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.

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...

Google Pay supports 63 new banks and PayPal Mastercard

Google was late to the game when they decided to launch what was then known as Android Pay. This meant they didn't support as many banks and services as other mobile payment platforms available at that time. However, since then the company has been busy partnering with major credit cards and banks around the world....

OnePlus still working on bringing phones to the US and a 5G phone for 2019

OnePlus has carved its own space within the Android community by offering what most enthusiasts want in a smartphone. Many feel they have replaced the niche left behind by Google's Nexus program as they offer high-end hardware with premium design at a price that's less than the competition. Marketing for the enthusiast crowd is difficult...

OnePlus announces 2 years of software updates, 3 years of security patches for all phones

Most would say that OnePlus is one of the few smartphone OEMs that stay on top of updates for their current batch of devices. Granted, they did drop the ball on the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X, but since the introduction of the OnePlus 3, it's fair to say that the company has been...

Samsung Messages bug is causing devices to send photos without user consent

Most of us keep very personal things on our smartphones these days. This is a device that is usually always within arm's reach for most of the day and something that many go to great lengths to keep secure. Android itself is built in a way that prevents the sharing of data from one application...

[Update: Confirmed] Popular Android Video Player, MX Player, Reportedly Bought by Indian Media Giant for $200 Million

Media players are big business, these days -- it's not uncommon to hear about video-playing apps receiving investments from venture capital firms or being flat-out purchased in multimillion-dollar acquisitions. One of the most popular video players on Android is MX Player, and this week, it was reportedly acquired by Indian media giant Times Internet Limited (TIL) for...

Nokia 9 with Snapdragon 845 & in-display fingerprint sensor may be coming

HMD Global has released a number of smartphones under the Nokia brand already. Most of these devices have been low-end and mid-range devices and this has left out a big segment of the community. For those of us waiting for the company to create something impressive and unique, it's good to hear that they have...

Samsung Galaxy S9 update brings “Hey Google” wake command to Google Assistant

Google's virtual assistant has been growing in popularity since its inception and the company doesn't seem to be easing up on the rollouts for its features or its products. When Google Assistant debuted it used the phrase "OK, Google" to let you issue voice commands without having to touch the device. While this is okay,...

Google makes Duplex more honest, will begin rolling out this Summer

At Google I/O earlier this year the company demonstrated a new service they have been working on dubbed Google Duplex. The idea here is to use Google Assistant to actually make a phone call and do things like placing an order or making a reservation. The demo they previewed on stage seemed fantastic, but it...

Firefox Focus is switching from Chrome WebView to the Gecko engine

There are a number of components to the web browser with the parts we interact with simply being the user interface for it. There's a lot of stuff going on under the hood and how a browser performs can depend largely on which engine it's using. Mozilla introduced Firefox Focus as a separate web browser...