Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
220 posts

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

Google appoints Jeff Bailey as new head of AOSP

Android P was officially given a version number and tasty nickname this week. To go along with the big announcement of Android 9 Pie, Google pushed the source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). That wasn't the only new thing in AOSP this week. Google also named Jeff Bailey as the new lead...

Google Chrome preps feature to suggest Google Drive documents in address bar

Google Chrome's ominbar is one of the features that originally made the browser stand out from the crowd. It's not just a place to type lengthy URLs into the address bar. The omnibar is your gateway to all things on the Internet. According to a new commit in the Chromium Gerrit, the omnibar could be getting more...

VRidge 2.2 now supports Google Daydream, lets you play PC VR games

VRidge is a very cool tool that allows you to play SteamVR games without needing an expensive HTC Vive headset. Version 2.2 of VRidge makes it possible to play SteamVR games with the Google Daydream View, along with other standalone headsets. Version 2.2 supports the HTC Vive Focus, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Daydream...

[Update: Fixed in Pie] 3-Month old Wear OS bug is still causing lag in phone calls answered on watch

Wear OS (formerly known as Android Wear) has a cool feature called "Play phone voice call on watch." It does exactly what you would think: allows you to take calls through your connected smartwatch. The idea is the watch essentially becomes a Bluetooth headset by using the speaker and microphone. It works with any app that...

Google Pixel 3 XL Clearly White leaks in new unboxing video

The Google Pixel 3 XL has not been shy about showing its face. Late last month, we saw photos of the Google Pixel 3 XL Clearly White model. Before that, we saw leaked press renders. And before that, we saw some photos of the Google Pixel 3 XL black version. So we pretty much know...

[Update: Unconfirmed] Google Pixel 3 only has Android Pie’s gestures and not standard buttons

Today has been a very big day. Android P is officially Android 9 Pie. Google finally took it out of the over earlier today. While we're still letting this release cool off, a bunch of new information is coming in. One little tidbit of information gives us some details about the future of Android gesture...

Essential Phone receiving Android Pie (Android 9) today

Essential has been doing an impressive job with Android P beta builds. Literally just hours after Google releases an update, Essential sends it out to the Essential Phone. Now that Android Pie (Android 9) is official, Essential is doing it again. They have already announced that Pie is rolling out starting today. We’re proud to bring Android...

Android Pie is here for the Google Pixel & Google Pixel 2

It doesn't seem like Android P has been around for too long, but the first Developer Preview dropped about 5 months ago. In that time, Google has released 4 Android Beta updates. This has been one of Google's biggest version updates to date. They've introduced a ton of new features and tweaks. After the last...

After the Motorola Moto Z3, no new Moto Z phones will launch this year

Lenovo and Motorola unveiled the new Verizon Moto Z3 and a 5G Moto Mod yesterday. Earlier this year, they released the Moto Z3 Play. Naturally, people are wondering when the next Moto Z will be announced. Many assumed the next model would be the Moto Z3 Force, but it looks like that won't be happening. At...

WhatsApp tests picture-in-picture mode for YouTube and Instagram videos

Messaging apps is one of the most competitive spaces in the smartphone world. Your messaging platform of choice is home to a lot of your time and precious information. That's why we've seen so many messaging apps add a multitude of features. They'll do anything they can to keep you from leaving the app. WhatsApp...

Fortnite Mobile on Android might be a Samsung Galaxy exclusive for 4 months

One of the most interesting developments to go along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaks and rumors is Fortnite. For the few people that don't know, Fortnite is a massively popular game right now. It's available on many platforms and Android is slated to be next in line. However, it's said to be exclusive...

Verizon Motorola Moto Z3 announced with Snapdragon 835 and 5G Moto Mod support

Earlier this year, we were introduced to the mid-range Moto Z3 Play. It's a perfectly capable device, but it's certainly not a flagship Android phone. Today, Lenovo and Motorola have unveiled the Moto Z3, which will be available exclusively on Verizon. There will even be a special Moto Mod to add 5G connectivity. More on...