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.

Apple Says Qualcomm’s Chip Licenses are Invalid, Qualcomm Responds

Many people know of Qualcomm because of how popular their Snapdragon SoCs are among Android smartphones these days. While their chips are a solid source of income for the company, they actually make a lot of their profits from patent royalties and modem licenses. However, the way that Qualcomm licenses their patents has gotten them in...

Analysts: OEMs Are Worried About Memory Chip Shortages Due to the iPhone 8

There are only so many companies out there who make memory chips for smartphones and desktop PCs. As smartphones have become more popular over the years, it's actually caused a supply strain on certain companies as the prices have slowly risen to meet demand. Since it's not easy to build a factory and start manufacturing...

Modded Moto Z2 Play Launcher Gets Ported to the Moto Z Play

Nova Launcher recently added support for the Google Now panel and now Moto Z Play users are getting some love as well. XDA Senior Member  Junior Passos recently made the Moto Z2 Play launcher available to the community so XDA Senior Member TigerCourage took that work and added onto it a bit. This brings the Moto Z2 Play...

How to Increase the Headset Volume of the Huawei P9 Lite with Root

The European Union puts limits on how loud the headset music volume can be on smartphones released within its member nations. While a noble attempt at keeping people safe, some feel it takes things too far and ruins their music-listening experience. So, if you have root access on your Huawei P9 Lite then you can...

Moto Gallery Gets Ported to the Moto Z Play and Z2 Play

Late last year, XDA Senior Member TigerCourage ported the 2016 Motorola Gallery to many Android 6.0+ devices. This was tested on the Moto Z2 Play but the Edit Photos option did not work. So XDA Senior Member Junior Passos took the version of the application that comes with the Moto X Style and was able to get it working...

Google for Jobs is Now Available in English on Desktop and Mobile

Google has built some amazing search technology over the years. Couple that with their new machine learning neural networks and they're able to understand a degree of natural language that can be applied to areas in which they had tried before. At Google I/O earlier this year, the company announced they would be attempting to...

Samsung Changed Their Brand Marketing Strategy After the Galaxy Note 7 Debacle

The Galaxy Note 7 battery issue that Samsung faced last year was something that impacted just about every aspect of their mobile division. Many hoped that it was going to be fixed very quickly but sadly it didn't work out that way. The company is actually going to attempt to re-release the device this year...

Collection of Working Substratum UI Overlays for the Galaxy S8+

At the start of last week, we showed you that XDA Recognized Developer / Recognized Themer nicholaschum had been working on Substratum for Samsung devices running Android 7.0+ without root. As we pointed out, you'll want to be care with what overlay you actually apply a theme to, but XDA Senior Member Tigerhoods is helping to gather up a collection...

Guide to Enable RAW Capture in the Stock Huawei P9 Lite Camera

Some devices have the hardware to do certain things, but are then hamstrung by the software. Huawei can have a number of reasons as to why they did that with the stock camera application here. Whatever the reason is, the Huawei P9 Lite's camera supports the Camera2 API and this allows it to capture RAW...

Magisk Module for Systemless Substratum Lets You Use Themes in Legacy Mode

Using Substratum in Legacy Mode (which many devices are required to do) generally means that your /system partition gets modified and this is something that not everyone is happy with doing. To solve this on their Galaxy S6 Edge+, XDA Member  Nodens came up with a Magisk Module that lets you use Substratum in Legacy Mode,...

OxygenOS Open Beta 18 is Available for the OnePlus 3, Open Beta 9 for the OnePlus 3T

Last week, OnePlus announced the OxygenOS 4.1.6 OTA update for both the OnePlus 3 as well as the OnePlus 3T. This update started rolling out to more people this week and they finally added the firmware to their downloads page. The new builds brought in some of the features that we talked about from the...

New Build of Magisk Beta 13 is Now Available and it Can Bypass SafetyNet

There's been a lot of new surrounding Magisk lately. At the start of the month Google removed Magisk Manager from the Play Store because of how the application is setup. XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor topjohnwu then started testing a beta of version 13 just last week as it was a complete rewrite so it could be a...