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.

Dates Available for Google Code-in 2016 and Google Summer of Code 2017

Google does a number of things for the open source community. Along with contributing open source code, they also hold a number of events and contests that benefit its developers. Two of their most popular open source events are Google Code-in, and the Google Summer of Code. Google has already released some statistics for Google Summer of...

Humble Mobile Bundle 21 Includes Goat Simulator, _PRISM and More

The team behind Humble Bundle has just announced the 21st mobile bundle, and it comes with a number of Android games that you can get for a low price. As with all of the Humble Bundles lately, this month's offering is broken up in the three different tiers. So depending on which games you want,...

Why You Should Prioritize Your API Strategy Before its Design

An API can be an integral part of a mobile application or service, and they aren't something you should just throw together without thinking things through, as detailed as the results could be. While the design of your API is important, it's probably best that you think about the overall strategy first. Once that has been laid...

Amazon Offers up to a $2.5 Million Prize for a Year-Long Alexa Competition

Amazon does not mess around when it comes to their Alexa assistant. Since the company launched the Echo, they have poured a lot of money and resources into the product. We're seeing new skills added all the time, and the Echo recently surpassed 1,000 skills earlier this year for people to set it up with. Amazon...

Report Says There are 12 Million Mobile Developers

Mobile usage has been surging for years, and some reports suggests we're just now starting to see the industry hit a plateau when it comes to smartphone shipments. Whether or not this stagnation continues or not, we'll have to wait and see, but there are a lot of people and businesses investing money and time...

A Replacement Galaxy Note 7 Caught Fire on Southwest Airlines

While this incident doesn't mean the new, replacement Galaxy Note 7 units are having the same issue as before, this certainly doesn't bode well for Samsung. This person on Southwest Airlines says he had his Galaxy Note 7 replaced by AT&T on September 21st. If we remember back, we told you that AT&T had new units...

Android 7.1 Developer Preview is Coming This Year

For weeks we've heard rumors about the Pixel and Pixel XL phones shipping with Android 7.1 Nougat and that information was confirmed this week. At the Google product launch event on October 4th, we learned a lot about this new Android update and it's made people wonder which devices will get it. Not only that, but...

Google Confirms Upcoming Pixel Devices will use Custom Silicon

Yesterday was a huge day for Google and the company's newly formed hardware division. The team has been working for months to develop their first Android smartphone and so far it has been met with mixed feelings. Some people are excited to see Google finally taking initiative with an Android smartphone while others are not impressed...

Motorola Announces Which Phones will Receive Android 7.0 Nougat

Motorola's reputation for fast and prompt OTA updates has been a bit shaky since they were acquired by Lenovo. There were times when Motorola would beat Google to the punch when it came to the latest Android update. They still do a respectable job with updates to some of their devices, but they have seemingly...

Samsung will Reportedly Manufacture the Snapdragon 830 for Qualcomm

Qualcomm has generally hired companies like TSMC to manufacture the custom Snapdragon SoCs that so many mobile devices use these days. This worked out well for them for years, but changed last year with the Snapdragon 820. It's unclear if this transition happened because Qualcomm was unhappy with how the Snapdragon 810 turned out (which...

Huawei Allegedly Declined to Manufacture the 2016 Pixel Phones

Huawei has been trying to break into the United States smartphone market for a little while now and a new rumor claims this was planned to go big this year. We've seen the Chinese smartphone maker (well, its company Honor) have moderate success with the Honor 5X, but it seems Huawei wanted more. Android Police cities...

Google Publishes October’s Security Updates & Finally Releases Nougat for the Nexus 6

Google has released Android 7.0 Nougat for a number of Nexus devices last month, but they were still working on the update for Motorola's Nexus 6. It's unclear if the Android 7.0 update for the Nexus 6 was delayed because Google engineers were squashing bugs, or if Motorola was holding them back. Whatever the case, the...