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.

Xiaomi to Reveal Details of its First SoC ” Pinecone” on February 28th

There have been rumors and reports about Xiaomi building their own SoC dating all the way back to 2015. This was the result from a partnership between Xiaomi and a chip manufacturer named Leadcore. Since then, we've seen Xiaomi devices shipped with Leadcore SoCs, but they took this partnership a little further and were said to start...

Global Study: 47% of Smartphone Owners Only Talk and Text with Their Phones

The GSMA recently funded their annual engagement study to learn what smartphone owners are doing with their devices right now. They call this the GMEI (for Global Mobile Engagement Index) and it measures the amount of engagement smartphone owners have across a large number of use cases and services. The big headline from this study talks...

Report: Google Home & Amazon Echo Getting Voice-Calling Features

Amazon launched their Alexa personal assistant in the Echo back in 2014 and they've been working on it non-stop ever since. We've seen a number of 3rd-party companies integrate Alexa into their products over the years and Amazon is constantly adding support for 3rd-party services as well. Google is working to catch up to Amazon when...

Huawei is Reportedly Working on Their Own Personal Assistant

If you haven't noticed by now, personal assistants are all the rage at the moment. We had Google Now for years, which graduated to Google Assistant just recently. There's Cortana from Microsoft, Siri from Apple, Alexa from Amazon and there's even talks of Bixby being the a personal assistant from Samsung. This week, a new...

HTC to Release a Mobile VR Product in 2017

While HTC is still floundering in the mobile market these days, some would say the company released the best VR headset available in April of last year. The HTC Vive was certainly a surprising success. When the Oculus Rift failed to live up to its hype, the Vive managed to make a lot of VR...

Google Play Services Release Notes are Available for the 10.2 Update — Bye Gingerbread!

It was just a few weeks ago when we learned that the Google Play Services 10.2 update would include an Instant Tethering feature. This information came to us from Andreas Proschofsky, who had sideloaded the update and noticed the feature popup. Google likes to take their time when rolling out big updates like this and we're...

LG Talks About How the G6 Will Take Advantage of the 18:9 Display

Last month, we saw reports talking about the upcoming G6 from LG using a display with a unique aspect ratio. We normally see Android devices with displays using a 16:9 aspect ratio, or even a 16:10 in some cases. Some of the more recent tablets have opted for a 4:3 aspect ratio, but smartphones have...

Snapchat Executives Want Their Application to Run Better on Android

The Snapchat mobile application has come a long way since its inception. What was simply known as an ephemeral messaging application in the past has evolved into a fully-featured social network platform as of late. It has kept a lot of its core features that made it popular in the past, and has built a ton...

Tips for Developers Who Need to Create a Privacy Policy for Their Applications

When a service is handling sensitive data from the customer, it is important for the user to know exactly what is being done with that information. For Android, this can be anything from access to your location data, contact list, or even requesting access to certain permissions (like the microphone, camera, etc). Back in December,...

Substratum to Work on Custom ROMs without Root Soon

Earlier this week, Nicholas Chum from the Substratum team uploaded a few screenshots that gave us a glimpse at an upcoming feature for the popular theme engine. What we saw are four screenshots that showed the theme engine installed on a custom ROM with its own Customization option within the main Settings application. We saw...

The FTC is Investigating Google for Anti-Competitive Actions Against Samsung

Google is not a stranger to anti-competitive actions when it comes to the Android mobile platform. Things that would be considered okay if the software was only used by a minority of the market are now being frowned upon because of how much market share Android has. Reports say that Android accounts for over 80%...

Leaked Render Claims to Show the Galaxy Tab S3, Said to be at MWC 2017

We've been hearing various rumors about Samsung's upcoming flagship tablet since June of last year. Most of those rumors didn't produce anything tangible (which is why we didn't cover them), but then things started to get interesting around October. A rumor started to spread about halfway through October that claimed the Galaxy Tab S3 would...