Posts From Joe Fedewa

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

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...

Sony Xperia Open Devices now available for building on the latest Linux 4.4 Kernel

Sony is one manufacturer that takes the "open source" part of Android more seriously than others. They contribute a lot of code to AOSP and they have the Xperia Open Devices program that makes it easy for developers to tinker. Sony releases device trees, kernel trees, binaries, and build instruction to compile AOSP for all...

How to get the Android P screenshot editor on any Android device

Yesterday, we got out first taste of Android P and the plethora of changes and new features. Opinions on the revamped design are very divided, but one feature, in particular, has received unanimous praise. Stock Android finally has a built-in screenshot editor. With Android Oreo on only 1.1% of devices, Android P is even further away...

Google and Huawei Will Face Class Action Over Nexus 6P Bootloop Issues

In April of last year, a class action investigation began concerning Google, Huawei, and the Nexus 6P bootlooping issues. Many users were reporting issues with the Nexus 6P shutting down randomly, even when the battery was showing up to 60% charge. Other users reported endless bootloops and battery drain. Nexus 6P owners claimed that Google and...

Google disables WebUSB in Chrome amidst phishing concerns

Phishing is a major concern if you live a lot of your life on the internet. There are plenty of ways to protect against phishing attacks with software, but one of the best methods is hardware USB keys. An authentication device can protect you even if the attacker has your username and password. At least that's...

Facebook Messenger Lite Adds Support for Video Calling

Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging apps on the planet. Since almost everyone has an account, it's no surprise that Facebook is an easy way to get in touch with someone. The app used to be a clean and simple, but over the years it has become a bloated mess. They even...

BlackBerry Accuses Facebook and WhatsApp of Patent Infringement

Text communication quickly became one of the most popular features on smartphones. BlackBerry was one of the first companies to really put an emphasis on messaging. BBM was the original messaging app that locked people into an ecosystem. Nowadays, you don't need a phone from a specific manufacturer to send messages. There are hundreds of...

Huawei Mate SE is an improved Honor 7X, now available in the U.S. for $229

To say Huawei's year started off a little rocky is an understatement. The company had their big AT&T launch crushed the day before their CES keynote speech. The situation got even worse when the FBI, CIA, and NSA advised against using Huawei phones on U.S. carriers. The good news for Huawei fans in the U.S....