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Arol Wright
Arol Wright 510 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]

Google tests new designs in Gmail for Drive attachments and in Drive for document scanning

Google has been hard at work redesigning most aspects of the overall user experience on its app suite. Their Material Theme redesigns aren't just meant to be visual makeovers of the apps you currently use and love, but rather, they also aim at improving the user experience by making them easier to use, less complicated,...

Enable Gmail’s dark theme on older Android versions with this Xposed Module

Android 10's system-wide dark theme was one of the most highly anticipated features, allowing users to make apps completely dark or black with a single toggle. However, the big issue with this feature is that it is only supported on Android 10, and while certain apps do include a manual toggle for switching dark mode...

New Huawei Mate X model gets certified with 65W fast charging support

Foldable phones are a thing now, as you probably have noticed, and every smartphone manufacturer is looking into making their own implementation. Huawei came out with an implementation of its own called the Huawei Mate X. Due to US sanctions, though, the device only saw a release in their home Chinese market. But it brought...

Chrome OS 80 lets you sideload Android apps without Developer Mode

It's probably no secret to anyone that Chrome OS now supports Android apps. It has for a while, in fact. Before bringing Android app support to Chrome OS, it was actually very much limited to web apps, but Android app support has unlocked a lot of possibilities for Chromebook users, including better, native experiences for...

Download links for the ASUS ROG Phone II’s Android 10 beta are now online

ASUS is one of the smartphone brands that has improved the most during 2019. The launch of the ZenFone 6 was certainly one that caught us off guard: it provided flagship performance on a budget, and what's better, they got rid of all of ZenUI's bloat, with the newer version of ZenUI being very, very...

Samsung’s next flagship lineup may be called the “Galaxy S20”

We're less than a week away from 2020, yet we're already getting to know some of the devices that will be making headlines this upcoming year. One of them is, obviously, from Samsung. We already know a fair bit about Samsung's upcoming flagship phones, including their screen sizes, overall design, and some camera specs and...

Leafster is a powerful search tool for the Google Books database

Google Books (not to be confused with Google Play Books) remains one of Google's oldest services that is still active today. For starters, it is pretty much a gigantic directory for searching books, magazines, and texts that Google has scanned throughout the years. With more than 40 million scanned books, it is a vast resource...

MyWall is a lightweight wallpaper manager with the ability to extract colors and apply filters

Wallpapers are key to smartphone personalization. Personally, I'm the kind of person that can't stand looking at the same wallpaper for over 2 weeks, so I'm always constantly changing it. I'm not even hugely into switching up layouts, launchers and icon packs, but just having a fresh wallpaper suffices. I always have a collection of...

Sony apparently can’t keep up with demand for its image sensors

If there's one common denominator among most devices this year is that they all have multiple cameras. And we're not just talking about just dual cameras: OEMs ranging from OnePlus, Nokia, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and even Apple have come out with phones that have triple, quad, or even penta camera setups. More cameras don't necessarily...

Google Translate is preparing to add flashcards to your phrasebook to help you learn a new language

Learning a new language can be daunting, but thanks to the digital age, it's now easier than ever. While nothing beats classic learning methods and actually immersing yourself in a new language, apps like Duolingo help hone your skills in your free time. Learning a new language is, however, not as essential as it used...

OnePlus opens up a bug bounty program called the OnePlus Security Response Center

Cybersecurity is more important than ever as we go into a new decade that is sure to, again, radically change technology as we know it. And no matter how huge your developer team is or how thoroughly you test your software, some critical vulnerabilities and bugs still manage to cross the pond to stable software...

[Update 4: No Going Back] Android Auto is getting a big redesign with simplified controls and dark theme

Google's I/O 2019 developer conference is officially kicking up tomorrow, but that doesn't mean announcements aren't already rolling in. While all of our eyes will be on Android Q and Google's upcoming midrange smartphones, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, Google will also be taking some time to announce improvements/polishments to some of...