Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa 1171 posts

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

[Update: Unity Plugin] Google open sources Cardboard so developers can build educative VR experiences in their apps

Last month, Google announced a handful of new products at the annual "Made by Google" event. However, one product was quietly discontinued: Daydream VR. The VR platform was not mentioned on the Pixel 4's specification sheet and Google later confirmed the absence. Today, the company is making moves in VR to open source the once-popular...

Motorola rebrands the Moto G8 as the Moto G Fast for the US, Moto G Stylus as the Moto G Pro for Europe

Motorola has had a busy 2020 so far. The company launched its first flagship smartphones in a long time, the Motorola Edge and Edge+, as well as launching a slew of new mid-range devices including the Motorola Moto G Power, Moto G Stylus, and the Moto G8 Power Lite, just to name a few. Next up...

Xiaomi teases the 4K Mi TV stick with Android TV

Android TV has seen a bit of resurgence in the last year or so. The platform continues to get new features as a possible rebrand to "Google TV" may be in the works. There has also been an influx in new hardware with products from Realme, TiVo, TCL, and NVIDIA, just to name a few....

Spotify gets rid of its 10,000 song limit cap for your Library

Like many streaming services, Spotify has a few limits, even for paying customers. One of those limits was a 10,000 song cap on Library sizes. Users have been clamoring for this limit to be removed for years - a request started in 2014 has over 12,500 votes. Spotify has finally relented and started rolling out...

Google and T-Mobile join up to make RCS support work better across carriers

The rollout of RCS support in the US has been pretty messy. Back in November, Google took matters into its own hands and enabled RCS support for everyone in the US using the Messages app. That was a big step, but it didn't solve all the problems. Today, Google and T-Mobile announced a joint effort...

Google releases “Soli Sandbox” app for developers to test projects

One of the Pixel 4 series' unique features is the Soli chip in the top bezel. Soli is radar technology and it allows users to wave their hands in front of the phone to perform actions. Soli, a.k.a. "Motion Sense", was pretty limited at first, but more features have been added since launch, and now...

TCL 10 Pro and TCL 10L will get at least Android 11 and 2 years of security updates

TCL kicked off 2020 by announcing a slew of phones for a big push into the US market. The TCL 10 Pro and TCL 10L eventually launched last month as solid phones under $500. Both devices launched with Android 10 and TCL's own UI on top, but the question with mid-range devices is always how...

Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL drop to $279 and $319 on Amazon

Looking for a sweet deal on a smartphone ahead of the holiday weekend here in the US? With the Pixel 4a launch on the horizon (though slightly delayed), the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been dropped to new all-time low prices on Amazon and B&H Photo. The Pixel 3a is priced at $279...

Sony’s upcoming WH-1000XM4 headphones may support DSEE Extreme, enable Ambient Sound when talking, and connect to multiple devices

In the vast sea of wireless Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation, there's one product that has stood among the pack: the Sony WH-1000XM3. People really love these headphones (multiple XDA staffers have them), which means people are really interested in seeing how Sony will follow up on them. Information has started to pop up...

Google releases Assistant-powered Action Blocks and new accessibility features in Maps, Live Transcribe, and Sound Amplifier

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Google is using the opportunity to announce several new accessibility-minded features. "Action Blocks" are finally ready for a public release, and new accessibility features are coming to Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier, and Google Maps. Action BlocksAction Blocks is a feature that Google introduced last year. In a nutshell, it's...

The Google Pixel 4a launch may have been delayed until July

The Pixel 4a has been in the news a lot lately and we've been expecting an announcement to come soon. Rumors from earlier this month pointed at a June launch to coincide with the Android 11 Beta Launch Show. Unfortunately, it's sounding more and more like we'll be waiting a bit longer. New reports are...

[Update: Italian] Google Translate’s real-time translation feature is rolling out now

A few months ago, Google started work on a new feature in Translate called "Continuous Translation." This feature was eventually shown off to the public in January earlier this year, but now it's finally ready for primetime. The feature is now called "Transcribe" and it will be rolling out to Google Translate for Android in...