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.

Google Announces Cloud Functions for Firebase

Google Cloud Next 2017 is happening this week, and we've seen the company announce a number of new features and services for Google Cloud users at the event. There's been some unique announcements, such as introducing a new API to apply machine learning identification to videos, along with a huge update for current Firebase customers....

Native Add-ons for Gmail are Coming, Limited to G Suite Only at First

Google really is focusing on the enterprise customers this week. With the recent Cloud Functions for Firebase announcements and then the new focus of Hangouts too, corporate customers of Google services have a lot to be happy about right now. Another one of these big announcements has to do with native add-ons finally coming to Gmail...

GlassWire Launches their Network Monitoring App in the Play Store

You may have heard about GlassWire before. The company has a tool for Windows that lets you monitor your network usage and instead of just presenting you with rows and columns of numbers, GlassWire does this visually with graphs so that the data is easier to read. The company even has software to monitor things such...

New “Smart Features” Allegedly Coming to Android — Gestures, Address Detection, Predictive Copy-Paste

With Mobile World Congress behind us, many are already looking ahead for the next big even and for some, that will be Google I/O. This will be a big event for Google and it could be our first official look at some new features that will make it into the next big version of Android....

March’s Distribution Numbers for Android have Lollipop on Top, Nougat at 2.8%

Google recently published the monthly Android security update, which meant Android's new distribution numbers weren't that far behind. You can find details about this month's security update here, but we're also seeing OEMs like Samsung and BlackBerry publish their own security bulletin details as well. There was even a new update rolled out to a couple...

Rumor: Galaxy S8 Release is Delayed, Now Set for April 28th

Many people were upset at the fact that both HTC and LG launched their HTC U Ultra and the LG G6 with the Snapdragon 821 - an SoC from last year. Some speculated that it was Samsung who was cleverly hoarding the chips exclusively for the Galaxy S8, but a report last week placed the...

Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con Controllers Natively Pair with Android, But They Lag

Android doesn't have the best of luck when it comes to Bluetooth devices. Some have simply refused to connect and work right in the past, but this has changed over the years. Today though, we're still seeing devices have issues with their Bluetooth connection (even on the Pixel phones), while others are surprised at the...

Latest LineageOS Update Adds Single Hand Mode and More

With few people having the time to go through developer changelogs, the folks over at LineageOS have been nice enough to provide "week in review" posts. This has been happening once a week since February 13th and many of us in the Android community love to see these summaries. The latest in this series was published...

Huawei Executive Feels 6GBs+ of RAM in Phones is a Waste, What Do You Think?

As smartphones have become more and more powerful over time, one question we keep asking ourselves is "how much RAM is enough?" When smartphones with 1GB of RAM were first released, people at the time often said that they didn't need all of that RAM. When smartphones with 2GBs of RAM were released, many people said...

Arbitrary Memory Read/Write Vulnerability Discovered and Patched in the Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro

Security vulnerabilities are patched quite frequently in Android devices, though you won't hear about most of them until the monthly security bulletins are out. Huawei, though, publishes security advisories for each flaw they discover and patch. The company just has disclosed one such vulnerability for the month of March, and we can see that it...

Google Pixel with CopperheadOS is Available for Purchase in the U.S. and Canada

For those of you who are unaware, CopperheadOS is an open source derivative of AOSP that is focused on hardening security. The OS is available to download and install for free on many Nexus devices, though they directly sell devices with their software pre-installed on them. And now fans of the Google Pixel within the United States...

Stable Version of Android Studio 2.3 is Now Available

Google has been doing a lot of work to improve Android Studio over the last few months. The company launched the first beta of Android Studio 2.3 back in the middle of December of last year, and yesterday they they released a stable build of 2.3. This big updates adds to what many have already...