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]

FK Kernel Manager becomes Franco Kernel Manager, adds support for downloading any custom kernel

XDA Recognized Developer franciscofranco's kernel is not only one of the most successful custom kernels for Android smartphones, but it's one of the most successful projects on our forums. It's available for a wide array of devices and includes a series of tweaks to improve the battery life without sacrificing the performance that you're used...

Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71 Hands-on: Mid-Range Smartphone Winners

Last year, Samsung managed to put out some amazing flagship smartphones. But something that often goes unmentioned is that they also doubled down in the midrange and low-end spectrum of the market. Samsung's midrange strategy, which included different smartphone lines such as the Galaxy J and Galaxy A-lines of smartphones, just wasn't cutting it anymore....

OnePlus 8 may launch on Verizon with support for its 5G Ultra WideBand network

OnePlus had big-time success last year. The OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro, as well as their revisions, the OnePlus 7T, and the OnePlus 7T Pro, upped the ante for OnePlus and proved the world that they could, too, make actual flagships instead of just "flagship killers." The OnePlus 7 Pro is widely credited...

Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro is a rugged phone with removable battery

Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones is one that is very diverse. Over time, just like any other manufacturers, they've greatly evolved their design language to adapt to current trends. For the most part, though, this design language resembles closely what other smartphone manufacturers keep doing: either glass-aluminum sandwiches or shiny plastic phones that resemble these...

OnePlus announces new Optimized Charging feature to save battery health

OnePlus Warp Charge, the fast wired charging technology found in the OnePlus 7 and 7T series,  is derived from OPPO's SuperVOOC charging technology. Unlike USB Power Delivery, Qualcomm Quick Charge, and other fast wired charging technologies that primarily modulate the voltage, Warp Charge modulates the current of the charger. This allows OnePlus to provide fast...

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook has a 4K display and 10th Gen Intel Core i5

The market for high-end Chromebooks is currently small, yet it could be a significant one in the future. Right now, the major player in high-end Chromebooks is Google, makers of Chrome OS, itself. Most Chromebooks on the market feature mid to low range specs and affordable pricing, whereas the Pixelbook and the Pixelbook Go are...

Google News tests dark theme for articles and upvote/downvote buttons in the feed

Based on your interests and some machine learning, Google News provides you a curated feed of news articles crawled from different publications and blogs across the Internet. You can also subscribe to specific publishers or read more about a specific topic with a simple tap of a button. To put it simply, it's a hub...

Xiaomi will pre-install Google Phone and Messages apps on all Global and European phones

Xiaomi's MIUI software experience is one that invites polarized opinions. Compared to Android on the Pixel, MIUI provides a very different experience from the way it looks to the way it behaves with apps and notifications. It is certainly polished in many areas and has improved greatly in the past few years, but it's still...

Forums are open for the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Ahead of CES 2020 in Las Vegas next week, Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite. The timing of this launch and the mere existence of these two devices is a peculiarity, to say the least, but one thing is clear about the duo: They're Samsung's best...

LG G9 renders show off the U-shaped notch and quad rear cameras

With a new year, we always get new phones. But while we're about to see CES 2020 unfold with a number of announcements, we also have our eyes set on MWC 2020 in February, where we will see a number of smartphone announcements from different brands such as Samsung, LG, and more. One of the...

Google Duo gets emoji reactions to video messages

Google's efforts with messaging apps haven't always resulted in success. In fact, pretty often they result in complete failure. Luckily, though, they seem to be starting to figure things out a little bit better. With RCS rolling out to all devices independently of your carrier or device, Android users may very well get close to...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite live images show off S Pen and camera bump

As Samsung is preparing to launch their Galaxy S20 lineup, they are also planning on launching several other devices in different price ranges for 2020, including "lite" versions of their current flagships. For most intents and purposes, these "lite" versions would carry similar processing power to their full flagship counterparts while cutting on other corners,...