Posts From Arol Wright

Arol Wright
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Diehard technology enthusiast, and an Android purist by nature. While I have a soft spot for smartphones, I'm deeply interested in everything techy, be it PCs, gaming consoles, gadgets, you name it. Please direct all inquiries/tips to [email protected]

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 gets Digital Wellbeing and better dark mode in the latest update

Over the years, ASUS has shifted its device strategy greatly. No longer do their phones have a heavy, bloated UI, like they used to before. Instead, new ASUS devices like the ZenFone 6 and the ROG Phone II are using much lighter takes on ZenUI, resembling stock Android Pie functionally and cosmetically. Devices like the...

[Update 3: Officially Rolling Out] Android Auto is getting a big redesign with simplified controls and dark theme

Google's I/O 2019 developer conference is officially kicking up tomorrow, but that doesn't mean announcements aren't already rolling in. While all of our eyes will be on Android Q and Google's upcoming midrange smartphones, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, Google will also be taking some time to announce improvements/polishments to some of...

Snap credits the Snapchat for Android revamp for its recent success

Historically, Snapchat has always had a less-than-stellar relationship with Android. While the iOS version of the app has always worked flawlessly on Apple's platform, the Android version of the app has normally been considered the complete opposite, with the app normally regarded as being slow and laggy as well as a constant battery hog that...

The Pixel 3a helped Google double its year-on-year Pixel sales

Google's hardware business is definitely unique. Initially conceived in 2016, Pixel devices have come with Google's own software magic, which helps them make up for their lack of bleeding-edge specifications or their middling feature sets. Recently, the company opted to dip their toes in the mid-range smartphone scene with the Pixel 3a and the Pixel...

[Update 3: UK Launch] The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G has a smaller 4200mAh battery but faster 40W charging

The race for 5G is on. As 5G connectivity is slowly becoming available for consumers, several OEMs are also launching their own 5G-compatible devices. Samsung, for example, is ready to launch their Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, a special variant of their Galaxy S10 smartphone which includes better cameras, a bigger display, and, of course, 5G...

Xiaomi Redmi 7A Review: Great Phone, Even Greater Pricing

Xiaomi is a company that I've grown to respect a lot in recent times. While they are a Chinese company in-and-out, they are currently taking the world by storm with their varied device lineup, which goes all the way from premium, bleeding-edge flagships to entry-level, budget smartphones. There's something for everyone out there, whether you're...

Download: OnePlus Game Space from Android Q DP3 is a one-stop-shop for your games

OnePlus has recently released their third Android Q beta for the OnePlus 7/7 Pro and the OnePlus 6/6T, and it's noteworthy because this is their first Android Q beta with their OxygenOS customization skin on top, allowing us to have a brief insight into what OxygenOS 10 will be when it releases before the end...

[Update: Now in Camo] Red Magic 3 gaming phone with 90Hz display, Snapdragon 855, and internal fan is now available in North America, Europe, and 8 other countries

Gaming smartphones. While they may have seemed like gimmicks at first, they have already made a huge impact in the smartphone ecosystem. A phone like the OnePlus 7 Pro, just to name one, is an example of this: While it's not technically a "gaming smartphone" as its marketing isn't heavily mobile gaming oriented, the OnePlus...

Trump administration officials allegedly met to discuss banning end-to-end encryption

Online privacy is one of the essential rights that has arisen in the era of the internet. Things like end-to-end encryption play a big role in ensuring you stay safe during your time on the internet, yet we often take for granted as they're baked right into some of the apps we use daily. WhatsApp...

The OnePlus 5/5T’s final OxygenOS open betas bring Zen Mode

The OnePlus 5 and its revision, the OnePlus 5T, were both proof that OnePlus had now started doing things right when they launched back in 2017. After the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T's successful run, OnePlus needed more hits to consolidate themselves as a more globally recognized brand, which they achieved with both of...

MediaTek unveils the Helio P65 chip with support for 48MP cameras, faster AI performance

MediaTek has always had a rocky reputation in the smartphone marketplace. After all, they've often been regarded as slower chipsets than their Snapdragon/Exynos equivalents. These devices have also had historically worse developer support than other devices due to a lack of kernel sources and documentation, although with Project Treble, ROMs for MediaTek phones are now...

Raspberry Pi 4 announced with upgraded CPU, up to 4GB of RAM, and support for dual 4K displays

The Raspberry Pi was one of the greatest things to happen to the gadget space in years. The concept gets no simpler than an ARM-based computer, but the amazing flexibility it provides, as well as its compact size (no bigger than a credit card), has managed to make it the go-to choice for the guts...