Posts From Arol Wright

Arol Wright
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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.

Facebook to Tackle “Engagement Baiting” by Demoting Posts and Pages

If you're a frequent Facebook user like me, you've probably come across solicitous posts in your News Feed asking you to "Like" something if you're "a fan of dogs", for example, or to comment on a post "letter by letter." It's called engagement baiting, and its sole motivation is to get people to interact by liking,...

How to Legally Install Unsupported Android TV or NVIDIA Shield Games on any Android Device

If the launch of the gaming-oriented Razer Phone tells us anything, it's that there are companies out there ready to take Android as a gaming platform seriously. But even if you spring for a high-end Android device like the aforementioned Razer Phone, the OnePlus 5T or the Pixel 2 XL, you're not likely to find more...

Google Chromecast and Apple TV Products will finally be sold on Amazon again

Back in 2015, online retailer Amazon raised some eyebrows when they decided to remove Google and Apple's streaming devices, the Google Chromecast and Apple TV devices respectively, without previous notice from their online store. Their reasoning behind this decision was that they wanted to "avoid user confusion" that could be caused from users buying streaming...

December 2017 Android Distribution Numbers Show Steady Growth for Nougat and Oreo

We're now fast approaching 2018, and after almost halfway through December, Google has decided to update the Android distribution numbers once again, this time for the 7-day period ending on December 11th, 2017. The Android distribution statistics are of great help for developers who are looking to see whether it's worth the effort to support...

Some Flagship Android Phones Don’t Support Netflix/Amazon Prime Video in HD

If you've ever attempted to watch Netflix or other paid video streaming services on certain devices, you may have noticed that even if your plan supports streaming videos in high definition, the video quality doesn't go over 480p. This is not necessarily an issue with your Internet speed or a bug within the Netflix app....

Facebook Testing Out Direct, a Standalone Messaging Application for Instagram

It's no secret that Facebook has its sights set on Snapchat, one of the social media giant's fiercest competitors. If you're a heavy Instagram user, you've probably noticed lots of small changes, new features, and A/B tests that mimic Snapchat's most popular features, such as a revamped direct messaging feature, face filters for stories, cartoony messaging stickers, and more....

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition Announced, Exclusive to India

OnePlus has become a fan of releasing exclusive editions of its devices in limited runs. Last year, we saw a special Colette edition of the OnePlus 3T with stunning matte black coloring and a Colette logo on the back. Shortly after, the smartphone maker released a Midnight Black limited run of the OnePlus 3T, and subsequently a...

[UPDATE: OTA Fix Coming] Blu’s Software Update is Locking People out of Their Phones

Update 12/04/2017: Blu has officially announced that an OTA fix for affected Blu Life One X2 devices will be pushed soon. This fix is only meant for affected users which haven't yet done a factory reset to fix said issue. If you have an affected device, send an email to escalations@bluproducts.com and be on the...

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is Now Available in Burgundy Red, Coming to Korea First

Samsung typically hasn't been afraid of launching different color options for their devices. Unlike companies like Apple, which offer their devices in plain colors like black, white or gold, Samsung offers a wide range of color option with their flagships, a color roster which has grown and diminished throughout the years. The Galaxy S8 and...

Unlocked HTC U11 will Start Receiving the Android Oreo Update Tomorrow

Regardless of your feelings about Sense UI, HTC's arguably light OEM skin, there's no denying that the software has become one of the strongest points of HTC as of recently. The Taiwanese company announced an Android Oreo update for their devices just a few days after the first release of said Android version. And sometime...

Android’s Battery Life Estimate is Getting Smarter and More Accurate on the Pixel 2

Android has featured battery life estimates for a long time now. This estimate can give you an insight on how quickly your battery is draining, and how much time you have remaining until your phone reaches 0% and dies. However, this estimate was never really accurate for most cases, as your "10 hr estimate" could...

Developer Brings 64-Bit ROM Support to the Moto G5 Plus

Motorola's software can be considered as a mixed bag. On one side, it's a pretty close to stock Android experience which brings little to no bloatware and only adds useful, non-intrusive features over AOSP Android, also releasing kernel sources when the time comes. On the other side, update support is mediocre at best and utterly ridiculous...