A running list of the best Android games available today
Cataloging Android games is just something we do here at AP, partly because the Play Store is utterly useless for discovery and partly because many mobile games simply aren't worth playing. This is why we've created a roundup of the best Android games out there, the best of the best, and it's a growing list continually updated. So if you've been hunting for the best games currently available on Android but didn't know where to start, today's roundup is for you. Enjoy!
Proposed rules would force drivers to keep it to two, max
Some people, especially folks driving older cars that don't have Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, might sometimes be prone to take a simpler approach — using their phone. Buy a dashboard/windshield mount for your phone, and it's just as good as an actual head unit. But in Hong Kong, a lot of professional drivers tend to take this a bit to... the extreme, so to speak. It's not a rare sight to see taxi drivers and minibus operators plugging in multiple phones, tablets, and even radios with distracting displays on their vehicle's dashboard for navigation, seeing bookings, and checking traffic info. That's led to rising casualties on the city's roadways. But there's some hope for good news yet as authorities are planning moves to take care of this issue.
Google has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix
Android Auto has been around for a while now, enabling car owners to get the best of Android on their cars. However, it hasn't been without its issues. Last month, we encountered a bug wherein Google Maps would remain stuck on dark mode, even after manual intervention through Settings. Google now seemingly has another Android Auto bug on its hands, with drivers reporting enlarged taskbar and icons on their head unit.
Great MMOs aren't just on desktop anymore
While PCs are the traditional domain of MMOs, the range of options available on Android means PCs are no longer the best place to play MMOs. Not only does Android boast ports of some of the best MMOs like Old School RuneScape, but it also is home to some fantastic original games.
Or more accurately, Android TV boxes, dongles, and tubes
Thinking about getting into Android TV? You've got options: tons of TVs from companies like TCL and Sony run on Android. There aren't quite as many choices if you want a great streaming device that runs Android TV— especially when compared to Roku and Amazon's Fire TV — but there's still variety. Here, we've assembled a list of our picks for the best Android TV boxes — plus a couple of recommendations for new screens with Android TV built right in.
Make your homescreen more than just an app launcher
After Apple's widget implementation in iOS 14, Microsoft followed the trend with Windows 11 update. The situation has led to a renewed interest in the form factor across all platforms, including Android. And since Android app developers have had a lot more time to perfect their widgets, it's no wonder that there are many polished home screen decorations out there. Here are a few of our favorite ones.
The Android Auto dongle eliminates the need for a cable between your phone and car
Android Auto can really add a lot to your driving experience, but who wants to clutter up their car with a bunch of cables? Pretty much every modern Android smartphone (at least those supporting 5GHz Wi-Fi and running Android 11) is capable of running AA wireless now, so there's near-perfect compatibility from the mobile end. Any roadblock is more often on the car side, and that's where a handy little adapter comes in as a retrofit of sorts, allowing a perfect cable-free connection. Launched over a year back, AAWireless debuted as an Indiegogo-exclusive, but that's thankfully not the case anymore.
Android Auto joins Play Music, Inbox, and other long-dead services that deserved better
This week marked the final nail in the coffin for Android Auto on phone screens. Google launched the service as part of a big version 2.0 update way back in 2016, condensing the full car-friendly experience down into something that could fit on a Galaxy S7 or first-gen Pixel phone. It rendered third-party alternatives like AutoMate — which, at the time, filled the gap for owners of older cars looking to use their smartphones on the road safely.
You'll need to rely on Assistant Driving Mode for your future road trips
Let's hope there's room left in the graveyard, because Google has claimed another victim. Less than a month after we learned Android Auto's phone screen mode was shutting down for all devices, the company has finally shuttered the app. Starting today, drivers without a display in their car will have to rely on Assistant Driving Mode — or any number of third-party alternatives — for navigation, music controls, and more.
Google Maps is getting stuck in dark mode, and users don't know why
If you have a newer car, you probably rely on Android Auto to get around town. With Google's phone screen version all but dead and Assistant Driving Mode still lacking in features, it's really the best remaining way to set out on a road trip this summer. Unfortunately, Auto's run into plenty of bugs lately, from failing Galaxy S22 devices to issues with the Android 13 beta program. Another glitch seems to be making its way into cars everywhere and making things just a little too dark for some users.
