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>

PSA: Starting Google Maps Navigation via Voice Can Randomly Start it Later Too

Lately, many people have been noticing a bug that happens when they start Google Maps' navigation mode via a voice command. Once they're done, they will press the home button, but then find the Google Maps application will randomly launch at a later point and attempt to resume the process. We're seeing reports about this issue...

Muzei v2.3 Adds Runtime Permissions, Direct Boot Support, “Next Artwork” Quick Settings Tile and More

Ian Lake and Roman Nurik have just rolled out a big update for Muzei fans out there. The project was started back in 2014 by Mr. Nurik, and then Mr. Lake joined him to help out with the application. Their goal was to produce an application that offered new artwork wallpapers each and every day. But the application...

Tasker is Getting an Update with a Material Design UI

It seems the developer of Tasker is currently working on a Material Design theme for the popular Tasker application. Tasker has been one of our favorite applications here at XDA for a long time, and for good reason too. Whether we're using it to automatically avoid tolls during long trips, or using a plugin to...

Google Play’s New Privacy Policy Rule Goes into Effect on March 15th

Back in December of last year, Google changed some rules for if and when developers must have a privacy policy for their applications and games. This new rule was published in the help section of the Developer Console, but it didn't say when Google would be actively enforcing it. Now, we're seeing emails go out to...

Faulty Batteries Caused a Small Fire in a Chinese Samsung SDI Plant

Samsung SDI has been making TVs and monitors for generations, but you probably know about them from the recent Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle. This subsidiary of Samsung was one of the suppliers of batteries for the Galaxy Note 7 and they'll be a big supplier of batteries for the upcoming Galaxy S8 as well....

Android’s Distribution Numbers for February Show Nougat Passing 1%

As we begin another month here at XDA (where does the time go?), Google has released an updated set of distribution numbers for Android. This data was collected during a 7-day period that ended on February 6, 2017. So while it is a decent amount of time to collect data for information like this, actual numbers...

Rumored Photo and Specifications of the Moto G5 Plus have been Unveiled

While the second half of the year is full of leaks about Nexus (and now hopefully Pixel) devices, Samsung Note series, and the LG V series of smartphones, the first half is dominated with rumors about Samsung's S series, LG's G series, an HTC flagship, and upcoming Motorola devices as well. We're heard a ton of...

MediaTek Reveals Additional Details of the “Premium” Helio P25 SoC, Focuses on Dual-Camera Features

When people think of a performance chip from MediaTek, they generally think of the company's Helio X series since it's used in a lot of higher-end smartphones. The Helio P series from MediaTek is generally used in mid-range devices even though the company tries to push it is a premium performance chip. Back in September...

Sony’s New 3-Layer Stacked CMOS Sensor Allows for 1080p at up to 1,000FPS

Sony's may be struggling to sell as many smartphones as they have in the past, but their image sensors are used in some of the best smartphones available today. Sony established the Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation back in 2015 with a focus on its image sensors. The subsidiary does manufacture additional products but it's the camera sensors that...

Google Will Make it Easier to Share the Original URL on an AMP Site

Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages project has done great things for those who use their smartphone to search the web. As it is right now, when you do a web search with the Google application, some of those results can be optimized for this project. If they are, then tapping on the search result will bring...

Report: Google & NetEase are in Talks to Launch Google Play in China

Google left mainland china a whole 7 years ago and while they were very serious about it at the time, it hasn't really been the best decision for them. Since then, China has become the largest smartphone market in the world and it's been a market that Google has been increasingly needing to have a presence in....

Qualcomm, Telstra, Netgear, and Ericsson Bring Gigabit LTE to Australia

When most people think about Qualcomm, they think about their CPUs and GPUs that get put into chips for smartphones. Qualcomm actually produces a number of additional features for these chips and they use this technology in products that are not smartphones. We've seen Qualcomm build some chips that are to be used specifically in...