Monthly Archives: September 2018


Yes, you can use AirPods with an Android phone; here’s how

AirPods are one of the most popular options for Bluetooth earbuds out right now. They’re also the market leader for truly wireless listening. But, like some Apple products, you can actually use AirPods with an Android device.

While the experience may be targeted to iOS users, Android users are definitely not left out in the dark. Many people consider the AirPods the best Android accessory available right now! But, how exactly do you use your AirPods with your Android phone? And can you replicate some of the Apple-only features? The answer is Yes and it’s very easy to do. Here’s a look at how to get your Android AirPod experience

Step 1 – Pairing

Pairing your AirPods to your Android phone is just as easy as pairing any other Bluetooth accessory. That’s because it’s the exact same process. Sure, we’ll admit that Apple’s pairing implementation is pretty cool (just open them up and you’re ready to pair!) but, this is pretty easy too.

The first step is to open up the lid, then hold down the white button on the back of the AirPods case. There’s an LED on the inside of the case that while pulse white once you enter pairing mode. It should only take about three seconds of holding the rear button to enter pairing mode.

Once you’re in pairing mode, head into the settings application on your phone and find Bluetooth settings. From there, begin searching for a new device and tap on AirPods when you see it in your list.

Step 2 – Additional features

If you want to stop here, you can! You’ll be able to use your AirPods just like any other pair of Bluetooth earbuds. Or, you can keep going and install a very helpful app that will enhance your experience.

AirBattery replicates the informational pop-up screen that iOS users get when they open up their AirPod case. This app gives battery information on how much juice the rechargeable case and each earbud have left. It’s super useful for keeping an eye on battery level.

There are a couple of really cool features in its settings too. If you donate to enable the Pro version, you can get a persistent notification to give you the latest update on how much battery you have left. We also love the Ear Detection for Spotify. This will pause or resume your music from Spotify when an AirPod is taken out of one or both of your ears.

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And that’s it! There’s a lot of confusion around AirPods and Android devices and we wanted to let you know that yes, no matter what your friends have told you, you can use them. In fact, many of our staff here at AndroidGuys uses AirPods on a daily basis.

Many of us love our AirPods but we know that not everyone loves Apple. If you want to check out some truly wireless earbuds from other companies, check out the reviews below.


TicWatch Pro Review: Easily the best option for Wear OS

While Apple has seemingly figured out the smartwatch game, Android users are still searching for the best option. For awhile, we had the Huawei Watch which was the de-facto choice, but is now a few years old.

READ MORE: TicWatch E Review

Since then, we have seen plenty of options walk through the door, with not many really sticking. TicWatch has released a new offering with the TicWatch Pro that could change everything. At least temporarily.

Hardware and Build Quality

Upon taking the TicWatch Pro out of the box I was both surprised and intrigued at what was going on here. The watch itself is made from a solid aluminum, that is both large and rather hefty at first glace.

Given that I have larger wrists than the average person, the size of the watch was a pleasant surprise. However, you may want to look into the other TicWatch offerings if you are looking for something smaller.


  • 1.39-inch 400 x 400 Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB Storage
  • GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • IP68
  • 415mAh Battery

What really excited me after putting the watch on was the band itself. On the outside, there is a leather-like material which gives a professional look. However, on the side that rests on your skin, we have silicone.

This makes it possible for your wrist to “breathe” while providing a comfortable feeling on the wrist. If this isn’t your cup o’ tea, then you can easily swap this out for a different band.

READ MORE: Best Smartwatches

Moving onto the main attraction of the TicWatch Pro, we have an absolutely gorgeous OLED display. This is bright enough to view in just about every situation, but there’s a hidden feature that sets this smartwatch apart from the rest.

On top of the standard OLED panel, there is also an FSTN (Film compensated Super Twisted Nematic) LCD panel. Essentially, there’s a layered display on top of the OLED display and this is for good reason.

This “Essential Mode” works to save battery life by acting as an “always-on display”, while showing the following bits of information:

  • Time
  • Date
  • Step Count
  • Battery Level

We’ll touch on this secondary display a bit later, but there’s a little bit more to offer on the hardware side. The TicWatch Pro offers two buttons on the right side of the frame, which have a perform a few different actions.

