Posts From Doug Lynch

Doug Lynch
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When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.

Mopria Print Service 2.5 adds multi-hole punch support and selecting multiple finishing options

Printing documents from an Android smartphone or tablet hasn't always had the best user experience. Google Cloud Print was introduced back in 2013 and it has helped alleviate the issue with devices that have chosen to support it. Android 4.4 KitKat brought some APIs which were referred to as the Android Print Framework, and that helped...

Fix found for Google Pixel 2 blurry panorama issue [Root]

The Pixel 2 uses much of the same hardware as the Pixel 2 XL, however, the smaller of the two 2017 flagships has had issues with its panorama images. The blurry issue has been around since the device was first launched, but we started to see an escalated number of complaints about it back in...

Sony Xperia XZ3 could have dual cameras on the front and back

Smartphones were fine with just one camera for years, but lately, we have watched a number of OEMs add more cameras to their devices. This began with adding black and white sensors to give the option of shooting an image in that style. This has evolved lately and many companies are just using a secondary...

Android app shortcuts now available in Chrome OS Dev channel

Ever since Google started working on Android application support in Chrome OS, we have seen a number of core Android features adapted to the new platform. Google is currently working to bring Android P support to Chrome OS and with that will come full support for Picture-in-Picture mode. Those of you who are on the...

Google Chrome’s new tab page may support Google Photos for custom backgrounds

The standard web browser has evolved over the years and tabbed browsing has become a staple feature that many people use every day. The new tab page can be incredibly useful for some and the desktop version of Chrome has a number of popular extensions that make it even more functional. Google has experimented with...

Netflix on Android now auto-downloads new episodes to watch offline

Netflix was reluctant to add offline download support to their mobile application. This changed back in 2016, though, when the developers finally added the feature to their Android and iOS devices worldwide. You'll see this feature in the application for select movies and TV shows but, many felt that it could be improved. The team...

Stereo Speaker Mod for OnePlus 6 turns the earpiece into a second speaker

Front-facing stereo speakers are a huge selling point for a lot of people within the smartphone community. Traditional speaker placement usually has it firing down through the bottom frame and this can easily be covered up when you're holding the device in landscape mode. XDA Senior Member acervenky has created a mod for the OnePlus 6 that uses...

Google Chrome’s Material Design refresh goes live in Canary for Windows, Chrome OS, & Linux

The introduction of Material Design has shown that Google can do design right when they actually make an effort to do so. Recently, this design language has received an update as it evolves from its initial concept. Many of us have referred to this update as "Material Design 2.0" and we've seen a number of...

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018) receiving Android Oreo with Dolby Atmos support

As we begin the second half of 2018, it's Samsung who is still working on bringing last year's big Android update to their latest devices. The South Korean conglomerate released the Galaxy A8 2018 and the Galaxy A8+ 2018 back in January of this year. The devices were launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat but are...

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 leaked video shows 7-inch display and 5,500mAh battery

Xiaomi's Mi Max 2 was an affordable smartphone with a big 6.44-inch display and its successor looks to outshine it in a number of different ways. Rumors of the device began at the start of last year when it was reported the Mi Max 3 would be sporting a massive 7-inch display and using a...

Here’s an infographic comparing smartphone fast charging standards

We have seen a ton of technological advancements within the smartphone market over the last decade. From high pixel density displays to blazing fast performance, and storage capacities that were simply impossible in the past. While there have been a lot of improvements to overall power consumption in the field, a lot of people constantly...

Nokia 3.1 now available in US for $159 from Best Buy & Amazon

Since acquiring the licensing rights to sell Nokia-branded smartphones we have seen HMD Global achieve great success in the market. While some OEMs opt for heavy customizations in their software, HMD Global has opted to join the Android One program for all of their devices and as such have been able to quickly roll out...