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 University College Dublin. Originally wrote for the technology site Pixel Spot. Android user since Eclair. Direct inquiries to [email protected]

Facebook is Testing a Reddit-like Downvote Button, Says it’s Different than a Dislike Button

Facebook is testing a Reddit-like downvote button, but it's not a "dislike" button. Instead, it'll be used to gain feedback on public posts and act much like the existing anti-abuse features on Facebook, according to a company spokesperson who spoke to TechCrunch: “We are not testing a dislike button. We are exploring a feature for people to...

Google Chrome Will Begin Labeling HTTP Sites as “Not Secure” Starting July 2018

When it comes to making the internet a safer place, Google is leading the charge. For years, it's campaigned against unsecured HTTP sites that solicit sensitive information like payment details, and in 2015 began prioritizing websites that use HTTPS -- an encrypted alternative to HTTP -- in Google Search. And starting July 2018 with Google...

“Check for updates” button now works on the Pixel 2 with the latest Google Play Services

When a new phone update is available, many of us scramble to receive it as fast as possible. This can involve convoluted methods like trying to use a VPN to spoof the location of your device, or even flashing the latest factory images manually which can end up wiping your device if you forget to...

Amazon Prime Exclusive Smartphones will no longer have Lockscreen Ads

Amazon Prime has a number of benefits for members of the service, including free 2-day delivery, Amazon Prime Video, and Amazon Prime Exclusive deals. While lots of their deals are time sensitive, their Amazon Prime Exclusive phone range is one that is available all year long, providing flagship phones at a lower price than the...

Google Pixel 2’s Pixel Visual Core Now Enhances Photos in Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp

Google is ahead of the game when it comes to camera technologies. The Pixel 2 boasts one of the best (if not the best) cameras of any smartphone released in 2017, and that's largely thanks to software. We've been covering the Android developer community's efforts to port the Google Camera to other devices, and for phones...

Android Oreo for the Sony Xperia X and the Xperia X Compact Rolling Out Now

The Sony Xperia X and the Sony Xperia X Compact launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow back in 2016. In 2017, both phones received an upgrade to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and the age of the devices hasn't stopped Sony from supporting them with new software. This week, the Xperia X and Xperia X Compact started receiving Android 8.0 Oreo-based...

Dolphin Emulator for Android Update Adds New Savestate Slot and Fixes Graphics Glitches

An added benefit of Android's open source nature is robust support for video game emulators -- i.e., software that mimics the hardware of game consoles. Thanks to the efforts of the development community, you can play Nintendo DS games, PSP games, and even Nintendo Wii games on Android phones, tablets, and set-top boxes, provided they have sufficiently...

Android Wear Lag Issues caused by “Ok Google” Detection now fixed with Google App update

Many users since upgrading to Android Wear 2.0 faced huge lag issues, where the device would suffer severe slowdowns or even freeze up for several seconds. Trying to swipe away a notification after waking the device would render it unusable for several seconds, along with trying to do basically anything else. For many, it simply...

‘Galaxy’ is a Material Design fork of Yalp Store for those who want to ditch Google Play

For those unfamiliar with the Yalp Store, it's an open source third-party app store that mainly scrapes the Google Play Store for downloads, while avoiding the use of any Google Play Services. It can allow you to install Play Store apps on your phone without needing to log into a Google account on your phone....

HMD Global Still Hasn’t Released Kernel Sources or Enabled Bootloader Unlocking on any Nokia-branded Phones

Here at XDA we rely on device makers abiding by the General Public License v2 (GPLv2), the license which governs the Linux kernel on which the underlying kernel on Android devices is based on. This license entitles the public the right to see any modifications of the source material (in this case, the Linux kernel),...

Sony’s Open Devices program now supports the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra

The Sony Open Devices Program offers AOSP configurations on GitHub for supported Sony devices, which allows developers to build and configure custom Android software with relative ease. This week, the newly released Xperia XA2 and the Xperia XA2 Ultra are joining the program, meaning that you can flash your own ROMs for them based on...

Google Assistant can now wake you up with a song and look up TV show schedules

The Google Assistant is incredibly versatile, providing literally a million different features while coming pre-installed on nearly every modern Android device. It can set alarms for you, play music for you, roll a magic 8 ball for you and even tell you your position in the Harry Potter game of Quidditch. While it provides all...