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.

All Future Official LineageOS 14.1 Builds Are Safe From the KRACK Vulnerability

Security has been a big focus within the Android community for enthusiasts, and for quite a while too. As some OEMs have dedicated themselves to monthly security updates, it has actually influenced the phones that some people buy. This is also true for custom ROMs as well since many of us want our devices as...

Developer Preview of Android 8.1 Oreo (MR1) is Arriving “in the Coming Weeks”

Today, Google made a couple of announcements about the future of the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and even Android itself. First, we learned that there is a custom dedicated SoC in the Pixel 2 phones for processing the images its cameras take. However, that will not be enabled until the upcoming Android 8.1 Oreo...

Pixel Visual Core in the Google Pixel 2 & 2XL is a Custom SoC for Image Processing

In the months leading up to the release of the Google Pixel 2, many had expected the company to include the Snapdragon 836 SoC. This was mentioned in a number of rumors and it would have lined up with how the original Pixel phones launched with a revised Snapdragon 821 last year. However, it turns...

Huawei Shares Details About Android Oreo for Mate 9, Android P and Monthly Security Updates

It was a big day today for Huawei as they officially unveiled the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Porsche Design to the world. The company is putting a lot of focus on AI (just like we saw from Google at their recent launch event) and they're also working hard from the...

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are Official — Kirin 970, Huge Displays, Small Bezels & More AI Than Ever

Huawei has been teasing the launch of their two new flagship smartphones for a few months now and today the company has officially unveiled them. We've heard a lot of rumors about Huawei launching three devices at this event, being the Huawei Mate 10, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and lastly the Huawei Mate 10...

Google’s USB-C Digital to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter Goes from $20 to $9

When rumors of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL not having a 3.5mm headphone port surfaced, many people discarded the information and held onto their hopes. As it turns out, Google confirmed that neither of the two new smartphones have this headphone port and it has resurfaced a heated debate within the Android community....

Google Assistant on the Phone Can Now Control Chromecast Music and TV Playback

When the Google Assistant was officially announced, many looked at it as a beefed up and more personal version of Google Now. This was a predictive virtual assistant that the company had been working on for quite a while and even released a new feature for it called Google Now on Tap, before replacing the...

Xiaomi Releases the MIUI Global Stable ROM V8.5 for the Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi made a lot of headlines last year when they released their first concept phone, the Mi Mix with its incredibly slim top and side bezels. It became so popular that they announced a successor to the phone just last month when they revealed the Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Note 3. Now, the company...

OnePlus Talks About OxygenOS Analytics, Stops Collecting Certain Information

We recently covered a report on OnePlus allegedly collecting personally identifiable information about its users through the OxygenOS analytics software. How the company handles such information has been questioned in the past so this new report about its analytics software didn't help the case any further. Today though, co-founder of OnePlus Carl Pei published a...

Get the New Beach Live Wallpaper from the Pixel 2 on any Android 6.0+ Device

Android 7.0+ support (Android 6.0.x... not officially tested but some wallpapers are found to be working). It will not replace the Live Earth Wallpapers as the package name is different. Select from different live wallpapers. Wallpapers > Live wallpapers > On some devices/ROMs (like Samsung, etc.), please install Google Wallpapers to set live wallpapers. You can...

BlackBerry Signs a Patent License Agreement with BLU Products

With BlackBerry no longer designing and selling their own smartphones, the company has been looking to leverage their assets in other ways. The company posted some impressive financial results recently thanks to their new focus on enterprise software and they're still involved in the smartphone market. One such way is with the vast number of...

Would You Like to See a OnePlus 5T?

Most smartphone OEMs started their business by releasing one flagship smartphone each year and some have released some low-end and/or mid-range devices to offer even more choices to their consumers. It worked well for many. but a number of companies have started to release two different flagships each year. With Samsung, we have the Galaxy...