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.

Googler shows off a 20x Zoom shot, but it’s not from the Pixel 4

With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ out of the way, people are looking for the next big phone that is of interest to them. There are a number of unannounced smartphones still waiting to be revealed in 2019, with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL likely at the top...

[Update: Possibly “DSLR software features” too] The Google Pixel 4/4 XL may have a 90Hz “smooth display” and 6GB of RAM

Google has handled things quite differently this year when it comes to rumors. While they continue to hold firm about not commenting on circulated rumors about upcoming products and services, the company surprised everyone when it confirmed the back design of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL after it was leaked. Today, a new...

Google Maps rolls out AR navigation for all, adds new Timeline sharing features and reservations tab

Google Maps is one of the company's core services with its Android application being downloaded over 5 billion times. For it to stay ahead, engineers have rolled out a number of QoL improvements as well as major feature requests throughout the years. Today, Google has announced a handful of new features for its Google Maps...

[Update: OnePlus 6/6T] OnePlus rolls out August 2019 security patches for the OnePlus 3/3T/5/5T

At the tail end of last month, OnePlus surprised many of us within the community with the announcement of OxygenOS 9.5.11 for the OnePlus 7 Pro. We're used to seeing some companies, like Essential, rolling out Android's monthly security updates at the start of the month, but OnePlus has actually been a month behind when...

ASUS says some ZenFone 6 devices suffer from motherboard malfunction after the latest update

A little over two weeks ago ASUS rolled out a rather hefty update for its recently released ASUS ZenFone 6 smartphone. The majority of the changelog for this update included optimizations and improvements to the camera but it also included power consumption improvements, improved call quality, and more. Shockingly, the update seems to have also...

Android to add a data roaming notification warning so you won’t get a surprise bill

Opening up a bill and noticing that the total amount is two or three times the expected amount is never a good thing. Most bills are predictable to a certain degree but a cellular phone bill can often be completely different than what you expect. This is especially true when you start traveling around the...

LG teases a follow up to the V50 and its dual screen attachment

A little short of 6 months ago we watched as LG officially announced the LG V50 ThinQ smartphone. It is the company's first 5G smartphone and a leaked render revealed a partnership between LG and Sprint for the launch of the device. Overall, it was looked at as a revamped version of the LG V40...

Android Q Beta 5 rolls out to the Nokia 8.1

We've talked at length about how well HMD Global has handled software updates for its current generation of smartphones. Few companies are able to deliver what this company has when it comes to updating the growing number of devices it sells. The Nokia 8.1 is one of the smartphones that HMD Global is using to...

[Update 2: Launching within 2 years] Samsung licenses AMD Radeon graphics technology for smartphones, brings 1 month free Hatch game streaming to the Galaxy S10 5G

Apple may be getting a lot of attention today for various announcements during the WWDC keynote, but Samsung isn't about to sit idly by and let Cupertino get all of the headlines. Today, the company has made two separate announcements involving two different products. First, we have learned that Samsung has partnered with Hatch to...

AnTuTu v8 is now in beta with new CPU, GPU, memory, and UX benchmarks

If you search for the term "benchmark" in the Play Store then you're inevitably going to see the AnTuTu benchmarking application toward the top of the list. It's up there because over the years it has adapted to the times and it, along with some other great tools, can help you get a ballpark idea...

Google Assistant can now read/reply to Telegram, WhatsApp, and Slack messages

Getting lots of people to use your virtual assistant means it needs to be easier than if they were to just do it themselves. Amazon was able to find success with Alexa for being one of the first with a smart speaker on the market, but also because they were able to sign up so...

[Update: Test Over] Netflix tests tracking your physical activity to improve video quality while on-the-go

The next major version update that Google will release later this year, Android Q, brings a number of changes and additional features to the platform. We've been talking about this update since before Google even began its Android Beta program earlier this year. In January, we found evidence to support that Android Q just might...