It's not exactly clear what's changing just yet
Android Auto for phone screens might be all but dead, but Google's in-car experience has never been better. We're just weeks away from the official dashboard redesign finally rolling out to users — assuming the promised "start of summer" deadline isn't missed. Google is also testing a mysterious new setup process, though it's not quite clear yet what changes have been made.
Months after it disappeared with Android 12, Google is shutting down the app for everyone
Android Auto's death caused a great disturbance in the Force last year, as if millions of drivers suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. With Android 12, Google's original phone-friendly UI for navigation, media, messaging, and more disappeared, leaving only Assistant Driving Mode and a handful of third-party services in its place. None quite measured up to Android Auto for phone screens, and unfortunately for drivers on Android 11 and earlier, their time has also come.
Not only will your kids have fun with these games, but you'll also get some quiet time
Summer is here and that means school is out. Of course, a well-planned summer vacation and lots of outdoor time are essentials, but what do you do on those rainy day when everyone is cooped up inside?
Should you keep an iPhone in your car?
Both Android Auto and CarPlay have tremendously improved the in-car infotainment experience for drivers. The two apps offer a more innovative and connected approach than most traditional systems, combined with a familiar and intuitive user interface linked to the user's data. No matter what vehicle they're in, drivers enjoy the same interface and don't have to set their preferences from scratch, which renters appreciate the most. Google announced a complete UI overhaul and a number of new Anrdoid Auto features at I/O 2022. We've addeed information about these features throughout the post, but haven't had a chance to test them yet. If you missed out on Google's Keynote, you can get up to speed in about nine minutes by watching the video below.
There are plenty of economical options for in-home entertainment
Gone are the days when we relied on cable to watch our favorite shows, movies, and sports events. Streaming services offer live and on-demand content on your phone, computer, and TV—without a pricey cable subscription. The streaming market is filled with dozens of choices and, to be honest, it can be a challenge to find exactly the right one. To make things a little easier, we'vehand-picked top streaming services that deliver the best bang for the buck in their respective genres.
Not everyone's getting the fixes they've been waiting for
Not everything's been working smoothly for some Samsung Galaxy S22 series owners trying to connect their fresh-off-the-shelves phones to Android Auto. Instead, a significant number of users report that USB cables only end up charging the phone, rather than connecting it to the system as it should. We've been hearing about this problem ever since the S22 landed back in February, and while some affected users were able to get things working by playing around with the cable a bit, a more definitive solution looks it's started to arrive through a new update.
It's on devs to implement, but they'll have a lot of flexibility
Android 13 is fast approaching maturity, and now the Android TV team is starting to roll out its additions so developers can make the best use of the largest screens in your home. TV announcements from Google I/O 2022 appear at first glance to be very developer-oriented, but they’ll have some direct implications that give users a better experience with apps in the future.
Google's biggest refinement to the driving experience yet
While most of the big announcements from Google I/O 2022 came yesterday during the keynote or in sessions shortly after, day two still has a couple of exciting product-specific reveals. During a session dedicated to Android for cars, several substantial changes were announced that will make the in-car experience more convenient and enjoyable.
This time around, you can't try it even if you have the ADT-3 dev box
Last week, Google released the first beta of Android 13 for Android TV to developers. However, the build was pretty barebones and did not pack any of the expected new features that were long teased. Right on time for Google I/O, the big G has quietly seeded the second beta of Android 13 for Android TV. The system images have only been made available for the Android Emulator this time around, though. On the bright side, unlike the first release, the latest build comes with some new features, including support for HDMI state changes.
The latest numbers show Android is still growing at a breakneck pace
Since Android was first launched in 2008, it has become the most widely used mobile operating system in the world. As we move toward an all-connected world, smartphones have become an essential pylon in our society, and Android powers everything from bleeding-edge, ultra-expensive flagships to low-tier, under $100 smartphones, so its flexibility has allowed it to become hugely successful. Still, we're constantly impressed by how quickly Android is growing, even today. At Google I/O 2022, the company shared a few numbers to show the world Android growth is still more healthy than ever.