Posts From Adam Conway

Adam Conway
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19-year-old Irish guy with a massive interest in all things security and technology. Computer Science student in University College Dublin. Originally wrote for the technology site Pixel Spot. Android user since Eclair. Direct inquiries to [email protected]

[Update: Reverted] Android Messages’ new Material Theme design with Dark Mode rolls out

Google has released the new Material Theme redesign for the Android Messages application in version 3.5.048 to all users. We discovered how to enable it way back in version 3.3 when it was first added as a hidden option, but now it's rolling out to all users. It's not just a completely rejigged UI, but...

Essential Phone’s notch settings may return in future Android Pie update

Following the release of Android Pie for the Essential Phone, there was one specific, highly used setting that was missing: notch settings. The Essential Phone's notch may have been its most controversial design aspect, but it was possible to customize how each app uses the status bar/notch area. The notch settings were present in Android...

Xiaomi Mi 8 reportedly launching soon in India, priced under Rs. 30,000

Xiaomi is one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world and is even bigger in India. As a result, the company will be launching their new brand, Poco, first in the region with the Pocophone F1. It's basically a slightly different Xiaomi Mi 8, which may explain why that particular device didn't launch in...

[Update: Launched] Vivo Y83 Pro reportedly launching in India with 6.22″ notched display

The Vivo Y83 Pro will soon be launching in India with a 6.22-inch notched display, according to a report from 91Mobiles. It will be released as a successor to the Vivo Y81 that launched in the region earlier this year. We don't know a lot about its exact specifications such as the SoC, but we...

Future Android release will bring manual Google Drive backup support

According to a correspondent for the Android development team on the Google Issue Tracker, a future Android release will allow users to start a manual app data backup to Google Drive. This includes backing up your application data, call history, device settings, and text messages. As it stands, your backups go to Google Drive automatically...

Google plans to add hearing aid streaming support in future versions of Android

Hearing aids and Bluetooth headsets have a lot in common, and other mobile operating systems such as iOS already support them. We discovered that hearing aid support was on the way alongside the G.722 codec towards the end of last year. It would allow users to stream audio to their Bluetooth enabled hearing aids. It...

[Update: Live] Twitter reveals new API that removes key features from 3rd-party apps

When Twitter was growing its user base, third-party clients like Flamingo, Falcon, and Talon were flourishing on Android. Then, the company implemented restrictions on its APIs; in particular, a developer could only request 100,000 login tokens for their users. For example, the popular Flamingo client was pulled from the Google Play Store after the developer reached the token...

‘Atlas’ Chromebook with 4K display, 8GB RAM, Assistant button, & backlit keyboard is coming

There are a lot of different Chromebooks in the works right now, and any one of them could be the upcoming Pixelbook 2018 edition. We've narrowed it down to three separate boards: Nocturne, Atlas, and Cheza. That's in order of what we perceived to be the likelihood, but the Atlas Chromebook has gotten a whole...

OPPO F9 is coming to India and Southeast Asia with tiny notch and Gorilla Glass 6

We've been hearing about the next Oppo phone for a while now, and the Oppo F9 is finally here. One of its most defining features is the absolutely tiny display notch on the front. It's not just a phone for its looks either, as the specs aren't half bad. Powered by a MediaTek Helio P60...

OnePlus 6 gets OxygenOS 5.1.11 with display flicker fix and improved HDR mode

The OnePlus 6 is one of the best 2018 flagships so far. It's fast, will be one of the first phones to get Android Pie, and, so far, it is well supported by the company that released it. OxygenOS 5.1.11 is here and it promises a number of bug fixes, optimizations, and camera improvements. These...

What we know about Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1: A Cheap Snapdragon 845 Flagship for India

We've heard about the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 for a while now and after announcing the launch of the new brand, the company has confirmed the Poco F1 smartphone will launch on August 22. While the phone hasn't officially been announced yet, nearly everything about the device apart from its pricing and availability have already been...

Android Pie blocks non-root call recording apps from working

With the release of Android 9 Pie, there has been a number of sweet new features added. Between a new gesture navigation UI, RAM-heavy game protection, Slices and App Actions APIs, Google has put a lot of work into the latest version of their mobile operating system. However, there does seem to be some regressions. While...