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.

Samsung Chooses Google Play Music as the Default Music Player for its 2017 Devices

Samsung has a long history of duplicating applications and services which are already offered by either AOSP or a proprietary service from Google. Some OEMs have chosen to embrace the fully-featured applications and services that Google offers (like we saw with the HTC 10), but then some OEMs like Samsung have chosen to be as...

Samsung: We’ll Fix the Galaxy S8 Red Tint Issue with a Software Update

Since the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ was first introduced, a few people noticed that some of them had a red tint to it. The first time I perosnally saw someone notice this was in Erica Griffin's hands-on video at the Unpacked launch event here in the United States. But then a few days ago...

Google Updates the Cloud Speech API, Now Available to Developers

In July of last year, Google announced two new APIs for their Google Cloud Platform customers that had to do with speech recognition. These were made available in beta form to a limited number of developers and the Cloud Natural Language API and the Cloud Speech API. Along with being limited to a certain number of...

ZTE Appoints the Head of Their NA Division to Lead the Entire Mobile Business

Not many think about ZTE when they think of a smartphone company that is doing well these days, but they have had a good year so far. ZTE is still facing fierce competition from the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi, but profits show they are bouncing back some. The company recently released their financial report...

Report: LG to Start Producing Small and Medium-sized OLED Panels This Year

LG Display's OLED panels are quite popular within the TV industry. The company has been manufacturing their big panels and selling their OLED TVs for quite some time and many people really enjoy what they've been able to achieve for the price. In the smartphone space though, LG is known for their LCD panels and...

Malicious JavaScript Code Can Steal PIN Codes via Motion Sensors

The amount of data stored and accessible from our smartphones and tablets is generally ignored by most people. However, this becomes a treasure trove for hackers and security researchers and this can end up producing some eye-opening discoveries. This latest attack point was actually reported to the Chromium team back in 2015 and focused on...

Apex Launcher Devs Announce a New Update Coming Next Month

There are a number of custom launchers available in the Play Store and each one generally has some features that make it stand out among the others. Apex Launcher was an incredibly popular custom launcher for Android for a long time, but it has had less attention lately with the rising competition from the likes...

LG Smart World to Receive 300 Applications Optimized for the LG G6’s Aspect Ratio

Both the LG G6 as well as the Galaxy S8 have a unique aspect ratio that we are not used to seeing on Android smartphones or tablets. Android software is designed so that it can run on a various number of device sizes, but changing up the aspect ratio tends to throw a wrench into how...

Latest Substratum Update Adds Full Android O Theming, Dynamic Refresh Mode and More

There have been a lot of changes happening with Substratum lately, but Android O support has been highly anticipated. An update pushed out last month showed the team was preparing to add support, but we didn't know when the update would be rolled out to the public. Yesterday, it was announced that the latest version of...

Google and Russia Reach a Deal in Anti-Monopoly Case

Google and Russia have been going back and forth on this case for the last two years. A case that was initially started all because a local search engine, Yandex, complained to local authorities about the issue. This started back in 2015 when a Russian watchdog group said pre-installing applications on Android was against the country's...

Google Adds the Ability to Report Reviews That Violate Their Comment Posting Policy to the Developer Console

Google is always adding to the Google Play Developer Console to enhance the UX for application developers. A little over a year ago Google added some very useful ratings and review tools to the platform. We went hands-on with the Developer Console last year so that developers and regular users alike could get an idea of...

Modded Version of Google’s PhotoScan Increases Resolution to 12MP

In November of last year, Google released an application that lets you digitize your old photographs. The application is called PhotoScan and it uses algorithms to stitch together multiple photos of a traditional photograph. This is one of the easiest ways to transfer your family photo albums to a digital form and it doesn't require...