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.

[Update: Live] Upcoming Google Maps Feature Reminds You When to Get Off the Train/Bus

Google Maps has become a critical navigation tool for people over the years and each new feature makes the platform more robust. We recently reported on a new redesign that was announced for Google Maps, but some information has been revealed about a new feature that will be coming in a future update. If testing...

Samsung’s Bixby Speaker Reportedly Aiming for a H1 2018 Release

Even though Samsung battled with the community to prevent people from remapping the dedicated Bixby button, they have continued to dedicate time on expanding the features that their voice Assistant service offers. Recently revealed trademark registration data shows they are wanting to bring Bixby to other connected devices and we already know that a connected...

Huawei and Xiaomi in Talks with AT&T and Verizon to Carry Phones in 2018

Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi have been pretty selective in the markets they've chosen to focus their attention. So far, Xiaomi's been doing very well in China and India, whereas Huawei has been seeing great success in Europe and China. But both are reportedly turning their attention to a new frontier: The United States....

Samsung Reportedly Announcing the Galaxy S9 on February 27

Anticipation's running high for Samsung's next flagship, the Galaxy S9, and we've heard a relumblings already about when Samsung might launch it. Nothing is official until the Seoul, South Korea-based company confirms it, of course, but a new report suggests that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 in the week leading up to Mobile World...

Spotify is Testing a Redesign with Fewer Tabs and Bigger Album Art

Spotify, the popular music streaming service with over 50 million paid subscribers and over 140 million monthly active users, is testing a new user interface on Android that reduces the application's number of tabs and switches up various other elements. The new Spotify's tab bar is something you'll likely notice right away. The total number of navigation...

Essential Phone to Get Tap-to-Wake, EIS, and Project Treble Support

Every two weeks, Essential Products -- the startup responsible for the Essential Phone -- has staff answer questions from the Reddit community. These AMAs are held in the /r/Essential subreddit, and while some have a theme (such as a recent question-and-answer session about Oreo AMA), others are no-holds-barred. On Wednesday, three Essential Products reps -- Rebecca (VP of...

Samsung Begins Rolling Out Android 8.0 Beta 4 to the Galaxy S8

More and more smartphone manufacturers these days are granting members of the community early access to work-in-progress updates. Google's been doing this for years with its Developer Preview program for Android, and we're seeing Essential, LG, Samsung, OnePlus, Nokia and others follow suit. Samsung launched a beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8_'s upcoming Android...

Firefox Focus Update Adds Quicker Way to Access Most-Visited Sites

Mozilla's Firefox Focus, which came to iOS a little over a year ago, launched on Android in June. It's the company's privacy-focused answer to the growing trend of invasive ad tracking, and since launch, it's been quite successful. The newest version makes it easier to navigate to websites you visit often with URL Autocomplete, a feature that...

MediaTek’s Sensio MT6381 Can Monitor Blood Pressure, Heart Rate

Chipset maker MediaTek has had its ups and downs, but it's is constantly looking to try new things. It recently announced, for example, that some of its system-on-chips would be optimized for Google's new Android Oreo Go Edition platform, and recently partnered with Google to announce GMS Express. And on Thursday, MediaTek took the wraps off a...

Amazon Alexa’s Musical Alarms Wake You Up in the Morning with a Song

If you're the proud owner of an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, good news: It's getting a new feature. This week, Amazon rolled out an update that adds a new alarm option. Once it's enabled, you'll be able to set an alarm that'll wake you up to the song of your choice in the morning. You can do it with...

Google Announces a China-Based Center Devoted to Artificial Intelligence

Seven years ago, Google pulled a few of its core services out of China, at the time saying it felt the government's surveillance and censorship didn't align with its commitment to a free and open internet. But with China's online growth accelerating, the search giant is reconsidering its stance: On Monday, it unveiled a China-based center devoted...

OpenKirin Brings AOSP 8.0 Oreo to the Honor 8

While some Honor 8 owners are still waiting patiently for the official Oreo update to reach their devices, others are turning to the developer community for alternatives. The OpenKirin team is well-known within the Honor forums, and it's released a number of custom ROMs for the Honor 8 including Lineage 14.1, AOSPA, and others. XDA Senior...