Posts From Kyle Wiggers

Kyle Wiggers
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Kyle Wiggers is a writer, Web designer, and podcaster with an acute interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets or apps, he enjoys reading the New Yorker, tinkering with computers, and playing the occasional game of Rock Me Archimedes.

How Dirac Enhances the Sound Quality of OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Huawei devices

You might not have ever heard of Dirac, but if you've used a Xiaomi, OPPO, Huawei, or OnePlus phone in recent years, chances are you've heard their software in action. The Swedish audio firm works with an increasing number of device makers to optimize the sound quality of smartphone loudspeakers and headphone outputs. Dirac's smartphone suite, Power...

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Hands On: More of the same, but with a bit more polish

If there were any doubts that Samsung had lost its touch, the South Korean company quelled them at Mobile World Congress 2018… mostly. On Sunday, the smartphone maker formally announced the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the newest phones in its storied Galaxy series. Both have lightning-fast processors in Samsung’s Exynos 9810 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845...

ASUS Unveils the ZenFone 5 and 5Z with iPhone X-Style Notches, and the 18:9 ZenFone 5Q and Max M1

ASUS announced the ASUS ZenFone 5 series at Mobile World Congress 2018, a lineup of new high-end, mid-range, and low-end devices: The ZenFone 5Z, which features Qualcomm's 845 chip; the ZenFone 5, a cheaper, slightly less powerful variant of the  ZenFone 5Z; and the ZenFone 5Q, which packs four cameras. Here's everything you need to...

HMD Global Announces Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6, and Nokia 1 Android Go Phone

Leave it to Finnish company HMD Global, which just came off a wildly successful year (it sold 70 million smartphones in 2017), to unveil a new Android Go smartphone, a feature phone, three new flagships, and a first-of-its-kind Android One partnership with Google. At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, HMD Global pulled no punches...

Huawei Anounces MediaPad M5 Tablets with Kirin 960 SoC and Android Oreo

High-end Android tablets may have largely gone the way of the dodo, but that hasn't dissuaded Huawei. At the 2018 Mobile World Congress, the company took the wraps off the MediaPad M5 series, a range of premium slates with high-resolution screens, speedy (albeit last generation) processors, and Android Oreo. Specs MediaPad M5 10 Pro MediaPad M5 (10.8) MediaPad M5...

The LG V30S ThinQ Improves on the V30 with 256GB of Storage, 6GB of RAM, and AI Apps

LG didn't hold a press conference at Mobile World Congress this year, but that hasn't stopped the South Korean electronics giant from trying to steal some of their competition's thunder. The company announced the LG V30S this week, an enhanced variant of last year's V30 that bears ThinQ branding. Not coincidentally, the LG V30S, like the...

TCL Announces Alcatel 5 and Alcatel 3 Series Phones, 1T Series Tablets, and an Android Go Phone

On the eve of Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, Chinese smartphone maker TCL took the wraps off a menagerie of new devices on Saturday. In addition to the Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3, and Alcatel 1 Series smartphones that the company teased at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in January, it also unveiled two...

Touchpad pinch to zoom will soon be made available on all Chromebooks

Chrome OS, unlike Precision Touchpad devices running Windows 10 and 8.1 and newer versions of Mac OS X, doesn't support pinch-to-zoom universally. So far, it's been enabled on a handful of high-end Chromebooks, including the Google Pixelbook, Chromebook Pixel, Samsung Chromebook Plus, and Chromebook Pro. But that's poised to change. According to a merged commit we...

Qualcomm Announces New AI Platform, Snapdragon 845 VR Headset Reference Design, and More

Mobile World Conference, the world's largest gathering of smartphone OEMs, chipmakers, and telecom companies, is just weeks away. Ahead of the festivities, Qualcomm took the wraps off a slew of technologies it'll be highlighting at the show, including a multi-device Bluetooth audio feature for Snapdragon chipsets, a new artificial intelligence platform, a refreshed mobile VR...

Android P will also Prevent Idle Background Apps from Recording you via Microphone

The next major version of Android, Android P, might be weeks away, but each passing day brings new breadcrumbs. One of the focuses of Android P appears to be protecting user privacy. Yesterday, we wrote about how Android P will impose limitations on "idle" background apps that request access to the camera. Following up on that,...

Google Pay Rolls Out Globally, Replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet

In January, Google announced Google Pay, an umbrella brand for its mobile and web payments platforms. It brings all of the search giant's services under one roof, and on Tuesday, Google kicked off the global rollout Before Google Pay, Google's payments platforms ran the gamut. In 2015, Google spun off Google Wallet's tap-to-pay, in-app payments, and online...

A Boon for Privacy: Android P will Prevent Idle Background Apps from Accessing the Camera

Android P, the next major version of Android, could be weeks away from an official unveiling, and although its core user-facing features are still unknown to us, we are discovering many little tidbits thanks to Android's open source nature. We know that it'll let carriers hide signal strength and define how they're displayed in the...