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.

Google is Rumored to Launch 2 Smartwatches During Q1 2017

Back in July, a rumor surfaced that claimed Google was preparing to launch a couple of Android Wear smartwatches. The image and rumor came from Android Police, but they were unable to cite the source of the information. They said Google is working on launching two different smartwatches (as shown in the photo) with one...

Google Store Pixel Phones Can be Rooted and Come With an Unlockable Bootloader

There's been a lot of mystery surrounding Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Granted, we did have a ton of leaks leading up to the October 4th launch event, but there were still a number of things that simply were not talked about then. It wasn't until after the launch event that we learned...

Sprayscape: A Perfectly Imperfect VR-ish Camera From the Android Experiments Project

Google's Android Experiments project is a way for developers to create interesting and unique smartphone apps. Once approved, the app goes live on the Play Store, gets featured on Google's Android Experiments website, and has its code open-sourced and published on GitHub. You can think of it as a proof of concept that Google encourages...

HTC will Handle the After Sales Service of the Pixel in India

As we get closer to when the Pixel and Pixel XL goes on sale, we're seeing more evidence that shows Google is taking its hardware serious this year. The company is emphasising its Built by Google and Phone by Google taglines in its ad campaigns, and we're seeing them go the extra mile in a number of...

LG to Launch Their 15W Wireless Charger This Month

Back in March, LG Innotek initially announced they were working on a 15W wireless charger. The company told us they would begin manufacturing these modules for smartphones and vehicle chargers sometime this year. It seems LG has been hard at work on this accessory as the company has just announced they will begin selling this...

Samsung is Reportedly Increasing Production of the Galaxy S7

It seems Samsung is unable to end 2016 on a good note due to the Galaxy Note 7 issues. After the company's replacement Galaxy Note 7 units continued to have battery issues, multiple carriers and retailers choose to no longer sell the device anymore. Instead, they offered to let their current Note 7 customers come in...

Samsung Begins Mass-Producing the Exynos 7 Dual 7270 SoC for Wearables

Samsung has just announced mass production of their first wearable SoC that is built upon the company's 14nm FinFET process technology. The company has been expanding their 14nm technology since it was introduced back in 2015, and now they are bringing it to all sorts of wearables. This also marks the first in its class to offer full...

Android 7.1 Developer Preview to Begin in October

Google has finally announced details of the Android 7.1 Developer Preview program and tells us that it will be available on supported Nexus devices later this month. Just like with the Android N Developer Preview, anyone with a supported device will be able to enroll via the Android Beta program. If you already have a...

U.S. Supreme Court to Begin Reviewing Samsung & Apple’s Design Patent Disputes

Starting today, the top court in the United States will start hearing arguments from both Apple and Samsung over design patent allegations. This case has been going on for years and has seen appeal after appeal to get us to where we are this week. Interestingly enough, this is the first design patent case that the...

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...