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>

BlackBerry is Launching Another All-Touchscreen Phone in October

Before the advent of Android and iOS, BlackBerry phones were all the rage. After all, their QWERTY keyboard solution was replicated by pretty much every OEM back in the day. They dominated the smartphone market from 2006 to 2008-2009, ahead of when touchscreen smartphones took the world by storm. While BlackBerry tried to compete with their...

Android 7.0 Nougat Now Rolling Out to the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo

As the saying goes: it's better late than never. Roughly 2 years after Samsung launched their Galaxy S5 Neo, a year after Google released the Android 7.0 source code, and a week after Google released the Android 8.0 source, Samsung is now rolling out the Android 7.0 update to the Galaxy S5 Neo. The update...

[UPDATE: Official Statement] PSA: Do not Reply to Essential “Purchase Verification” Emails (Potential Credit Card/Identity Fraud), Emails Reportedly from Essential Phone Staff

Update: Andy Rubin, Essential CEO and Android creator, has released a statement confirming an error in Essential's customer care function and personally apologizing for the mistake. He also offered one year of LifeLock for the impacted customers. You can read the complete statement here. The Essential phones are now shipping to customers after a really long...

Unofficial LineageOS 15 Beta Build Available for the Pixel C

The LineageOS team was among the first ROM development teams to begin working on their Android Oreo ROM. After all, they've started putting together "lineage-15.0" mere hours ahead of AOSP drop, on August 21st. During the last few days, we've seen many people booting AOSP Android Oreo/LineageOS 15 on devices like the Xiaomi Mi3/Mi4, the...

Android Oreo Adds a Splash Screen API so Developers can Easily Build App Loading Screens

Most developers have mixed opinions when it comes to splash screens. Some advocate for the use of it to hide the app loading in the background and then transition to it seamlessly. On the other hand, some consider splash screens a waste of time both for the user and the developer. Google's stance on this...

Google Introduces Runtime-Only Permissions in Android 8.0 for Better Security

One of the best security-oriented changes included in Android 6.0 Marshmallow was runtime permissions. Before the advent of runtime permissions, developers would define permissions in their AndroidManifest file that would be granted automatically upon installation. On Android 6.0 and newer, runtime permissions required the user to explicitly grant or deny a permission through a dialog....

Android Oreo Adds Developer Commands for Testing Virtual Reality Apps

ADB has lots of different commands that help Android developers, and users alike, do all kinds of things on their devices. Google has been pushing forward with Virtual Reality technology ever since they introduced Google Cardboard and later Google Daydream. However, the biggest thing holding these platforms back is a lack of VR application support....

NVIDIA Shield Portable 2 Prototype Found by Redditor in Pawn Shop

Back in January, news came in that a NVIDIA Shield Portable refresh was being worked on by NVIDIA. The portable console, which went through the FCC in January, featured upgraded internals, a bigger screen, and an updated Android version powering everything behind the scenes. After over half a year without news of any kind, it's...

Android Wear Battery Saver Mode on Android Oreo Will Now Vibrate on Priority Notifications

Android Oreo has brought in a lot of changes to improve the stock Battery Saver Mode. During the dev previews, we've seen Google change the status/navbar color to red instead of bright orange. And you can even customize it to your liking in the latest builds! But they say it's the little things that count,...

MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM Released to Second Batch of Devices

Xiaomi's latestĀ MIUI 9 was just announced a month ago, yet it's packing lots of new features, tweaks, and improvements. Along with some small UI tweaks, the newest MIUI version includes things like system optimizations, dual screen support, and a virtual assistant. On July 26th, Xiaomi announced that the open global beta would be made available...

ConnectWatch Announced: First AsteroidOS-Powered Smartwatch is Coming

AsteroidOS has quite the story behind it. It was announced as an open-source alternative to Android Wear back in 2015, with the first alpha release coming by the end of 2016. However, it was just that - an open source project that you could build and get working on your smartwatch. Yesterday, though, the AsteroidOS...

Android Oreo Receives Noticeable ADB Backup Enhancements

Depending on who you ask, you might hear that the Android Debug Bridge's Backup feature is a godsend. This feature, introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich, allows you to do a full backup of your device without using root or other applications, simply by using adb. However, this tool did have some limitations, which gave the...