by Al Sacco

The Android How To Guide: Tutorials, Tips, and Updates

Jul 07, 20116 mins
MobileOperating SystemsSmall and Medium Business

From free software downloads and expert tips and tricks, to device reviews, news and insider commentary, we offer you our guide to help master your Google Android device--updated regularly by's mobile maestro Al Sacco.

Google Android Software Downloads

Five New Android Apps You Don’t Want to Miss

This latest batch of apps for your Google Android smartphone lets you stream your favorite TV shows and films, pay for your morning caffeine fix or just kill some time…and maybe a few zombies too.

Best Android Widgets: 19 Apps With a Personal Touch’s mobile maestro Al Sacco handpicks 19 must-have Android widgets. With these apps you can put just the data you want onto your Android device’s home screen. And most are free.

15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies — All Free

If you just nabbed a new Android smartphone or tablet, or are coveting one, which apps should you download immediately? Check out these 15 picks from’s Al Sacco.

Android Apps on Motorola Atrix 4G

Free Android Apps: 11 Great Utilities for Your Google Phone

You can never have too many Android apps…especially when they’re free. Here are 11 downloads that deserve a spot on your device, each designed to add functionality to your Google phone and enhance your overall Android experience.

Android Apps: 9 Best, Free Social Networking Choices

Share, save and savor all things social with these nine free Google Android apps, hand-picked by’s Al Sacco.

The 22 Best Android Apps

Not sure what to download from the Android Market? Try these top titles, including Barcode Scanner, BeyondPod, and SkyFire.

Android Logos and Apps on Motorola Atrix 4G

8 Essential Android Security Apps

A DIY guide to securing Android-based devices.

Top 10 Android Apps for Entertainment

Here’s a look at some of the best apps for your Android phone that will keep you entertained for hours, wherever you are.

Google Android Insider Commentary

10 Upcoming Android Devices We Just Can’t Wait For

We use our time machine to take a look at upcoming Android devices.

Android Expected to Get New Mobile Payments Apps in July

MasterCard and CSI Enterprises are expected to release a handful of new mobile payments applications for Android, BlackBerry and iOS this summer, but it’s unclear whether or not the apps will employ NFC for payment transactions or another technology.

The Buzz on Google’s Android Honeycomb

Google’s new Android Honeycomb OS has a lot to offer, but it also has a long way to go before it can deliver the full tablet experience.

Amazon Appstore for Android on Motorola's Atrix 4G Smartphone
Amazon Appstore for Android on Motorola’s Atrix 4G Smartphone

Amazon Appstore for Android: 5 Reasons to Love It–And 4 to Hate It

Trying to decide whether to download Amazon’s new Appstore for Android mobile devices? Check out these five reasons to install the software now–and four reasons why you might want to pass, as’s mobile maestro Al Sacco sees it.

Hands-On with Motorola’s Webtop App, Atrix 4G’s Al Sacco offers a video demonstration of the Motorola Atrix 4G’s new Webtop application.

Android OS in 2011: 12 Developments to Keep Apple Nervous

Android is set to go leaps and bounds again, with a bunch of high-end smartphones, new cool apps, better performance and a tablet-specific version.

Google: Android 3.0 Needs More Work to Be Smartphone Ready

Google will not release the source code for Honeycomb, the version of its Android mobile OS optimized for tablets, until it completes work to make the software better for smartphones and other devices, the company said Thursday.

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt: Eight Key Features and Facts

Verizon Wireless has released the long-awaited Android-powered Thunderbolt smartphone from HTC. Here are eight facts and features you need to know about Verizon’s first LTE handheld before you buy.

Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt Android Smartphone
Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt Android Smartphone

Amazon Cloud Drive for Android, PC: 7 Key Facts this week announced a brand new online storage service and associated Web-based music player, called Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player, respectively.’s mobile maestro Al Sacco breaks down what you need to know about new cloud service–the good and the bad.

Google Nexus S Smartphone: Nine Facts You Need to Know’s wireless-watcher Al Sacco lists nine things all potential Google Nexus S buyers and smartphone-enthusiasts should know about the latest Android-powered “Nexus” handheld.

BlackBerry PlayBook to Run Android Apps: What It Means to You

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will support certain Google Android applications, but performance could be an issue. Here’s expert analysis on what this news means to you–as a PlayBook owner, software developer or IT administrator–from’s Al Sacco.

Google Android Logos on RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
Images via Google and Research In Motion

A Brief History of Android

How Android rose to prominence in the smartphone market.

The Google Android Quiz

Google Android is making headway against Apple iPhones and RIM BlackBerries, but how well do you know the open source mobile OS?

20 Weird and Wacky Products for Android Fans

Looking for the right gear to show off your allegiance to Android? Look no further.

Android Market Tips: How to Boost Your Google App Store Experience

Get the most out of Google’s official Android mobile software shop, and learn how to find the right apps for you, better manage software and share noteworthy downloads via these 10 simple Android Market tips.

Android Security: Six Tips to Protect Your Google Phone

Addressing the recent high-profile Android malware scare,’s mobile maestro Al Sacco shares six tips and tricks–along with a free download–to help secure your Google smartphone and ensure your personal data remains protected.

Motorola Atrix 4G Android Device with Security Padlock

Android Quick Tip: How to Move Files on Your Google Phone

Move music, images, documents and other files around your Google Android smartphone using this simple, five-step process.

Android Tips: 7 Ways to Get Around Your Phone Faster

Move music, images, documents and other files around your Google Android smartphone using this simple, five-step process.

Motorola Atrix 4G
Motorola Atrix 4G

Android’s Big Rush Could Sack IT: 5 Preparation Tips

If you think iPhones and iPads are hard to support in the enterprise, just wait for the rush of Android devices that could blindside CIOs. Here’s a look at how fast Android devices are coming – and advice to help IT prepare for a bevy of configurations.


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