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Hands-On Android (Audio)

A weekly Education and Technology podcast featuring Jason Howell
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Everyone has their list of favorite apps. Jason Howell took a look at his app drawer and pulled out some of the apps that he makes sure are installed on every device he tests. Host: Jason Howell Download or subscribe to this show at https://
Typing on smartphones has never been a fun experience. Jason Howell knows that pain well. That's why he's collected some of his favorite type saving tips that make Google's Gboard app even easier to use. Quick capitalization. Remove a stored
With the recent announcement that Google Photos is changing in 2021 to limit free uploads indefinitely, many smartphone users are now examining alternative options for their memories. Jason Howell walks through the process of downloading all o
Android has come a long way in its pursuit of bringing meaningful accessibility features to those who truly need them. Jason Howell shows off how some of those features are actually useful for everyone and not just a subset of users. Live Cap
Takeout your Google Play Music library and move It to Plexamp. With the death of Google Play Music, many people are looking for the best alternative for their cloud music storage. Jason Howell isn't satisfied with the YouTube Music approach
Take that old device and give it a job using Action Blocks. If you have a smart home and an old Android phone or tablet gathering dust, put it to use as a home automation control center! Jason Howell walks through how to use Action Blocks t
A popular feature of Pixel phones has been Active Edge, a shortcut for Google Assistant that is triggered when the frame of the phone is squeezed firmly. The new Pixel 5 doesn't support that feature anymore, but Jason Howell shows how using an
Galaxy customization continues on an even deeper level. Samsung Good Lock is customization to deep that there's too much to fit into a single episode. Jason Howell dives into the Family portion of the app to discuss a number of other wholis
Deep modular customization of Samsung's Galaxy phones. Samsung is known for offering expansive customization options to its Galaxy smartphones, but Good Lock takes it to a different level. Jason Howell walks through the first half of this i
Almost any Android TV device can be upgraded too! Google released the new Chromecast with Google TV at its Fall hardware event last week and its the first device to be running the newly revamped Google TV interface that replaces Android TV. H
Five cool things to check out on the foldable phone. Samsung's latest foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold2, has a lot of impressive features that are only possible because of its unique design. Jason Howell shows off a few of the phone's key fe
There are plenty of ways that Android protects your data and online security, but how can Android help you out in the real world? Jason Howell takes a look at a number of features within Android that reach outside of the device to protect user
Of all the new features rolling out with Android 11, one of the most interesting changes comes in the form of a revised and feature rich power menu. Jason Howell shows what the power button is capable of out of the box as well as how to add yo
The official release of Android 11 is here, and with it, Google is giving users plenty of control over their device, their smart home, their privacy, and their communication with contacts. Jason Howell summarizes the key features of this new r
The Google Pixel 4a is a solid mid-range device with a proven camera that takes high quality shots easily. The Samsung Note 20 Ultra is about as premium as devices get with a stoked array of lenses and the ability to shoot like a DSLR. Jason H
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is as premium as smartphones get and the thing that differentiates it most from its competition is the S Pen. Jason Howell shows off some of the latest features of the S Pen in this premium device, what mak
Installing apps outside of the Google Play Store. The Google Play Store is good enough for most people when it comes to finding and installing apps and games on Android. However, there are plenty of legitimate reasons to want to install app
Effective reminders for distance learning and everything else. Sometimes, reminders need to be more than a gentle nudge. Google seems to have read Jason Howell's mind because shortly after last week's episode on Reminders, they announced a ne
In Jason Howell's household, the beginning of distance learning has created a toxic stew of calendar craziness. As such, here are a few different considerations when tackling reminders on Android to be absolutely certain you don't miss somethi
Developers have many reasons for preventing Android users from taking screenshots or screen recordings of in-app content. Usually its for security but sometimes its to protect copyrighted material. Jason Howell walks through some examples of h
Google's cloud backup system is nice and easy, but it's not as comprehensive as the kind of backup that is possible with a rooted device. Jason Howell explains what it means when a phone is rooted, and the kind of deep backup that is possible o
Before you go to wipe that phone and start fresh, you will want to be sure that Google is backing up all of the important pieces of your phone. Jason Howell walks through Google's automated approach to cloud backup as well as fills in some of t
Google has tried local P2P file sharing before, and it never really took off. Now, Google is conducting a limited beta test of an OS-level solution called Nearby Sharing. Jason Howell has access to the beta feature and walks through what it is
A fan of the show wonders how to use the MicroSD card in his LG Stylo 5 as internal storage to alleviate shortage issues. Jason Howell explains Adoptable Storage and shows a number of ways he frees up device disk space when running low. What i
Stadia, Google's game console in the cloud, is currently running on devices of all kinds but as of yet is not officially supported on Android TV devices. While we wait for Google to make those devices compatible, Jason Howell has a way to get i
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