Android: If you use public transit to get to work, Google will sometimes let you know if your train is delayed. However, it might not tell you until you get to the station. This Tasker action can help by letting you make on-demand requests to find out.
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If you're planning to migrate from iOS to Android it's hard to look past the Google Pixel manufactured by HTC. In addition to being one of the best Android smartphones on the market it is demonstrably superior to the iPhone 7 in several important ways; including display quality and battery life. This video lists five things Google's Pixel phone can do that the iPhone can't.
Android: A recent server-side update to the Facebook and Messenger apps caused a bug that rapidly drained users' batteries even more than those apps usually do. Fortunately, it's been fixed, but you'll need to restart your apps.
Android: Google makes some amazing doodles, but every so often they go beyond a drawing. Some doodles include games or an informative piece about the person or holiday they're celebrating. Now, Google can give you a notification whenever there's a cool new one.
Kindle Fire tablets are some of the best, cheapest Android tablets around, but they're limited to Amazon's app store, which is more than lacking compared to the thousands of apps available on the Google Play Store. With a little tweaking, though, you can run any Android app on them. You can even get the entire Google Play Store on some devices.
It's never been a taxing issue to grab the basic Android dev tools — ADB and fastboot — without having to grab the entire SDK from Google. A quick trip to a forum like XDA will fix that up. Still, it'd be nice if Google itself offered these core components separately so you never had to worry about versions, compatibility or even malicious downloads. Well, as of yesterday it does... unofficially.
Windows/Mac/Linux: Google's ADB and fastboot are incredibly powerful command line tools for customising your Android phone. Up until now, these tiny tools have been bundled in the gigantic Android SDK, but Google will finally let you download these tools on their own.
Web/Android/iOS: Human trafficking is a massive, global problem — one that an app alone won't solve, but one that this app may be able to help with, just a little bit. TraffickCam asks you to snap pictures of your hotel room, creating a database that can be matched to rooms in photos with trafficking victims.
Few set top boxes support every service you want, but when you've got one that runs Android there's usually a workaround. One of the most frustrating omissions from Android TV's app catalogue is Amazon Prime Video, which was launched in Australia last month. but you can change that with just a few simple steps and no rooting required.
Android: Google Assistant comes with more fun features than its previous counterpart. This year, Google's bringing that same approach to holiday fun. Now you can ask Google where Santa is, or play a virtual dreidel game.