Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
935 posts

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

Download the best Google Camera port for your Android device

One of the best developments in the Android community in recent years has been Google Camera ports. The Google Pixel's picture-taking ability is spectacular, even though the camera hardware may be better on other devices. A lot of the Google Pixel's photo magic comes from the Google Camera app. Features like HDR+ and portrait mode...

“Disable YouTube for guests” on Google Home rolling out for some iOS users

To the surprise of no one, Google Home devices have tight integration with Google services. That includes everything from Google Calendar to Google Play Music. The YouTube family of services, of course, is also included in the bunch. You can use Google Home to send videos to a Chromecast device, tune in to a specific channel...

Turning off/on lights via Google Home now only controls lights in the same room as the speaker

Home automation doesn't require smart speakers, just like smart speakers are useful for more than home automation. But the two make a great combination. It's super handy to be able to control things around your house with your voice. One of the most basic functions is turning lights on and off. Google Home can, of...

Scheduled routines now available for the Google Home

Google announced Routines for Google Assistant way back in October of 2017. It took 6 months for the feature to finally roll out, but when it did, it was not fully operational. There were only a handful of preset routines that didn't offer much customization. Eventually, Google opened them up a bit more and they...

Android P Beta 4 is here for Google Pixel/Pixel XL & Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

Today just got a lot more exciting. Google has just released the final Android P Developer Preview for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. This is Developer Preview 5 and Android P Beta 4, for those keeping track. Factory Images and OTA Files are available now! The previous developer preview/beta was...

42mm Samsung Galaxy Watch in Rose Gold appears on Samsung’s site

Samsung devices have been popping up a lot in leaks and rumors recently. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been the subject of multiple reports. We've seen it in four different colors, heard about the new Bluetooth S Pen features, and spotted a wireless charger accessory. The wireless charger was interesting because it can charge a...

Samsung Galaxy S10+ may be the last Plus device as it merges with the Note line

Samsung first started the "Plus" line of Galaxy S variants with the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ in 2015. Since then, every new Galaxy S device has been accompanied by a larger model (though the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge didn't have the "+" attached). A new report from The Bell suggests Samsung will retire the Plus...

Google Now cards make a spiritual return in Google Assistant

The evolution of Google Assistant can be traced back to 2012 when Google Now was all the rage. Google Now was an interface of cards that tried to predict when you would need certain information. It changed a lot over the years and eventually disappeared completely in favor of the redesigned "Feed." Google Now is...

Blob emojis are back as sticker packs in Gboard & Android Messages

One of the biggest casualties with the Android Oreo update was Google's infamous blob emoji (a.k.a. "blobmoji"). The update introduced a redesigned emoji pack with more traditional round faces. Many of the fan-favorite critters were updated as well. Some people were happy to see the blobs get the ax, but a lot of Android users are...

Google Chrome will start offering to sync saved credit cards with Google Pay

If you're a frequent online shopper (who isn't these days?), quick access to your credit card is very important. Walking across the room to get your card is an inconvenience. It can bring your better judgment to the forefront and put an end to a frivolous purchase. We can't have that, which is why Chrome's...

[Update: Google’s statement] Pixel 2 owners reporting blurry panoramas compared to the Pixel 2 XL

The camera is arguably the best feature of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google has consistently received praise for their excellent camera software. In many head-to-head comparisons, the Pixel camera comes out on top. However, not everything is perfect. A bug has been affecting the Pixel 2 camera (not the XL model) since...

Chrome OS will start recommending Android apps optimized for Chromebooks during setup

Chrome OS has been slowly evolving to be more like Android. What started as a glorified web browser has become a much more powerful OS with access to the Play Store. Google has been doing a lot of work to make the Android integration work even better, and now it looks like they are going...