Posts From Adam Conway

Adam Conway
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<p>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 Pixel Spot. Android user since Eclair. Direct inquiries to adamconway99@gmail.com.</p>

HTC Posts HTC U11+ Kernel Source, CleanSlate Kernel now Available

HTC is one of the most reliable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) when it comes to releasing timely kernel sources, and that's important -- the sources are required for nearly everything Android development-related. Without kernel sources, custom kernels, custom recoveries, and custom ROMs aren't really possible. And despite the fact that failing to supply them breaks the...

Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) Edition Confirmed Specs, Three Storage and RAM Options

Samsung's mid-range and low-end smartphones in the last year or two --  the J2 series, for example -- have been pretty decent, with good specs for good prices. And increasingly, the Galaxy A8+ 2018 is shaping up to be no different. On Monday, SamMobile reported that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy A8+ series will ship in three different storage and RAM...

Google Maps Go is a Lightweight Alternative to Google Maps

Google recently released Files Go, a slimmed-down file manage file manager, part of a suit of apps designed for low-end devices that run Android Go Oreo 8.1. This week, the search giant's followed it up with Google Maps Go, a lighter, less processor-intensive version of Google Maps that doesn't require the networking resources of its full-featured...

Grammarly Launches New Keyboard App that Automatically Corrects Your Typos

Looking to spruce up your grammar and cut down on typos? Grammarly might fit the bill. It's a cloud-based AI-powered word-checking service, and it's pretty straightforward: It scans what you've written, highlighting any mistakes or misspellings. It's long been available in the form of Chrome extension and Microsoft Office add-0n for a few years now,...

Huawei MediaPad M4 with Android Oreo is Likely Coming Soon

When it comes to Android tablets, there aren't that many high-end options to choose from. Even now, it's not uncommon to see folks opt for older tablets like the three-year-old Nexus 9. But Huawei is one of the companies trying to turn things around, and rumor has it it's working on a high-end Android tablet to rule...

Honor CEO Confirms Android Oreo Update for the Honor 8 & Honor 8 Pro, Explains why Honor 7X Launched with Nougat

Just recently, the Chinese variant of the Honor 8 Pro, the Honor V9, received a beta upgrade to Android Oreo alongside EMUI 8. Honor brought Project Treble support along to the device, which makes porting AOSP-based Android Oreo ROMs much easier for developers. Users who own the Honor 8 Pro can upgrade to the Android...

Apple Confirms its Acquisition of Shazam and its Music Identification Technology

After a few days of rumours surrounding Apple's possible acquisition of the British-founded Shazam, Apple has confirmed to BuzzFeed that it has acquired the firm and all of its assets. It is currently unknown just how much the firm cost, but it does not exceed $1 billion. A few days ago, TechCrunch put the figure somewhere around...

Blackberry Wants to Use Qualcomm Hardware in Cars, Virtual Cockpits, and Infotainment Systems

Qualcomm supplies chips to various Android phone makers but has also recently partnered up with Microsoft to bring Windows to Qualcomm powered laptops. Now, Blackberry wants to team up with Qualcomm and bring their hardware to self-driving cars. The QNX Hypervisor 2.0 is a specialized system developed by Blackberry which can run on the Snapdragon 820Am processor....

Here is the List of Android Wear Smartwatches That Will Get Android Oreo

Android Wear, Google's Android-based smartwatch OS, is being updated to Android Oreo this week. Android 8.0 for Android Wear devices doesn't bring a huge amount of features, rather a few bug fixes and general performance improvements. It does still bring one or two other changes though, such as Touch Lock which will allow an owner of the...

Google Home Mini Update Brings Back Play and Pause Buttons via Long-Press of Volume Keys

The Google Home Mini, a more affordable version of the Google Home, was launched last month alongside the newly released Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Shortly after release, however, a rather odd bug was discovered by AndroidPolice wherein phantom touches would occur on the top causing the Home Mini to constantly trigger and incidentally...

Semi-Functional LineageOS 14.1 Released for the Xiaomi Mi A1 Despite Lack of Kernel Sources

Here at XDA, we love custom ROMs, the whole reason why some of us are such huge fans of Android is because of the openness of the platform and the feats of ingenuity many developers on our forums have accomplished. The openness of the platform is thanks to core parts of Android being open source...

Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit Roundup: Snapdragon 845, Spectra 280 ISP, Hexagon 685 DSP, and More

The newest flagship in Qualcomm's system-on-chip (SoC) lineup, the Snapdragon 845, was announced on Wednesday at the chipmaker's Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii. But that wasn't the conference's only highlight. Missed this week's coverage? Don't fret -- we've summarized all of Qualcomm's biggest announcements, including the Hexagon 685 DSP, the Adreno 630, and the Spectra 280 ISP. The Qualcomm...