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.

Netflix is adding 30-second vertical video previews for mobile

Netflix has gone from a struggling company that once requested to be acquired by Blockbuster Video, to an online media behemoth. The start of their streaming service was a breakthrough as they were able to license content from other studios at an affordable price. As the market value of Netflix has risen, they've increased prices...

Huawei P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro Revealed in Leaked Press Renders

The first solid details we learned about the upcoming Huawei P series was a leak from Evan Blass, which gave us the company's roadmap for 2018. These shouldn't ever be taken at face value since there are a lot of hurdles that can delay a launch. Still, it gave us a rough idea to expect...

OnePlus 6 will reportedly have a 19:9 notched display

The smartphone industry tends to change in waves as OEMs follow what they think customers want. A while ago, the trend was (and still is) increasing the screen size. Then we had a trend of devices shifting to 1440p displays. After that, we started seeing companies actually focusing on the camera quality. Last year, the...

HiSilicon Kirin 670 rumored to bring Huawei’s NPU to mid-range devices

Huawei designs their own SoC in-house under the brand name HiSilicon. The current HiSilicon product used in many Huawei and Honor devices is the Kirin family (similar to Snapdragon from Qualcomm). They contract the fabrication process out to other companies such as TSMC. The Kirin 970 is the company's latest and greatest chipset, but their...

Khronos Group Releases Specifications for Vulkan 1.1

It was February 2016 when the Khronos Group released the specs for version 1.0 of Vulkan. The goal was to help developers utilize multiple core processors better. This can mean a huge improvement as high-end smartphones are shipping with 8 CPU cores these days. As the successor to OpenGL, it has slowly made its way...

BLOCKS announces Project OpenWatch: an Android Oreo-based OS for smartwatches in collaboration with CarbonROM and LineageOS

Android Wear's market may not be where some people were hoping by now, but there are some who continue to stay dedicated to the platform. Smartwatch fans disappointed with Android Wear have looked to the Samsung Gear S series for an evolving ecosystem, but there will soon be another contender. BLOCKS, the folks behind the...

Google Photos now supports exporting Motion Photos as GIFs

Many years ago, Sony released an application called Motion Shot that captured some video before and after a photo was taken. Apple then launched Live Photos with the iPhone 6S in 2015. It received so much positive feedback that Google decided to jump on board. Google launched the Motion Stills application for iOS to help stabilize those...

Google Home Hands-Free Calling is Available in the UK, Can Now Display Your Own Number

Google Home may not be able to match Amazon's Echo platform in terms of feature parity, but the company continues to expand the functionality. During the second half of last year, we saw Google bring hands-free calling to the Google Home family of products. Everything is handled with voice commands and you can even hang...

Android Things Developer Preview 7 Brings New Bluetooth APIs, Console Enhancements, and More

Google releases Developer Preview builds on a couple of platforms, but the one for Android Things is handled quite differently. Google tries to hit a yearly update cycle for Android, so we typically see just a couple of Developer Preview updates before the final update. Android Things has hit its 7th Developer Preview update. This...

Kernel Sources released for the LG G6 Korean Android Oreo build

A number of the major Android OEMs, including Samsung, OnePlus, Nokia, Essential, and even HTC have been rolling out their first Android Oreo OTA updates. Shortly after the update rolls-out, the company usually releases the kernel source code to go along with it. LG's mobile division has been lagging behind in a number of ways but they...

Google Brings Machine Learning to G Suite Customers Sharing Files in Google Drive

Recently, we've seen Google shift from a mobile-first company to an AI-first company. They have been injecting bits and pieces of this technology into both new and existing products and services. The company recently launched Reply as a way to bring smart replies (similar to Inbox and Allo) to all messaging apps. This week, G Suite customers...

U.S. Government is investigating Broadcom’s proposed acquisition of Qualcomm

Broadcom and Qualcomm have been going back and forth as the former is attempting to make an acquisition deal for the latter. The initial offer was immediately declined by Qualcomm's board of directors. They felt the asking price was an insult to the company and didn't reflect how much it was truly worth. Broadcom offered...