8 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.

New episodes are posted every Thursday.

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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.

New episodes are posted every Thursday.

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    HOA 7: Samsung Galaxy S20 Tips and Tricks

    HOA 7: Samsung Galaxy S20 Tips and Tricks

    Samsung includes a number of bells and whistles with their Galaxy series of phones. Setting one up from scratch involves a number of tweaks to refine the experience and get the most from it out of the box. Jason shows how he chose to set up the new Galaxy S20 Ultra.
    Gestures vs. Button navigation.Homescreen and app tray density.Light vs Dark mode.Power button vs Bixby button.Volume rocker tweaks.Live caption.120Hz display refreshSmart Stay.Secure lock.
    Host: Jason Howell

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

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    • 14 min
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    HOA 6: Hands-on Android 11 Developer Preview 2

    HOA 6: Hands-on Android 11 Developer Preview 2

    The second developer preview was released on schedule and there are a number of tweaks to some of the new features of the previous version.
    More polish and new settings in the screen recorderA completely redesigned wallpaper pickerA new lockscreen clock design sectionNotification History in settingsHide silent notifications from status barPixel 4 face scan to require eyes to be open
    Host: Jason Howell

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

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    • 11 min
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    HOA 5: How to Connect Game Controllers to Android

    HOA 5: How to Connect Game Controllers to Android

    Some games for Android support hardware gamepads, like the ones that ship with the most current consoles on the market. Jason walks through how to get those controllers set up to play those games.
    Xbox One wireless controllerPlayStation Dual Shock 4 controllerNintendo Switch Pro controllerGames that support hardware controllers
    Host: Jason Howell

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

    • 9 min
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    HOA 4: Google vs. Samsung: Find My Phone

    HOA 4: Google vs. Samsung: Find My Phone

    Misplacing your device is no walk in the park. Thankfully, both Google and Samsung offer robust ways to track your lost device and even remotely manage it in the event that it's in the wrong hands. Jason Howell compares both services to see which is more helpful in a pinch.
    Google's Find My Phone appSamsung's Find My Device web appTracking the device on a mapSecuring the deviceTriggering a remote wipe of the driveBacking up data
    Host: Jason Howell

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

    • 14 min
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    HOA 3: Understanding Android's Permissions

    HOA 3: Understanding Android's Permissions

    Having control over the sensitive data on your smartphone means understanding the sometimes complicated Permissions architecture of the Android OS. Jason walks through the settings to show how permissions can be crafted in a way that minimizes unnecessary data sharing to apps and services.
    Permission ManagerRisks of changing permissionsSpecial app access settingsLocation permissions
    Host: Jason Howell

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    • 8 min
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    HOA 2: Hands-on Android 11 Developer Preview

    HOA 2: Hands-on Android 11 Developer Preview

    Google jumped the gun and released the very first version of Android 11 Developer Preview 1 a month earlier than previous versions. Jason shows off the relatively small list of platform upgrades on his Pixel 3a.
    Screen RecorderSystem-wide Dark Theme changesPin apps in the share sheetNew Permission time framesBluetooth and Airplane modeIntegrated chat bubblesMute phone while video recordingRefresh rate overlay
    Host: Jason Howell

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

    • 12 min

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