Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa 1183 posts

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

Settlements from the Carrier IQ class action lawsuit have finally been distributed

Let's take a trip all the way back to 2011. The mobile world was swept up into a controversy around a company called Carrier IQ. The company provided diagnostic information from smartphones to wireless carriers. It was first discovered on phones by XDA Recognized Developer TrevE (who later was nearly sued by Carrier IQ). In short,...

[Update: Hands-on] BlackBerry KEY2 LE announced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and Android 8.1 Oreo

Smartphones with physical keyboards aren't in high demand these days. That hasn't deterred TCL Communications from trying to bring back the glory of the BlackBerry brand with its famed hardware keyboard. TCL launched the BlackBerry KEYOne and BlackBerry Priv as their first BlackBerry-branded Android smartphones with dedicated hardware keyboards, and while the company hasn't had the runaway success...

Google Home Mini now comes in Aqua ahead of Pixel 3 launch

We are exactly one week away from Google's big Pixel 3 event. We already know we'll be seeing more than just the phones. It's likely we'll see a new Pixelbook, the Google Home Hub, updated Pixel Buds, and maybe more. However, one thing that seems unlikely is a refreshed Google Home Mini. That's because Google...

Essential Phone gets October 2018 security update with notch settings

Hot on the trails of the October Android security patches being announced, the Essential Phone is already getting the update. Essential has been crushing the competition by pushing out Android updates on the same day Google announces them. It helps to have only one stock Android phone to worry about. Regardless, Essential is updating their...

[Update: Fixed] Google will fix fast charging issue for Pixel/Pixel XL users on Android Pie

Android Pie was officially released last week for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. There are a lot of great new features in Android 9, but not everything is perfect. WiFi scanning throttling is crippling some network apps, the back button in the Recent apps needs fixing, and the original Pixel...

October security patches out for Pixel/Pixel 2/Pixel C & Nexus 6P/Nexus 5X

In case you haven't checked the calendar yet today, it's the first day of a new month. A new month means a new batch of Android security updates is ready to be sent out into the Android world. Google has released the security bulletins for the Pixel/Nexus devices and Android devices in general. Like last month,...

OnePlus 6T marketing renders reveal waterdrop notch

The OnePlus 6T is coming soon and not much about it is still a mystery. It all started with the news that T-Mobile will have exclusive carrier availability, and since then OnePlus has confirmed the presence of an in-display fingerprint scanner, the lack of a headphone jack, and new Type-C Bullets headphones. We previously saw the top half of the device and...

Google announces Chrome Web Store changes to protect you from malicious extensions

Google is making some changes to better protect Chrome users from malicious extensions. Recently, Google has been working to make Chrome extensions safer. They no longer allow users to install extensions from outside the Chrome Web Store and they removed extensions that were using cryptocurrency mining scripts. Today, they are announcing even more changes. Currently, extensions...

Pixel Experience is now available for the Poco F1

The Xiaomi Poco F1 (Pocophone F1 in some countries) has received a ton of praise ever since it was announced a couple of weeks ago. When a device with high-end specs and a very affordable price tag comes around, people take notice. While the hardware looks great, not everyone is a fan of MIUI. If...

Samsung Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+ forums are now open

Earlier this week, the Samsung Galaxy J6+ and Galaxy J4+ were launched in India. These mid-range phones take some cues from Samsung's flagship devices. They feature 18.5:9 Infinity Displays (with no notch) and glass backs. Forums for both devices are now open and ready for visitors. There are very few differences between these two devices. They...

Motorola One Power and Moto Z3 Play get official TWRP

The most popular custom recovery for Android is now available for a couple of recent Motorola phones. The Motorola One Power and Moto Z3 Play have just received official support for TWRP. This is always a big step for the development scene of any device. TWRP support opens the devices up to a wide array...

Google Play Games is getting a Dark Theme

Dark themes are all the rage these days. YouTube has one. Android Messages has one. The Google Phone app will soon have one. Even Facebook Messenger is getting a dark theme. The next app in Google's portfolio to get the dark theme treatment looks to be Google Play Games. This dark theme was first discovered by XDA...