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.

Report: Incredibly Accurate GPS Chips are Coming to Smartphones Next Year

GPS on smartphones today can be hit or miss for a lot of people. There are times in which it is actually right on point, but then there are other times that it seems to pin you on a completely different street, usually taking far too long to correct itself. Android has tried to improve...

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Exynos)

We're starting to see more and more people getting their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8, so for those of you looking for some help in rooting your device, XDA Recognized Developer dr.ketan has put together a simple step-by-step guide for you. This guide will walk you through how to gain root access to the device...

The “Check for Update” Button Now Always Shows Available OTA Updates on Nexus/Pixel Devices

It always sucks when you have to wait for a new OTA update to finally reach your device before you can get the new features and bug fixes that come with it. For some, this has resulted in manually sideloading an OTA update or flashing system images onto devices. A software engineer at Google has...

DxOMark Published Their Camera Review of the Xperia XZ Premium (New Protocols), Scores it an 83

There are times in which DxOMark is able to get a camera review out for a smartphone before it's even released, and then we have those cases where it can take months before something comes out. The company recently revised the way they handle their mobile camera reviews and this week marks the first Sony...

Google Brings its Trade-in Program to the Google Store with Pixel and Pixel XL

Google seems to really be ramping up for the upcoming launch of the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini and more that's happening in just a couple of weeks. The company recently partnered with Motorola to launch the first Android One smartphone in the United States and with that they also introduced a...

Motorola Releases Nougat’s Kernel Source Code for the Moto Z2 Play and G5S Plus

Thanks to the General Public License (GPL), the developer community here at XDA has been able to grow into what it is today. While most of the well-known OEMs continue to abide by the GPL (with varying timeliness), many have ignored its requirements even though it is seen as violating a legally binding contract. Companies like Samsung...

Chrome Beta v62 Adds Network Quality Estimator API, OpenType Variable Fonts, and More

Around the middle of each month we learn about the new changes going into the next beta version of Chrome and this month is no different. We last update the beta channel of Chrome received was last month and it was up to version 61. As expected, Google has just released some details of the...

FCC Documents Indicate the Nokia 8 with 6GB of RAM is Coming to the U.S.

HMD Global has been reviving the Nokia brand since they announced their licensing agreement and many have been patiently waiting for their flagship smartphone. The Nokia 8 was officially announced last month but there was some details left out about all the markets it would be made available in. Initial reports indicated that it wouldn't...

Imagination Technologies Announces the PowerVR Series 2NX Neural Network Accelerator

The next big trend in mobile hardware, or at least mobile silicon, is to bring Artificial intelligence directly to your smartphone, thanks to neural networks. Google has been improving their machine learning technology for a while now, but this lives in the cloud and while it is more powerful, it also requires an internet connection...

Google Announces Headphones Optimized for Google Assistant, Starting with the Bose QC 35 II

The name Bisto was originally thought to be a codename for a specific product, and at one point we speculated it was simply a pair of headphones that Google was handing out to their employees. As it turns out though, Bisto is the codename for an entirely new product line that is being integrated into...

OnePlus Brings its Launcher, Community, Weather and Gallery Apps to the Play Store

For a long time, OEMs have relied on pushing out OTA updates to bring new features of some pre-installed applications to their users. This allowed for those applications to continue receiving new features and bug fixes while still maintaining their system application status. However, a lot of them simply do not need to be installed...

Google to Make its Dialer App More Useful with Notification Actions

Google has slowly been adding more features to its dialer application over the last few years and many have appreciated the work they've done. This becomes even more important with their renewed focus on hardware thanks to the Pixel phones as they are actively looking to make it commercial success. We have found a new...