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.

AOSP Android Oreo ROM Now Available for the Honor View 10

We're nearly three months into 2018, and most devices launching in the coming months will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Every one of those devices will support Project Treble, which is great news -- we've already seen the endless possibilities Treble brings to the table. It gets single, generic system images based on Android 8.0...

A New Setting in Android P will let Carriers Define how LTE Signal Bars are Shown

The world was introduced to 4G LTE technology almost 8 years ago, and while many companies are looking ahead to building their 5G networks, many areas of the world, especially outside of the United States, still have to deal with poor or shoddy LTE signal strength. In Venezuela, for example, I constantly find myself noticing...

Chromebooks with Intel chips will soon finally be able to play HD Vudu & Netflix over HDMI

In an effort to prevent piracy, platforms such as Netflix and Hulu use encryption and digital rights management schemes to restrict the playback of content on certain devices. However, because of the strictness of some of the requirements, some devices in the wild aren't capable of outputting HD video from these services. The reasons can vary...

Developers: APK Signature Scheme v3 is coming with support for Key Rotation

If you're a developer or you're in any way familiar with decompiling, modifying, and/or installing modified APK files, you're probably familiar with application signatures. To put it simply, Android mandates that an app must be signed with the same key in order for the system to allow updating the app in question. Android verifies this by...

Security-Focused Android Fork CopperheadOS is Coming to the Google Pixel 2/2 XL

Security-minded folks using an Android phone as their daily driver normally take additional measures to toughen up their devices, sometimes by replacing Google apps and services with FOSS alternatives from repositories like F-Droid. CopperheadOS is the perfect Android distribution for those people: It's a security- and privacy-focused custom ROM made by Copperhead, a Toronto-based cybersecurity firm....

You’ll Soon be Able to Sideload Android Apps on your Chromebook Without Developer Mode

Support for application sideloading has been a standard feature of Android since inception, and it's let users install software that isn't available from the Google Play Store. On Chrome OS and Chromebooks, app sideloading's been available since the rollout of Android app support on the platform, but it currently requires enabling Developer mode. However, this...

How to Fix the Lock Screen Swipe Gesture Issue on Android 8.1 Oreo

Android 8.1, the first maintenance release of Android's long-awaited Android Oreo update, has now been released for some time, at least for Google Pixel and Nexus devices. However, some Google Pixel and Nexus owners running Android 8.1 (either the official build or a custom ROM) have noticed that swipe gestures on the lock screen, like...

TWRP Now Available for Xiaomi Redmi 5A, Redmi Y1, and Redmi Y1 Lite

Xiaomi devices are really popular in our forums for a good reason: the company sells smartphones that are fairly affordable without compromising too heavily on hardware specifications. That's why the Xiaomi Mi A1 on the Android One program is so incredibly popular. Unfortunately, Xiaomi's mixed history when it comes to providing timely kernel sources creates...

OnePlus Will Start Talking to US Carriers, Confirms that Next OnePlus Phone will Launch in Q2

In the four years since the launch of the OnePlus One, OnePlus's first smartphone, the startup's managed to amass a following. That's at least in part because OnePlus phones cater to power users and modders, a segment of the market which was pretty much ignored by bigger brands. But the company has its eye on...

AT&T Reportedly Calls Off Deal with Huawei to Sell Phones in the US

Huawei, the third-largest phone manufacturer on the planet, has been trying for years to break into the US smartphone industry, but it hasn't been easy -- Apple and Samsung dominate the market with an estimated 70% combined share. The China-based company was said to be in talks to sell its latest flagship, the Mate 10, through AT&T, the country's...

Honor 7X to Get Face Unlock Feature in Q1 2018

Honor, Huawei's budget-focused sub-brand, stole the spotlight this week with the launch of the affordable, mid-range Honor 7X in a limited-edition red color. In case you haven't been following our coverage, the phone packs a 18:9 display with a FHD+ (2160x1080) resolution, dual rear cameras, and a large battery at the competitively low price of $199.99. Alongside the...

Huawei P20 Schematics Reveal Three Models, Triple Rear Camera Mount

Huawei is one of the biggest and most influential China-based OEMs on the planet, right up there with giants like Samsung and Apple. And while it's looking to expand its global reach with a wireless carrier partnership in the U.S., it's also preparing to launch its first 2018 flagship: The Huawei P20. For the Huawei P20,...