About Conor Cawley
Conor has been staunchly in favor of Android since graduating to a smartphone from his hot pink Motorola RAZR. In fact, he'll gladly ruin a friendly dinner in service of lambasting Apple devices to those that use them, which he admits is one of his worst personality traits. After being talked out of sports writing by someone working for ESPN Chicago ("it's the same thing every year, it's like purgatory"), Conor decided that the ever-evolving world of tech would be a much more interesting topic to focus on. Now, more than half a decade later, he covers everything from new devices and big conferences to small startups and business trends. In addition to freelancing for Android Police, Conor is the Lead Writer for Tech.co, a tech publication focused on helping small businesses grow and succeed. He's worked with the likes of Forbes, WeWork, General Assembly, Chase Bank, Tech in Motion, and SXSW, among others, through Tech.co in service of making tech a bit more accessible. Conor also can't properly pronounce the word "colloquially," but honestly, who can?
These $99, often discounted earbuds are filled with plenty of features, making them a great fitness set if they fit on your ears
Fitness earbuds walk a thin line. They must be compact enough not to impact your workout and sturdy enough not to fly off your ear during a particularly enthusiastic deadlift. The JLab Epic Air Sport earbuds toe this thin pretty well, providing a comfortable fit without sacrificing the tech features everyday users have become accustomed to in their audio-providing devices. That, combined with a long battery life and good all-around audio quality, make these earbuds more than worthy of consideration for your fitness playlist needs.
If Google Assistant is your smart assistant of choice, these speakers are your best bet
If you own multiple smart home devices, you already know that Google Assistant is arguably one of the most intuitive virtual assistants available. Alexa's echo devices respond well to specific commands, like "What's the weather today." But Google can handle more nuanced questions like "What's the weather going to be like when I leave work?" Other virtual assistants, like Siri and Bixby, have advantages, but Google Assistant offers more device compatibility.
Trouble with the tap? Here's how you can fix your payment problems
Contactless payments, whether by passing a card over a radio frequency identification (RFID) terminal or a smartphone with near field communication (NFC) over a suitable reader, make purchases faster and more convenient by eliminating the need to fiddle with a PIN pad. All Android phones come with NFC, allowing them to work with payment apps like Google Wallet. Since the app has your card details, you hold your phone to a card scanner, and it does the rest.
Looking to switch to Spotify? You'll have to cancel your Apple Music subscription first, and here's how
Apple Music may not always be the top choice for everyone when it comes to music streaming services. It can integrate with Apple products a bit easier, as the infamously walled-off ecosystem makes sure of. Moreover, the sound quality exceeds other streaming services, especially when paired with high-grade wireless headphones.
Using a password manager makes this easier
If you're like most people, you probably kept the random password on the bottom of your home router. While that random password is pretty safe, it's probably pretty hard to remember. If you already have your login details on your Android phone or tablet, there's no need dust off and flip over your gateway.
Wanna ditch the wires? These Motorola phones can charge wirelessly with the right technology
Wires are the bane of the technology world. They make otherwise sleek and stylish technology look clunky and outdated, tethering these innovative devices to the past like a ball and chain. However, many recent smartphones have wireless charging functionality, and Motorola is starting to get with the program on more of its devices. While far from perfect, wireless charging has become an important feature that smartphone buyers are interested in. Motorola has been busy with releases in 2023 and has made strides regarding wireless charging. So, which Motorola phones have wireless charging?
The lowdown on Google's two smart TV platforms
There's little doubt about Google's impact on the tech world. It owns the most popular search engine in the world. Google has released a series of successful smartphones, smartwatches, and smart home devices. Its proprietary Android version also powers most non-Apple phones. Similarly, Google's influence has seeped into home entertainment systems with Google TV, which was released in September 2020. Meanwhile, Google's other operating system, Android TV, has been powering smart TVs and the best streaming devices for nearly a decade, since 2014. This begs the logical question: what's the difference between the two?
Sometimes you just need to see the light and start over
Philips Hue products are among the best smart bulbs on the market, thanks to their reliability and ease of use. However, like any smart home product, they can run into issues, and resetting them might do the trick. In addition, you might want to reset them to pair them with another hub, as this is the process you'll follow to reconnect them. There isn't a real pairing mode with Hue lights, and your best bet is to remove them from the hub they're connected to.
With a little help, Alexa and Hue make an incredible pair
When it comes to smart lights, the first name most people think of is Philips Hue. These high-quality smart lights are considered the gold standard for voice-controlled lighting, and they're a great entry point for setting up a smart home. They're responsive, easy to set up, and allow you to automate your smart home with everything from simple bulbs to extravagant lightstrips.
