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.

Sony Xperia XA2 & XA2 Ultra get July security patches in latest update

Similarly to most other major OEMs, Sony likes to create multiple variants of designed phones for those who like the "original" model, but just want a little bit more in certain areas. These usually include flagship smartphones and affordable smartphones, so let's remember that Sony has stopped developing devices that they called "Premium" Standard Models....

August 2018 monthly security bulletin and updates available for Google devices

The start of the first full week of each new month, Google gives the Android community of some love in the form of Android security updates. This happened just last month with July's Android's security patches and today, hot on the trail of Android Pie, Google has published the August patches. The amount of time it...

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro starts getting Android 8.0 Oreo update in China

With the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro being released in 2016, many people were hoping the company hadn't forgotten about its Android Oreo update. We can safely say that Samsung is currently rolling out Android 8.0 to this particular model in China. A number of markets may not even know about the Galaxy C series at all...

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite & Honor Note 10 forums are now open

There never seems to be a lull when it comes to companies releasing Android devices. We recently talked to you about the Honor Note 10 and its massive 6.9-inch display for a smartphone. Some may think that is too much, but its 18.5:9 aspect ratio just may just be enough to be usable. Samsung tablet fans have...

Spotify is testing a sleep timer, but only for podcasts

There are a lot of online music streaming services to choose from right now. The more popular options include the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, and YouTube Music. With this much competition going on it pushes each company to improve their platform and innovate whenever possible so they have a unique feature the...

Lenovo VP promises world’s first 5G smartphone with Snapdragon 855

The Vice President of Lenovo is a man named Chang Cheng, and he, like many important figures in China, has his own Weibo account. Weibo is the essentially the Twitter of China and it's where a lot of leaks come from when the device is in the country. The man recently made an announcement on the...

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5″ announced as a budget-friendly Android 8.1 Oreo tablet

Just like their presence in the smartphone market, Samsung wants to dominate the tablet market as well. While others have seemingly stopped making tablets due to falling sales, Samsung has yet to give up. The company launched their first Galaxy Tab tablet back in 2010 and since then it has evolved into multiple series of...

Developers: Your new app on the Play Store must target API level 26

When Google first brought the Android OS to market, the company had a laissez-faire approach to developers. After all, the company needed to entice developers to bring their apps and services to the fledgling platform. However, many of these early decisions were later walked back on as they resulted in a poor user experience—turns out allowing...

Honor Note 10 is a massive 6.9-inch smartphone

People have been complaining about smartphones getting bigger and bigger for years. Some like the ability to reach all major portions of the screen when holding the device in one hand. Others are using their phones more and more for TV, movie, and gaming consumption so they prefer the bigger screens. This trend seemed to...

Xiaomi may also be working on a foldable phone to compete with Samsung

Many smartphone OEMs these days are working feverishly to shrink the bezels of their smartphones as much as possible. Going as far as to using gears and mechanical parts to tuck away the camera sensor (which I think isn't as bad as others have made it out to be). However, for the last 3-4 years,...

The OnePlus 3/3T will skip Android 8.1 and get Android P

The Android community has been rather split when it comes to OnePlus and their products (and marketing tactics). There's a segment who feel they have stepped up to fill the role where Google's Nexus Program left off, and then there are others who dislike their slogan of "Never Settle." I think it's fair to say...

OnePlus 5/5T get OxygenOS 5.1.4 with sleep standby optimization & July security patches

The OnePlus 6 may be the talk of the town due to its thinner bezels, notched display, and latest Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, but the developers are still working to keep their other current devices supported as well. We recently learned that the company is planning to bring the selfie portrait picture feature from the OnePlus...