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 [email protected]

Google Phone 23 rolls out Material Theme redesign to match Google Contacts

The newest iteration of the Material Design guidelines, known as "Material Theme" or more colloquially "Material Design 2" has generated mixed opinions among Android enthusiasts. On one hand, some appreciate the simplicity in its design, incorporating new elements or changing existing ones without losing the "Material" essence. Others criticize it heavily for borrowing bits of...

Palm’s first Android phone may have a 3.3-inch display & 800 mAh battery

Those of you who are phone enthusiasts might remember Palm being a thing before the advent of Android as the most used mobile OS on the planet. Palm devices were pretty ahead of their time. They ran WebOS, which was a very capable operating system for smartphones: the UI/UX, designed and developed by then-rising Chilean...

Vivo phones to get Android Pie in Q4, possibly starting with Vivo X21

Vivo devices are pretty solid and modestly priced, but the brand itself isn't exactly a household name just yet. While they're widely known in their home China, they're rather unknown in the western hemisphere. While they still don't sell in the United States, they're marketing their phones to gain consumer awareness in the rest of the...

Google Contacts 3.0 gets a new Material Design theme

The first thing you'll notice after your phone gets updated to Android Pie is its significant UI refresh, which is based on the newest Material Theme guidelines (commonly referred to "Material Design 2"). Love it or hate it, Google is updating their entire apps and services suite to fit these new guidelines which adopt elements...

Nokia 7 Plus starts getting Android Pie Beta 4

Android Pie stands out as a pretty significant update for the Android ecosystem. Its significance stems not only from the fact that it revamps the core of Android in many ways (a move to gesture-based navigation, a major re-imagining of Material Design, etc.) but because of the fact that it is the first Android version...

Samsung mid-range phones to get Android Oreo in 2019 per leaked roadmap

While Samsung flagship phones and tablets are among the best out there, lower-end Samsung devices are arguably not the best choice when in the market for a midrange device. They'll do the job just fine, don't get me wrong, but Samsung just doesn't pay the same attention to their middle-end and low-end devices (Galaxy J...

Android Pie (Android 9) source code now uploading to AOSP

Today, Google unwrapped its latest Android dessert: Android Pie (Android 9). Android Pie has been in the Developer Preview state for a few months now and is quite a step up from Android Oreo. It brings a significant UI overhaul based on the latest Material Design guidelines as well as some interesting user-facing features such as gesture...

Google publishes guidelines on supporting phones with notches on Android P

The year 2017 gave birth to the notch trend, for better or for worse. The Essential Phone is widely regarded as the phone that kickstarted the display notch trend, with Apple shortly following up on that trend with the iPhone X---and making it the norm on 2018 flagship phones in the process. Since then, we've...

Xiaomi Mi A2 & Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite are the latest Android One phones from Xiaomi

Xiaomi made headlines last year when they announced the Xiaomi Mi A1. The device was a rebranded Xiaomi Mi 5X, a decent midrange phone, but the actual software running on it was a strong departure from Xiaomi's MIUI. The Xiaomi Mi A1 was Xiaomi's first device in the Android One program which meant the device...

OnePlus 5 & OnePlus 5T will get OnePlus 6’s selfie portrait feature in an update

Portrait mode appeared on OnePlus devices starting with the OnePlus 5, and it was further refined with the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 6. During my own testing, their portrait mode implementation has worked really well on my OnePlus 5T, even taking into account the idea OnePlus devices haven't previously been known for their photographic...

OnePlus 5/OnePlus 5T get OxygenOS Beta 14/12 with Google Lens mode and camera fixes

Historically, OnePlus has not been exactly good when it comes to system updates. After all, this is the company that prematurely dropped support for their older flagship, the OnePlus 2, as well as the OnePlus X, by not officially releasing Android 7.0 Nougat for them---despite past promises. As of recently, however, they have proved to have...

Android P Beta ported for some Snapdragon Project Treble-enabled devices

Project Treble is still a relatively new development for Android. After all, it was first introduced with Android Oreo and only devices launching with Android 8.0 and newer are required to be Treble-compatible out of the box. Yet, it has boosted custom ROM development in our forums in new, previously unimaginable ways: We've seen an...