Posts From Doug Lynch

Doug Lynch
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<p>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.</p>

Huawei Shares Details of the Upcoming Kirin 970 SoC

About this time of the year we're used to hearing something from Huawei about a new Kirin SoC they've been working on. We were impressed with how well the Kirin 960 performed last year and compared it to multiple chipsets that were available at that time. Huawei is hoping to build upon that momentum this...

Petition Asks the Developers of Phoenix OS to Open Source the Kernel

Android is mainly considered an open source mobile operating system, but there are a number of closed source elements that hundreds of millions of people use every day. The actual requirements of Android is that the kernel be open sourced for the public. This is enforced by the GPL but sadly this is one of...

ARCore for All Brings Google’s New Augmented Reality Platform to Unsupported Devices

Google recently announced a new platform called ARCore that enables smartphones without specific cameras and sensors to have fun with augmented reality. Much like Google has hardware requirements for its Daydream platform though, there are some hardware requirements in place for their augmented reality platform as well. However a community developer has figured out a...

Swappa Opens Up a Gaming Section for Games, Consoles and Accessories

Swappa is XDA’s recommended marketplace for selling and buying used smartphones. We feel it benefits the community more than using larger platforms (such as eBay) since you can save money in the process. There's an application in the Play Store that can detect the phone or tablet you're wanting to sell, or to just give you...

Motorola Launches the Mid-Range Moto X4 for €399, Europe Release in September, US in the Fall

We've been hearing about a new Moto X since May of this year, which was surprising to many since the company didn't release one last year. Initial renders that were leaked had most of the details right, but some were off (the camera module in specific). Then this month the device was approved for sale...

Add a Quick Settings Display Mode Tile to the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

Samsung's OEM ROM software comes with hundreds of additional features on top of stock Android, and there are a ton of of quick settings tiles for some of them. However, those of you on the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ may have noticed that a display mode quick settings tile is missing, so there's...

Sony Equips the Xperia XZ1 with 3D Scanning and Image Creation Software

Sony is in Berlin this week for the big IFA 2017 conference and they're announcing a number of new devices there. We reported on their two new flagship devices earlier this month that were leaked before the unveiling, and they have also launched a new connected speaker with support for Google Assistant. Now that these...

Mod to Customize the UI of your Google Pixel running Android Oreo

With the Android Oreo OTA update rolling out to the Google Pixel phones, some are looking for ways to customize the user interface of their device. So XDA Senior Member Tulsadiver has put together a collection of mods that lets you pick and choose which mods you want to install through an Aroma installer. Some of the included...

Sony Announces Which Devices They’re Updating to Android Oreo

When Google releases a new version of Android, people start asking which devices will be updated to it. Since each individual OEM handles their software updates differently, it can be confusing to know which device will get the new update. Some OEMs are easy to predict though, since they generally stick to flagships released in...

The Sony LF-S50G is a $200 Connected Speaker Featuring Google Assistant

With the launch of the Google Assistant SDK, 3rd-party companies are now able to embed Google's virtual assistant technology into products of their own. This can be anything such as a connected speaker like the Google Home, or even just adding the functionality to the PC with a Chrome extension. Yesterday we talked about how...

The 5.5 inch 1080p Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Leaked Ahead of Launch

When Sony launches a new Xperia device it typically has a number of variants that come right along with it. Earlier this month we learned that the Japanese conglomerate would be releasing a couple of a new smartphones at IFA 2017. First we heard about the Xperia XZ1 flagship and then the very next day...

Andy Rubin Apologizes for Customer Service Issues, Offers Affected Customers a Free Phone and More

Essential Products hasn't had the best product launch when it comes to their very first smartphone. The company had to delay the release multiple times but was finally able to get things squared away and began shipping out devices. However, just yesterday the company made a mistake when they were trying to verify the identity...