Posts From Arol Wright

Arol Wright
Arol Wright

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]

How to Stop Wakelocks from Any Android App Without Root

Have you ever went to sleep at night with a completely charged phone, just to wake up with a low battery? Don't worry, it has happened to all of us. Even with Doze mode and all Google's efforts to improve battery life on Android, idle battery life isn't exactly ideal. Especially if you have lots...

How to Use a Custom Launcher With Widgets on Amazon Fire OS

Amazon's Fire OS, aside from having an Android backbone, can be considered quite a different beast from stock Android or even heavy skins like MIUI or Samsung Experience. They aimed to make their own OS based on the open source Android platform while remaining completely independent of all Google Play Services and certifications, instead favoring...

New API Allows Apps to Open Keyboard in Incognito Mode

Starting with Android Oreo, we've seen an interesting feature make its way to Gboard: incognito mode. In a similar fashion to Google Chrome or most web browsers like Firefox or Samsung Browser, the keyboard incognito mode allows you to use your keyboard without actually saving any of your keystrokes or words used. It's a really useful...

[UPDATE: Incorrect Rumor] Honor 6X and Honor 8 Pro Will Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Before the End of 2017

UPDATE 9/7/2016: A trusted source has informed us that this statement was an inaccurate rumor from a local team, and that no Android 8.0 updates have been officially confirmed for Honor devices. The article below thus reflects incorrect or unconfirmed information. During the past couple of years, Huawei has become increasingly better when it comes to...

Android Security Bulletin Is Out For the Month of September

Another month, another security bulletin for the Android platform. Right after releasing the latest security patches for the month of September, Google has released the corresponding security bulletin on the Android Open Source Project website. The bulletin documents all the changes included in both the September 1st, 2017 and the September 5th, 2017 security patch...

Android Oreo Allows Apps to Read USSD Messages from Carriers

The USSD is a protocol for sending data through GSM, similar to SMS. It's most commonly used for callback services, checking data/minutes, interactive news, ringtone selling, and even payment methods. It's a bare-bones service that's available universally in smartphones and feature phones alike, and its reliability is the main reason why USSD hasn't changed one...

The Chuwi Hi9 is an 8.4″ Android 7.0 Tablet With a MediaTek MT8173

Chuwi is a little known Chinese brand that has been trying to stand out in the crowded market of low price Android tablets. The company, which was founded around 2004, first started making MP3 and MP4 player devices as well as other multimedia devices. It was only after striking a partnership with Chinese silicon manufacturer...

postmarketOS is a Touch-Optimized Linux Distro for Smartphones and Tablets

Arguably one of the worst things about the Android ecosystem is how quickly most devices reach the end of their software support life cycle, at least when compared to Apple or Google. Right now, you can expect to get up to 2 years of updates and 3 years of security patches from your manufacturer. If...

Android Oreo Arrives to the Moto G 2013 Through Unofficial LineageOS 15

The Moto G line, first conceived by Motorola back in 2013 (during Google ownership), was always one of the most beloved phone lines among ROM developers in our forums. All 5 generations have outstanding developer support and a lot of ROMs and custom kernels to choose from. The first one of them, the Moto G...

Third Party Dialer Apps Can Integrate Visual Voicemail Services in Android Oreo

Visual voicemail was first introduced roughly around 10 years ago. Instead of manually calling the voicemail service to hear your incoming voicemails, you have a visual interface for choosing, playing, and deleting voicemails. Samsung (Instinct), Apple (iPhone 2G), and BlackBerry (Storm/Touch) were the first OEMs to adopt a visual element in their voicemail services. However,...

Support for Android Apps in Extended Desktops is Coming to Chromebooks

Since Android app support came to Chromebooks, Google has been working tirelessly in order to make these apps look and feel more integrated into the Chrome OS system. While Android app support itself is still in beta, we've seen true improvements. Apps work way more fluently compared to before, and with Android Nougat, apps can...

LG V30 Camera App Ported to the LG G6, Brings Graphy Features and More

The LG V30 is now officially here. And perhaps one of the biggest improvements compared to other LG devices is in the camera department. You could say that LG designed the V30's camera with camera buffs in mind: a 16-megapixel dual camera with a 13-megapixel wide angle lens, a f/1.6 aperture (although exif data says...