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.

New SuperSU and suhide Updates Bring Minor Bug Fixes

While many of us were enjoying our weekend off from the stress of our daily lives, Chainfire was busy wrapping up two small bug fix updates for two of his applications. We aren't to expect any big features or changes in these updates, but  SuperSU as well as suhide both received new updates that bring...

HMD Global CTO on Locked Bootloaders: “We will Unlock One Model at the Time, What Device would you Unlock First?”

HMD Global caused a small uproar in the enthusiast community when they first revealed that there won't be any official bootloader unlock method for the Nokia 8. This seriously affected the Nokia 8's viability as an alternative to competitors like the OnePlus 5, at least within the enthusiast community, as the lack of official support for...

What’s a Feature From Your Device That You Wish Every Phone Had?

A big advantage Android has for enthusiasts is that we get to try out different flavors of Android. If you are savvy enough, you can even build and add in the features that you want to see in a custom ROM for your own smartphone or tablet. Most people on XDA will try out a...

HTC Sense Home Update will Include a Pixel Launcher Style App Drawer

Smartphone OEMs like to use software to differentiate themselves from the competition. This results in OEM ROMs attempting to have a different style and feature set compared to devices from other companies. HTC has Sense, with their own HTC Sense Home launcher. Right now, this functions like a normal launcher where you have your commonly...

LG has Dropped the LG G3, G4, G4 Stylus, CK, and Stylo from Monthly Security Update List

Every month Google will gather up all of the Android security fixes for AOSP and make them available so that OEMs can implement them in their ROMs. These go out a month in advance so that all of the companies have enough time to implement them before they are disclosed to the public. Companies like...

Google to Separate its EU Shopping Unit From the Company

Google has been under fire with the European Commission about antitrust violations for years now. The company's biggest two complaints right now deal with Android and the way they require OEMs to pre-install their applications while the other pertains to its Google Shopping comparison division. The company filed for an appeal for this investigation earlier...

T-Mobile is Rumored to Sell the Galaxy S8 Active in the Future

Samsung's Galaxy S series has been the main flagship series of the company for years now. They understood that some need a more rugged smartphone with high-end specs though, so they partnered with AT&T for their Galaxy S Active series. Until now, the Galaxy S Active lineup has been exclusive to AT&T but a new...

Google Brings Family Link to All Parents in the United States

Google has done a great job at getting Android into the hands of your average smartphone customer. From there, they needed to work on expanding this outreach to those who may not be able to just walk out and purchase a new smartphone. Back in March of this year they introduced a new program for...

Flimsy Leaks Hint at “Ultra Pixel” Smartphone, but Color us Extremely Skeptical

Google is scheduled to host their 2017 hardware launch event next week on October 4th. The company has already started to advertise that date with cryptic marketing banners around the world and it aligns with what they did last year as well. For the better part of the year, details about Google's upcoming Pixel smartphones...

Google Assistant is Coming to Android TV, Starting with the NVIDIA Shield TV

Google may have been late to the game when it came to getting Google Assistant into the home, but the company has been working hard to allow 3rd-party developers the ability to integrate it into their products. We're already starting to see these products appearing but many have wondered why it hasn't been made available...

LG V30 to Come to All Major Wireless Carriers in the U.S. Within 2 Weeks

After much teasing, LG officially unveiled the LG V30 to the world on August 31st at IFA 2017. We were able to finally see official images of the device, learned about its hardware specs and this led to many deciding they wanted it as their next smartphone. South Korean customers knew that day that the...

HMD Global to Look into Possibility of Unlocking Nokia 8 Bootloader

Yesterday, we reported on a tweet from the Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, Juho Sarvikas, where he was talking about the bootloader unlock status of the Nokia 8. At that time the company's stance was that they wouldn't allow users to unlock the bootloader due to security reasons. However, a new tweet from the same...