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.

Android Oreo Source Code Uploaded to AOSP by Google

It's been a big week for the Android community as Google has officially announced the name of its brand new update. Android 8.0 Oreo is something that many people didn't think they would hear even though a lot of people hoped they would. The system images for Android Oreo are already available so you can...

Android Oreo System Apps Can Set Volume Key Long-Press Listeners

Adding additional functionality to various hardware and software buttons on our devices is something Android enthusiasts have been doing for a while. Most people know about applications such as Button Mapper from XDA Recognized Developer flar2, and we even spoke about other remapper solutions back when the Galaxy S8 was released. While those solutions handled...

Google Home Mini and a New Chromebook Pixel Rumored to Launch with the Pixel 2

The Pixel line from Google originated as a high end version of the Chromebook product line. The last time we saw one of these devices were launched was a couple of years ago with the Chromebook Pixel, and many have been waiting for Google to release a new version of it. Alas, we were told...

Ambient Display Always On Mode Shows up in AOSP

Just a couple of years ago when LG released the LG G5 and Samsung released the Galaxy S7, we saw a push for an always on display feature. LG's implementation wasn't as efficient since it was using an LCD panel instead of AMOLED, but it still showed that this was a feature OEMs were wanting...

After Tons of Teasing, Google Trolling and Much Debate, Android O was Indeed Android Oreo

When it comes to the name for the next version of Android, it is generally considered a carefully kept secret. Supposedly, very few people within the company know what it will and only a select few will be told about it ahead of time. This is generally for things like constructing the statue, creating marketing...

Android Oreo Saves Devices in Bootloops with new Rescue Party Feature

Most of the new features of Android Oreo has been known about since the company released its first developer preview for Android O. We've been talking about the new features here on XDA for months and yet there are always new goodies to be discovered once the full update is released. One of these new...

Android 8.0 Oreo System Images Available for Supported Pixel and Nexus Devices

In a surprising turn of events, Google revealed the next version of Android will be called Oreo. This is interesting because they've teased it so much up until now, that some felt it was the company trolling us, and that it had to have been something else. Still, today is the day that Android Oreo...

Chrome OS Gets its Own Product Type for Chromecast

Chromecast started out as a side project for Google that quickly turned into the best selling hardware device the company sells. Over 3.8 million were sold in the first 12 months it was launched and last year at Google I/O we learned that the company had sold over 25 million units since its inception (and...

LineageOS Launches a Summer Survey on Apps, Infrastructure, Wallpapers and Public Relations

It's easy to assume that a company working on a product doesn't care what the end user wants when there are no visible communication mediums. We see this all the time in the Android community where complaints get tossed around about how OEMs don't listen to the community when it comes to battery size, software,...

Android Auto Testing Upcoming Calendar Event Cards

Earlier this month, Android Police did an APK teardown of the latest version of Android Auto. This was version 2.5 specifically, and in it they saw some code that pointed to a new feature for the application. These APK teardown typically reveal some unannounced features that the development team is currently working on, but it doesn't...

WebAPKs are Now Enabled by Default in Chrome Nightly Builds

Progressive Web Apps (otherwise known as WebAPKs) are Google's attempt at integrating the web app ecosystem (so far through Chrome) into the Android platform. Traditional applications (such as a native application) need to be downloaded as an APK file and then installed directly onto the device. Web applications are much more open as you simply...

Google is Making Pen Input Behave Like Touch in Chrome OS

Tablets and even laptops specifically aren't selling as much as they used to. Sure, there are a number of people still using them every day, but sales numbers have stagnated and even declined over the last few years. We are seeing growth in a new segment though, the 2-in-1 devices, where a laptop has the...