Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

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

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....

“Red Velvet Cake” is Android 11’s internal dessert name

Last year, with the launch of Android 10, Google's tradition of giving major Android releases a dessert nickname came to an end. Up until that point we had feasted on cupcakes, donuts, eclairs, froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb, ice cream sandwiches, jelly beans, KitKats, lollipops, marshmallows, Oreos, and Pie. But what dessert could have been used for...

Corning announces Gorilla Glass Victus with 2m drop protection and twice the scratch resistance

Smartphone design has gone through several major trends. Plastic was a common choice for back covers for a while (and still is widely used). Metal became popular in "premium" smartphones for a short time, but due to a variety of reasons, glass is now the top choice. The vast majority of high-end (and even many...

Full Samsung Galaxy Note 20 spec leak reveals the phone won’t have a 120Hz refresh rate display

We're exactly two weeks away from Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event and the 5 devices they're launching keep leaking online. Although we know that 5 devices will be announced, exactly which 5 devices will be shown off at the event are still up for debate, though we can safely rule out the Galaxy Z Flip...

Google Messages RCS reactions and sticker suggestions are now official

The plainly named Messages app is now Google's champion in its attempt to refocus its messy messaging strategy. A big part of that strategy is RCS support, which has been slowly rolling out to more people (despite carrier involvement). RCS is considered by some to be the iMessage equivalent for Android, and the latest update...

Android 11 Beta 2.5 fixes Pixel 4 screen flickering and more

Earlier this month, Google released Android 11 Beta 2, the Platform Stability release. Like they did with the first beta, Google is now releasing a minor update to address some issues before the next main release. Android 11 Beta 2.5 brings some important fixes for the Pixel 4 and other Pixel devices. Android 11 Beta 2.5...

You can now watch Netflix on the Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max

Google Assistant Smart Displays are great for getting visuals that aren't possible on audio-only smart speakers. But smart displays aren't only for viewing typical Google Assistant commands and routines. They can also be used similarly to any Chromecast-enabled display. One service that has been notably absent, however, is Netflix. That's finally changing. The Nest Hub and...

OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T series gets a new OxygenOS beta with new Clock and Game Space features

It's time for another OxygenOS Open Beta update for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T series. The last beta update rolled out in early June with some nice additions. This latest update has a pretty nice list of quality of life improvements. The headliners are an optimized adaptive brightness curve, new Clock features, and some...

YouTube Music is rolling out collaborative playlists and ML-assisted playlists

YouTube Music is Google's much-maligned music service that follows in the footsteps of Google Play Music. Part of what makes it a frustrating service to some people is that it's meant to be a Google Play Music replacement now, but it still lacks many features. Fortunately, the service continues to pick up necessary features. The...