Posts From Arol Wright

Arol Wright
Arol Wright

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]

Google is killing off its standalone Bookmarks service

Pour one out for yet another Google service getting shut down. Google Bookmarks is a service that has been around for a long time, since it was first launched in 2005. All major web browsers include bookmarking, and with the advent of cloud syncing, your bookmarks can remain the same across device. Google Bookmarks, though,...

The ROG Phone 3 is finally getting its Android 11 update

The concept of gaming smartphones as we know them today has been with us for a few years, having been kickstarted with the Razer Phone. Bleeding-edge specifications and features to appease gamers and their needs have been at the forefront of the concept for these devices, and they've shifted a lot over the years. But...

Verizon joins T-Mobile and AT&T in using Google Messages for RCS

The RCS dream, having RCS replace SMS across the board, has not materialized as quickly or vastly as people hyped about the technology thought it would be, but the good news is that it's getting there. Google, as the biggest proponent of this technology, has rolled out RCS to people around the world, regardless of...

These are the Best Music Player apps for Android in Summer 2021!

It seems like we've been able to listen to music with pocketable devices since forever. It hasn't always been from our smartphones and we used to have dedicated MP3 devices for listening to our music on the go. But it was a thing people did, and it has been since Walkmans were all the rage...

Google ARCore: Everything you need to know about the Augmented Reality platform

Google has dived into augmented reality several times. Augmented reality, when used properly, can potentially be life-changing technology, but no tech company has yet managed to master AR. Apple has taken the approach of using dedicated hardware, such as the LiDAR scanner included in iPads and iPhones, while other companies, like Google, are pulling everything...

The first apps to use Android 12’s Material You theming are here

While native theming on Android is a concept Google has been flirting with for years, even going so far as to add support for a system-wide dark theme, full-on native theming to the degree other services like Substratum and other theming engines used to have was pretty much still unheard of, at least on stock...

Report: Xiaomi beat Apple to become the #2 smartphone vendor in Q2

Xiaomi's growth over the years as a smartphone maker has been huge, especially throughout the past 5 years. They've gone from being an "affordable alternative" to being the main option of many users around the world, especially in emerging markets. The value proposition device lineups like the Redmi Note series offer remains unmatched and just...

Google Workspace users can finally use Assistant on smart displays and speakers

Google Workspace accounts are great for users within a company as they give you most of the benefits of having a Google account applied within your company's specific context, but trying to use one as a regular Google account yields some interesting results. While they're technically just another Google account, it's weirdly crippled in some...

Google Drive on Android adds audio playback speed and notification controls

Google Drive has become a key part of Google's ecosystem of services. Every Google account gets 15 GB of free storage for hosting whatever you want on the cloud, and that quota applies for other Google services like Google Photos. Drive also does a great job at sharing your files with friends and family, but...

Google Recorder update brings support for more English dialects

Google Recorder was first introduced back when the Google Pixel 4 launched in 2019, and it was pretty groundbreaking when it first launched, with features like automatic transcription using Google's own AI and voice recognition. And since it was first launched, it has been improved a lot. But the voice recognition is not perfect. And...

XDA Basics: How to Print from your Android Phone, without needing a computer

While our world is transitioning into a digital stage, not everything needs to be digital all the time. Sometimes, you need to take a digital document and print it onto a real sheet of paper. On computers, this is a pretty straightforward process -- if you have a printer installed, just fire up a document...

These are the Best Android Phones under $500 in July: Google, OnePlus, Motorola, TCL, and more

During the early days and subsequent maturing days of Android, you had to fork up several hundred dollars for a flagship smartphone, one that could guarantee a great experience. There were several Android phones to consider in several price points, but the budget ones weren't all that great. This panorama was however disrupted in recent...