Posts From Arol Wright

Arol Wright
417 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]

You Can Now Order Food Straight from Facebook with the Tap of a Button

Ordering takeout or delivery from your home in the past has been pretty much the same, straightforward process: you choose what you want to eat, call the restaurant number, and they will make sure you and your food and swiftly united. However, with the advent of new technologies, these restaurants have adopted many new options...

[Update: Photos Patched] How to Enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage and Pixel-Exclusive Wallpapers on Any Phone

One of the greatest and most useful exclusive features of the Google Pixel line, among many, is proper unlimited storage for Google Photos. This feature allows you to back up all your existing pictures and videos in original quality to Google Photos, without having them count up against your existing Google Drive storage. However, this feature...

How to Increase the Edge Screen Size on Samsung Galaxy Phones Without Root

While the Edge Screen function on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, and Note 8 provides a useful way to to access your favorite apps, tasks, and more, it can be a pain to activate especially since the newer phones are so tall! The size (and recognition area) can be tweaked in...

Google Home Mini’s Top Touch Functionality is Being Entirely Removed due to a Hardware Bug

At the October 4th Google event, we were finally introduced to the long-rumored Google Home Mini device, which is going to be sold alongside the regular, bigger Google Home and the mammoth Google Home Max. It brings all of the regular Google Home features, including voice assistance, in a way smaller package and a more...

Kernel Sources for the Essential Phone Are Now Live, Factory Images Coming Soon

Essential seems like they want to make the Essential PH-1, most commonly known as the Essential phone, at least a partial spiritual successor to the Nexus phones. The Essential phone comes with a close to stock Android build with little to no bloat included, comes with an easily unlockable bootloader (with the company providing instructions themselves),...

Underburn is an App that Changes Brightness Level Based on Screen Content [XDA Spotlight]

An automatic brightness feature has been present on nearly every Android device for years now. Before Android 5.0 Lollipop, the auto-brightness feature changed your phone's brightness based on the ambient light sensor readings, but the quick scaling up and down was bothersome. Auto-brightness evolved into adaptive brightness with Android Lollipop, which combines auto-brightness with a...

Action Launcher v29.0 Brings Fully Customizable Pixel 2-Style Dock Search Bar

One of the key changes of the new, renewed Pixel Launcher included with the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL is that the "G" pill on the top of the launcher was swapped for a search bar located under the app dock, while the top now houses an informative widget. This new...

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ (Exynos) Receives Unofficial LineageOS 14.1 Builds

ROM development for phones with Exynos chipsets, like pretty much all recent Samsung flagships (in their international models, of course), has been slowly but steadily growing with time. Bringing up AOSP Android on Samsung devices is way, way harder than Qualcomm-based development because Samsung does not provide public documentation for their chipsets among other reasons,...

Chainfire Releases Source Code for suhide, SuperSU’s SafetyNet-Hiding Addon

These past 2 weeks have been quite a ride for root lovers. First, we got a new Magisk update, which features complete Google Pixel and A/B partition scheme support. Then, we got a minor SuperSU update, which fixes a bug with Android Oreo on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, only to receive sad...

Google Home Feature Updates: Phone Calling, Room Assignments, Broadcast Mode, Multi-user Availability, Nest Integration, Find my Phone

At today's Made by Google event, Google made pretty clear that they were completely invested into the Google Assistant and, especially, into the Google Home, which formally became a product lineup today. Aside from the Google Home we got back in 2016, we now also have the Google Home Mini, which offers all the features...

Google is Working on a Chrome OS Emulator for Future Android SDK Release

Android application support on Chromebooks was fairly rudimentary when it was first unveiled, but the company has been working to make the integration better as evidenced by recent Chrome OS commits. The end goal is to flawlessly support Android apps on most Chrome OS devices, though only a handful of Chromebooks are able to use...

Google Contacts 2.2 Redesigns the Contact View, Vastly Improves Suggestions, and More

Google Contacts, Google's own fork of the AOSP Contacts app with added features, has been the default contacts app in Nexus and Pixel devices for quite some time now. Aside from syncing your contacts to the cloud, it allows for things like contact suggestions, duplicate erasing, and a lot more. These extra features have been...