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.

T-Mobile Enables its First 600MHz Network Sites in the United States

T-Mobile has struggled to compete with other wireless carriers in the United States when it comes to overall coverage. The service is typically great when you get signal, but their high frequency network has been known to struggle when you're inside an office building, down in a basement/parking garage, or sometimes just in your own...

Essential Products Emails Customers, Shipping Essential Phone in 7 Days

While some have deemed the Essential Phone a failure before it has even started shipping, the launch has garnered a lot of attention within the Android community. A smartphone from the "Father of Android" Andy Rubin is sure to pique the interest of those who are dedicated to the platform. As with any smartphone from...

Magisk Module Enables the Camera2API

We recently saw a port of the Google Camera for newer Snapdragon devices that allows HDR+ to work on them. However, for this to work, camera2api needs to be enabled since it's dependant on that API. You could do this with a build.prop edit, or you could install a new Magisk Module from XDA Senior...

Leaked Renders of the ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

We've been hearing about the ZenFone 4 from ASUS for most of this year and now some new renders give us a look at multiple variants of the device. Back in July of this year, ASUS did a limited launch of the ZenFone 4 Max in Russia. We got to see the device from multiple...

Google Chrome 61 Beta to Include the Web Share API, WebUSB, and More

Google has been working on integrating its Payment Request API into Chrome for quite some time. Back in May of this year, they officially adopted this new API to allow you to pay for purchases from 3rd-party websites within Chrome. We're still waiting for companies to adopt this new API system, but this is huge...

Google Pixel 2 Seemingly Receives FCC Certification, Mentions Android 8.0.1, Active Edge and More

Recent rumors have suggested we're getting very close to the official release of Android 8.0. With Google finalizing that update, many have started working on future updates as we've even seen the latest update to the Android Support Library mentioning a bug fix for "O-MR1" (Maintenance Release 1) devices. Some assumed this meant the Pixel...

MIUI 9 Beta China ROM Download Links Available for Xiaomi Devices

Xiaomi recently started an alpha and beta test for MIUI 9 with a number of their smartphones. Just yesterday, XDA Senior Member Psy_Man finished gathering up a list of download links for the first batch of devices. This includes the Mi Mix, Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi 5c, Mi Max 2,...

The SELinux Switch is a New Tool for Toggling SELinux Between Enforcing and Permissive

Some applications and modifications for Android require that SELinux be set to Permissive instead of Enforcing. Many who want this on their phone or tablet likely know of an alternative called SELinuxModeChanger or The SELinux Toggler. So XDA Senior Member Ibuprophen came out with a new tool called The SELinux Switch that lets you change a device's SELinux state without having...

Allo Web is Finally Available to the Public, Works Like WhatsApp Web

At the Google I/O developer conference last year, the company announced they were launching a couple of mobile-first messaging applications. Allo was said to the simple messaging application to compete with the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and others while Duo is a video chat service that offers what many of these do, but really...

New Gear Fit 2 Pro and Gear VR Rumored to be Launched on August 23rd

August 23rd will be a big day for Samsung as the company has been scheduled to launch their H2 flagship, the Galaxy Note 8. We've heard a lot about the device so far with leaked renders and a list of specs as well. Samsung isn't known to only have one big announcement when a device...

Tasker is on Sale from $3 to $1 Right Now

It's fair to say that we're fans of Tasker here at XDA, because of how much functionality it provides and how so many things can be automated with it. We have a dedicated forum specifically for tips and tutorials about various things you can do with it, and we've been writing complex, detailed step by...

HTC’s Q2 Financial Report Shows a Loss of $64.23 Million, 9th Quarterly Loss in a Row

A lot of people within the Android community have a strong connection to HTC as they were one of the first OEMs to really make great smartphones. This makes a lot of people have a soft spot for the Taiwanese handset maker and they genuinely want them to succeed. But the last few years has...