  • Top button, single press – App list
  • Top button, long press – Google Assistant
  • Lower button, single press – Configurable to the app of your choice
  • Lower button, double press – Google Pay
  • Lower button, long press – Power menu (Essential Mode, Restart, or Power off)

Having the ability to configure the lower button to an app of your choice is a nice touch. In order to change this, you’ll need to head into the TicWatch by Mobvoi app on your TicWatch Pro.


When I received the TicWatch Pro, the smartwatch was already running the latest version of Wear OS. There were a few minor updates that have been pushed since release, but only including minor bug fixes and tweaks.

It’s extremely evident that Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) has taken a back seat to everything else that Google is working on. This is really sad and upsetting, but combined with the almost 3-year-old Wear 2100 SoC, there’s not much to really get excited about.

TicWatch Pro 1

Wear OS in general is just serviceable, but combined with the chipset, you’re likely to experience the occasional lag. Sometimes is worse than others, but all-in-all, you’ll likely be just fine for the time being.

In addition to Google-integrated features, the TicWatch Pro also includes some extra apps from Mobvoi. These are primarily focused on health, with the Fitness app which monitors your heart rate. The Health app keeps track of your steps, distance, and more all from a clean-looking experience.

Battery Life

The most intriguing aspect of the TicWatch Pro isn’t the great design, or the fact that it runs Wear OS. Instead, battery life has been absolutely superb as I was able to get 2.5 days of usage with the Pro running its “standard” mode.

The secondary display that we mentioned earlier is being touted to provide between 5 to 30 days of battery life. Since the LCD display consumes less power and only shows you the essentials, this is the perfect way to keep your watch going whenever you need to save some juice. Simply long press on the lower button and tap “Essential Mode”, and the secondary display will activate.

It’s highly unlikely that you will ever actually “only” use the Essential Mode, but it’s still something that more smartwatches should feature in the future.

Pricing & Conclusion

The TicWatch Pro is a smartwatch that could have been much better than what is already is. If it weren’t for Qualcomm and Google dragging its feet in the wearable space, then the Pro would absolutely amazing at just $249.

That being said, earlier in September, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. This promises to offer better battery life and better overall performance. But that’s not saying much when being compared to a 2-year-old processor.

Nonetheless, if you don’t feel like waiting for new Wear 3100 smartwatches to launch, then the TicWatch Pro is our pick for a Wear OS smartwatch.

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Effective, and efficient alignment of capabilities and resources lead to strategic advantages in the market. ITIL, the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is the most widely accepted approach to IT service management across the globe. It helps both individuals and organizations use IT to realize and implement business changes, transformation, and growth.

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MetroPCS rebrands as simply Metro with new plans and features

MetroPCS has announced a new rebranding effort by dropping the PCS from their name and sticking with simply Metro, by T-Mobile. But their namesake isn’t the only thing that’s changing, according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere. They’ll be including some tiers of their plans with Amazon Prime and Google One subscriptions, making for a pretty […]

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Red Hydrogen One software details surface thanks to the FCC

The Red Hydrogen One is still a pretty mysterious device despite a ton of buzz and hype surrounding it. We know Red is planning big things for it, but we don’t know how it’ll look in action. At least, until today, anyway. A manual for the Red Hydrogen One was uploaded to the FCC’s website […]

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Who is HMD Global and why care about them?

Nokia was once upon a time the king of mobile phones. However, the company has seen its fair share of struggles over the years. A partnership with Microsoft for making Windows Mobile-powered smartphones mainstream eventually failed and 2016 saw the demise of the Nokia brand we all knew and loved.

But in recent years, the company has had a chance to regroup. Not so long ago, Nokia announced that its brand was making a return to the mobile market, after a time where it focused on network equipment. To do so, the Finnish phone maker came up with an interesting scheme involving a newly founded start-up called HMD Global.

