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.

Xiaomi Announces its First Offline Retail Mi Home Store in India

Xiaomi has been a breakout smartphone OEM from China and the company has had incredible success in India as of late. The company broke sales records in India with the Redmi Note 3, and they did it again with the launch of the Redmi Note 4 as well. Xiaomi knows that not everyone is buying...

Samsung’s Partnership with McAfee will Pre-install McAfee VirusScan on the Galaxy S8

McAfee is a household name in the consumer security market since 1987. Intel announced they were acquiring the company back in 2010 and had plans to rename it to Intel Security, but ultimately backed out of this decision. McAfee's security software is available on most major platforms including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android as well....

Rumor: Specs of the T-Mobile Self-Branded REVVL T1 Phone Leaks

Some wireless carriers feel they should have their own self-branded smartphone so they can sell it in stores. The reason behind this could be because of a higher profit margin, or maybe they just feel they can offer something their customers want more than the competition can. Whatever the case, we've seen this from Verizon...

Latest Android Experiments Include a Home Screen Arcade, Animal Detection, and More

We generally see new Android Experiments sprinkled in throughout the year, but with Google I/O coming up there was a wave of projects that the company just made public on their landing page. For those unaware, Android Experiments is a way for Google to document and showcase some creative and open source projects that utilize...

OTGSubs Lets You Create and Package Substratum Themes Directly on a Phone or Tablet

Substratum is an incredibly popular theming system for smartphones and tablets running compatible firmware. It has evolved from Sony's RRO framework and used to be called Layers until it evolved into the Substratum project that we know of today. We've talked about Substratum on multiple occasions here on XDA and have even produced a few...

Report: Researchers Find an Average of ~8,400 Pieces of Android Malware Every Day

Being the most dominant platform in any market means there are going to be a lot of malicious actors targeting Android with malware. We've seen this happen with Windows over the years, and now more people are targeting Android than ever before due to how many people are using it. Some reports peg Android's global...

Manually Remap the Bixby Button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with Root

Many were surprised when Samsung first revealed they would have a dedicated button on the side of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ for their new personal assistant. Sony has had a dedicated button on a number of their smartphones, but it was used to take photos with its camera. This has been a button...

Mali-Cetus is the Codename of ARM’s Next-Generation Display Processor

There's been a big push in VR lately with a number of content creators wanting to take advantage of the new technology. We're multitasking with our phones more and more, HDR has started to become a marketing point, and the resolution of our screens is higher than it's ever been. To keep up with these...

AutoVoice Chrome Extension Update Brings Google Assistant to the PC

Many feel that Google is still playing catch up to Amazon in regards to Google Assistant versus Amazon Alexa. Both have their positives and negatives, but we're seeing Google making a lot of progress with both Google Home and Google Assistant as of late. Google recently released the Google Assistant SDK for developers to start...

Analyst: Apple Could Announce a Siri-Based Smart Speaker at WWDC

Virtual personal assistants are everywhere these days. Google Now was Google's way of developing a predictive personal assistant so that you wouldn't have to keep digging through your e-mails for reminders, set up RSS feeds, or search through Google Maps for traffic on your daily commute. This proved to be much more useful than Apple's...

Study: Many WiFi-to-PC Apps in the Play Store Leave Ports Open and are Poorly Secured

A while back, there were some security concerns with the AirDroid application. This application lets you connect your smartphone or tablet to your PC over WiFi so you can transfer files and control the device from the PC. A few months back, researchers had found an authentication flaw that lets attackers access ports, which allowed hijacking existing connections. This flaw was...

File-Based Encryption Vulnerability Reported by DeesTroy is Fixed in May’s Security Update

With the introduction of Android 7.0 Nougat, Google switched to a file-based encryption method instead of the full disk encryption that we were using in Marshmallow. There are benefits and drawbacks to each of these methods, but Google's security team felt Android was better suited using file-based encryption due to the level of hardware most...