Posts From Jeff McIntire

Jeff McIntire
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Jeff has been an avid Android user since late 2010 (starting with the Samsung Captivate and later the Fascinate). He has been covering Android-related news since early 2012, with a focus on the rooted/development community. He also has been publishing icon packs for Phunktastic Designs since late 2015.

Chrome OS 76 finally moves the “Clear All” notifications button to the top

Chrome OS has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Gone are the days of it being widely labeled as a "glorified web browser." In addition to Progressive Web Apps, modern Chromebooks now support Android apps and Linux apps natively. With each app ecosystem, of course, comes notifications and those can pile up quickly...

How to re-purpose your old Android phone into a high-res dash cam

While there are often trade-in offers and venues where you can sell your old phone when you're ready to upgrade, the notoriously rapid depreciation of smartphones might make it a better idea to simply keep your old handset. This is especially so when you can give it new life as a media player, digital picture...

Pixel Stand can now be used with custom ROMs on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Giuseppe Maggio, more commonly known as Jertlok, has followed up on his reverse-engineering of Active Edge by bringing Google's Pixel Stand functionality to custom ROMs. Owners of the Pixel 3 (Blueline) and Pixel 3 XL (Crosshatch) who also have a Pixel Stand no longer need to hold off on using custom ROMs because they can't...

OPPO’s new Reno smartphone may launch with the Snapdragon 855 and 10x zoom

OPPO announced last month it will release a smartphone this year with 10X lossless zoom, and the company has now announced a new smartphone brand launching next month that'll carry this tech. OPPO took to Chinese social network Weibo to announce a phone brand called "Reno." In a separate post, OPPO VP Shen Yiren shared...

[Discussion] Do you use a Google Camera port?

Google Camera used to be just another Google app used mainly by hard-core enthusiasts who wanted to "Google all the things." Then the first Pixel phone launched in 2016 and the app became the difference between a passable photo and a great photo. Google showed that software can vault an otherwise ordinary 12MP shooter to...

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon with integrated 5G will power 2020 Android devices

Before most of the world even gets their hands on a Snapdragon 855 device, Qualcomm announced the chip's successor at MWC. One of the biggest selling points for Snapdragon processors in years past has been the integration of its modem into the processor platform. With the first generation of Snapdragon 855-powered 5G devices, Qualcomm's 5G...

Google Fi will support 5G thanks to Sprint’s network

If you use Google Fi you won't have to worry about missing the 5G revolution, provided you can afford the hardware and live in the right city. Google and Sprint announced Monday that Sprint will bring 5G to Google's signature Fi MVNO in the first half of 2019. Since Google Fi recently expanded its support to...

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are on sale for $200 off

One of the most common complaints about the first generation of Pixel phones was their selling price after years of low-cost Nexus phones. The second and third generations of the Pixel line followed the same trend with premium pricing at launch, but now the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL can be bought at...

Western Digital announces UFS 3.0 storage drives for high-end smartphones

Aside from the Snapdragon 855, 5G, and foldable displays, the fourth-biggest 2019 buzzword in the Android world might well be UFS 3.0. The third generation of Universal Flash Storage specs were released early in 2018, but only in 2019 will we actually see phones with embedded storage that meet such standards. The first phone to...

Google Pixel 3/2’s Active Edge squeeze feature has been ported to custom ROMs

For the first time, a fully open-source port of the popular Active Edge from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 phones has been made available to the custom ROM community, thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member Jertlok and the Dirty Unicorns ROM development team. The latter took to Twitter to announce Active Edge's availability. https://twitter.com/_DirtyUnicorns_/status/1095762148138074114 In...

OnePlus’ 5G prototype smartphone will be shown off at MWC

If you have the privilege of being able to attend the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC), you'll also have the chance to try out the full 5G experience with a prototype smartphone from OnePlus. In addition to checking out the new hardware, you'll evidently get the chance to experience 5G data speeds with a fully-functional...

Chrome 72 adds Trusted Web Activities, letting web devs ship Progressive Web Apps on the Play Store

Google's Play Store is getting a whole new category of apps, thanks to an update to Chrome for Android of all things. Now that the stable channel of Chrome for Android is updated to version 72, Progressive Web Apps can now be published to the Play Store thanks to something Google announced in 2017 called...