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>

Chrome OS Will Soon get Android-like Notification Badges

Mobile operating systems like Apple's iOS have had notification badges for years, but it's not a feature that Android supported natively until recently. It's a welcome addition, and a new commit suggests it's coming to another Google operating system -- Chrome OS -- in the near future. According to the commit in question, which was discovered...

Google Postpones Requirement to Ship Android Wear Apps with Multi-APK Support

At the tail end of August 2017, Google announced new policies designed to encourage developers to build standalone Android Wear applications and adopt the Google Play Developer Console's multi-APK delivery feature. They were set to go into effect on January 18, but the search giant's decided to postpone some of these requirements due to unexpected issues...

OnePlus Confirms that Face Unlock is coming to the OnePlus 3/3T

OnePlus introduced Face Unlock alongside the OnePlus 5T. It's a software algorithm that uses the phone's front-facing camera to authenticate facial features. It came to the OnePlus 5 via a new version of OxygenOS, and this week, OnePlus Global Director Carl Pei  said that the team will port Face Unlock to the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T...

Samsung Galaxy S9 Retail Box Reportedly Leaked, Shows Stereo Speakers, Super Speed Camera with Variable Aperture, and More

Many people were hoping that the Samsung Galaxy S9 would make an appearance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but as the convention wore on, it became clear that it wasn't going to happen. Initial reports suggested the S9 would make a cameo at Samsung's press event, but subsequent rumors cast doubt on...

Unlocked HTC 10 is Now Getting the Android Oreo Update

Google released the stable version of Android 8.0 Oreo back in August 2017, and it prompted a number of smartphone OEMs to talk about their device upgrade plans. HTC said they would update the HTC U11, U11 Life, U Ultra, and 10 within "months," and it's made good on its promise -- at least when...

Magisk Manager v5.5.4 Adds Fingerprint Authentication Support to Superuser Prompt

Magisk has received a number of updates over the past few weeks, each of which has added new features and squashed bugs. The latest version from XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu bumps up Magisk to version 15.3 and upgrades Magisk Manager, its companion application, to 5.5.4. Both are available via the Magisk Manager or from XDA's Magisk forum. Perhaps the most...

LG Adjusts its Mobile Business Strategy, Wants to Retain Existing Models Longer

A number of smartphone manufacturers struggle to make a profit, and LG's one of those companies. Its mobile division lost money for 11 fiscal quarters in a row, which is it's looking to change course. Cho Sung-jin, Vice Chairman of LG Electronics, spoke at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show about the state of the company's smartphone...

WhatsApp Flaw Allows an Attacker to Insert Someone into a Private Group Chat

End-to-end encrypted messaging technology is in demand, and WhatsApp implemented a solution from Open Whisper System's a couple of years ago. But a new research paper shows there are some significant gaps in the Facebook-owned platform's security. At the recent Real World Crypto security conference in Zurich, Switzerland, cybersecurity analysts from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany presented a...

Report: Google is Considering a Revamped Online Retail Site to Focus on Google Assistant

Google and Amazon are dominating the smart speaker market. The two juggernauts make up about 92 percent of it, but things begin to look lopsided when you look at the companies separately. Recent surveys put Amazon in the lead by a huge margin, and Google's keenly aware of this. According to a new report, the search giant's...

Signal Partners with Microsoft to Bring End-to-End Encryption to Skype

Instant messaging platforms are incredibly popular these days, as anyone who's used WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, or Facebook Messenger can tell you. But they aren't equally secure, which is why one leading IM service -- the Microsoft-owned Skype -- is teaming up with Signal to bring encryption to users around the globe. Open Whisper System makes the...

YouTube’s Social Features Could Come to YouTube TV and YouTube Music

YouTube's a platform anyone can use to upload, create, and consume video content. Since its launch in 2005, though, it's slowly evolved into less of a video streaming service and more of a social network. Google's embraced the transition -- over the past few years, it's added social features to the platform. And it's getting ready...

Is Your Chromebook Patched Against the Meltdown Vulnerability? Here’s How to Check

Last week, two serious hardware vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, came to light, and there's since been a veil of panic surrounding them. That's not surprising -- the bugs affect chips made by Intel, AMD, ARM, and others, and threatens to let hackers compromise sensitive data. While chipmakers (including ARM's) have issued mitigations to prevent attacks, some...