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]

RCS messaging is going live for dual SIM phones in North America

RCS represents one of the biggest breakthroughs in recent mobile history. In a race to improve human communication, Apple has taken big steps forward with its proprietary iMessage platform, which is compatible between Apple devices and Apple devices only. This has caused SMS and other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Messenger to be perceived as...

Developer successfully builds Chromium for Windows on ARM64

When it comes to desktop web browsers, things are pretty similar to what you'd know from mobile: ask anyone and they'll tell you that Google Chrome, or Chromium-based browsers, are quite probably the best option out there. So much, actually, that Microsoft's own Edge browser is switching to a Chromium base. One of the first...

VLC 3.1 brings back Android Auto support, adds OTG device support, app shortcuts, and more

VLC has been one of my favorite media players for years. It's great on every platform: computers, phones... and not just because of its ability of "playing whatever you throw at it," but also because it's straightforward to use and it includes no fluff or unnecessary stuff on it. The Android version lives up to...

Rumor: Samsung to make 4 Galaxy Note 10 models

Samsung is definitely no stranger to making multiple models or versions of a single device. In the past, we've seen Samsung launch devices like the Galaxy S Advance, the Galaxy S3 mini, the Galaxy S4 mini, and so goes the list. For the most part, though, these were made to compliment their namesake flagship. Since...

Dirac Research: Find out which audio enhancements are on your Android smartphone

Sound quality is more important than you may think, and it’s something more people should take into account when it comes to choosing a smartphone. You may not be the kind of person who craves audiophile-grade sound everywhere you go, but a subpar speaker or a subpar set of earbuds can spoil your media-consuming experience....

Latest custom AOSP GSI adds support for the Xiaomi Mi 9’s in-display fingerprint scanner and April 2019 security patches

Newer technologies are always exciting. Things like bezel-less displays (and their various approaches to implementing a front-facing camera), in-display fingerprint scanners, and 3D face scanning technology are just some of the things that have been introduced throughout the past 2 years and have given us a deep glimpse into the future of smartphones. But more...

Everything New in Android Q Beta 2 for the Google Pixel

It's time for another Android Q update. We first got to know Android Q right around the beginning of 2019 when we managed to get our hands on a very early, very unfinished, leaked alpha build. Back then, we got to know some of its most noteworthy features, including its system-wide dark mode, its desktop...

Lawnchair’s latest beta adds rootless app actions, customizable folder icons, and more

One of the greatest virtues of Android is how customizable it is. This customization can range from simple things such as simply switching launchers to make your home screen your own from there, and even going so far as to change entire aspects of the UI and UX using apps like Substratum and the recently...

Android Q Beta 2 is here for the Google Pixel devices with Notification Bubbles and more

Roughly some weeks ago, Google launched the first official beta of Android Q, giving us our first big glimpse at Google's upcoming version of Android. We previously said it was to Android Pie what Android Marshmallow was to Android Lollipop: it focuses a lot less on UI updates and a lot more on UX improvements...

Google Assistant now lets you buy groceries from Walmart, gets integrated into Chrome OS’ app launcher

Google Assistant, since its initial inception in 2016, has become a boon for everyday users. Far from being a glorified chatbot like other assistants out there, the Google Assistant now pulls off amazing things like helping you throughout your day and even going so far as picking up calls for you, with the potential of...

[Update 3: It’s Dead] Google+ is shutting down for consumers after potential major data breach

Google+ was introduced in 2011 as the tech giant's response to the rising social network phenomenon and as a rival to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. Unfortunately, though, it failed to gain traction despite Google's unmeasurable efforts and backing to bring it up and boost its adoption. Today, after over 7 years of existence,...

Popular iOS email app Spark now available for Android

Today marks the passing of Inbox by Gmail, an alternative email client by Google that packed a bunch of features like message grouping and reminders, and that, despite not receiving as much love as other Google apps, still holds a dear place in the heart of many users. This is because of the main Gmail...