Posts From Arol Wright

Arol Wright
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<p>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.</p>

Here’s What’s New in Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta: Android Oreo and Much More

In late October, we wrote about the beta rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus phones throughout the U.S., the UK, and South Korea. Since last year, Samsung has used the Samsung Plus application's beta channel to test platform updates and changes in its proprietary fork of...

AutoInput Update Mimics the OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock Feature on any Android 7.0+ Phone

If you're anything like me, you're probably the kind of person who likes to automate their device to keep up with your workflow, your lifestyle, and yourself. And if you're heavy into automation, you've probably already heard of the name "AutoInput". For those not in the loop, AutoInput is a nifty little Tasker plugin which allows...

LineageOS is Adding a Quick Settings Tile for LiveDisplay

One of the many features included in LineageOS, one of the most widely used custom ROMs in the Android world, is LiveDisplay. Much like Google's own Night Light feature, LiveDisplay gives the screen a warmer, easier on the eyes look at night. LiveDisplay is enabled by default on all fresh LineageOS 13, 14.1 and 15 installs...

Unofficial LineageOS 14.1 Builds Arrive to the Essential Phone

Much of the Android world has decided to give the Essential Phone another shot after its recent $200 price slash, further deals and price reductions, and constant OTA updates improving the overall experience. While it used to sit as a really awkward and lacking flagship at its previous $699 retail price, it can definitely compete with...

MediaTek Seemingly Backing Down on the Flagship SoC Market

It is no secret that MediaTek is one of the largest mobile SoC manufacturers worldwide, if not the largest. After all, while phones powered by MediaTek are not really common to see in the Western market, the vast majority of Chinese phones - even cheap knockoff ones - are powered by a MTK processor. That's...

Snapchat for Android to be Rebuilt With a Focus on Performance and Ease of Use

Even though Snapchat is one of the most widely used mobile-only social networks in the United States and many other parts of the world, they have always had a rather poorly built application for the most widely used mobile operating system, Android. The Snapchat app on Android, unlike its iOS counterpart, has severe issues with...

Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta, Based on Android 8.0 Oreo, Now Available for the Galaxy S8 and S8+

While Samsung has never been the fastest one in the bunch to push out software updates to their devices, they have recently started taking the approach of beta testing major updates months before pushing them out. And just a few days ago, we discovered that Samsung was preparing to release yet another beta program, this...

HTC U11+ & U11 Life Appear in Hands-On Video Ahead of Launch Event

It's now 2 days until HTC officially announces their final 2017 devices, the flagship HTC U11+ (with a larger 6" 18:9 LCD display and key improvements over the regular U11) and the mid-range HTC U11 Life (an Android One device with a Snapdragon 630 SoC many U11 features at a cheaper price point). As we...

The Upcoming HTC U11 Life Leaks in Full, Courtesy of T-Mobile

HTC is now preparing for an event on Thursday, where they'll announce new additions to the HTC U lineup. The star of the show will allegedly be the HTC U11+, which is pretty much a revision of the critically acclaimed HTC U11, swapping the 5.5" 16:9 display for a bigger 6" display with a beefier...

NVIDIA SHIELD Experience 6.1 Rolling Out with New Assistant Actions, IR Remote Controls, New YouTube TV App, and More

Roughly a month ago, NVIDIA began rolling out yet another major version update, the NVIDIA SHIELD Experience 6.0, to the NVIDIA Shield TV. While it didn't bring a major Android version bump or any UI changes, it did bring with it two important improvements. First off, we got Google Assistant support, bringing the conversational voice assistant...

The ZTE Axon M Will be Available for Purchase from AT&T Starting November 1st

The announcement of the ZTE Axon M phone, has taken many people by surprise despite its frequent leaks and rumors. Instead of going for a conventional smartphone with top-of-the-line specs, as everyone is currently doing, ZTE is instead going for a more "experimental" approach with their 2017 Axon flagship. That's why the Axon M, in...

Google Pixel 2 XL Now Available in Italy and Spain (Google Store)

Historically, the greatest issues with the Pixel line have always been availability issues. While the Pixel is catering to a much more wider audience that the Nexus aimed for (average smartphone users vs developers), they haven't kicked up production for this wider audience. Even taking away production issues, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2...