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.

Gmail’s Nudges feature now available to remind you of important emails

Gmail has so many users (more than 1 billion monthly active users) that even the smallest of new features can have a tremendous impact on how the world interacts with emails. Back in March, we told you that Google was preparing a "Nudges" feature that would suggest emails to you that the service believes you...

Cheaper, lighter Microsoft Surface tablets may be coming this year

Many would consider the Android tablet market to be all but dead and Apple to be the king of tablets. However, Apple used to be able to boast about capturing over 60% of the global shipments for tablets back in 2011, but that number has gone down to around 30% by 2017. Still, even Google...

Open-source WearOS alternative “AsteroidOS” now available for several smartwatches

We've been covering the progress that has been made with AsteroidOS dating back to March of 2016 and continuing on to today's release of version 1.0. AsteroidOS is an open source alternative to Android Wear (now Wear OS) and has been developed by Florent Revest. It's based on a flavor of Linux for smartwatches and has...

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ will be available in new Sunrise Gold & Burgundy Red colors

Those who really enjoy the non-traditional color options are typically out of luck when it comes to getting the smartphone they want on launch day. Samsung has a history of releasing additional color variants of their flagship smartphones, which has led to the Burgundy Red version of the Galaxy S8 back in November of this...

New Wear OS dialer app brings quick reply via SMS

While the regular Android operating system has been transitioning from Holo's black themes to Material Design's white themes, Wear OS has been going in the opposite direction. The platform has gone from a theme with mostly white backgrounds to one that is either completely black or is paired with darker accent colors. This is likely...

Incognito mode may be coming to the YouTube app

Incognito Mode has become quite popular over the years for those who are trying to hide online activity from being tracked. Depending on the application you're using it may be referred to by different names. For instance, Chrome and Gboard have been calling this Incognito Mode, but Firefox calls it Private Browsing mode. The YouTube...

The Lenovo Z5 may be the first truly “all screen” phone with no notch or bezels

Every now and then the smartphone market goes through a trend where a number of companies adopt the same feature as their product continues to evolve. In the last few years this has happened with improved designs and build materials of flagship devices, top of the line cameras, and the removal of the 3.5mm headphone...

Android P Developer Preview 2 ported to the Motorola Moto Z

Just days before Google I/O 2018 kicked off, we showcased an unofficial port of Android P's first developer preview for the original Moto Z. This was thanks to the work that XDA Recognized Developer erfanoabdi had been doing to get it booted by using a modified system image from the Google Pixel XL release. At the time...

Android P may be adding more Night Light customization options

It took Android longer than its competitors to introduce the Night Light feature into the core operating system. Some people refer to this feature as Night Mode, others (like Samsung) refer to this simply as the blue light filter. Whatever you want to call it though, it can help to reduce eye strain and increase...

Android P testing calendar events on the lock screen/ambient display

Since the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the major Material Design overhaul, Google set out to keep the lock screen as clean as possible while only showing you vital pieces of information like the time, date, and notifications. Many who enjoyed using widgets on their lock screen were upset with this change, but over...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 may support eye tracking, could potentially be used in Google Glass successor

Many would agree that the smartwatch market has been floundering as of late. Some feel this is due to Qualcomm taking so long to put out an updated SoC. It was a little over two years ago when the company initially announced the Snapdragon 2100 chipset, and while it did wonders for the battery life...

Android P will let developers fine tune audio output from their apps

Android hasn't had the best track record when it comes to a true audio experience. Among these issues, audio latency has been a big deal for music creators. Even though the company says it is being worked on with each release, we have actually seen the issue get worse with some updates. Android P hopes...