Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

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

Navigation Gestures updated with Activity Launching, a Tasker plugin, Performance Improvements, and more

Our Navigation Gestures app has been available for a little over 6 months now. We've updated the app several times since launch with new and handy features. It's been a while since our last big update, but it's finally here with version 1.4. This update includes several new toggles, Launch Activities, Tasker plugins, improved immersive/fullscreen...

[Update: No Decisions Made About Timeline] Google Hangouts for consumers may be shutting down in 2020

Google Hangouts is not the darling child it once was. Released back in 2013, it was a favorite among Android users. The SMS integration was very popular as it allowed users to have all their messaging in one app. Unfortunately, Hangouts has slowly been left by the wayside. A new report claims Hangouts for consumers will...

Google Photos is getting a new Express backup mode aimed at India

In a perfect world, everyone would have access to fast, reliable, and cheap unlimited mobile data. That's not the world we live in, however, which means most people have to keep an eye on how much data they use. Google Photos is one app that can eat up a lot of data if you're not...

SwiftKey keyboard adds a button to search on Microsoft Bing

The ability to use 3rd-party keyboards is a quintessential Android feature. Over time, keyboard apps have evolved to become much more than just a way to input text. Swiftkey is easily one of the most popular keyboard apps out there, and now it can do web searches right from the keyboard with Bing. It's common nowadays for...

Some Google Pixel 3 & Pixel 2 users are now able to save Call Screen transcripts

Call screening has been one of the most talked about features of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The feature allows you to have Google Assistant answer calls and interact with the caller on your behalf. Call Screening recently rolled out to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users. Now, Google is adding a...

OnePlus 6T features Dirac Power Sound and Dirac HD Sound audio tuning

Dirac is a company that has popped up on our radar recently. They are a Swedish audio firm that specializes in sound optimizations. Their technology can already be found in some phones from Xiaomi, Oppo, Huawei, and OnePlus. Most recently we covered the announcement of Dirac technology in the OnePlus 6. It will come as...

[Update: Official] Project Fi opens up to Samsung, OnePlus, and more devices, rebranded to Google Fi

Recently, Google has been paying more attention to Project Fi, their MVNO service. The app received a Material Theme makeover, a brand new "enhanced network" feature, and we saw evidence of a rebrand. Today, the big news has finally been unveiled (prematurely): Fi will work with devices from Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and even Apple. One of...

OnePlus’ next special edition smartphone will be a McLaren OnePlus 6T

OnePlus loves to release special edition phones in different colors and themes. This is a popular tactic in the smartphone industry to bring a device back to the forefront of attention. It's like announcing a new phone without actually making a new phone. OnePlus' next special edition device will be a McLaren OnePlus 6T. https://twitter.com/oneplus/status/1067342263913635840OnePlus has...

[Download] Nokia 7.1’s Android Pie update is now rolling out

HMD Global may not be a shining example of how to cooperate with the Android developer community, but they at least seem to be committed to software updates. Nokia devices have been receiving a lot of Android Pie updates lately. The Nokia 6.1 recently received Android Pie and now the Nokia 7.1 is joining the...

Samsung Galaxy S10 Special Edition model may also have a ceramic back

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has been the topic of much discussion lately. As Samsung's 10th anniversary flagship, the company seems to be pulling out all the stops. The latest rumors claim there will be four different models: three "standard" models and one extra special model. The special model is the most interesting and now we...

Discord adds an experimental Game Detection Service on Android

Discord has quickly become one of the most popular platforms for online conversation. It allows for the creation of "servers" that can hold different "channels" of conversations. Discord is especially popular in gaming communities, but it can be used for many other purposes. We even have an official XDA-Developers Discord server. Discord has an Android...

OnePlus 6T gets OxygenOS 9.0.6 update to optimize Screen Unlock

The OnePlus 6T is just a few weeks old, but it is already receiving another update. This is one of the reasons why Android enthusiasts like OnePlus devices so much. OxygenOS 9.0.6 is rolling out right now via an OTA update. The changelog includes a number of fixes and improvements, including a better unlocking experience and...