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.

Google Awarded a Patent for an Automated and Motorized Pixelbook Lid

Last month at Google's big hardware launch event, the company revealed their premium Chrome OS laptop to the world. It comes in three different versions (ranging from an i5 to an i7) and it is much, much more expensive than the traditional Chromebook that is on the market today. Some feel it may not offer...

Google Announces Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2, Adds Testing with the Pixel Visual Core and More

It was the tail end of October when Google released the first developer preview for the latest version of their mobile operating system, Android 8.1. It was made available to the supported Nexus and Pixel devices and while there was some hiccups with its release, for the most part it was a good rollout. Today,...

OnePlus Explains Their Smartphone Design Philosophy

Building up to the release of the OnePlus 5T, the company started publishing a number of articles to explain the various choices they make when creating a new smartphone. We first heard about the company listening to their customers' demand for the 3.5mm headphone port and that was why it stayed in the OnePlus 5T....

CEO Explains Why the Razer Phone Doesn’t Have a 3.5mm Headphone Port

Over the last couple of years we've been seeing a slow trend building up where smartphone OEMs are removing the 3.5mm headphone port. Apple said it took "courage" for them to do it, so that they could fit fit in the Taptic Engine for better haptic feedback. Google made fun of last year's iPhone with...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S9 and LG G7 to Launch in January

Samsung's Galaxy S series and LG's G series are usually the first two major flagships that we see launched each year. Samsung has a history of waiting until either March or April and LG follows right along with them. Sometimes LG is able to get ahead of Samsung and launch their device in South Korea...

Blu_spark Custom Kernel is Now Available for the OnePlus 5T

Sales of the OnePlus 5T began this week, and a few buyers with are seeing estimated ship dates as early as Friday. Lucky for them, they won't have to wait long to start customizing their new smartphones. XDA Recognized Contributor eng.stk ported the popular blu_spark kernel to the OnePlus 5T this past week, and it's packed to the...

Mesh Networking is the Future of Smart Homes, According to Qualcomm

If you've shopped for a router anytime in the past five years, you've probably heard of mesh networking. It's a hot new category popularized by platforms such as Eero and Google Wi-Fi, and Qualcomm thinks it's the key to stable, fast, and reliable connectivity. The idea of a "smart home" used to be the stuff of dreams, but...

Google Dives Deep Into the New Google Play Services APIs

Version 11.6 of the Google Play services SDK -- Google's development kit for the Play Store -- is packed to the brim with new features. In an effort to brace folks for the changes, the search giant published an article on migrating to the new APIs earlier this year. And in a new post on the Android Developers blog,...

OnePlus 5T Breaks OnePlus’s Launch Day Sales Record in 6 Hours

Months after the launch of the OnePlus 5, OnePlus followed it up with the OnePlus 5T, an affordable smartphone with an edge-to-edge screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a whopping 8GB of RAM. The reception's been great, to put it mildly -- on Wednesday, OnePlus announced that the OnePlus 5T broke the day-one sales record...

YouTube is Back on the Amazon Echo Show After its Recent ToS Violation

Two months ago, it was discovered that YouTube was no longer available on the Amazon Echo Show. This made a lot of customers upset as they had not been given any heads up about it being removed from the device. The way Amazon had implemented it into the Echo Show resulted in the company violating...

Google Introduces the Google Play Referrer API for Developers

Virtually anyone can publish an application or game onto the Play Store these days. Some people think the work ends there and that their product will either succeed or fail based on luck. However, there's a lot of work that goes into managing and marketing applications after they have been approved in the Play Store...

Qualcomm Investors Would Like Broadcom to Increase its Acquisition Offer

At the start of this month we started to see reports claiming that Broadcom was looking to acquire a well known company within the Android community, Qualcomm. Those reports did indeed turn out to be true because a couple of days later Broadcom officially offered to purchase Qualcomm and all of its assets for $105...