Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.

How to download Android 11 Beta for Google Pixel and other Android devices

Google has officially kicked off the Android 11 Developer Preview program, just five months after the stable release of Android 10. They're starting things a little earlier this year (the first Android Q beta dropped in March). If you're curious about the next version of Android, you can download Android 11 right now for the...

[Update 2: Pricing & Launch Date] Here’s our first look at the Nest successor to the original Google Home speaker

The Nest Mini (formerly known as "Google Home Mini") has become an incredibly popular little smart speaker. However, Google's ambitions with Assistant-enabled speakers started with the original Google Home 4 years ago. That device is long overdue for a successor and it appears one is on the way. A new Google device recently passed through the...

Google Assistant is testing a floating Chat Head bubble

Android 11 is coming soon and one of the big new features is "Bubbles." The API for these floating Bubbles has been around since Android 10, though they're now available for all users and developers without toggling a developer option. Google is also testing a similar Chat Head-like bubble for Google Assistant. "Chat Heads" is a...

Google Stadia can now play games over 4G and 5G mobile data

Google Stadia launched last year as the company's ambitious entry into the growing market of cloud game streaming services. Understandably, Stadia was limited to Wi-Fi networks at launch. After all, streaming games from the cloud racks up data usage very quickly. If that doesn't matter to you, though, it's now possible to play games over...

Spotify for the desktop can finally initiate casting to Google Cast devices

Spotify isn't a perfect music streaming service, but it is easily one of the best options out there. One of the features that makes Spotify so great is "Spotify Connect." It allows you to open the app on any device and control the music wherever it's playing. Google Cast devices are included in Connect, but...

Smart actions can now set reminders from notifications of other apps

One of Android's best features is the contextual actions that show up in the notification shade. The smart actions can give you easy responses to messages, a shortcut to copy a code, quick access to Google Maps navigation, and many more things. Now, there's a new button showing up to let you quickly create a...

Gboard image pasting is now live, Lens replaces Google Search

Earlier this year, we discovered in an APK teardown that Google was preparing to add image pasting to Gboard. This allows you to copy and image and paste it from your Gboard clipboard. That feature finally appears to be rolling out along with Google Lens integration. As you probably know, Gboard currently allows you to copy...

[Update 2: Live in US] Samsung is planning to offer a debit card this summer

Samsung is the latest tech company looking to get into the personal finance game. According to Samsung, the company is planning to introduce a debit card for Samsung Pay this summer. The card will be backed by SoFi, an online personal finance company that has gained traction in the last five years. Tech companies getting into...

YouTube Music is now available on Android TV through the YouTube app

Google is slowly but surely getting ready to shut down Play Music, and YouTube Music is its replacement, for better or worse. The company has been adding features to bring YTM up to speed with GPM, but there are still plenty of areas in which it lags behind. Android TV support is one of those,...

Samsung app confirms the Galaxy Buds Live will feature active noise cancellation

Samsung has an event coming up on August 5th, and we already know the company plans to announce 5 devices. It's widely assumed that one of those "devices" will be the Galaxy Buds Live (lovingly nicknamed "Beans"). The Buds Live has leaked numerous times, but now Samsung itself has confirmed a few details in the...

T-Mobile will require VoLTE for all phones starting January 2021, AT&T to follow suit in February 2022 – Here’s what that means for you

The constant evolution of network technology is exciting to follow but only if you have the means to stay up-to-date with new advancements. In our industry, that means buying new smartphones, routers, and plans from carriers. Furthermore, you have to make sure that whatever you purchase is actually compatible with the network you're paying for....

AT&T’s sub-6GHz 5G network is now available across the U.S.

The major US carriers are duking it out to offer the best 5G networks, and AT&T is, of course, one of the main contenders. While their growing 5G network doesn't boast the same throughput as Verizon's Ultra Wideband mmWave 5G, AT&T's sub-6GHz provides far better coverage. Today, the carrier announced they've reached a big milestone....