Posts From Doug Lynch

Doug Lynch
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<p>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.</p>

How to Enable Call Recording on the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro [Root]

Being able to record phone calls is really useful -- especially when you need to take notes and don't have a pen and pencil handy. Lucky for Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro owners, they've just gained this functionality. XDA Senior Member badmania98 came up with a step-by-step guide that shows how to activate it. The process involves...

OpenSignal: T-Mobile Comes Out on Top in Mobile Network Speeds, but Verizon and AT&T are Catching Up

Wireless carriers in the US have experienced a few shakeups in recent years, and they're starting to have an effect on the industry. AT&T and Verizon spent years at the top, but T-Mobile's rapid growth pushed them to reintroduce unlimited plans, which have changed the way people use their mobile devices. A new State of the Mobile...

FrancoKernel for the OnePlus 5T Running Android Oreo-based OxygenOS Now Available

FrancoKernel by XDA Recognized Developer franciscofranco has been one of the XDA community's most popular custom kernels for years. He's recently been working on bringing it to OnePlus devices, and this week published the fruit of his labor: FrancoKernel for Oreo-based OnePlus 5T ROMs. There are two versions: r17, which is for Android 8.0.0 OxygenOS Open Beta 2 firmware, and r18, which...

Official LineageOS 14.1 for the Xiaomi Redmi 3S/3X and Sony Xperia Z5 Now Available

Some custom ROM enthusiasts who prefer LineageOS would rather receive an official build than flash an unofficial one. Lucky for owners of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S, Redmi 3X, and the Sony Xperia Z5, official LineageOS 14.1 builds are available right now. LineageOS is nearly bug-free on the Sony Xperia Z5, and mostly working on the Xiaomi Redmi 3S...

Bootlooping Nexus 5X Owners with Project Fi’s Device Protection Are Getting Moto X4 Android One Edition Replacement Devices

The bootloop issues that plagued LG devices a few years ago left a stain on the company's reputation. The Nexus 5X also exhibits the problem, and while there's a tweak to the phone's kernel that fixes it, it isn't for the faint of heart. There's good news, though, for Nexus 5X owners who subscribe to Google's...

OnePlus Camera M is a Mod that Significantly Improves Photo Quality on the OnePlus 5/5T

People tend to have mixed feelings about the cameras on OnePlus devices, and some particularly aren't happy with the quality of photos the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T take out of the box. Luckily, there's third-party software like GCam with HDR+ port that greatly enhance picture quality, and there's a new tool -- the OnePlus Camera...

Google Chrome Browser on Chrome OS May Soon be Better Optimized for Touch

Throughout 2017, Google significantly expanded the capabilities of its Chrome OS operating system, implementing support for Android applications, streamlining the interface, and adding other features. One aspect that received an outsized amount of Google's attention was the platform's touchscreen capabilities, which isn't surprising given the increasing popularity of 2-in-1 devices. Oddly enough, though, the Chrome web browser on Chrome...

Sony’s Next Xperia Flagship Could Drop the Headphone Jack

It's not uncommon to see Sony's Xperia smartphones go year to year without any major changes. But now, there's talk of a flagship 2018 flagship Xperia phone switching to a new design -- and possibly one without a 3.5mm headphone port. The scoop, courtesy of a Sony filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week, is an interesting find --...

Amazon Updates the Alexa App for Android with Voice Controls

Amazon has been killing it with its Amazon Echo smart speaker lineup, and the company's latest moves show it isn't slowing down anytime soon. On Friday, Amazon announced an update to the Alexa companion application for Android that adds new voice functionality. The new Alexa app, which will come to Android devices via the Google Play Store and Amazon's...

OnePlus Gives Update on Payments Breach, Says 40,000 Accounts Were Affected

About a week ago, we started seeing reports from OnePlus Store customers of fraudulent charges on their monthly credit card and bank account statements. As it turns out, there was an attack on the OnePlus website involving a malicious script injected into the payments page code. After acknowledging the issue and temporarily shutting down credit card...

How to Unlock Bootloader and Install TWRP on the Huawei MediaPad T3 10

It's sometimes difficult to get the developer community to rally behind some of the more obscure Android smartphones and tablets out there. Take the Huawei MediaPad T3 10, for example -- it's certainly not a device that's breaking sales records. Still, it's one at a decent price point with hardware that'll satisfy the wants and...

Overstock is Now Available as a Store Option in the Google Express

Google Express (formerly Google Shopping Express) launched back in 2013, and offered same-day and overnight delivery on all sorts of products. Since then, it's evolved into an Amazon-like marketplace with dozens of third-party stores. Recently, Google teamed up with Walmart and brought Target on board, and this week announced a new partner: Overstock. Overstock.com items are now available...