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About Jon Gilbert
Jon has been a freelance writer at Android Police since 2021. He primarily writes how-to guides and round-ups, but occasionally covers news. His favorite Android device was the Pixel 2 XL, and he regards the three-month period where he owned an iPhone as a time of the utmost shame. Jon graduated with a History degree in 2018, but quickly realized his writing skills were better put to use writing about tech rather than essays. He started writing and editing for startups shortly after graduating, where he did everything from writing website copy to managing and editing for a group of writers. In his free time, you can find him fiddling with computers and spending his entire paycheck on vinyl records.
Chat with your Discord friends from your Xbox console
Discord works on Xbox consoles, so you can join voice channels while playing on your console. It's an easy way to connect with your friends on Discord, even if you don't play games on a desktop computer. If you enjoy playing the best cross-platform games, we recommend using Discord to avoid the frustration of multiple communication apps.
This mid-range masterpiece has plenty of exciting features
The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE aims to capture the broad strokes that make the Galaxy S23 a brilliant phone while subtly cutting corners to reach budget pricing. While you might be wary about a phone designed to be a lower-quality version of another, the Galaxy S23 includes brilliant features that make it a worthwhile purchase in 2023.
Making the best Wear OS watches even better
When considering the top Android smartwatches in 2023, we at AP consider the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic the best of the best. There's a lot to love about their look. When you delve into the software, you'll find a bounty of useful features.
Don't worry about skimping on protection
The Pixel 8 Pro's most notable hardware improvement is the powerful Tensor G3 chip, but the temperature sensor might be the most controversial. It's not as accurate as dedicated temperature sensor devices and is likely a contributing factor to the Pixel 8 Pro's price. However, it's helpful in a pinch if you need to check the temperature of a pan with a couple of taps. But regardless of your opinion on its useability, you won't need to worry about the case on your phone blocking the sensor.
It's time to ditch that SIM card with your Pixel 8
The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro support eSIM. However, activating your eSIM isn't as simple as the tried-and-tested method of slotting a physical SIM card into your phone. While eSIM support for Pixel phones goes back years, improving the user experience hasn't changed much. This guide will walk you through the process of activating an eSIM on your Pixel 8 phone and migrating an eSIM from an earlier Pixel phone.
What good are hardware improvements when mobile games are stuck in the past
After a rocky start with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm has refined its latest chipset series into reliable powerhouses that power many flagship Android phones. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 promises even more power, but this info has some of us at AP scratching our heads. After all, what's the point of powerful hardware you can't take advantage of?
Creating a Netflix profile gives you extensive control over viewing restrictions, playback settings, personalized suggestions, and more. Multiple profiles are also helpful if you enjoy relaxing with the Netflix games included in your subscription, as game saves are assigned to each profile.
Don't let this mid-range friend cause you trouble
The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy S23. This is mostly good news, but it means the Fan Edition of Samsung's flagship has the same issues (plus a couple extra!).
Don't waste your smartwatch's battery
Samsung improves its Galaxy smartwatches' battery life with every iteration, and the Galaxy Watch 6 is the best yet. In our Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 review, we found we regularly got two days of use with regular use.
There are plenty of compatible Play Store apps
If you recently bought your first Google Pixel Watch, make the most of it by installing compatible apps. Many popular Play Store apps are available for Wear OS. If you haven't familiarized yourself with your new smartwatch, you may be confused about installing them.
While the Play Store contains many fantastic games for your Android phone or tablet, few support mods. A staple of PC gaming, Android games lag far behind their PC equivalents. However, it's not impossible, and if you're looking for ways to spice up your favorite Android gaming experience, there's a good variety of excellent moddable titles to choose from.
Sometimes, you want to buy something on Amazon, but you don't want to buy it yet. There are also times when you want someone else to buy something for you, but you want them to be able to "surprise" you with your gift. Creating an Amazon wish list is the perfect way to help others buy you that perfect present and keep track of things you want to buy in the future.
Kind of like AirDrop, but Google
We all take photos and videos or download PDFs that we want to share with our other devices or those around us. Usually, you'd send an email or a text to share those items, but there's a better way. Google's AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature allows you to send any type of file to other people or your other devices cleanly and seamlessly. This works great for sharing items between phones but is better if you want to share an item with one of our favorite Chromebooks. This guide shows you everything you need to know about Nearby Share and how to use it with your Chromebook.
No more three-minute smooth jazz songs on loop
If you've ever wanted to skip listening to on-hold music and put your phone down while waiting, Google Pixel's exclusive Hold for Me feature is just what the doctor ordered. Hold For Me places your call on hold and notifies you when a representative comes back on the line with a push notification and sound or vibration. Part of a suite of Pixel-exclusive features, Hold For Me makes your calls to businesses more streamlined (and less aggravating).
Explore beyond the vanilla game with some unique mods
Stardew Valley is one of the best RPGs on the Play Store, but don't despair if you feel like you've explored every nook and cranny of the farming game. Mods can inject new life into the game, introducing new characters, events, areas and introducing quality of life features.
Send your list to friends and family
If you have great taste in fashion, you're bound to get bombarded with questions like "Where did you get that from?" and "What's the link to the product you purchased?" Instead of sharing individual links to products with others, create an Amazon wish list. After you create an Amazon wish list, share it with friends and family from the mobile app and the desktop website.
Never forget that song you heard ever again
Now Playing is one of the best Pixel-exclusive features. It can automatically identify any song playing in your environment and display the title and artist on your lock screen. It's the perfect way to identify any song quickly.
Google Assistant Routines are a simple way to get the most out of your day
Google Assistant Routines are quick and easy-to-setup actions that make your day a little easier. Routines are action chains that offer handy information — such as the weather, news updates, and your calendar — or smart home integrations like automatically dimming your smart bulbs when it's time for bed. Google Assistant offers a variety of routines, but you'll get the most out of the service by creating your own.
The Pixel Fold is facing stiff competition from its own brand
The Google Pixel Fold caused a splash when it arrived in mid-2023. Google's first foldable smartphone had a lot of competition, especially from Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 5, but despite some notable flaws, its top-of-the-line hardware and excellent aspect ratio meant there was a lot to love.
Get to work on time and avoid rush hour with Google Maps's commute feature
Google Maps is found on everything, from our favorite budget phones to iPads. It's an essential app that helps people get from point A to point B, thanks to its robust abilities to set commutes and avoid traffic.