Posts From Joe Fedewa

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

YouTube app is finally getting a Dark Mode on Android and iOS

While Android as a whole seems to be moving away from dark themes (as seen in Android P), apps can still give users the choice. Google apps don't typically have dark themes. YouTube, however, is different. The desktop website received a dark mode option last year and users have been requesting it for mobile ever since. In...

Google Home Routines are finally rolling out to everyone

It's been a long journey, but the end is finally in sight. Google announced "Routines" for Assistant six months ago at the October 4th Made by Google event. There have been very few updates on when to expect the feature to arrive on devices. Last month, it sounded like Routines were finally on the verge of rolling...

LG G7 and G7 Plus may launch in May with display notch and AI features

The LG G7 saga has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. First, a report claimed the device would launch in January. Obviously, that didn't happen. Then we heard the device would be announced in March and launched in April. That report was quickly followed up by a new one that claimed LG was...

Android P allows apps to lock the screen without disabling fingerprint unlock

The first developer preview for Android P has been out for close to a week, but we're still unpacking some goodies. The list of features and changes is so long that we had to break it into two parts. As with any update, some of the best stuff is underneath the surface. Features the average...

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, and Note 8 now support Google Lens in Google Assistant

Google Lens was first introduced at Google I/O 2017, but it has taken a long time for the feature to roll out to devices. For MWC, Google announced Lens for more devices through the Google Photos app. They also claimed the camera version would start showing up on "compatible flagship devices" and it looks like...

Get the Android P media controls on any Android 4.0+ device

Android P Developer Preview 1 was released last week for the Pixel 2 and Pixel families. We've gone in depth about all the new features and changes. One of the most noticeable changes is the brand new media controls. Instead of a slider that drops down from the top of the screen, the new volume...

New Tasker Beta now available, finally launches in the Google Play Beta program

Earlier this month, Tasker ownership was transferred to João Dias, the developer of the AutoApps suite of Tasker plugins. We talked with Dias about the transition and it's clear the future of the app is in good hands. Today, Dias has released his first beta build the exciting news is he will be using the Play...

Control your Android Smartphone from your PC for free with scrcpy

Smartphones are an essential part of modern life. To some people, the phone is even more important than a standard computer. A lot of people sit at computers all day, but they still have to check their phone for certain things. A new tool called "scrcpy" allows you to display your phone screen on your...

One-Handed Mode is getting a redesign and we need your help

Last year, we launched One-Handed Mode by XDA-Developers. For those unfamilar with the app, it replicates the iOS Reachability feature without requiring root or a custom ROM. You can use it to make the status bar easier to reach or shrink down the entire display into a smaller window. There are a number of situations where a...

Actions on Google get better media playback, more subscriptions, and custom commands

Just a couple of weeks ago, Actions on Google added 7 new languages and deeper integration with Android apps. Today, in preparation for their big presence at SXSW, Google is announcing even more updates. Actions on Google is the developer side of Google Assistant integrations. It allows third-party developers to create conversation-based actions on Assistant. New...

Motorola lays off half of their Chicago-based employees, Moto X5 is being cancelled

Lenovo-owned Motorola is one of the few Android smartphone makers that has a headquarters in the U.S. Their Chicago office has been slowly dwindling over the years and it's about to get much worse. Several sources are reporting that Motorola will be laying off close to half of their Chicago workforce next month. One source...

Verizon LG V30 receiving Android Oreo update today, LG G6 gets security patch

Android Oreo has been available for over six months now, but many devices are still without the latest Android goodies. Just 1.1% of Android devices were on Oreo in the latest distribution numbers. With Android P already on the horizon, the Oreo situation is only getting worse. LG is one manufacturer that has been lagging...