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>

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...

Here’s What’s New in Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview 1: UI Changes & More!

We received news from Google some days back that Android 8.1, the first maintenance release of Android Oreo, was making its way to Pixel and Nexus devices as a developer preview in the coming weeks. And indeed, just 8 days after the initial confirmation, the first system images for the 8.1.0 developer preview have now...

Google Lens Now Rolling Out to the Original Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL

Google Lens is one of the most interesting and outstanding exclusive features of the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL. First showcased at Google I/O 2017, it revives the original concept of Google Goggles and improves it significantly, taking advantage of ARCore and the Google Photos app to accurately guess and identify...

Unreleased LeEco Le Max 3 Shows Up on the XDA Forums

LeEco has earned a really controversial and shady reputation during the last few months. After a heavily failed attempt of taking over the US market by storm, trying out literally every single thing to stay afloat in some boat or market, as well as attempting to buy Vizio, the company has been pretty much forgotten...

The Essential Phone Drops $200 in Price, Now Costs $499

Essential, Andy Rubin's latest venture into hardware and phone manufacturing, has been recently subject to lots and lots of controversies and lawsuits. However, they're still pushing forward their own Essential phone, which -controversies aside - brings together a really solid device with outstanding build quality, flagship specifications, and a stock Android software experience. However, it...

Amplify, Xposed Module to Block Wakelocks/Alarms and Save Battery, Updated for Nougat

Before Android 7.0 Nougat was launched, one of the most popular modules for the Xposed Framework was Amplify. Amplify, to put it short, is an Xposed Module which allows users to take full control of wakelocks and alarms on your Android device. Since it's able to control some of the worst system wakelocks, like NlpWakelock and...

Developer Ports Xiaomi Mi A1’s Android One ROM to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4/4X

With the release of the Android One-branded Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Moto X4, and the upcoming HTC U11 Life, Google seems set on delivering a no-frills, Google-supervised stock Android experience with a more global focus and big hardware partners like Motorola and HTC. The Mi A1 is the first of such "global Android One"...

PSA: You can Pinch to Zoom to View Full Screen YouTube Videos on the Pixel 2 XL

Perhaps one of the most drastic and welcome improvements on the Pixel 2 XL over the previous generation Pixel XL was the switch from a 5.5-inch 16:9 AMOLED display to a bigger, 6-inch 18:9 POLED display, while also keeping screen bezels to a minimum (and offering front facing speakers). However, while taller, "bezel-less" displays are...

Enable Always On Display on Any Samsung Nougat Device Without Root

Always on Display is a nifty feature available in flagship Samsung phones, and finally on the new Google Pixel 2/2 XL. Introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Always on Display takes advantage of the AMOLED screen to light up parts of the screen with a clock or other widget without having a...

Samsung Announces New Gear VR Services and ARCore Support for Galaxy Phones

Virtual reality and augmented reality are two concepts as old as computers themselves, however, they have only started catching up to the general public in recent years. Samsung is one of the leading forces in the mobile VR field thanks to the Samsung Gear VR which was made in collaboration with Oculus VR, the makers...

Samsung Announces Bixby 2.0 with Smart Home Device and Third-Party Developer Support

Google, Amazon, and Samsung are competing to create the best mobile personal assistant available. Google Assistant has a head start and is slowly branching out to more home and personal devices with time. Then we have Amazon, which is very clearly invested in the smart home game with their Amazon Alexa personal assistant (which has...

Nova Launcher Beta Updated With More New Pixel 2 Launcher Features

Ever since its original conception, Nova Launcher has been one of the most customizable and actively updated launchers out there. It's a great alternative for those looking to give their device, no matter how old or recent, a fresh look and feel. Nova Launcher 5.5 aims to bring the Android Oreo look, feel, and even...