Posts From Jeff McIntire

Jeff McIntire
Jeff McIntire

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.

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...

Gmail for Android is getting a Material Theme redesign

Following the whitewashing Material Theme-ifying of Gmail for the Web, Google will be applying the same design scheme to its Gmail mobile apps. In addition to going overboard with the buckets of white paint, the new Gmail app will make it easier to view attached photos without having to scroll through the conversation. It'll also...

LG V50 ThinQ may be the company’s first 5G smartphone, launch alongside LG G8

It appears that LG is taking the unprecedented step of releasing its next V-series flagship alongside the G-series, as Korean blog ETNews indicated that the LG V50 ThinQ 5G will be released in the Spring alongside the LG G8 ThinQ. We've already reported that LG would release a 5G phone separately from the LG G8,...

Chrome OS 73 brings Instant Tethering to non-Pixel smartphones

In addition to making it possible to add user-designated top-level folders in My Files, Chrome OS 73 adds the ability to instantly tether your Chromebook to your Android phone, even if it's not from the Google's Pixel line. As reported on the Keith I Myers blog, Instant Tethering can be activated with non-Google phones, such...

Google is buying $40 million of smartwatch tech from Fossil

Google appears to still be interested in releasing at least one first-party Wear OS device, as they just agreed to pay $40 million for smartwatch technology from Fossil. Fossil is a well-established name among Wear OS device manufacturers. Their Sport smartwatch was one of the first to feature the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip at the affordable...

Android Studio 3.5 Canary adds “Apply Changes,” an Instant Run replacement

Android Studio 3.5 (currently in the Canary and Dev channels) now features a new way to push code changes to your app and see their effects on the fly without having to restart the app. Dubbed simply "Apply Changes," it's the successor to the "Instant Run" feature in previous versions of Android Studio. Google's Android Developers...

Chrome OS 73 finally lets you add top-level folders other than Downloads

While Google has had a rudimentary file manager for Chrome OS for years, it has long lagged behind the functionality of those on other desktop-class operating systems. Starting with Chrome OS 73, however, Google will make a major step forward in catching up, as it allows users to add top-level folders as they choose. On Chrome...

Google Pixel Slate Chromebook Detachable Video Review

Google was the third manufacturer to introduce the tablet form factor to Chrome OS in the form of the Pixel Slate. Google's answer to Microsoft's Surface PC features a top-mounted power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader, dual front-facing speakers, and a 3000x2000 "molecular" display. "Molecular" is Google's fancy marketing buzzword for a low-temperature...

HiSense announces new 4K ULED 65″ and 75″ Android TV models

We've all heard of plasma (RIP), LCD, and OLED displays, but HiSense introduced something many may not be familiar with. The company announced three 4K ULED displays among its Android TV lineup at CES 2019. Not to be confused with OLED, ULED has been defined as an LCD display with LED backlights that also employs...

T-Mobile and Verizon rebuke AT&T’s fake 5G efforts

Like 4G before it, the initial rollout of 5G technology to the market is filled with hype and false claims. AT&T was the first major U.S. carrier to dip their toes in the ambiguous advertising waters this time around. They're pushing an update to Samsung phones that passes off their LTE-A with carrier aggregation, LAA, 4×4...