Posts From Arol Wright

Arol Wright
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Arol has been a diehard Android fan ever since he got his first Gingerbread phone back in 2012. Currently living in Venezuela, where buying a smartphone is a near impossible task for the average Joe, he also likes singing, hitting the gym, and helping people get the most out of their device. Please direct inquiries to arolwright@gmail.com.

Microsoft has agreed to buy GitHub for $7.5 billion

You're probably well acquainted with GitHub. After all, it's the go-to place for developers on our forums to upload the source code for their applications, custom kernels, custom AOSP-based ROMs, and much more. On the off-chance that you aren't familiar with GitHub, it's the most popular hosting service for Git repositories where you can upload the...

Huawei announces the EROFS Linux file system intended for Android devices

A file system is a technology that outlines how data is stored and retrieved. There are many different kinds of file systems, each with their own benefits, to pick from. You've probably heard of file systems like exFAT, F2FS, ext4. Choosing one file system over another can have profound impacts on storage performance and stability,...

Xiaomi Mi 8 and Alcatel 1X forums are now open

Earlier this week, we saw a couple of interesting devices get announced. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is Xiaomi's newest flagship phone, bringing a screen notch with infrared face scanning hardware, similar to what we saw in the iPhone X, to their current formula. The device also has as an in-display fingerprint scanner on the higher-end...

Asus is working on a Windows 10 on ARM device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000

The Windows 10 on ARM project is pretty interesting in itself. Microsoft is aiming to bring the full Windows 10 desktop experience—which was, since its initial launch, an x86-only OS—to ARM-based SoCs, including support for full, desktop-grade apps and games. It was initially demoed with last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, and while it worked...

Essential Phone getting new Android P beta with fixes for radio, Bluetooth, and dark mode

We were surprised to see Google open up the Android P Developer Preview program to non-Google devices this time around. While you can run Android P on the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 lineup, you can also get it running on devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, the OnePlus 6, and the Essential Phone...

Unofficial TWRP now available for the OnePlus 6

The latest flagship from OnePlus, the OnePlus 6, is a true powerhouse, and it's finally starting to reach the hands of developers. Custom development for OnePlus devices has always been stellar: Just look at the activity on our OnePlus 3/3T and OnePlus 5/5T forums to see what we're talking about. We don't expect anything different from...

LG is rebranding the LG G6 as the LG G6 ThinQ, for some reason

At Mobile World Congress 2018, LG announced a rather underwhelming revision of the LG V30, dubbed the LG V30S ThinQ. To call it a revision would be a stretch, actually. Internally, it was the same phone as the LG V30 with only minor differences. The greatest difference? The "ThinQ" moniker, which brought LG's set of AI...

Everything New in Android P Developer Preview 2

Google is clearly planning a big shift of direction going forward with Android P. It is, quite obviously, the biggest update to the Android OS in over 4 years, since Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material Design were first introduced to the public. And while the same was said for Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat and Android 8.0/8.1...

Qualcomm will finally release new Snapdragon chips for Wear OS devices, promises smaller smartwatches

It's no secret that Google's smartwatch platform hasn't had a lot of recent success. That's partly why the company decided to re-brand the platform to Wear OS and is offering smarter Google Assistant features. But better software support is only one side of the equation. The hardware inside of Android-based smartwatches hasn't seen much innovation, which gives...

Google News is getting revamped with news curated by machine learning

One of the very first not search engine-related services launched by Google was Google News. It was launched all the way back in September 2002, almost 16 years ago. But up until now, Google News has simply organized each and every article they could index into different categories while suggesting news to users based on...

Google Assistant will soon support Continued Conversations, Multiple Searches, and “Pretty Please”

In the ever-going war of whose got the best AI assistant, Google is aiming to make Google Assistant much more than a simple phone assistant and trying to put it forward against other alternatives like Alexa and Siri. They're definitely doing really awesome stuff, including new, nifty features yearly with the sole aim of making...

New Machine Learning features coming to Gmail and Google Photos

Google I/O 2018 has officially kicked off, and it's pretty clear that their main, initial focus is to evolve, improve and involve their artificial intelligence and machine learning features to make users lives way easier. Google Photos, the Google Camera, and the Google Assistant in itself are amazing showcases of Google's machine learning and artificial...