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.

Jolla Collaborates with Sony Open Devices to Bring Sailfish OS to Xperia Devices

Jolla's open source Sailfish OS has been able to grab our attention at XDA over the years. The company's mobile software platform recently received certification for both government and corporate use in Russia. The company may have had a few stumbles when it came to fulfilling orders for their tablet hardware, but at least they stepped up and offered refunds...

Lenovo Announces the Tab 4 8, Tab 4 8 Plus, Tab 4 10 and Tab 4 10 Plus at MWC

Lenovo is also at MWC this year and they just announced a slew of new devices in an oft-forgotten category: the Android tablet. There will be four devices in a Lenovo Tab 4 series that include two different versions of 8" and 10" models. We have the Lenovo Tab 4 8, the Lenovo Tab 4 8...

ZTE Debuts the Blade V8 Lite and Blade V8 Mini at MWC 2017

ZTE originally announced the Blade V8 Pro at CES earlier this year and shortly afterwards we started to hear about rumors of the existence of other variants in this series. Along with many other companies in Barcelona for this year's Mobile World Congress event, ZTE was there to show off a couple of new smartphones. One...

Qualcomm Announces the Snapdragon 835 Virtual Reality Development Kit

Virtual Reality is still a young and booming market even though it seems a lot of hype has died around it. It's not talked about in every other headline anymore, but we're still seeing some big companies investing in VR as a future content source for their products. This is most noticeable with Samsung and...

Google Executive Teases a Web Version of Google Allo

It's fair to say that Google Allo hasn't had the warmest greeting from the Android community at large. Before the application was even launched we saw the hype building as many hoped it would be Google's answer to iMessage on iOS. Many were also hoping that the application would be more fleshed out and feature-packed...

Google Changes App Refund Policy, Adds the Voided Purchases API

Google's application refund policy has been pretty spotty over the lifespan of the Android platform. Thankfully, this started to get better over the last couple of years with one milestone being the biggest for them. Back in 2014, Google started allowing instant refunds for applications purchased within a 15 minute window. The whole "I pirate...

Leaked Render Claims to Reveal the Galaxy Tab S3 with a Keyboard

The new Galaxy Tab S3 premium tablet from Samsung seems to finally be on the verge of its official reveal, after months of leaks and speculation. What was originally rumored to be launched in the fourth quarter of last year had seemingly been delayed (or the rumor was just plain wrong) as another rumor pegged it...

Latest Huawei Security Advisory Highlights a Privilege Elevation Vulnerability

Huawei has just announced a new vulnerability that is currently possible on both the Huawei Honor 7 and the Huawei Mate S. This is said to be a privilege elevation vulnerability that is possible thanks to an arbitrary file upload in Huawei Themes. The vulnerability already has an update ready to fix it and devices...

Qualcomm Announces the Snapdragon X20 Modem

When most people talk about Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoCs, they're almost always focusing on the company's CPUs and GPUs that are put into the chips. What a lot of people don't think about is all of the extra components that actually make it a system-on-a-chip. This includes a modem, a DPS, display controllers, security layers, optical fingerprint technology and...

Galaxy Tab S3 System Dump Seems to Reveal Galaxy S8 Details

Samsung's Galaxy S8 has not been shy when it comes to leaks this year. Even though the Galaxy Tab S3 is said to be launched first, we've seen more rumors surrounding the Galaxy S8. We've heard about its 5.7" display for the "smaller" size variant, then saw some images that showed us the 6.2" Plus...

Samsung Flow Said to Support All Windows 10 PCs in the Future

Back in CES 2016, Samsung announced a new tablet called the TabPro S. This wasn't like the company's traditional tablets that run Android though. Instead, it is a 2-in-1 tablet PC that runs a full version of Windows 10 on it. These 2-in-1 tablets are actually where a lot of tablet sales have gone lately...

Lenovo Shares Details of Moto Mods and Compatibility Roadmap

When it was revealed that the LG G5 would have module support, it made a lot of people get hyped about the smartphone. This also made a lot of people wonder just how long they would be supported by LG smartphones too. LG's modules, and even the Moto Mod ones, are expensive accessories and the value...