Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

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

Best Buy reportedly drops deal to carry Huawei smartphones in the U.S.

Huawei's year has not exactly gone as planned. The company was hoping to start the year with a big AT&T launch at CES, but it was canceled the day before the event. Several government agencies then advised against using Huawei phones on U.S. carriers. They did eventually launch the Honor 7X in the U.S., but they...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro can now dual boot ROMs with MultiROM

If Android modding is a mountain, custom ROMs might be the peak. It doesn't get much more hardcore than installing a custom operating system on your phone. The only thing that might be more intense is dual custom ROMs. That's exactly what XDA Senior Members Shahan_mik3 and vasishath have done with MultiROM on the Xiaomi Redmi Note...

Track your smartphone addiction with Phone Usage Monitor

Smartphones are arguably the most addictive devices that have ever been created. It's not so so much the hardware that makes these devices hard to put down. What really drives phone usage is the enormous number of apps. Many of us easily have over 100 apps installed on our phones. The constant checking of Twitter, YouTube,...

LG is backtracking on their bootloop lawsuit settlement

It's hard to bring up LG without hearing something about bootloops. To a lot of people. that's all LG is known for. Earlier this year, LG settled a class-action lawsuit related to many devices having bootloop issues. The list of affected devices included the LG V20, LG G5, LG V10, Nexus 5X, and LG G4....

Google Pay on Wear OS is now available in Canada, Spain, and Australia

Fresh off of the announcement of Android Wear being rebranded to Wear OS, another Google service that was recently rebranded is in the news. In January, Android Pay was rebranded as Google Pay. Similar to Android Wear, the service is for more than just Android devices, so the name change made sense. Now the two...

Google Pixelbook’s Touch-Friendly Launcher Features are coming to more Chrome OS devices

Touchscreens have become more common on Chromebooks in the last couple of years. The Pixelbook is one of the best examples of a great Chromebook with a touchscreen. The Pixelbook received a new touch-friendly launcher in Chrome OS 61. It looks more like an Android phone launcher with a search bar at the top and...

Android Wear has been officially rebranded as ‘Wear OS by Google’

The week started with news that Android Wear was about to get rebranded. A Redditor first discovered a new logo and name in the latest Google Play Services when setting up a watch. There several references to "Wear OS' throughout the APK and the logo looked like a finalized product. Now that the surprise is out of...

BetterBatteryStats 2.3 adds full support for Android Oreo and unrooted devices

Battery life on certain Android devices can leave a lot to be desired. Frequent wakelocks and poorly optimized apps can wreak havoc on the battery. Google has made strides to solve these issues with features like Doze Mode, but there's still a lot of work to be done. That's where apps like BetterBatteryStats come in...

LinkedIn now offers courses to prepare for the Google Android Developer Certification exam

Google and LinkedIn have announced a partnership that should be very useful to the Android Developer community. The two companies are teaming up to offer training courses for the Google Android Developer Certification exam. This exam is commonly used in developer job openings. The program will offer 19 different courses with 48 hours of content...

Google open sources a tool used to enable Portrait Mode-like features from the Pixel 2

Most people agree the Pixel 2 family has the best cameras on any smartphone right now. The camera hardware itself is great, but most of the magic is happening on the software side. For example, the HDR+ feature makes almost any camera better when it's ported to other phones. A new software feature on the...

Share your Wi-Fi Password easily as a QR Code with this app

With so many smartphone users being stuck on limited data plans, a free Wi-Fi network is a very valuable commodity. We've all been in the situation where a guest comes over to your house and asks for the Wi-Fi password within the first 5 minutes. Even if you have the password memorized, it can be...

Sony says the Xperia XZ2 doesn’t have a headphone jack because of the “Ambient Flow design language”

A couple of the recent smartphone trends have not been popular with users. We're referring to the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack and display notches. Coincidentally (or not), both of these trends can be traced back to Apple. The "features" didn't originate with Apple, but they weren't trends until they were found in the iPhone....