Posts From Adam Conway

Adam Conway
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18-year-old Irish guy with a massive interest in all things security and technology. Computer Science student in UCD. Originally wrote for the technology site PixelSpot. Android user since Eclair. Direct inquiries to adamconway99@gmail.com.

Android getting “DNS over TLS” support to stop ISPs from knowing what websites you visit

A DNS (Domain Name Server) is what translates a website address from a URL that you enter to an IP address which your computer actually connects to. For example, when you type "www.xda-developers.com" into your browser, your computer queries a DNS which looks up and returns the IP address "209.58.128.90" to the client. This process...

jOnePlus Tools lets you Customize OxygenOS and Unlock Hidden Features [XDA Spotlight]

With the recent release of the open beta of Android Oreo with Oxygen OS, users have had enough time now to play around with it and discover what they like and don't like. If you're looking to discover more hidden features or customize OxygenOS even further, we found an app to do just that. Called JOnePlus...

Huawei Working on a Dual Screen, Foldable Phone

Just recently ZTE kicked off what appears to be a budding craze, by showcasing the Axon M at an event the other day. The ZTE device beat Samsung to the market (though both are tacking a different approach to foldable devices), and now it seems that Huawei wants to get in on the craze too. In...

MIUI 9 Global Beta Updated with Fixes for Critical WiFi Vulnerability (KRACK)

Just recently Xiaomi announced the rollout for the beta of MIUI 9 on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X for Chinese devices. MIUI 9 is Xiaomi's custom Android skin, placing emphasis on features rather than actual iterative upgrades. However MIUI 9 is based on Android Nougat, and so brings the features from it such as multi...

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL Will Receive 3 Years of Updates

The support page for the Google Pixel 2 has some interesting information regarding device upgrades. It seems that the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL will actually be receiving 3 years of OS upgrades, meaning that they may potentially reach up to Android R, including security patches. Initially the specs sheet mentioned it,...

Users Report High Pitched Frequency Sound and Clicking Coming from the Google Pixel 2’s Earpiece

The Google Pixel 2 looks to be a pretty good device, even if the XL version has some pretty big issues, primarily with the display. With a powerful SoC, 4GB RAM and an amazing camera it would be easy to look past, except for the fact that the are a few more quirks most wouldn't...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Powered Windows 10 Laptops Launching Soon

At the Qualcomm 5G summit in Hong Kong last week, we learned about the new upcoming Windows 10 devices powered by Snapdragon 835 SoCs. The Qualcomm 5G summit is hosted every year by Qualcomm, a 3 day event where various manufacturers and technology companies come to showcase their new products. A year ago, Microsoft showed off...

Lawnchair Launcher is Now on the Google Play Store

Lawnchair Launcher, the customisable Pixel Launcher, has now launched on the Google Play Store. Lawnchair comes with a wide range of features not found in the stock Pixel Launcher. This includes icon support, experimental features, notification badges, the Google Now Panel and more. The only caveat is that it has been released without the Google...

Chrome OS Instant Tethering now Enabled by Default, Likely Launching Soon

Instant tethering is a Google Pixel, Nexus and Chromebook unique feature which allows you to connect to the internet through your phone's data connection simply by being logged into the same Google account. A hotspot will automatically be created and the device that does not have a data connection will connect to it. This is...

MIUI 9 Chinese Beta Rolling out for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

The Chinese variant of MIUI 9, based on Android Nougat is now rolling out for Chinese Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X users. The release is marked as "stable beta", meaning it's deemed safe enough to go out to normal users but may still have bugs. The upgrade is being pushed to "random users" with or without a...

XDA is Partnering with Droidcon UK 2017 and the droidcon2gether Weekend

Droidcon UK, one of the best 2 day conferences focusing on Android in Europe, is taking place at the Business Design Centre in London on October 26th and October 27th. With more than 60 experts on all things Android, fans of XDA are likely to love this event, or at least find something they are...

WPA2 WiFi Protocol Vulnerability KRACK Leaves 41% of Android Phones Open to Attack

Security is a major talking point in recent years, which can be applied to many forms of technology. It can refer to things such as the Heartbeat SSL bug, game console hacking or the safety of your data. On our devices, security may refer to the ease of gaining root access, or the potential for...