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.

Samsung Partners with PayPal to Add Support in Samsung Pay

PayPal has been busy over the last few months as they work to expand support for its online payment service to other popular alternatives. We recently saw some of these results when Google announced they were partnering with PayPal to let Android Pay users choice PayPal as a payment option. The next month, PayPal announced...

Essential’s US Launch is Imminent, Also Coming to UK, Western Europe and Japan

Andy Rubin and Essential officially unveiled their smartphone a couple of months ago toward the end of May. At the time, they hadn't come up with a launch date for the device, but were asking people to pre-order the device directly on their website. The next day, Andy Rubin appeared on stage at Recode's Code...

Google Updates SafetyNet, Temporary Fix Available for Magisk, Official Update Coming

As we all know, the SafetyNet bypassing is a cat and mouse game between Google and the community. It was only last month when Google had previously updated SafetyNet in order to prevent our bypass attempts with applications such as Magisk. XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer topjohnwu was able to quickly put in a fix in their...

RuneScape Mobile Client is Coming to Android and iOS in 2018

Today, it has been announced that the MMO RuneScape will actually be coming to a mobile device near you soon. It has been confirmed that this will be an actual mobile client to the current RuneScape MMO, and not just a mobile game that is based on the company's IP. The announcement says the user...

HTC Says the Ads in its Keyboard are a Mistake, Fix Incoming

Over the weekend, some people started to notice that the stock keyboard on their HTC had started to display ads while they were using it. This is something that we could see happening from a free 3rd-party application in the Play Store, but it certainly seemed out of place on HTC's stock keyboard. Although, HTC...

How to Freeze Any App’s Background Processes without Root on Android 7.0+

Android has always been considered the more "powerful" mobile platform when compared to iOS because of how much freedom its 3rd-party applications have. This enables a lot of automation to take place simply because Android applications can do more tasks while they're running in the background. However, this comes with a downside as it opens the...

How to Enable the Preferred WiFi Calling Option on the Verizon Pixel & Pixel XL

WiFi calling has become a popular feature on smartphones these days as they can offer an increase in call quality, especially when your signal is rather poor. Consider the fact that most cellular voice calls are sent using aging technologies which is why most standard phone calls don't sound as crisp and clear as VoIP...

TWRP is Now Available for the Snapdragon Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

If you own an Exynos Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, then you've been able to flash an official TWRP recovery image since the last week of April. These international Galaxy S8 variants are far easier to unlock than their Snapdragon counterparts, as all you simply have to do is go into the Developer Options menu...

Game Live is a New Samsung Application to Live Stream to Twitch, YouTube and Facebook

Live streaming games is so popular right now that Amazon acquired Twitch, and is continuing to grow its platform with new features for its users. Not only is it bringing more people into Amazon's ecosystem with services like Twitch Prime, but it has also enabled live streamers to make a living doing nothing more than...

Release 805 of Substratum Introduces Changes to the LogChar, Bug Fixes and More

The last big update that Substratum's public release received was in June when it introduced Encrypted Assets, Sungstratum and a few other changes. That update was release 801 and today the team has just released version 805. This brand new update has been pushed to the Play Store already so you should see the update waiting for...

Latest HTC Edge Sense Update Adds Support for Amazon Alexa, Adds a New Visual Feedback Style

The HTC U11 has been met with both praise and criticisms for the decisions HTC made with their latest flagship. Some aren't fans of the shiny design they opted for while others are loving the flashy glass. Some feel the HTC Edge Sense squeeze feature is a gimmick while others have found it to be...

How to Uninstall Carrier/OEM Bloatware Without Root Access

More and more carriers and OEMs are locking down their devices and installing various pieces of bloatware onto our smartphones and tablets. Admittedly, bloatware is a rather subjective term and can range from Samsung's own messaging application to Google's own music player application to even actual spyware like DT Ignite. Because many of our phones and...