Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
152 posts

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

Chrome OS may soon allow you to uninstall apps from the launcher page

Chrome OS development has really picked up in the last few months.  With the Play Store on a lot of Chromebooks now, Google has been putting a lot of focus on the Android experience within Chrome OS. That means optimizing the OS for touch screens and bringing over some features from Android. We've seen a...

Dirac Panorama Sound is coming to smartphones to bring immersive sound on small speakers

Dirac is a Sweden-based audio company that provides some of the tech found in Xiaomi, OPPO, Huawei, and OnePlus devices. They work with OEMs to optimize the sound quality in smartphone speakers, which are notorious for being bad. The technology can have a drastic impact on mobile devices. Check out our interview with Dirac's general...

OxygenOS 5.0.3 for the OnePlus 3/3T brings May security patch and Face Unlock

Last time we checked in on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, they were receiving an OxygenOS Open Beta update with a few new features. Today, OnePlus has begun rolling out OxygenOS 5.0.3 to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. This is a full stable release for all devices. The update includes Face Unlock, the latest...

Substratum’s rootless theme plugin for Android Oreo is half-off for 5 days

Substratum is one of the most popular Android modding tools available today. There's a huge community of talented people who have created awesome themes and mods. Now that a majority of new devices are running Android Oreo, you'll be required to purchase the Andromeda add-on to use Substratum. It will be on sale for 50%...

YouTube Music will let you upload your own songs like Google Play Music

Last week, Google announced a revamped YouTube Music service. It will have an ad-supported free tier and a paid "Premium" tier. Understandably, Google Play Music users have been wondering about how this new service will affect them. Google has been slowly sharing more information about the future of Play Music. According to The Verge, Google confirmed that...

Huawei will stop providing bootloader unlocking for all new devices

Earlier this month, we wrote about Huawei and Honor users not being unable to access the page for generating bootloader unlock codes. The page was removed with no explanation, but they were at least still taking requests in a Google Doc and giving out bootloader unlock codes. Today, the news is much grimmer. Huawei (and...

Google Play Music uploaded music and saved playlists will migrate to YouTube Music

Google Play Music is in the process of being replaced by YouTube Music and YouTube Music Premium. It's all a bit messy and complicated, but that's what we've come to expect from Google. The situation has led to a lot of confusion among current Google Play Music subscribers. Google says nothing will happen to Play Music...

Unreleased Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 MIUI 9 ROM shows off new full screen gestures

Last week, we wrote about some big changes in the latest unreleased beta build of MIUI 9 for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. The build was quickly pulled because it showed off some radical design changes for MIUI. Just about every major aspect of the system UI was redesigned from the lock screen, notifications, recent apps, quick...

Google reportedly working on a HoloLens-like standalone AR headset

Augmented reality is a popular topic in smartphones today. Google has embraced this trend with ARCore and fun things like AR Stickers. Augmented reality is an overlay on top of the real world. All you need is some sort of "lens" to view it through, such as a phone camera. A step up from that...

[Update: Google working on wider compatibility] Wireless Android Auto will require Android P if you don’t have a Pixel

Back in early April, wireless Android Auto was finally launched. The feature launched with version 3.1 of the Android Auto app but it was only for Google's Pixel and Nexus devices. At the time, Google said they were “actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility” for non-Google devices. Now we have more information...

HTC U12+ specifications and official renders leak

The HTC U12+ is the next flagship phone we have circled on the calendar. We'll finally get to see the device at HTC's event next week on May 23rd. The device has only shown up a few time in leaks and rumors, but today we have everything and the kitchen sink. Evan Blass (@evleaks) has shared...

OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Edition is coming to India and China

OnePlus is no stranger to releasing special edition movie tie-in phone models. The OnePlus 5T had a Star Wars Edition launch in a few countries before the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. OnePlus teased an Avengers: Infinity War tie-in back in early April, but they didn't say anything about it when they announced...