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.

Mojang Announces the Better Together Update for Minecraft with Cross-Platform Support

E3 is happening this week and this means there have been a ton of new game announcements. Most of these have been about console and PC games, but there are some that involve the mobile market too (such as the upcoming South Park game). Microsoft and Mojang also announced a new update for Minecraft that...

The Apps & Tabs Browser Shows Open Tabs in the Overview Page [XDA Spotlight]

Not too long ago, Google transformed the recents page into what is now known as the overview page. With this redesign, they started allowing individual Chrome tabs to show up as if it was its own application when you pressed the overview button. This was a much welcomed change for some people, but others felt...

Custom Kernel to Add Energy Aware Scheduling to the Xperia Z5 Premium

For those unaware, Energy Aware Scheduling is a modified Linux Power Scheduler system that works for ARM CPUs. Once implemented, the goal is to use less power and in turn have a cooler device (not trivial for an 810 device) that's overall more efficient. Thanks to the work from XDA Recognized Contributor PDesire and XDA Recognized Developer zacharias.maladroit, they...

Lenovo’s SNAPit Camera Gets Ported to Android 6.0+ Devices

Lenovo has been working to add a number of features to their camera application, the SNAPit Camera, but it's limited to only Lenovo devices. This is no longer the case though, as XDA Senior Member LordArcadius was gracious enough to take the time to port the application. They originally ported it to their Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, but then...

BlackBerry Launches the BBM Enterprise SDK for Both Android and iOS

BlackBerry has gone through a big transition over the last few years as a result of the company losing marketshare in the smartphone market. We've seen them stop making phones entirely, and instead will license out their brand to various OEMs with TCL being their main customer at this time. BlackBerry's BBM service was a...

Developer Ports the Pixel Launcher with the Google Now Panel for Unrooted Devices

A while back, Google moved from developing the Google Now Launcher (previously known as the Google Experience Launcher) and started to work on the new Pixel Launcher for their smartphones and tablets. It made sense for Google to discontinue the Google Now Launcher, but it certainly didn't make a lot of people happy. With the...

Adhell is a Free, Open Source Ad Blocker with Package Disabler for Samsung Devices

Ads on mobile devices (and sometimes even on desktop PCs as well) can be incredibly annoying and can cause a person to just block every single one they see. Google is aware of this trend and is working to implement their ad blocking method in an upcoming version of Chrome. Blocking ads on an Android...

OnePlus Product Manager Says the Flat Images of the OnePlus 5 Don’t Do it Justice

In typical OnePlus fashion, the company has been able to garner a lot of attention about its upcoming smartphone release. This started with sprinkles of information about the device including a camera sample, it's official reveal date, and then some details about hardware specs leaked out thanks to an Amazon.in product page. However, then the floodgates...

XDA’s OnePlus 5 Forums are Now Live!

OnePlus has a strong following here at XDA, given the company is open to community developers when compared to some other smartphone OEMs out there. The OnePlus 3/3T forums were very popular last year, and during the first half of this 2017 as well. OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 5 will be officially unveiled...

Chainfire Releases a Beta of SuperSU v2.82 SR1

Google released the third developer preview of Android O this week and people are already starting to install it on supported Nexus and Pixel devices. This update brings forth the final APIs that will be included in Android 8.0 and Google in encouraging developers to get their applications tested and ready for the full release....

Apktool Project Receives a Sponsorship from Sourcetoad

Apktool is a popular piece of software within the Android community and we've talked about it on many, many occasions here at XDA. For those who are unaware, Apktool is a piece of software that's written in Java which allows you to disassemble/reverse engineer 3rd party, closed, binary Android applications. Apktool does plenty of other things and...

Android Bootimage ADB Unsecure Patcher Eases the Development of ROMs

Building your own custom ROM is definitely not the easiest thing in the world to do so XDA Recognized Developer AdrianDC is trying to ease the process with their new Android Bootimage ADB Unsecure Patcher tool. The goal here is to modify the ramdisk to set ADB into an unsecure mode and this allows the developer to debug Android ROMs...