Posts From Adam Conway

Adam Conway
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19-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]

Google is Collecting User Location Data Even When Location Services are Switched Off

Most Android devices by default (so long as they have Google services, anyway) track the location of the owner. These locations are used for advertising purposes, but also provide useful services to the owner such as motion tracking, fitness statistics, future commute suggestions and more. Those more concerned about privacy may opt to switch off...

Waze is Partnering with Toronto to Provide Enhanced Traffic Data

Google-owned navigation application Waze is sort of like Google Maps, but with crowd-sourced information about accidents, traffic, hazards, speed traps thrown in for good measure. Drivers on the road report incidents in real time, which other users corroborate (or report as false) based on their own observations. It's a fairly reliable system that only gets...

The OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and 5T Will Get Android 8.1 Oreo, But Not Project Treble

Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T was upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo the other day, and both the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are due for an update in early 2018. That's mostly good news, but sadly, none of OnePlus's phones will support one of Oreo's headlining features: Project Treble. In an AMA...

Paranoid Android Snapdragon Camera App Sources Released

AOSPA, or Paranoid Android, has a modification of the Snapdragon Camera application with a brand new UI and is part of the reasons why the ROM is held to such a high regard for its camera capabilities. Anyone who has ever used the Snapdragon camera application knows what the UI is like, and may be...

Samsung is Reportedly Improving its Facial Recognition Tech with Software

Facial recognition has been a feature of Android since Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it's always worked as advertised: You unlock your smartphone by staring into the front-facing camera. But it's always been more of a gimmick feature than anything else -- especially since it can be fooled with a picture or video of...

Team OpenKirin Brings Android 8.0 Oreo to the Huawei P8 Lite

Android 8.0 Oreo may have finally started to hit some devices, but not many -- some users will have to wait months before they get an official upgrade. But thanks to the wonderful XDA development community, new unofficial Oreo ROMs are constantly popping up on the forums, and one of the latest is Team OpenKirin's Android 8.0 Oreo...

Download the OnePlus 5T Wallpapers by Hampus Olsson

The OnePlus 5T was finally launched last week after months of speculation, and it didn't disappoint. Perhaps the headliner is its beautiful edge-ot-edge 18:9 screen, and to properly highlight it, OnePlus enlisted the help of artist Hampus Olsson to design the phone's wallpapers. For every OnePlus device since the OnePlus 2, all of the exclusive wallpapers have been released separately...

Cerberus: Google Insists on a Notification While Tracking Device Location

For those of you who haven't used Cerberus before, it's a security suite that comes into play when your device is stolen or lost. You can have selfie camera images sent to your email when a wrong password is entered, enable Android Wear integration, receive coded SMS messages if mobile data is switched off in...

Qualcomm Set to Win Japanese Antitrust Clearance and Close Out NXP Deal

Qualcomm has been in the news a lot recently for a wide variety of reasons. From potentially being bought out by Broadcom for $103 billion before turning it down, to being the target of many antitrust lawsuits, the San Diego based company has been in an interesting position for the last couple of months. After...

OxygenOS 5.0 Android Oreo Released for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

OnePlus recently released the latest Open Beta version of Android Oreo for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, with some UI bugs amongst other things. That build was mostly to fix performance and battery-related bugs. Now, OnePlus has gone ahead and released OxygenOS 5.0 for the OnePlus 3/3T in the form of a staged rollout. It is...

Google Changing AMP Policy, Sites to Now Remain Similar to their Full Counterparts

The Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (AMP) is an open source initiative to allow website publishers to publish a quicker loading version of their website for mobile devices. Typically, it is a very stripped down version of the website, with minimal stylistic changes and only the bare minimum on the page required. It does not affect...

Carriers and OEMs Working on a Centralized Device Settings Database

When you're faced with the prospect of switching carriers, it's not uncommon to stumble upon incompatibilities between your phone and your new service provider. This is especially true of networks that support newer technologies like VoLTE, ViLTE and VoWiFi. As a result, there's inevitably some confusion over what works and what doesn't. Thankfully, though, carriers are starting...