Google IO 2016 Coverage

Putting on Android Wear’s MODE bands

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So you’ve just picked up one of those new MODE bands that Google is pushing for Android Wear. While they’re meant to simplify the whole watch band-switching process, it’s not exactly easy to get started. With just two pins and a little tool, the pressure is all on you to figure things out. Once you get the pins secured in their respective places, the setup is a breeze. The struggle just comes from actually getting those pins in.

We’re showing you how to get Android Wear’s MODE bands on your smartwatch.

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Best emulators for Android [2016]

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Many think emulators are a gray area, but it’s actually not. Emulators in themselves aren’t bad. They’re essentially the platform that you can play old games on. However, you’ll need a ROM of the game you want to load into the emulator in order to do any gaming. That’s where the gray area comes in, but there are perfectly legal ways to do that. For instance, the ROM of an old game is perfectly legal if it’s something flashed from the original cartridge (your copy). Now that’s a bit of a complicated process, but there are easier and 100% legal ways to simply download a ROM, which we’ll go into a bit.

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Best screen protectors for the LG G5

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When you shell out hundreds of dollars for the latest flagship phone, you’re going to want to protect your investment. Cases are a great way to save your phone from a catastrophic incident, but many of you despise the bulk that protective cases add to your device, basically hiding the beautiful sleek design. This is where a screen protector can come in huge. A screen protector goes right over your screen, and if it is a good one, you won’t even notice that it’s there. In addition to being barely noticeable, a screen protector protects arguably the most important part of the phone.

Let’s check out the best screen protectors for the LG G5.

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Best USB Type-C chargers for the LG G5

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With the first batch of 2016’s flagship devices from the major smartphone manufacturers finally getting into the hands of buyers, there are good odds that many of them will be looking for some accessories. A common item many people invest in is an additional charger for their device to keep in their car or at the office or to tuck away in their computer bag for unexpected low charge situations. If you recently invested in the LG G5, even with the swappable battery, you may find yourself in the market for a new charger since LG switched to USB Type-C for their USB/charging port on the device rendering standard microUSB cables a thing of the past. Read more

Best chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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It can be tricky to find a charger that’s worth buying, and we know how that is. So we’ve compiled a list of eight chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge that are the best. We’ve included quality products paired with fast charging and sleek designs for the the ultimate guide to chargers, making it simple for anyone to order a new quality charger, whatever their price range may be.

With this broad range of charger types, we hope you find what you’re looking for.

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Setting up the fingerprint scanner on the HTC 10

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Prior to this year, fingerprint scanners weren’t all that easy to find on mobile devices; however, the top hardware manufacturers in the world of Android all decided to implemented the technology with their latest flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, and HTC 10 all ship with fingerprint scanners. Perhaps the very best one is on HTC’s 2016 flagship as its subtly integrated below the display as a home button.

We’re showing you how to set up the fingerprint scanner on the HTC 10.

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Best screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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It goes without saying, cases are one of the most important investments you can make, especially for a brand new smartphone like the Samsung alaxy S7 Edge. But, one thing just as important and often underlooked is a screen protector. Screens can get easily scratched up, thanks to coins or keys in your pocket. They’ll also protect your display against the everyday wear and tear. All in all, a screen protector keeps things looking like it’s in mint condition.

Not sure which one to get? No problem. We’ve done plenty of research and have combined all of the best screen protectors for the Galaxy S7 Edge in this list. Follow along below, and you’ll no doubt find the screen protector that meets your needs, and without breaking the bank, too!

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Best icon packs [2016]

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Icon packs are one of the best things about Android. There are so many out there, and because of that, you can really make your own unique interface. Whether you’re looking for something silly, serious, or well-designed, there’s something out there for you.

When it comes to customization, there isn’t much out there that’s better than icon packs. Many have tried, particularly Samsung with its Theme Engine. Unfortunately, even this Theme Engine isn’t better than icon packs. You’re supposed to be able to go into the Theme Store, find a theme you like, apply it, and be on your way. Unfortunately, there’s just not a lot of options there, and what is there isn’t any good. One thing’s for sure: The best icon packs will always remain on the Play Store, and there’s always more being added because the developer base is much larger that what Samsung or any other OEM trying to tackle customization will ever have.

That said, plenty more icon packs have launched on the Play Store since we last did a refresh of our best icon packs list, and we think these might just be the best yet. Check them out below and see what you think!

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Best RSS readers for Android [2016]

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Are you keeping up with a ton of websites and online content? Maybe they’re packed in your bookmarks bar, or maybe you have each web address at the forefront of your mind. Either way, RSS feeds are the way to go, allowing you to compile all of your favorite online content into one, organized place. There’s no more need for hopping from one website to the next, or trying to remember which one you’ve missed. That’s why we’re introducing you to the best RSS feed readers for Android—so you can read all of your favorite content in a cinch.

There are some important features to look out for in an RSS reader. One of the most important aspects, I believe, is that it needs to be designed well. This allows you to read all of your favorite content in manageable chunks while not feeling too overwhelmed. Another important aspect is being able to get to your content quickly without having to jump through hoops or too many menus. And of course, it’s always a good thing when an RSS readers offers a level of customization, allowing you to add a little personalization to your reading!

With that in mind, here are our favorite RSS readers for Android:

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