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.

Google Play Music will reportedly be replaced by YouTube Remix

Although the application is pre-installed on all Google Play Certified Android smartphones, Google Play Music has struggled to compete with name stays like Spotify, Apple Music, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. A recent Business Insider chart places Google Play Music's market share at a rather lackluster 6% compared to Pandora's 32% and Spotify's 18%. According to a recent...

Xiaomi releases kernel sources for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

When it comes to releasing kernel source code in a timely manner, few Android device makers are currently doing so. Google, OnePlus, and recently Razer have released kernel sources for their devices fairly quickly compared to the competition. Among those that have failed to abide by the GPL, Xiaomi has been one of the worst offenders. The...

Helix Engine is a Power Manager app that Improves Efficiency, Battery Consumption, and Performance [XDA Spotlight]

One of the very first apps I install on my devices after rooting them is Kernel Adiutor or another kernel tweaking app. With apps like these, you can quickly tweak most aspects of your device's kernel: change the CPU/GPU frequencies and clock speeds to your liking, change CPU/GPU governors to save battery or focus on...

Support for Vulkan Graphics API 1.1 is coming in Android P

The Vulkan API is widely regarded as the successor to OpenGL. Initially announced in 2015, the Vulkan Graphics API has provided significant improvements in graphics rendering performance compared to its predecessor. Support for the graphics API made its way over to Android after its initial announcement with the first release of Android 7.0 Nougat, giving...

Samsung Gear S4 may be in the works with improved S Health features

The smartwatch business is nowhere close to the size of the smartphone market, but the competition is similar. On top of this market is Apple, whose Apple Watch captures a big chunk of the wearable market share. Following Apple are companies like Fitbit, Xiaomi, Garmin and Huawei. But Samsung has also been in the wearable game...

Official Reddit Android beta app adds AMOLED night mode, improved bottom navigation bar, and more

Despite the abundance of third-party clients on the Google Play Store, Reddit themselves push forward their own application as the better option. The first party client first launched on Android in 2016. Compared to other third-party offerings like Reddit is Fun, Sync, Relay, and Slide, the official Reddit app was actually pretty barebones. Even nowadays, it's...

Team Substratum is petitioning Google to allow custom overlays on Android P, and they need your help

The first developer preview of Android P, the next major version of Android, has arrived, and the biggest change in tow is a complete user interface overhaul, possibly the biggest since the introduction of Material Design with Android 5.0 Lollipop. A predominantly white interface with rounded corners and round icons are present as Google officially...

LG G7 Spotted with a 6″ 3120×1440 Display with a Notch and a Snapdragon 845

LG's announcements at MWC 2018 have been, to put it bluntly, underwhelming. While a refresh of their main flagship line, the LG G series, is always present at LG's press conferences, they opted for skipping the announcement of the LG G7 and instead went for a refresh of the LG V30, dubbed the LG V30S...

Huawei P20 Lite with 5.6″ FHD+ Screen and Dual Rear Cameras Makes an Appearance

Huawei has decided to skip over Mobile World Congress this year to hold an event of their own, and as previously announced, the Chinese giant is preparing to launch their P20 line of devices on March 27, in Paris, France. Leaks for these devices have been making appearances despite Huawei's absence at MWC, to the...

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...