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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.

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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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Give back this holiday season with these great Android charity apps

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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

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

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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.

The coolest things you can do with Google Home

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

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'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.