Brighten up your life with the best of the best smart light brand
When it comes to smart lighting, Philips Hue is the O.G. that still delivers a wide range of products that put many of its smart lighting competitors to shame. From run-of-the-mill A19 bulbs to powerful outdoor fixtures, Philips Hue smart lights and bulbs are easy to install and a cinch to control and automate. That being said, if you want a little extra customization for your Philips Hue ecosystem, we highly recommend grabbing the Philips Hue Bridge, which connects to your Wi-Fi and adds layer after layer of extra controls.
Go big and ditch the screen with these Android-powered projectors
While people at home try to recreate their own personal cinema, TVs have continued to increase in size at an extreme rate, but a giant TV isn't always the at-home cinematic solution. An in-home projector is your best friend when you want the movie-going experience without the pricey munchies and fart-filled seats. You can set them up just about anywhere from your basement to your backyard, provided you have enough brightness to enjoy those darker episodes (we're talking about you, Battle of Winterfell).
Hey Google, let's light this candle
Smart lights are a wonderful addition to any home, but having to use an app to turn on your living room can be a bit of a hassle. It's probably just easier to just hit the switch on the wall rather than unlocking your smartphone and pressing a button. Luckily, smart lights can always receive voice commands from a companion like Google Assistant, allowing you to brighten up your home with a simple, "Hey Google, turn on the lights."
One of the best E Ink tablets for writing, marred only by its lacking e-reader functionality
When the original reMarkable paper tablet launched in 2017, it wasn't received well thanks to a laggy experience plagued with loading problems. Fortunately, the company has proven that everyone deserves a second chance, with the reMarkable 2 paper tablet providing a stellar writing experience across the board, as well as robust battery life and a slick, comfortable design that will make it even harder to put down.
From bulbs and plugs to locks and cameras, these smart home devices are perfect for getting started
Smart home technology exists to make our lives easier, safer, and more fun. However, some devices are a little more complex or expensive than others. But don't worry if you're not super confident with navigating in-depth configuration settings or unfamiliar protocols because there are a host of great smart home devices designed with the novice smart homeowner in mind.
A solid stylus phone that costs six times less than the Galaxy S23 Ultra
Although Motorola’s most recent success was its latest nostalgic foldable, Motorola’s most popular phones have long been a fixture of the budget smartphone landscape for years now. The company has remained relatively competitive with the likes of Samsung and Google in providing affordable smartphones that surprise users, as long as they’re looking at the price tag. The Moto G Stylus (2023) — a 4G-only variant of its more expensive 5G counterpart — continues that trend, providing good enough specs and a comprehensive stylus experience to make you ask yourself, “is this really only $200?”
It's worth a shot before buying a new device
Our phones are part of our daily lives, given they help us keep in touch with people, manage our schedules, make payments, listen to music, work, store photos and videos, and more. For these reasons, it only makes sense that losing your phone can be a nightmare, especially if it's not backed up, which would mean losing all of your data.
This rugged phone doesn't skimp on functionality to give you the protection you need
Samsung is known for its ability to branch out and develop smartphones for anyone and everyone. Whether you’re looking for a big battery, a beautiful display, or a stylus built into the body, Samsung has a smartphone for you. And when it comes to the XCover6 Pro, the company has done it again with a mid-tier, rugged smartphone that won’t look like you’re smuggling a bag of popcorn in your pocket on your way to work. And let's just say, you won't need a rugged Samsung case to protect this smartphone.
Google Camera doesn't save two versions automatically anymore
Google Pixel smartphones take amazing pictures thanks to an excellent camera array and a powerful chipset. The Google Pixel 7, for example, has a 50-megapixel main camera, while the Pixel 7 Pro has the same, along with a 48-megapixel telephoto sensor. While that may not match up to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, it has the added benefit of being powered by the Google Tensor G2 chipset, which adds to the overall quality of the pictures you take.
Google Home is essential for your smart home setup and makes your day a little simpler
You may have associated Google Home with speakers before, but that's no longer the case. Since Google discontinued them in 2019, Home is now a smart management platform. It's the app you need to turn off the lights if you forgot to do so before a trip, among other features. You can connect speakers, Chromecasts, and cameras in different areas of your house, and control them from your favorite Android phones and tablets.
The last thing you want is someone reading your emails
Gmail is an excellent email tool that is used by millions. Its intuitive interface and plentiful integrations with other Google services make communicating between friends, family, and coworkers much easier. However, Gmail remains an imperfect solution when it comes to security, which means you might be interested in sending a secure email through the service.