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 Introduces Runtime-Only Permissions in Android 8.0 for Better Security

One of the best security-oriented changes included in Android 6.0 Marshmallow was runtime permissions. Before the advent of runtime permissions, developers would define permissions in their AndroidManifest file that would be granted automatically upon installation. On Android 6.0 and newer, runtime permissions required the user to explicitly grant or deny a permission through a dialog....

Android Oreo Adds Developer Commands for Testing Virtual Reality Apps

ADB has lots of different commands that help Android developers, and users alike, do all kinds of things on their devices. Google has been pushing forward with Virtual Reality technology ever since they introduced Google Cardboard and later Google Daydream. However, the biggest thing holding these platforms back is a lack of VR application support....

NVIDIA Shield Portable 2 Prototype Found by Redditor in Pawn Shop

Back in January, news came in that a NVIDIA Shield Portable refresh was being worked on by NVIDIA. The portable console, which went through the FCC in January, featured upgraded internals, a bigger screen, and an updated Android version powering everything behind the scenes. After over half a year without news of any kind, it's...

Android Wear Battery Saver Mode on Android Oreo Will Now Vibrate on Priority Notifications

Android Oreo has brought in a lot of changes to improve the stock Battery Saver Mode. During the dev previews, we've seen Google change the status/navbar color to red instead of bright orange. And you can even customize it to your liking in the latest builds! But they say it's the little things that count,...

MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM Released to Second Batch of Devices

Xiaomi's latestĀ MIUI 9 was just announced a month ago, yet it's packing lots of new features, tweaks, and improvements. Along with some small UI tweaks, the newest MIUI version includes things like system optimizations, dual screen support, and a virtual assistant. On July 26th, Xiaomi announced that the open global beta would be made available...

ConnectWatch Announced: First AsteroidOS-Powered Smartwatch is Coming

AsteroidOS has quite the story behind it. It was announced as an open-source alternative to Android Wear back in 2015, with the first alpha release coming by the end of 2016. However, it was just that - an open source project that you could build and get working on your smartwatch. Yesterday, though, the AsteroidOS...

Android Oreo Receives Noticeable ADB Backup Enhancements

Depending on who you ask, you might hear that the Android Debug Bridge's Backup feature is a godsend. This feature, introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich, allows you to do a full backup of your device without using root or other applications, simply by using adb. However, this tool did have some limitations, which gave the...

HTC Announces Android Oreo Update for HTC U11, HTC U Ultra and HTC 10

Android Oreo has now been pushed to AOSP, so now it's up for each OEM to announce timelines. And as usual, HTC is among the first big players to announce an official update confirmation for their flagship lineup. Last night, their USA team took to Twitter to announce which devices will receive an Oreo update...