Posts From Eric Ralph

Eric Ralph
Eric Ralph

Contributor to XDA, photographer, technology enthusiast.

[UPDATE: Comment from HTC] Photos of HTC and Under Armour’s Smartwatch Leak For the Second Time

Update 1/25/2017: According to tbreak's interview with HTC's Chialin Chang, HTC is not creating a smartwatch. Full quote: I can tell you that we're not going to have an Android watch. I don't think we've nailed it with [the experience of] watches. Android watch is one thing but even Apple as a big brand is declining [in watches.]...

LG G6 Picture Leaks Before February 26th Launch

The Verge has reportedly obtained photos of LG's upcoming and highly anticipated flagship, the LG G6. Following a spate of recent leaks about the device, as well as confirmation from LG executives that the G6 would feature an 18:9 1440p LCD Panel, we now may have the first official render of the device. If the render is indeed...

Hugo Barra to Depart Xiaomi, Return to Silicon Valley

Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi's International division, announced in a Facebook post that he was moving on from Xiaomi and heading back to Silicon Valley "to embark on future adventures." Before his work at Xiaomi, Mr. Barra began his own voice recognition company with fellow graduates from MIT. It was soon acquired, and he eventually found...

Battery Failures May Delay Release of Samsung Galaxy S8

As previously explained, Samsung revealed the exact causes of the battery failures that ultimately led to the Note 7's global recall in a press conference on January 22nd. While it was likely one of the most expensive consumer recalls in history, Samsung is still expecting Q4 2016's gross income to be more than a three year high,...

OxygenOS 4.0.2 and New Open Betas Released for the OnePlus 3 and 3T

Following closely on the heels of their last two updates mere weeks ago, OnePlus has begun rolling out incremental updates to both the OnePlus 3 and 3T. These updates are rolling out to both the official and beta channels for OP3/3T owners. All users should begin to see the update become available over the next...

The Future of the Pixel is Bright

According to trend analyses and reports produced by Wave7, a U.S. mobile market analyst, the Google's Pixel series have been selling consistently well over the three or so months it has been available. Given a selection of reporting around the time of launch that failed to clearly differentiate between Verizon being the exclusive Pixel carrier and Verizon...

Qualcomm Maintains its Dedication to Security with Secure Boot

Along the lines of Android Nougat's strictly enforced verified boot and Windows' Secure Boot features, Qualcomm is also pursuing a set of security standards based on cryptographic image authentication to ensure a secure boot chain. As Qualcomm Engineer Ryan Nakamoto muses, all devices with boot chains are potentially vulnerable to malicious image injection. If an attacker gains...

Google Introduces Image and Bandwidth Optimizations to its AMP Service

Over the course of 2016, followers of the mobile web space no doubt have noticed that Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project consistently grew and matured. With sites like The Verge, Gizmodo, The Daily Dot, and Wired fully adopting the service and reporting improved viewership statistics and advertising performance, it is highly likely that AMP will continue...

RAW Smartphone Photography: A Look at The Difference RAW Editing Makes (Ft. OnePlus 3T)

Oddly enough, my first transformative experiences with photography initially transpired through the lens of an HTC Incredible 2, sometime around late 2011. As a nascent technology addict and with the Incredible 2 as my first true smartphone, I was keen to explore the full breadth of its utility and capabilities. I rapidly adopted the habit of...

(Correction) NVIDIA SHIELD TV Preparing for Android Nougat as New SHIELD TV (2017) Releases

UPDATE: This story incorrectly stated that the update had been released, when it was actually in preparation for a rollout in the following weeks. The article has been amended. NVIDIA is preparing to update their SHIELD TV from 3.3 to 5.0, running Android 7.0 Nougat, in the coming weeks This upgrade will bring with it several useful...