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.

LG Shuffles Mobile Execs Following $331 Million Loss

LG has had a rough go of it lately -- and that's putting it mildly. Even breakout hits like the V30 couldn't keep the Seoul, South Korea-based company's mobile division from losing $331 million in the past fiscal quarter. But after successive reorganizations and a renewed focus on reducing manufacturing costs, LG's finally ready to get back in...

Essential Phone Camera Updated with Portrait Mode and More

Essential Products ran into a few organizational setbacks following the launch of its first product, the Essential Phone, but fared better than might have been expected. Reviews for the $700 Essential Phone praised its titanium unibody, magnetic accessory system, and nearly bone-stock, bloat-free flavor of Android. But there was consistent criticism of the camera, which many...

Google Announces Android Things Developers Preview 6

Almost like clockwork, Google's released a developer preview for Android Things, its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, every couple of months. Each new version fixes bugs, adds new features, and generally improves the performance of projects built on it. On Friday, the company announced the newest: Android Things Developer Preview 6. For the uninitiated, Android Things (formerly...

Google Announces Google Play’s “Best of 2017”

Tens of thousands of applications are added to the Play Store every day, which is enough to overwhelm anyone. Making matters worse, Google's laissez-faire approval process means that many of those apps aren't exactly best-in-class. That's one reason Google launched the Play Store's Editor's Choice section, which highlights outstanding applications selected by the search giant's...

Alphabet is Considering Folding Nest into Google’s Hardware Division

When Google acquired Nest back in 2014, the Tony Fadell-founded company petitioned for autonomy. It was considered something of a steal for $3.2 billion, but infighting and cultural clashes hampered its productivity. That didn't stop Nest from getting new high-end security cameras and smart thermostats out the door, but Alphabet, Google's parent company, is reportedly...

Google Bans Applications that Inject Ads into the Lockscreen

Display advertising might be Google's bread and butter, but not all ads are created equal -- obnoxious banners, pop-ups, and interstitials are a recipe for bad user experiences and low click-through rates. That's why the search giant built an ad-blocking feature into Chrome, and why it's banning another category of ads -- lockscreen advertisements -- from...

FCC Documents Reveal Unreleased Huawei Daydream VR Controller

Google has released two generations of virtual reality (VR) headsets of its own so far, both based on its Daydream VR platform. But while it announced a bevy of Daydream VR partners at its Google I/O developer conference this past summer, few third-party products made to store shelves. If Huawei has its way, it might just...

Amazon’s Silk Web Browser is Now Available for Select Fire TV Devices

Beaming an old webpage to your TV is harder than it looks, which is why it's sometimes helpful to have a built-for-TV web browser at your disposal. Sure, it's probably easier to pull up the troublesome website on your smartphone or tablet, but there's no substitute for the big screen. That's why Amazon brought Silk...

Instagram is Reportedly Testing ‘Regrams’, Stories Archives, and More

There's no doubt that Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app for Android and iOS, is more popular than it's ever been -- it hit 500 million daily active users in September. But it could always use an update. On Thursday, The Next Web discovered unannounced features lurking in an unreleased Instagram client, including the ability to "regram" --...

OnePlus Announces New Beta Update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

In light of the OnePlus 5T's launch, some OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T owners expressed concern that their phones wouldn't receive as much attention from OnePlus as they had in the past. But OnePlus allayed those fears with the launch of the Android Oreo-based OxygenOS open beta in early autumn. And on Thursday, it released new updates for...

Apple Files a Countersuit Against Qualcomm, Claims Patent Infringement

If you thought the spat between Qualcomm and Apple couldn't get any worse, think again. On Wednesday, Apple filed a countersuit against Qualcomm, alleging that the chipmaker is infringing on its intellectual property. Here's a quick refresher: Earlier this year, Qualcomm filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in U.S. District Court and an intellectual property...

Waze Adds Motorcycle Mode, Hotword Detection, and Carpool Route Support

Google-owned navigation application Waze is gaining new features ahead of the holiday season, and they're some of the biggest in its history. In a blog post on Wednesday, the Waze team announced a new Motorcycle mode, hands-free voice commands, and support for carpool routes. The most popular of the bunch is likely to be the new hotword detection feature....