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 Redmi 6/6A are official with 18:9 displays and 12nm chipset

Xiaomi recently made a big splash in the Android market with the release of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro for the mid-range market and the Xiaomi Redmi S2/Y2 for the budget market. We're still seeing these devices grow in popularity, which has led us to today as the company...

Google Translate offline translations are about to get way better with machine learning

Google began their foray into the AI and machine intelligence sectors thanks to the computing power they're able to leverage in the company's data centers. This worked out great as it allowed people all around the world to see how beneficial it was without needing to invest in new hardware. This was when they started...

A Huawei Mate 20 ‘Pro’ model could feature a massive 6.9-inch Samsung OLED display

Huawei has been using their Mate series as a way to show the world the best the company can do. In some cases, various features of these smartphones have proven to out-class Huawei's competition and the company likes to boast about that in interviews and commercials. We've watched as Huawei has released incremental products to...

Google Maps with updated Material Design UI slowly rolling out to users

While Android coders have been working on the backend of the upcoming Android P software update, the company's designers have been working on an update to Material Design. The name of this design language is still Material Design, but the name Material Design 2 was discovered in a comment within the Chromium Gerrit back in...

Android P Beta 2 is now available for the Sony Xperia XZ2

Thanks to the work Google has done with Project Treble and the dedication from select smartphone OEMs, we have seen more devices receiving an early beta build of the next version of Android than ever before. OnePlus and Essential have been very active in this regard, but let's not forget how dedicated Sony is to...

Unofficial LineageOS 15.1 and Resurrection Remix for the OnePlus 6 are now available

With the OnePlus 6 only recently making its way into the hands of developers, it'll take some time for stable builds of custom AOSP-based ROMs to be made available for the device. Development for the device may even be a bit delayed because of the dual A/B partition scheme for seamless updates. Since the OnePlus...

[Update: 7.0.1 Released] Android Oreo update now rolling out to the NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Google announced Android TV back in 2014 and since then we've seen a number of companies integrate this platform into their products. It's become a popular feature for smart TVs and we've even seen a number of dedicated set-top boxes released as well. NVIDIA has had the Shield TV on the market for close to...

Gmail on Android update lets you customize swipes to mark as read, delete, snooze, and more

Gestures are becoming increasingly popular on mobile devices these days. The ability to customize a popular gesture makes the smartphone experience even more personal. Before this recent update began rolling out, the Gmail Android application allowed you to enable or disable swipe gestures while also letting you choose between Delete or Archive. This can be...

The Google Pixelbook has a hardware Universal Two Factor Authentication (U2F) token built in

Every year there are a handful of websites that get hacked. In some instances, the passwords weren't protected properly to begin with. This results in millions of usernames, email addresses, and passwords being leaked to the public, which can be devastating if you're the type that uses one password across all websites. There are additional layers...

Amazon Fire TV Cube combines the Amazon Echo and Fire TV into a single device

Amazon and Google have been the two major players in the smart speaker market, but it was Amazon who enjoyed a big lead through most of this time. Data released last month showed that Google was actually able to beat Amazon in overall sales for Q1 2018. This was the first time that had happened...

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 and Snapdragon 439 may be coming for Android Go devices

There are some folks who don't need the power of the Snapdragon 845 or even a mid-range chipset like the Snapdragon 636. Sure, it can be nice to have but this increases the overall cost of the device and this can be the sole reason why someone delays getting a new smartphone (or even their...

Honor Play unveiled with “GPU Turbo” tech for gaming, Honor 9i mid-range announced too

We're starting to see smartphone companies create devices with a major emphasis on mobile gaming. Razer released a smartphone dedicated to gaming and ASUS just announced the ROG Phone, which again, is being marketed toward gamers. Honor has just announced two new phones, the mid-range Honor 9i and the Honor Play with a new feature...