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.

Xperia X is the first non-Google Smartphone to Receive Android 7.1.1

Back in the beginning of December, a member of Sony's concept developer team stated that the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update was their "number one priority." The team had a goal to be the first smartphone manufacturer (excluding Google) to release the latest 7.1.1 update. And they succeeded. Granted, this release comes in the form of a Concept...

Estimates Say the Mobile Payment Market is Hitting $780 Billion in 2017

According to a new report released by TrendForce, we're going to see huge growth within the mobile payment market this year. The report mentions that people who own smartphones spent over $585 billion using mobile payments services in 2016. This includes Android Pay, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay and all other mobile payment solutions that are available....

Version 10 of Magisk Adds a new way to Mount System Mirrors

We've talked about Magisk here at XDA multiple times in the past, and it's been great to watch the development of this modification since it was first introduced. The goal of Magisk is to overcome the limitations of systemless mods for the Android platform. By creating a universal systemless interface, this enables developers and users...

Report Says Flexible AMOLED Shipments Could Triple in 2017

Despite a recent shortage of display panels, shipments of AMOLED displays have been on an upward trend for the past few years. Samsung in particular is one company that has dedicated much of their company resources to developing AMOLED technology for use in all of their devices. During the advent of the technology, some users were...

Leaked Render Could Reveal an Unannounced Motorola Device for 2017

OnLeaks, in collaboration with Android Authority, has released a render for an upcoming, unreleased Motorola smartphone. As with most of OnLeaks' reveals, this render is based on factory CADs and thus any details are filled in by an artist to best reproduce what the end product should look like. At first, this device was reported as...

Report: Chinese OEMs are Expecting Lower Sales in Q1 2017

Over the last few years, Chinese smartphone manufacturers have experienced an explosive amount of overall growth. Companies like Huawei, LeEco, and Xiaomi have become household names in the Android enthusiast community, and for good reason. We're seeing an expansion coming from these companies that can only be compared to the likes of Samsung in certain cases. These OEMs...

Nougat’s Open Beta 10 for the OnePlus 3 is Available

OnePlus has been plowing through these open betas for its Nougat update on the OnePlus 3 lately. We saw the 8th open beta released toward the end of November, and now we're already up to number 10. This could very well be the last open beta update we see for the OnePlus 3 before the...

Qualcomm Accused of Antitrust Violations in South Korea, Faces a $853 Million Fine

Qualcomm has faced antitrust accusations in multiple countries over the last few years. The company recently settled a big one within the country of China, and they were accused of similar allegations in the EU back in 2015 as well. Today, it's been announced that a regulator within South Korea wants to fine Qualcomm $853...

Rumor Suggests Samsung is Integrating Bixby in the Galaxy S8’s Native Apps

Back in October, Samsung announced they were acquiring Viv Labs and their entire AI platform. For those who are unaware, the founders of Viv Labs were the same group of people who worked on Siri (before Apple acquired them back in 2010). The big product from Viv Labs is an AI-powered voice assistant known as Viv. This...

Alleged LG G6 Render Shows a Similar Design to the LG G5

Details about the LG G6 have been pretty scarce this year. A rumor earlier this year claimed that LG would be ditching the metal build material next year for a glass one. Even though the LG G5 was built with metal, it received a lot of complaints in reviews for not feeling as premium as...

The Official Gerrit for Lineage OS is Now Up

With the departure of Steve Kondik from Cyanogen Inc, we knew there would be a big shakeup with the way CyanogenMod was handled. An official blog post announced the servers and funds that were keeping CM up and running would be discontinued on December 31st. Then seemingly out of nowhere, CyanogenMod’s website, wiki, forums, Gerrit, and...

iFixit Ranks 2016’s Smartphones in Order of Repairability

Just like we enjoy having full control of the software in our smartphones, some of us at XDA also prefer to do our own device repairs as well. When a new smartphone or tablet gets torn down by iFixit, you typically see us writing about it. Not only is it interesting to us, but we...