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.

Nexus 5X Bootloop Fix Helps you to Finally Boot the Phone

Has your LG/Google Nexus 5X stopped booting, or rather, ends up stuck in an endless boot sequence? This is something we term a "bootloop" and it can occur for various reasons. Most bootloops can be fixed by flashing the stock firmware or factory resetting, but in the case of a hardware bootloop, there's generally nothing...

Calibrate your LG G4 Display with KPPD Control Panel

You may be familiar with XDA Recognized Developer savoca's KCAL Post-Processing Daemon (aka KPPD), as it lets you customize the color calibration of the LG G4 display (and other compatible devices) on the fly. This method didn't require root but it forced you to edit a kernel property file to change its values. To make things a bit easier, XDA...

Sony Xperia XZ Custom ROM/Kernel Combo Brings Energy Aware Scheduler (Experimental)

The Energy Aware Scheduler (also known as EAS) is an advanced CPU scheduler that tries to coordinate CPUFreq and CPUIdle power-management subsystems to improve the battery life and performance of a device. XDA Senior Member _LLJY has put together an experimental custom ROM and kernel combo that adds this scheduler to the Sony Xperia XZ. The developer says you should...

OnePlus 2 Root Mod Enables H.265 Video Recording

The OnePlus 2 has the hardware to natively support H.265 playback as well as recording. This codec is in its early stages though so it's not something that OEMs are willing to risk using. However, thanks to XDA Member tusar8 we now have a simple mod (and a guide for it) that enables H.265 as the primary video codec for...

Commits show Google Assistant is on its way to Chrome OS

Earlier this week there was a commit discovered in the Chromium Gerrit page (by ChromeUnboxed) that said the OK Google hotword was being deprecated from Chrome OS. Some have speculated that it just isn't that popular on a Chromebook so Google has decided to work on removing it. This could be because the feature was buried in...

Waze is Now Available on Android Auto, In-Car Units Only

Over a year ago at Google I/O 2016 we learned that Google was working to integrate Waze into the Android Auto experience. Waze, which was previously acquired by Google, offers features and a UI that some people just prefer over the traditional Google Maps solution. So this news made a lot of people happy but...

How to Manually Change the Galaxy S8 Navigation Bar Color

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the first flagship smartphones from Samsung that ditch their traditional capacitive buttons in favor of software navigation keys. Besides allowing us to customize the layout of the keys, we can also change the navigation bar color as well. Among a selection of standard colors that we had...

Google Releases Android Testing Support Library 1.0 Ahead of Android O

To kick off the week, Google announced what is likely the final developer preview update for Android O. We say likely because there aren't any additional updates planned, but Google could end up rolling out another if they need to test something before the final build. While not much has changed from DP3 (other than removal...

CAD Renders of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Align with Previous Leaks and Rumors

There has been quite a lot of leaks in regards to the Google Pixel 2 XL, although we haven't heard much about the smaller successor to the Google Pixel. Our sources indicated that there wouldn't be that much of a difference between the original Pixel and the Pixel 2, suggesting the Pixel 2 XL is actually...

Latest Lenovo Folio Concept Shown Off at Lenovo Tech World 2017

We're currently seeing a trend toward smartphone OEMs reducing the bezels of our devices. This design brings a new level of aesthetics to our phones that is becoming more and more popular. It's something that OEMs have been working on for a while now but they also have some other unique concepts being worked on as well....

Nova Launcher Partners with Sesame Shortcuts for a New Search Feature

Nova Launcher is one of the most popular custom launchers available on Android right now. The application has a ton of customization features so you can tweak the look and feel of your launcher to how you like it. It may take some time to go through the plethora of options included, but it's generally...

Fairphone Explains Why They Had to Stop Supporting the Fairphone 1

As a smartphone customer who spends hundreds of dollars on a new device, it always sucks to hear when the device I want to keep using is no longer receiving support. This is most commonly an issue when someone wants to keep receiving software updates as they bring in both new features as well as...