If you follow tech, you’ve probably heard that HMD is the company launching all the new Nokia phones that are making their ways on the market these days. But who is HMD Global? Continue reading below to find out more.

A startup to continue Nokia’s legacy

HMD Global was set up in Espoo, Finland – which is Nokia’s hometown – in 2016 with the goal to bring back to life Europe’s most well-known phone brand.

And to do so HMD has managed to bring together under the same umbrella a lot of Nokia’s former staff. The current hierarchy includes CEO Florian Seiche who was responsible for Sales and Marketing in Europe Region at Nokia and Microsoft. He also worked for Siemens and Orange, as well as being the co-founder of HTC’s smartphone business. Continuing his activity with HMD is also Nokia and Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer (or CPO) Juho Sarvikas.

The start-up is owned by a private fund called Smart Connect LP, registered in Luxemburg, under the leadership of ex-Nokia executive Jean-Francoise Baril.

With such a powerful executive lineup in place, for the last two years, HMD has been focusing exclusively on the resurgence of the once Finnish great brand. And sales seem to be going in the right direction, so HMD is launching new phones left and right. This summer, the company has unveiled the Nokia X5 in China, a handset featuring a notch, a dual-camera setup and Android Oreo.

Back in May, the company also updated its mid-range and budget portfolio by launching the Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1 globally.

HMD Global is in charge of designing, selling and promoting all Nokia-branded devices. However, it’s partner FIH Mobile (a part of Foxconn) that’s actually in charge of manufacturing and R&D for HMD.

Since it’s comeback, Nokia has managed to carve a sweet spot in the middle-range niche. Sure, the company has also launched flagship devices like the Nokia 8 Sirroco, although the product kind of flew under the radar.

The Nokia phones of today build on the previous excellence

HMD also reintroduced a number of old-fashioned Nokia design. For starters, it re-launched the iconic 3310 model, complete with the popular Snake game. A year later, HMD revived the Nokia 8110, the so-called banana phone.

As HMD Global’s chief executive, mister Seiche said in an interview:

It is our ambition to deliver great smartphones that delight our fans while staying true to our Finnish roots and the hallmarks that the Nokia brand has always been known for

Moreover, Nokia’s smartphones offer a clean version of Android and the company has repeatedly pledged constant and fast updates. After Google introduced Android 9.0 Pie in August, HMD was among the first companies to confirm that all of its phones (even the low-end ones) will be getting the update.

But despite the business having got off to a fantastic start, it has not been entirely smooth sailing for the newly established company. Last year, Arto Nummela, the original chief executive and a Nokia veteran left HMD under curious circumstances.

Following his departure, HMD released a statement saying that the company continues to have a fantastic leadership team with decades of experience who will help to lead their business.

Currently, Nokia appears to be gearing up to launch another flagship-like device. Dubbed the Nokia 9 by the rumor mill, the phone is expected to arrive with a notch-less display and a Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood. According to leaks, the phone could come featuring a total of five Zeiss lenses on the back. Which is pretty crazy! The phone might launch in October or November.


Updated OnePlus Switch app gains wallpaper and launcher migration, supports more Android smartphones

The OnePlus 6 launched back in May to positive reviews and while we wait to find out exactly when the OnePlus 6T is announced next month the handset maker has rolled out an update to its OnePlus Switch app that aids users in transitioning up to a new OnePlus phone. The app will now allow […]

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Stable Android Pie begins rolling out to OnePlus 6 via OTA

Google officially announced that Android P would be known as Android Pie back in August, and after running its own Open Beta program, OnePlus is rolling out a stable build of this latest version of Android to the OnePlus 6. Besides including everything that was introduced with the Open Beta, the stable firmware also consists of […]

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398: The Amazon Echo… Show

Daniel Bader takes a break from dirty diapers and sleepless nights to join Andrew Martonik and Jerry Hildenbrand for an in-depth look at the staggering number of devices Amazon unveiled at a recent event in Seattle. This is a serious shot across the bow of every smart home company. Amazon excels at automation — now they’re looking to Echo all the things into just about every facet of life imaginable.

What are your favorite voice assistant and smart home devices? Let us know!

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