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.

OnePlus Gives Update on Payments Breach, Says 40,000 Accounts Were Affected

About a week ago, we started seeing reports from OnePlus Store customers of fraudulent charges on their monthly credit card and bank account statements. As it turns out, there was an attack on the OnePlus website involving a malicious script injected into the payments page code. After acknowledging the issue and temporarily shutting down credit card...

How to Unlock Bootloader and Install TWRP on the Huawei MediaPad T3 10

It's sometimes difficult to get the developer community to rally behind some of the more obscure Android smartphones and tablets out there. Take the Huawei MediaPad T3 10, for example -- it's certainly not a device that's breaking sales records. Still, it's one at a decent price point with hardware that'll satisfy the wants and...

Overstock is Now Available as a Store Option in the Google Express

Google Express (formerly Google Shopping Express) launched back in 2013, and offered same-day and overnight delivery on all sorts of products. Since then, it's evolved into an Amazon-like marketplace with dozens of third-party stores. Recently, Google teamed up with Walmart and brought Target on board, and this week announced a new partner: Overstock. Overstock.com items are now available...

Undo Accidentally Dismissed Notifications with Unnotification for Android Oreo

In recent years, Android has gotten a lot of highly requested features. Split-screen multitasking, native support for notification dots on the launcher, and the ability to perform web searches from highlighted text are just a few examples. But while Google has done a lot of work to improve the smartphone user experience, there's one big feature...

Google Street View Now Prompting Users to Take 360 Degree Videos While Driving

Google Maps has evolved in recent years, and one its most popular features is Street View. As the Google Maps team drives, skies, hikes around the world with big 360-degree cameras, Google's software algorithms stitch the footage together to produce first-person perspectives that make it look as though you're right there with them. Last year saw...

Xposed Installer v3.15 & Xposed Framework v90-beta2 are out with Android Oreo Fixes and Optimizations

It may have taken XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 a while to get Xposed Framework working on Android Nougat, but that wasn't the case with Android Oreo. Three months after Xposed was released for Nougat, the first beta version of the framework for Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 Oreo was released. Today, the Xposed Installer—the Xposed Framework's frontend...

This is Google’s Fuchsia OS running on the Pixelbook [Video]

Google is working on a number of operating systems for different hardware platforms. Many of its employees use an in-house Linux distro called Goobuntu (recently replaced with Debian-based gLinux), and there's Android and Chrome OS, of course. A relative newcomer is Fuchsia, a custom-made OS designed for modern PCs and mobile devices. It first appeared on Google's...

Nextlit is an App That Uses the Nextbit Robin’s LEDs for Notifications

The Nextbit Robin, a crowdfunded project from hardware startup Nextbit, is a community-driven phone that was competitive in its price bracket. Nextbit was acquired by Razer last year and development on Robin came to a close in January, but that didn't stop the developer community at XDA from doing what it does best. Folks in the...

Get the Latest Nightly Android Oreo/MIUI Builds for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi is going full steam ahead with the latest update to its custom Android skin, MIUI 9, and it's planning to roll it out to dozens of devices. Owners of the Mi Mix 2 will be happy to hear that theirs is one of the lucky phones on the list, but as of right now, the...

How to Change the DPI on Xiaomi Phones Running MIUI 9 Without Root

Being able to adjust the DPI of an Android smartphone or tablet is one of the most useful modifications you can make. It's become so popular, in fact, that Google added a native way to adjust the DPI in Android using a sliding scale -- a "minimum width" option in Android's Developer Options menu that...

Google Introduces Bill Protection to Project Fi, Offers Unlimited Talk, Text and Data for $80/Month

Google launched Project Fi in April 2015 with the goal of offering a cheap, uncomplicated alternative to incumbent MVNOs like Cricket and MetroPCS. It's simple: $20 per month for talk and text and $10 per month extra for each gigabyte of high-speed 4G LTE data you use, and a partial refund for any fraction of the...

Google Will Use Page Speed as a Ranking Factor for Google Search on Mobile in July 2018

Google understands the importance of web page loading times -- slow websites ruin the user experience. That's why speed factors into how well websites rank in Google Search on the desktop, and the search giant says they'll become a ranking factor in the mobile version of Google Search later this year. The changes will go into...