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: Confirmed] Google reportedly asked people to sell them their face data – possibly to train the Pixel 4

Google has a lot of resources at its disposal. Not only can they pump a lot of cash into a new project, but they also have a lot of employees who can experiment and test these new projects as well. Even with the resources Google has, there are times when even the Mountain View tech...

Samsung’s US Trade-in page for the Galaxy Note 10 goes live with up to $600 in trade-in value

We are less than two weeks away from Samsung officially announcing the Galaxy Note 10 and the heavily leaked newcomer to the series, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Just like the Galaxy S10 series, the Galaxy Note 10 series is going to have some of the best hardware that the South Korean conglomerate can mass...

Nokia 8.2 may feature a 32MP pop-up camera and Android Q

HMD Global hasn't followed the traditional naming scheme for its Nokia-branded Android smartphones. Instead, they've used the numbers as a sliding scale, in a sense. With devices like the Nokia 1 and Nokia 2 being on the very low-end and the Nokia 8 being on the higher end. Recent rumors of the upcoming Nokia 8.2...

New NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV console gets certified by the FCC

It's difficult to believe that it has been over 4 years since the NVIDIA Shield Android TV set-top box was released. It was the most powerful Android TV box available at launch and many still consider it to be the best option available today. Earlier this year we got wind of NVIDIA working on a...

Download: OnePlus Screen Recorder from Android Q DP3 adds QHD & 60fps recording

Screen recorders have been quite fickle over the years due to the increased security restrictions that have gone into Android. The enthusiast community could generally turn to root applications to get the job done, but if you weren't willing to root or install a custom ROM then you were left without a fully functional screen...

[Update: US unlocked] An early Android 9 Pie beta also leaks for the LG V30

We've been focusing a lot on the many new features that are making their way to Android 10, but there are millions of devices that have yet to receive an update to Android 9 Pie yet. Back in April of this year, it was reported that the LG V30, LG V35, and LG V40 would...

Microsoft OneNote is getting a dark theme on Android

The background color of applications and websites never used to be that big of a deal since most smartphones used LCD screens. As OLED technology matured though, it was able to shake off the rampant burn-in complaints that most people had with it. Now, most flagship smartphones are shipping with OLED screens and that means...

Digital Wellbeing adds integration with Family Link’s parental controls

Google's Digital Wellbeing and Family Link features tick a lot of the same boxes when it comes to what features the services offer. I've always thought that Family Link would eventually be rolled into Digital Wellbeing and the latest update shows Google is working to at least integrate them together. The new change is rolling...

Arnova’s latest Google Camera port greatly improves photos on the ASUS ZenFone 6 and OnePlus 7/7 Pro

The quality of the photographs we can take with our smartphones has steadily increased over the last decade. Sony and Samsung camera sensors are among the most used out there, but there's only so much you can do with the raw data from them. The real work is in the post-processing of this data and...

Black Shark, Realme, Vivo, Nubia, and Lenovo tease new phones with the Snapdragon 855 Plus

Millions of people are relaxing on vacations around the world, but Qualcomm snuck in a surprise for us smartphone enthusiasts this week. The company announced a new flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855+, which boasts both higher CPU and GPU clock speeds over the original Snapdragon 855 chipset. The community immediately began debating if certain OEMs...

Vivo is hiring staff in Germany and Ukraine, possibly expanding into Europe

Vivo doesn't tend to get much attention these days, but they actually ship more smartphones around the world than well-known brands like Motorola (2-3 times as many). A big reason why they don't seem to get much attention from mainstream outlets is due to the company's limited reach. However, some new job listings seem to...

After FCC vote, AT&T is the first US carrier to automatically block robocalls

As technology has progressed, some rules and regulations have lingered behind and have been unable to catch up with the times. Telemarketing itself has a big enough stigma about it, but adding in computers to automate much of the workload takes things to an entirely different level. The FCC has been pressured into forcing telecommunication...