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>

This App Mimics the LG V30’s Floating Bar on any Android Phone

LG's G series has been the company's main flagship smartphone for years now, but thanks to its release schedule, it has typically struggled to compete in the last few months of each year, losing steam against other releases with newer hardware. This puts the device at a disadvantage so the company created its V series...

[Update: Goal Reached] Purism and KDE are Crowdsourcing a “Truly Free” Smartphone, the Librem 5

Multiple companies in the past have tried their hand at creating a smartphone with as few closed source binaries as possible. So far, many have dropped the premise, but the support for such a smartphone is still there within the open source community. The latest in this effort is a collaboration between KDE's Plasma Mobile...

Google Spent $19 Billion on Traffic Acquisition in the Last Year

Google has become the defacto search engine for the internet for most people around the world. Along with this, Google also provides a free email service, free cloud storage, a news platform, shopping comparison service and so much more. No matter how good your online services are though, it can sometimes cost money to stay...

Microsoft to Integrate Cortana into its Skype Messaging Application

When Google introduced Allo to the world, it caught a lot of people's attention. Many were upset that Google had introduced yet another messaging application to Android while others were excited about the Google Assistant integration. It still left some worried about privacy in general, but Google promised that the data was safe and secure....

LG’s Preliminary Q3 2017 Financial Report Shows its Mobile Division is Still Losing Money

Similar to HTC and Sony, LG's mobile division has been struggling to make a profit over the last few years. They've been able to supplement their cost with contracts from Google for previous Nexus devices and the upcoming Pixel 2 XL, but none of that has allowed them to post a profit in a while....

Android Wear 2.0 Allows New Features to be Added via Play Store Updates

Android Wear was an ambitious project by Google and its level of success seems to vary depending on who you ask. The company just held its annual hardware launch event last week where they announced a plethora of new products for consumers. One glaring omission though was anything new about Android Wear and this was...

[Update: Maybe Not] Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Ship with 18W PD Power Adapters and Support up to 27W Charging from Compliant Chargers

I'd like to clarify this post as Pixel 2 and 2 XL will not be able to support 27W charging. While the phones may be able to negotiate more power using USB Power Delivery when connected to a higher wattage charger, there are other factors which may limit the speed at which it charges the...

Google Clips Uses Intel’s Movidius Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit

Google had a number of new hardware devices to show off at the company's launch event earlier this week. We saw the official reveal of the two new Pixel smartphones, a smaller version of the Google Home and in a surprising reveal, an AI-based camera called Google Clips. It's been confirmed that Google is using...

Google Updates Chrome OS to v61, Adds a New App Launcher and More

We're off the heels of Google's bit 2017 hardware launch event where the company just launched a new Chrome OS device. The Pixelbook is a new 2-in-1 laptop for Google's Chrome OS platform so the company is working to polish the software experience as much as possible before it gets in the hands of new...

Google Employee Explains Why They Ditched the 3.5mm Headphone Jack on the Pixel 2 (USB-C Audio, Bezels)

When Google launched their first in-house smartphone last year, the company went out of its way to point out that they were keeping the headphone jack in place while their main competition had removed it. This sparked a debate throughout the community and it made fans of the hardware think that Google was on their...

BlackBerry Motion, TCL’s First All-Touchscreen Android Smartphone, Has Leaked

Since TCL acquired licensing rights to the BlackBerry brand name, the company has been pumping out phone after phone. The two DTEK phones were said to be trial devices to see if the licensing program would catch on, and in our opinion they were fairly decent smartphones (though the lack of software support for the Priv...

What Do You Think of the New Pixels and Products Announced at the 2017 Google Event?

Yesterday was huge for Google as they had a number of hardware products as well as software features to show off. We saw the official unveiling of devices that we had seen rumored in the past, and also saw some surprises tossed in there as well. Those looking for a new flagship smartphone can now...