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.

Android 7.0 for the HTC 10 is Rumored to be Stable, Update Coming Soon

As we finish up 2016, OEMs are just about ready to begin rolling out their official Android 7.0 updates. So far, we've seen OEMs like Samsung, LG, Huawei/Honor, and Xiaomi start to beta test Nougat on their flagship devices. Thus far, we haven't yet heard much about HTC's upcoming 7.0 update for their flagships, but the...

CM14.1 Nightly Builds Available for the OnePlus One, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 6 and More

The folks behind CyanogenMod started work on CM14 back in August of this year. We knew we wouldn't see anything immediately made official, but it was nice to know the developer community had begun work on the next version of CyanogenMod. So many custom ROMs are based on CM directly or indirectly, so this might...

OnePlus Discontinues Sales of the OnePlus 3 in the US and Europe

Earlier this week we saw the official introduction of the OnePlus 3T. OnePlus has decided to release a new phone with improved specs that will likely help keep sales alive until the launch of the OnePlus 4. The OnePlus 3T has a larger battery capacity, an improved front-facing camera (at 16MP), the option for 128GB...

[Update: Statement from ZTE] Report: Some Android Phones Transmit SMS, Call Logs and Location to Chinese Server

Heightened concerns over leakage of personally identifiable information has led to many electronics manufacturers to implement tightened security measures in their products. In contrast, the world of digital advertising has became more pervasive over time, in some parts due to better data mining algorithms. These two facts have proven to be a conundrum for many...

Google Releases PhotoScan, an App to Digitize Your Photos

I've you've ever tried to digitize your old, printed photos then you know how much of a hassle it can be without access to a high resolution scanner. Since many people don't have a great scanner to handle digitizing photographs, they rely on their smartphone cameras. However, the glare and alignment difficulties often results in...

OnePlus Releases the Device Trees and Kernel Sources for the OnePlus 3T

After all of the rumors about a new version of the OnePlus 3, the company finally made the official announcement about it yesterday. We learned the OnePlus 3T would be using an upgraded SoC, a bigger battery, an improved front-facing camera, sapphire glass protecting the rear camera, and will be available with 128GB of internal...

Google Launches A.I. Experiments to Showcase Machine Learning Projects

Diving into something like coding can be a daunting task at first, but having small projects made for specific tasks can help ease someone into making something of their own. Google recognizes this and they launched a website to showcase Android Experiments just last year. We've watched as Google has integrated their machine learning technology...

Vivo Officially Announces the V5, with a 20MP Front-Facing Camera

Whether or not some people want to admit it, selfies are incredibly popular these days and we're seeing more smartphone OEMs leveraging this customer base. Vivo recently launched the Vivo X7 Plus (with Android 5.1 Lollipop for some reason), but it did feature a 16MP cameras on the front and back of the phone. Many...

Magisk Receives an Update to V9, Prepares Itself for MultiROM Support

XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor, topjohnwu, is well known for his modification, Magisk. Magisk lets you apply certain root modifications to your phone or tablet, and then unmount those changes when you want to do something like check for an OTA update, or use Android Pay (both of which cannot be done when you have modified the...

Google Brings Machine Learning to Google Play Music

Google has just announced a brand new update to their music streaming service, Google Play Music. The new design and features will begin rolling out to Android, iOS and the web starting this week, and Google says it will be made available to 62 countries around the world. As with most of these app updates though,...

Samsung will Acquire Harman for $8 Billion in Cash

We generally see shifts in trends when it comes to the smartphone market. At one point, most manufacturers were spending money to use the best display available for their device. With devices generally having such good displays now, some OEMs then focused on improving the camera experience. Now, it seems there is another trend to improve...

Prototype for the Canceled Project ARA Modular Smartphone Revealed

Modular smartphones have long been regarded as the pinnacle of futuristic smartphone technology. A video simply titled 'Phonebloks' was published towards the end of 2013 that illustrated one man's vision for the future of smartphones. That video currently has over 21 million views and at the time caught the attention of the entire tech industry....