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>

Easily Unlock the Bootloader and Root the Pixel 2 with SkipSoft Toolkit

SkipSoft is a unified Android toolkit for Nexus, Pixel, Samsung and OnePlus devices that has the ability to do things like gain root access, backup and store applications, download stock images and much more. SkipSoft has now been released for the Google Pixel 2 courtesy of XDA Retired Senior Moderator mskip and you can download it right...

How to Root the Nokia 6

Some devices are rather easy to root as it just requires you to unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery and then follow that up with your root solution. Others can be more complex and so detailed step by step guides are incredibly helpful. XDA Member hikari_calyx recently took the time to write an entire guide...

Google Voice Experiments Page Highlights Google Assistant Apps

Google offers lots of free development tools. To help showcase some of the most interesting applications developers have created with them, the search giant recently launched web showcases categorized by platform, including Experiments with Chrome, AR Experiments, and Experiments with Android. The newest, Voice Experiments, highlights apps made with the Actions on Google platform and Google Assistant-enabled...

OnePlus to Choose 10 People to Review the OnePlus 5T Early

OnePlus has a program called "The Lab" that gets revived each time the company releases a new product. This time, the goal is for them to pick 10 people who want to get their hands on the new device early. In return, the selected group has to provide an open and honest review of the...

Multiple Apps in Google Play Used Cryptomining to Generate Revenue

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and the like have expanded and grown over the years and are now having an interesting impact on multiple markets around the world. The crypto-craze is now spilling over onto Android as it has come to light that multiple applications in the Play Store are currently using cryptomining techniques to eat...

Chrome Will Finally Crack Down on Annoying Page Redirects

Chrome has become the most popular web browser in the world, and this paired with their search ranking algorithm has enabled Google to shape the way a lot of websites function. Pop-ups and loud audio from auto-playing videos used to be major annoyances on the web, for instance, but Chrome has blocked much of this...

OnePlus Explains Why They Prefer Dash Charge to Wireless Charging

Last week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau published a post on the company's forum and took time to talk about the 3.5mm headphone port and explained why they're keeping it. These decisions are important to not only the OEM when designing a new phone, but also to the customer as it can sometimes make or break a...

Samsung Patents Camera Module Technology that Reduces Lens Flare

This year, the Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8 stretched the limits of smartphone photography, smashing DxOMark records and introducing features like dual optical image stabilization and AI-assisted depth of field. One thing they didn't improve on much, though, was glare, the unwanted artifacts that occur when bright light enters a camera's sensor directly. But...

How to Root the Essential Phone (PH-1) using Magisk

Andy Rubin's Essential Products made headlines with the Essential Phone (or PH-1), an all-titanium smartphone with modular accessories, dual cameras, and a distinctive cutout near the top of the screen. The company made a few fumbles in the interim, but it isn't giving up anytime soon. A recent price drop reinvigorated interest in the Essential Phone,...

Deepsea Blue Galaxy Note 8 to be Available Exclusively at Best Buy and Samsung.com

We're fast approaching the holiday season as the year comes to an end and this can be a great time to buy a new smartphone. We'll be seeing retailers and carriers offering deep discounts around Thanksgiving for Black Friday and a month later for the Christmas shopping season. To leverage the fact that people spend...

Get Themes from the Huawei Mate 10 Pro on Any EMUI 5 Device

When Huawei launches a new device, they like to include a unique batch of themes to add uniqueness and freshness to the user interface. These all support Huawei's built-in theme platform within their OEM ROM, EMUI. With the company recently launching the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, XDA Senior Member Jozinek was able to get their hands on the...

Google Dialer Will Soon Automatically Add Country Codes When Roaming Internationally

Over the years, phones have transitioned from devices used to vocally speak to people, to a mobile device that can also communicate over text messages, and have recently transformed into a portable computer that we carry around in our pockets virtually everywhere. Even now, vocal communication still continues to be an area of priority, and...