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 Pixel Spot. Android user since Eclair. Direct inquiries to adamconway99@gmail.com.

ZTE can no longer use Qualcomm chips in smartphones, threatening the Axon 9’s existence

A few years ago, ZTE was accused of dodging United States sanctions placed on Iran by selling U.S. technology through ZTE phones in the country. Faced with nearly a billion dollars in fines, the company paid and agreed to fire 4 senior employees and discipline 35 others. Despite agreeing to do so, the Shenzhen based...

AddonSU Packages now available for LineageOS 15.1

With LineageOS being one of the most "commercial"-like custom ROMs out there, there are a number of steps that have been taken in the interest of user safety and professionalism, one of which has been the disabling of root access by default. Official builds of LineageOS do not come with pre-enabled root access, and the...

Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming Phone Revealed: Here are the details

Last month we heard rumours about how "Black Shark", Xiaomi's gaming subbrand, was developing a Razer Phone competitor, largely in thanks to Xiaomi's continued investment in the company which has thrust them into the spotlight. The phone has finally been officially confirmed and we can finally learn about its major specifications, as well as its...

How to enable 4K UHD video recording on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

The king of budget phones, Xiaomi, released the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro only recently and with it comes a number of features that typically are found in much higher price brackets. The 2160x1080 18:9 screen, Snapdragon 636, 4/6GB of RAM and the 4,000mAh battery are all well above the price range of the device,...

Huawei aims to unveil the world’s first foldable smartphone in November

While Samsung has been working quietly on a foldable phone with a 7.3" display, Huawei appears to be aiming to release its own foldable smartphone in November ahead of Samsung according to a report from Korean news site ETNews. This would make Huawei the creator of the first foldable smartphone available on the commercial market,...

LG opens a new center dedicated to delivering software updates faster

One of the biggest disadvantages of Android as a platform is its fragmented nature, which leads to multiple problems including infrequent or non-existent updates on many different devices. Devices like the Google Pixel tend to go against the grain here with timely updates, but similar update patterns are few and far between on other Android...

Xiaomi aims to release Kernel Source Code for new devices within 3 months after launch

Xiaomi is a company that's largely renowned for their devices that offer excellent specifications relative to price. Smartphones is just one of their many ventures, but it's how the company has made its name known globally. The company's rapid expansion in markets like India has brought millions of new users onto smartphones running Android, which...

Franco Kernel released for the Xiaomi Mi A1

It took a long time, but we finally saw the Xiaomi Mi A1's kernel sources released at the end of January, after a long battle between Xiaomi and the developer community. Lack of kernel sources didn't stop some developers. We saw a semi-functional version of LineageOS released for the device before the kernel sources even...

Updated Google Play developer policies include clarified restrictions for hate speech

Every few months, Google updates the Google Play Store policies to ensure that users are safe and to clarify the company's stance on certain types of content. We saw this a few months ago when Google banned monetization of the Android lock screen, which led to Amazon putting up their prices on Prime edition phones....

Do you care about having wireless charging on an Android device?

Widely regarded as a gimmick to many, wireless charging was the "Next Big Thing" in a number of flagships a couple of years ago. Devices like the Nexus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5 were among the first phones to pioneer wireless Qi charging. Both were popular in different communities for different reasons. As a result,...

Essential Phone Android 8.1 Oreo build with April security patches and Bluetooth 5 certification rolling out

The Essential Phone faced some issues since at launch, but since then the company has attempted to repair their reputation by providing updates with new features and important changes including the addition of Project Treble support. Following a price cut, it seemed that the device was doomed to fail and would later be dropped in...

Google is testing a long-press back button gesture to show history in Google Chrome for Android

As Google continues to attempt to improve it's UX in Google Chrome, they've been trying in other ways to improve their browser too. According to the Chromium Gerrit, an addition is in the works that will allow you to long-press your device's back button to view your recent navigational history. The feature will be enabled...