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>

Daydream Support is Rolling Out to the Galaxy S8/S8+

We have a lot of different companies trying to solidify their foundation in the VR industry. From standalone units meant for the PC with products from Oculus and HTC, all the way down to cardboard viewers from some who are just wanting to use the platform for marketing. A lot of these platforms are trying...

OxygenOS v4.5.7 for the OnePlus 5 Adds EIS for 4K Video, July Security Patches and More

The latest flagship smartphone from OnePlus has received a handful of software updates since it has been released. The latest and most vital update fixed the 911 emergency calling issue that some people were experiencing and now the company is rolling out a new one. While this new OTA update for the OnePlus 5 does...

Renders Seemingly Reveal Black and Gold Variants of the Galaxy Note 8

The upcoming release of the Galaxy Note 8 is going to be huge for the South Korean tech giant. With all of the trouble they had to go through recalling the Note 7 last year, this will be the time for them to make it up to their customers. They did release the Galaxy Note...

LG V20 Receives a Port of WakeBlock to Help Control Wakelocks

WakeBlock is an application that lets you control wakelocks so that your smartphone or tablet stays in a deep sleep mode. There is now an unofficial port of this system modification for the LG V20 thanks to XDA Senior Member Zacharee1. As with the original application, it is considered to be in an early alpha...

Vic Gundotra (Ex-Google VP): If You Care About Great Photography, You Own an iPhone

The name Vic Gundotra if pretty well known within the Android community as he used to lead Google's mobile division when he worked for them. He's likely more known for his contributions to services like Google+ though, but his work also touched other areas within the company. He is credited for a lot of the...

Guide Shows You How to Build a Custom ROM with Microsoft Azure

Building a custom ROM can take a long time if you don't have high-end hardware and it can take even longer if your bandwidth is limited and/or very low speed. Thankfully though, there are a number of cloud computing platforms available and Microsoft Azure is one of the most popular options. So XDA Senior Member Albe96 has...

Samsung’s Industry-First Cat.18 6CA LTE Modem Hits 1.2Gb/s Downlink Speed

When Samsung announced the Exynos 9 Series SoC (with the 8895) earlier this year, the company was proud to talk about its new LTE modem. Like with the announcement we're seeing today with the Cat.18 modem, their Cat.16 LTE modem used in the Exynos 8895 came with support for 5CA (carrier aggregation). This enabled the chip to theoretically hit...

Three New MIUI 9 Themes Available for Download on the Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi just announced and subsequently launched MIUI 9 this month. It's been made available as an alpha/beta China ROM for a couple of devices already, and comes with new features as well as some new themes. For those who have the Redmi Note 4 and don't want to wait for the official update, XDA Member PawanRockz has...

Apktool Receives an Update to 2.2.4, Includes Security Fixes, Support for Android O Final Dev Preview, and More

Apktool is s very popular piece of software among some of the more dedicated Android enthusiasts. The software has made headlines time and time again with the most recent being in June when Connor Tumbleson was able to receive sponsorship for the project thanks to Sourcetoad. Today, he has announced a new update which brings its...

WakeBlock Lets You Prevent Wakelocks on the Nexus 6P

Battery life issues that Android owners complain about are almost always caused by an application waking up the phone when it is idle and/or not in use. Google has been working to fix this (with Doze), and will continue doing work in this area with Android O. For now though, XDA Member GioBozza has released a...

Tweaks to Increase Performance of a Nexus 6P After Bootloop Fix

We recently featured a couple of guides on how to fix both the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X from bootlooping. This was thanks to a boot image XDA Senior Member XCnathan32 put together that disabled some cores to make it work. While it stopped the bootloop issue, it decreased performance, but if you decrease the screen...

Huawei Abandons the Low-End Segment, Aims to Compete Directly Against Apple

Huawei has continuously grown as a smartphone company to become the number 3 OEM in the world. They recently overtook OPPO in China during the first quarter of this year when they shipped one fifth of the country’s overall sales (by shipping 20.8 million smartphones). Their revenue growth did slow during the first half of the...