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>

The Pixel 2 Will Automatically Switch to Do Not Disturb Mode When Driving, Can Be Switched Off

The Google Pixel 2 seems to be launching with a lot of exclusive features that other devices running stock Android seemingly won't receive (at least not soon). This includes the always-on ambient display, Google HDR+, continuous music detection on the lock screen, Google Lens (for now) and augmented reality stickers. Now Google is implementing another...

Sony Xperia XZ1 and Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Added to Sony’s Open Devices Program

The Sony Open Devices Program is a program run by Sony, wherein they release Android Open Source Project (AOSP) configurations on GitHub for certain devices they have released. The Sony Xperia X is an example of a device in Sony's Open Devices Program. As a result of a partnership with Jolla), Sailfish X - an...

Support for IPPS-Only Printers is coming to Android

The Internet Printing Protocol, or IPP, was initially supported in Android with Android Oreo. Developed by Mopria in a partnership with Google, it's designed to make printing as easy and universal as possible. It allows the device to send multiple print jobs, query the status of the printer and more. IPP can also run over...

Android Oreo Unofficial AOSP Test Build for Sony Xperia X Released

To add to the ever-growing list of devices unofficially receiving Android Oreo, XDA Senior Member lubik1 has released an unofficial test build of AOSP Android Oreo for the Sony Xperia X.  F0r now, the only confirmed features not working are the call speaker and the 20MP and 8MP cameras. Senior Member lubik1 does say that there may...

Essential Phone Update Improves Camera Capture Speed, Low Light Performance, and More

One of the sour points of the Essential Phone among many reviews has been its camera performance. Compared to the stellar camera performance of other flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the Google Pixel 2, it's hard to see how the Essential Phone can stack up against its competition. Despite some initial delays and security...

Sailfish X Rollout Begins and Sailfish X Shop Opens

We covered the Sailfish X build instructions last month, released to let people try find and fix issues before the official release on October 11th. Now, Jolla have released the Sailfish X product page and the Jolla shop (which at the moment is dedicated to the selling of Sailfish X). If you have a Jolla...

Google is working on an Android Automotive Emulator for the Android SDK

Google appears to be working on an Android Automotive Emulator for developers to use when developing applications for Android Automotive. For those unfamiliar with Android Automotive, it's like Android Auto. The difference is, with Android Auto your phone pairs with your car, and while some applications can be displayed on a screen, technically your car...

You Can Now Select Default Cast Devices in the Google Home App

It seems that with the launch of the Google Home Max and Google Home Mini, that Google is starting to focus a lot on their smart home suite of products. Providing new features (at a cheap price point in the case of the Mini, at $49), such as the enhanced sound systems, Spotify integration and...

Google Cast Notifications are Broken for Apps Targeting Android Oreo, Google Promises a Fix

Google Cast is the service that Android uses to stream to a Chromecast. It allows you to put what's on your phone on a bigger and better screen so that everyone can see. When streaming to a Chromecast, a notification will pop up allowing you to control many aspects of media playback, such as track...

Google Store is Going Live in Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, and More Countries

It seems that Google has more for us in store than new devices. The Google Store is the official way to purchase Google products, be it the old Nexus line, the new Pixel line or other Google made products such as the Google Nest or Chromecast. It is not available in many countries, however, meaning...

Google Home Max is a bigger Google Home that retails for $399

Google today has announced a larger version of the Google Home, the Google Home Max alongside the Google Home Mini. Coming with a larger speaker, its designed for competing with the Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod and the Sonos. With greater speakers, it can be the life of the party while also being able to discern...

Dual Boot Support for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with DualBootPatcher

A lot of Android devices can support either MultiROM or DualBootPatcher, allowing your device to multi-boot different Android ROMs depending on what you choose. These are generally for Snapdragon devices, usually other chip makers don't receive the same amount of community support. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, rocking an Exynos 8895, can now dual boot...