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>

Synaptics Partners with “Top 5” OEM for In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Smartphone owners have been using biometric authentication for years now, but recently, it's dramatically. That's mostly thanks to fingerprint-scannning technology, which has become pretty much ubiquitous on smartphones.  There's only one problem: The scanners tend to take up a lot of space. Luckily, the solution might be around the corner. On Tuesday, Synaptics announced that it'll begin...

Google’s Research Launches 3 New AI-Powered Photography Apps

Google's artificial intelligence (AI) techniques have improved over the years, and they've resulted in some pretty incredibly tools already. But the possibilities are limitless. Take Google Research's latest experiments, for example: It's been using AI to improve mobile photography, most notably in the Google Pixel series' high dynamic range (HDR) post-processing. On Monday, it launched...

Google Brings YouTube TV to 34 New Metro Areas

Google's been building on the foundations of YouTube ever since it acquired it back in 2006. While the platform's (likely) a money-losing venture for the company, the search giant's come up with a number of ways to leverage its intellectual property profitably. One of the most recent avenues is YouTube Red, a subscription-based ad-free viewing experience, and...

“Stranger Things” and “Star Wars” ARCore Stickers Hit Pixel Smartphones

Many had hoped that Google's augmented reality technology from Project Tango would make its way to devices beyond niche devices such as the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Asus ZenFone AR. It hasn't, but Google's ARCore -- an augmented reality platform for Android devices -- is the next best thing. It launched in limited preview earlier this...

New Google Assistant Commands Sync Your Smart Home Devices

Smart home devices make life so much more convenient. Having lights automatically turn on when you enter the house is pure magic, as is programming the door to lock automatically when you leave. There are a ton of tasks you can automate with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, but sadly, it's not always that simple --...

Google Home Max is Now Available in the U.S. for $400

In October, Google held a press briefing event where it announced Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, but smartphones weren't the event's headliners. There were a rew of things that Google managed to keep under wraps, and one of them Google Home Max, a premium speaker with Google Assistant integration. Starting Monday, it's available for purchase...

Andy Rubin Returns From Leave of Absence at Essential

A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Andy Rubin, the founder of Essential Products, was taking a leave of absence from the company for "personal reasons." That worried investors roiled by the launch of the startup's first smartphone, which hasn't been selling well. But the company's backers can rest easy, now: Late last...

Action Launcher Updated to v32, Adds 200 More Icons to AdaptivePack

Android gets a lot of love from the development community thanks to its vast number of customization options. People love to personalize their devices, and it doesn't get much more personal than Android's home screen, which lets you swap out wallpapers, add widgets, and reorgnize application shortcuts. Still, some folks want even more ways to customize...

Next-Gen Google Home Might Feature Multi-Touch Gestures, According to Job Listing

Google might not have been first to market with a smart home speaker, but since the launch of Google Home last year, it's been working on delivering a better experience than the competition. It recently expanded its product lineup with the Home Mini and Home Max, and a new job listing suggests it's experimenting with...

Google Trips Adds Bookmarked Maps and Search Locations

Google experiments with lots of different niche ideas, and although not all of them make their way into public-facing projects, some really useful ones do end up seeing the light of day. One is Google Trips, a vacation-planning application that helps you book flights, compare hotel rates, and research local goings-on. It launched in September 2016 with basic...

ROLO is a Contacts Manager That Works Like a Personal CRM

As we integrate our smartphones into our daily lives more and more we begin to find different ways to make certain tasks more convenient. The traditional contacts application can be useful for a small note here or there but it isn't as feature rich as some people would like it to be. Enter ROLO, a...

Official TWRP is Now Available for the OnePlus 5T

Shortly after the OnePlus 5T was released, we made an unofficial version of TWRP available for the community. That version was built by repacking the OnePlus 5's TWRP image with the kernel from the OnePlus 5T, however, it wasn't a perfect solution since not everything was guaranteed to work. This time, however, an official version of...