20 episodes

Android isn’t just phones. It's a complex ecosystem. It’s feature-filled. It’s customizable. Each week, Jason Howell will take a closer look at the Android operating system as well as the unique devices running it worldwide. From feature spotlights, to tips and tricks, and even reviews of apps that make Android so much fun, Hands-On Android will change how you use your smartphone for the better. Screen reader support enabled.

Although the show is no longer in production, you can enjoy episodes from the TWiT Archives.

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Android isn’t just phones. It's a complex ecosystem. It’s feature-filled. It’s customizable. Each week, Jason Howell will take a closer look at the Android operating system as well as the unique devices running it worldwide. From feature spotlights, to tips and tricks, and even reviews of apps that make Android so much fun, Hands-On Android will change how you use your smartphone for the better. Screen reader support enabled.

Although the show is no longer in production, you can enjoy episodes from the TWiT Archives.

    My Favorite Apps - Jason's Everyday Apps

    My Favorite Apps - Jason's Everyday Apps

    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://twit.tv/shows/hands-on-android

    • 17 min
    Gboard Tips and Tricks - Google Keyboard's Hidden Features That Make Typing Easier

    Gboard Tips and Tricks - Google Keyboard's Hidden Features That Make Typing Easier

    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 auto-correct word.
    Glide Typing.
    Delete with a gesture.
    Space bar cursor control.
    Text editing shortcut.
    Better EMOJI suggestions.
    Personal Dictionary shortcuts.
    Themes cause why not?

    Host: Jason Howell

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/hands-on-android

    Sponsor:
    LastPass.com/twit

    • 10 min
    Create Your Own Photo Cloud Storage - How to Set Up Your Own Plex Server for Photos

    Create Your Own Photo Cloud Storage - How to Set Up Your Own Plex Server for Photos

    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 of those photos and videos from Google and moving them to a Plex server that you control.

    Using Google Takeout to download photos and videos.
    Moving and unzipping the media to an external drive.
    Preparing Plex to look at the media library.
    Setting Plex to automatically upload new media.

    Host: Jason Howell

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/hands-on-android

    • 12 min
    Accessibility Features For Everyone - These Tricks Come in Handy on All Devices

    Accessibility Features For Everyone - These Tricks Come in Handy on All Devices

    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 Captions.
    Select to Speak.
    Magnification.
    Interaction Controls.
    Flashlight for events.

    Host: Jason Howell

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/hands-on-android

    • 10 min
    Own Your Cloud Music Locker - Takeout Your Google Play Music Library and Move It to Plexamp

    Own Your Cloud Music Locker - Takeout Your Google Play Music Library and Move It to Plexamp

    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 so he will walk through the steps required to use Google Takeout to pull down his uploaded music and import it into Plex for use with Plexamp.

    What is Plexamp?
    Exporting the Google Play Music library from Google Takeout.
    Organizing the media dump into a structured format using Apple Music.
    Importing that media into Plex.
    Using Plexamp to access that music.

    Host: Jason Howell

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/hands-on-android

    Sponsor:
    LastPass.com/twit

    • 14 min
    Create a Home Automation Control Center - Take That Old Device and Give It a Job Using Action Blocks

    Create a Home Automation Control Center - Take That Old Device and Give It a Job Using Action Blocks

    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 to do just that.

    Preparing the tablet or phone for Action Blocks.
    Crafting the right Assistant commands.
    Using custom images for one-touch widgets.
    Testing the layout and setup.
    Action Blocks - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.accessibility.maui.actionblocks

    Host: Jason Howell

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/hands-on-android

    • 10 min

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