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.

Android Oreo Allows Apps to Read USSD Messages from Carriers

The USSD is a protocol for sending data through GSM, similar to SMS. It's most commonly used for callback services, checking data/minutes, interactive news, ringtone selling, and even payment methods. It's a bare-bones service that's available universally in smartphones and feature phones alike, and its reliability is the main reason why USSD hasn't changed one...

The Chuwi Hi9 is an 8.4″ Android 7.0 Tablet With a MediaTek MT8173

Chuwi is a little known Chinese brand that has been trying to stand out in the crowded market of low price Android tablets. The company, which was founded around 2004, first started making MP3 and MP4 player devices as well as other multimedia devices. It was only after striking a partnership with Chinese silicon manufacturer...

postmarketOS is a Touch-Optimized Linux Distro for Smartphones and Tablets

Arguably one of the worst things about the Android ecosystem is how quickly most devices reach the end of their software support life cycle, at least when compared to Apple or Google. Right now, you can expect to get up to 2 years of updates and 3 years of security patches from your manufacturer. If...

Android Oreo Arrives to the Moto G 2013 Through Unofficial LineageOS 15

The Moto G line, first conceived by Motorola back in 2013 (during Google ownership), was always one of the most beloved phone lines among ROM developers in our forums. All 5 generations have outstanding developer support and a lot of ROMs and custom kernels to choose from. The first one of them, the Moto G...

Third Party Dialer Apps Can Integrate Visual Voicemail Services in Android Oreo

Visual voicemail was first introduced roughly around 10 years ago. Instead of manually calling the voicemail service to hear your incoming voicemails, you have a visual interface for choosing, playing, and deleting voicemails. Samsung (Instinct), Apple (iPhone 2G), and BlackBerry (Storm/Touch) were the first OEMs to adopt a visual element in their voicemail services. However,...

Support for Android Apps in Extended Desktops is Coming to Chromebooks

Since Android app support came to Chromebooks, Google has been working tirelessly in order to make these apps look and feel more integrated into the Chrome OS system. While Android app support itself is still in beta, we've seen true improvements. Apps work way more fluently compared to before, and with Android Nougat, apps can...

LG V30 Camera App Ported to the LG G6, Brings Graphy Features and More

The LG V30 is now officially here. And perhaps one of the biggest improvements compared to other LG devices is in the camera department. You could say that LG designed the V30's camera with camera buffs in mind: a 16-megapixel dual camera with a 13-megapixel wide angle lens, a f/1.6 aperture (although exif data says...

How to Check if Your Android 8.0 Oreo Device Supports Project Treble

We've first learned about Project Treble right before this year's Google I/O 2017. Treble is the most significant low-level change to the Android platform to date. To simplify heavily, it separates the vendor implementation from the Android framework in an effort to avoid lengthy waits for updates. Project Treble is currently supported by the Google...

Qualcomm “SDM670” Pops up Through Official Listing, Rumored to Launch in 2018 Built on 10nm Process

Qualcomm has been strongly focusing on their mid-range offerings lately. Earlier this year, we got the Snapdragon 660 which offers near-820 levels of performance with insane power efficiency, made for mid to high end devices with multiple features that once were exclusive to premium chipsets. And even today, the last gen offerings (Snapdragon 65x/625) are...

The Palm Brand is Making a Return Next Year, According to TCL

Back in the day, Palm pioneered the concept of personal digital assistant (PDA) devices, largely considered the predecessor to smartphones. They've entered this market back in 1996 and achieved success with devices like the Palm TX and the Palm Pilot. With the Palm Pre, in 2009, they attempted to take on the rising Android and...

New Acer Chromebook 15 Announced at IFA 2017: Coming in October

Since 2011, Acer has been one of the world's leading Chromebook brands. The first Acer Chromebook announced at Google I/O 2011 went on to become one of the most popular products ever released by the company. At their IFA 2017 press event in Berlin, where they've unveiled a range of new products, Acer announced another...

BlackBerry is Launching Another All-Touchscreen Phone in October

Before the advent of Android and iOS, BlackBerry phones were all the rage. After all, their QWERTY keyboard solution was replicated by pretty much every OEM back in the day. They dominated the smartphone market from 2006 to 2008-2009, ahead of when touchscreen smartphones took the world by storm. While BlackBerry tried to compete with their...