the door.

nougat ram usage

How to navigate the memory manager in Android Nougat

If some apps are being naughty and sucking up too many resources, here's how the tools in Android can lend you a hand.

android security danger

How to remove a phone, tablet, or PC from accessing your Google account

This is an important security step to go through whenever you sell off a device or just no longer plan to use it with Google services.

google clock

Google Clock 6.4 brings app shortcuts and a smarter stopwatch

Now when you set a timer or use the stopwatch, it'll pick up right where you left off after rebooting your phone.

galaxys7 1289

The best cases for the Galaxy S7

From ultimate protection to svelte options for the fashion conscious, these are some of the best options to keep your Samsung smartphone well protected.

google watches

Report: Google to sell its own Android Wear watch in early 2017

The 'Made by Google' push is set to continue with smartwatches, but Google will have to up its game to compete with the Apple Watch Series 2.

google photos

Google Photos begins creating animations from videos, gets smarter about fixing sideways pictures

You may start seeing more frequent memories to help you capture all those small moments of a young child growing up.

google phone app

Google Phone app 5.1 adds in new gestures and interface tweaks

The app comes from a Pixel system file dump, so it's unclear at this time if it'll make it to Nexus phones or is just for Google's newest hardware.

google pixel xl

Verizon Pixel phones will get Android updates at the same time as those sold by Google

Big Red also reaffirmed you'll be able to uninstall the three Verizon apps that will come preloaded on the Pixel sold in the company's stores.

google play icon

The Google Play Store is getting a modest makeover with a few interface tweaks

You can finally zoom in on screenshots, and Google has renamed the 'Entertainment' section to 'Movies, Music, Books' to try and drum up more interest.