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Arol Wright
Arol Wright 537 posts

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]

Why the OnePlus 6T doesn’t have a notification LED, always on display, or IP rating

With the OnePlus 6T, which was announced a few days back, OnePlus is aiming to change the game in many different levels. The device itself isn't that much different from the OnePlus 6---after all, it's a T variant, which means it's pretty much a revised version of its predecessor which adds marginal, yet substantial improvements. It's...

Nubia X, Huawei MediaPad T5, and Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite forums are open

Nubia isn't exactly a household name, but it would be an understatement to say that the announcement of the Nubia X caught us off guard. After all, the company took an entirely new (and strange) approach to a bezel-less display. In order to reduce bezels considerably without adding a notch, Nubia simply removed the front...

PSA: All app updates on the Play Store must now target Android 8.0+

The fragmentation issue in Android doesn't extend to just phones and usage numbers. The issue extends to apps, too. A lot of app developers normally skip optimizing their app to the newest Android version immediately, either supporting it several months later or not supporting it altogether. This is done because of two reasons: either the...

WhatsApp will begin putting ads in Status stories

Apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the primary means of communication between users in most of the world. They're simple to use, and with the advent of smartphones, they're accessible and available to pretty much everyone. WhatsApp, in particular, is what I use for most of my daily communications with family, friends, and acquaintances....

Nokia 6.1 Plus is getting stable Android Pie with October security patches

One focus of Nokia/HMD for their device lineup is, very clearly, their software experience. Many of their phones are part of the Android One program, which means they feature pure stock Android with certain actually useful additions, in the same fashion as Motorola back in the day. Furthermore, updates are delivered promptly and on-time: the...

Honor Magic 2 launches with an almost Bezel-less Display, Slider Camera, and Kirin 980

If there's something 2018 has shown us, it's that the future is bezel-less - and it looks beautiful. But as phones get closer to a perfect 100% screen-to-body ratio, device manufacturers are left to wonder what to do with the front-facing camera, the earpiece, and the sensors. A common approach these days has been using...

Razer Phone 2 forums are now open

The original Razer Phone, despite having some flaws such as lacking a headphone jack, started the 2018 trend of gaming smartphones. With a combination of top-of-the-line specifications including a 120Hz variable refresh rate display, large speakers, 4,000 mAh battery, 8GB RAM, pre-loaded Nova Launcher Prime, and pre-loaded software made with gamers in mind, it's no surprise...

Xiaomi lists their progress on Android Oreo and Android Pie updates

When it comes to Android software updates, Xiaomi is pretty unique in their approach. The company is fully committed to their MIUI software experience and has been known to release new versions of MIUI to phones several years old even if it meant rolling out an older version of Android. Xiaomi's MIUI is pretty heavily...

Tasker 5.6 brings extensive Google Drive integration

One of the most valued qualities of the Android platform is having the ability to install apps that allow you to greatly improve your workflow and your life, and simply put, make your phone work the way you want it to work. This is something that sets it apart from competitors like iOS. One of...

Qualcomm’s next Quick Charge will bring 32W fast charging in 2019

Along with wireless charging, fast charging is one of the most life-changing features available on devices. There is simply nothing as satisfying as plugging in your phone and finding it charged up after a 30-minute walk, a shower, or a short nap. Nowadays, pretty much all phones, even budget ones, support some form of fast...

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo announced: what you need to know

Whether you consider them to be a fad or think they're here to stay, one thing is pretty clear: gaming phones are a thing, and Android OEMs are taking them seriously. They're definitely not a new concept: the Xperia Play launched in 2011 and was the first gaming-oriented smartphone to launch into the mainstream. But...

Hyperion is a new launcher by the makers of Substratum

Some XDA users—especially theme aficionados—will agree that Substratum has been one of the best things to happen to Android development in years. With the demise of the CyanogenMod theme engine, the community needed an alternative. Substratum isn't perfect, but it can be used on pretty much every unrooted Android Oreo device and rooted Android Pie device....