Posts From Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell
Brandon Russell

Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.

Google Clock’s Bedtime tab and Sunrise Alarm are now available for all Android phones

Google's third Pixel Feature Drop for Pixel devices brought new features to the Google Clock app to help you get a better night's sleep. Google said the feature would be available this summer for all Android devices, and they're keeping their word. Today, Google announced that the Bedtime tab in the Clock app will be...

Google is turning your Android phone into an early earthquake alert system

Google on Tuesday announced it is planning to roll out an earthquake early alert system on Android phones. The system, which will first deploy in California, could provide the public with a few seconds warning before an earthquake strikes. In California, Google partnered with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the California Governor’s Office of...

Nreal’s new augmented reality smart glasses will be bundled with a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or LG Velvet on Korea’s LG U+

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and LG Velvet are the latest and greatest Android smartphones from the two Korean tech giants, and both Samsung and LG are competing to offer the most value to consumers in their home country. When you purchase either device on South Korea’s LG U+ carrier, you’ll get a discount on...

Android 11 makes autofill more seamless with keyboard integration

Android has had an autofill API since Android 9 Pie, making it easier to fill out saved addresses and passwords. Android's autofill experience, though, is not as seamless as it is on iOS. On Android, autofill suggestions are displayed near the input field, whereas on iOS, they're displayed right above the keyboard. With the arrival...

Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 4 are the first to receive ioXt’s security certification

Security has become a cornerstone topic in the last year, especially when it comes to keeping information private from third-party companies. Not every Android device gets frequent and timely security updates, but if you decide to purchase the recently-announced Pixel 4a, you’ll be happy to learn that Google’s new phone is as secure as they...

Turn the OnePlus Nord’s hole punch into a battery indicator with Energy Ring

Energy Ring is a great app on Android that adds a configurable ring around your device’s front-facing hole-punch camera. It allows users to quickly see their phone’s remaining battery life, making it a nice quality-of-life improvement. We've covered it several times in the past, and that's because the developer keeps updating the app with support...

Download the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 wallpapers!

Samsung this week announced the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, both of which you can pre-order now ahead of an official release on Friday, August 21. As you’d expect, Samsung’s new flagships feature high-end specs, S Pen stylus support, and a handful of new wallpapers, which you can download now. XDA Forums: Samsung Galaxy...

Samsung’s first Galaxy Watch 3 update brings blood oxygen monitoring and other features

After announcing the Galaxy Watch 3 earlier this week, Samsung has already rolled out the first major update for the new smartwatch. The new update enables blood oxygen monitoring among other new features. According to SamMobile, the OTA update, which is roughly 80MB in size and can be installed through the Galaxy Wearable app, is among...

Google Pixel 4a is one of the best selling unlocked smartphones on Amazon and Best Buy in the U.S.

The Google Pixel 4a’s launch may have come later than expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the late launch doesn't seem to have diminished excitement for the new mid-range Pixel phone. In the last 24 hours, Google’s new smartphone has shuffled between the #1 and #2 spot for the best-selling unlocked smartphone on both...

TeamViewer’s QuickSupport App now supports remote control for many Xiaomi, OPPO, and Pixel devices

With social distancing rules in place, it’s probably been a while since you were able to troubleshoot your relative’s tech issues in person. And with many businesses closed down, it can be that much harder to find the support you’re looking for. Thankfully, TeamViewer’s QuickSupport app makes it easy to troubleshoot issues from afar. And...

NVIDIA adds Into the Breach, Just Cause 2, and 6 more games to its GeForce NOW cloud gaming service

Looking for something new to play this week? NVIDIA on Thursday announced the latest weekly additions to its GeForce Now cloud gaming service. This week's additions include 8 new games to the service. The full list of new games in NVIDIA GeForce NOW is as follows: Othercide Superhot: Mind Control Delete Ho Tu Lo Shu: The...

The European LG Velvet can now be bootloader unlocked

Do you fancy flashing a GSI, custom ROM, or custom kernel on your LG Velvet? Well, you'll have to either wait for development to pick up on our forums or start porting AOSP yourself, but now that the Velvet can be bootloader unlocked, you can get started with the latter. LG this week updated its supported...