Gizmodo: How to Make Any Smartphone More Accessible and Easier to Use. “We’re not all blessed with 20/20 vision, super-sharp hearing and the dexterity to easily operate a touchscreen—and even for those of us who are, it’s unlikely to last. Whether you’re adapting a phone for yourself or a friend or family member, these are all the ways you can adapt Android and iOS to make them more accessible.”
Make Tech Easier: 7 Awesome Projects that Allow You to Run Android on PC. “There are many reasons why you might want to run Android on your PC. You could be a mobile developer who is looking to test your apps before making them live, or you may just prefer to play mobile games on a bigger screen. Whatever the reasons, there are tons of ways you can run Android on PC, from using a virtual machine or an emulator to running an Android-based desktop application. Here are six projects that bring Android to your desktop.”
How-To Geek: How to Back Up Android Photos and Videos to the Cloud. “If you’re like most people, your phone is your primary camera. As such, it contains highlights of your life or your children’s lives, and you don’t want to lose those memories. If your phone gets lost, stolen, or broken, all of your photos and videos may go with it. But there are a few services out there, most of which are free, where you can safely store your photos and videos in the cloud. One of the best parts about cloud storage is you can pull up those photos or easily share them from anywhere.”
Vice: The Open Source Project That Keeps Google’s Hands Off Your Android Data. “MicroG is one of several projects working to keep the promise of free and open source software alive on Android. Users can opt for F-Droid instead of the Google Play store, an open source implementation of Google’s app store that, you guessed it, only offers open source applications. For web browsing, Mozilla Firefox provides a robust alternative to Chrome; in lieu of Google Drive, there are programs like NextCloud. But as those who have embarked on the great open source-only Android experiment can tell you, open source applications leave much to be desired in form, functionality, and stability.”
Lifehacker: How To Enable Google Android Q’s Best Features Right Now. “Android Q is unquestionably Google’s biggest and most ambitious OS update yet. While the official release of Android Q is some way off, there are a few fun features you can play with right now via the latest beta. Here’s how it’s done.”
PCMag UK: I Killed Google and My Phone Almost Died. “I set out on a journey to sidestep Google’s version of Android and instead use free, private, and secure open-source alternatives on my phone. I made some stupid mistakes, including potentially bursting into flames, but I learned a lot along the way.” This article is frustrating as it didn’t really come to any conclusions, but it’s a fun read.
How-To Geek: How to Install Desktop Chrome Extensions on Android. “Chrome Extensions are powerful tools that let you customize your browser experience to your liking. While these have historically only been available on the desktop, a recent update to the Kiwi Browser brings support for desktop extensions to Android.”