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.

[Hands On] Google Phone App is Testing a Bottom Bar Redesign

Google isn't letting Google Phone, a customized version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) dialer with a few added features, stagnate. In recent months, it's been updated with real-time spam protection, caller ID, call blocking, visual voicemail (with transcription support on some carriers), and a local directory feature that shows top search results for...

Microsoft’s Photos Companion App Lets You Quickly Transfer Pics from your Phone to a Windows 10 PC

Back in November 2017, we wrote about an in-development Microsoft app for iOS and Android that let users quickly transfer pics and videos to a Windows 10 PC. Now, Microsoft Garage, Microsoft's skunkworks lab for experimental mobile apps, has released it publicly. It's called Photos Companion, and it's available for iOS and Android devices starting...

[Hands On] Google Dialer’s Floating Bubble Goes Live in v17 with a Fresh Coat of Paint

The Google Dialer, for folks who aren't familiar, is a customized version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) phone app with a few extra features. Compatible Nexus and Pixel devices get Google Duo video call integration, real-time spam protection, caller ID, call blocking, visual voicemail (with transcription support on some carriers), and a local directory feature...

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 LTE Modem is the first to achieve 2Gbps for the 5G Era

Think 4G LTE is fast? Wait until you try next-gen cellular. On Wednesday, Qualcomm took the wraps off the X24, a new LTE modem that supports download speeds of up to 2Gbps. The X24, which is the world's first modem built on a 7nm FinFET manufacturing process, supports Category 20 LTE with 7X carrier aggregation and...

Android P May Integrate Google Assistant More Tightly & Better Support Atypical Display Types

Apple's iPhone X and the Essential Phone have a controversial feature in common: A "notch" cutout near the top of the phones' screens that accommodates front-facing cameras, proximity sensors, and, in iPhone X's case, 3D facial recognition scanners. Google's set to embrace the trend -- according to a report in Bloomberg, the tech giant's overhauling...

[Update: New color configurations] ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite Breaks Cover with a FHD+ Screen and Quad Camera

ASUS's ZenFone 5 smartphone lineup, which dates back to the Android Jelly Bean days, was succeeded by the ZenFone 2 and ZenFone 3. But the company's said to be prepping a trio of new ZenFone 5 smartphones ahead of an unveiling at Mobile World Congress 2018, and one member of the new family, the ASUS...

February Android and Pixel Security Bulletins are Live with Factory Images and OTAs

Google kicks off the beginning of every month with an Android Security Bulletin, the newest of which went live Monday alongside patches for Pixel and Nexus devices. It's accompanied by a list of exploits addressed, and factory images and over-the-air update files for the Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P,...

OnePlus 5T Lava Red is coming to the US, UK, and Europe

OnePlus's pattern of releasing limited-edition variants of its flagship phones continued with the OnePlus 5T, which saw no fewer than three: The OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition, the OnePlus 5T Sandstone White, and the OnePlus 5T Lava Red. The OnePlus 5T Lava Red has been available exclusively in Asia since its launch last year, but...

Google’s Material Design UI is Getting Revamped with New Colors, Iconography, and a Focus on Touch

Material Design, the unified design language that launched alongside Android Lollipop, features flat, pastel color palettes, depth, soft lighting, and realistic physics. It's meant to mimic the tactility of real-world objects without resorting to skeuomorphism; Google describes it as a synthesis of "classic principles" with "[the] innovation and possibility" of technology. Since Material Design's debut in...

LG Extends Warranty for Customers Affected By Bootloop Bugs

The long-running bootloop dispute against LG has come to an end. Ars Technica reports that the company has settled arbitration claims stemming from a lawsuit over faulty LG G4, LG V10, Nexus 5X, LG G5, and LG V20 smartphones. Clients of the firm that filed the original lawsuit, Girard Gibbs, will receive either $425 in cash or a...

Leaked Alcatel 5 Press Renders Show Dual Front-Facing Camera

TCL previewed the Alcatel 5 alongside the Alcatel 1 and Alcatel 3 at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in January, revealing that the $300 smartphone would feature a "borderless" 18:9 screen, facial recognition technology, and a battery that'd supply up to "a day's worth" of power. The company promised to show more at Mobile World...

Progressive Web Apps can be enabled on Desktop Chrome right now—here’s how

Apps on Chrome generally offer a good user experience, but they can be nightmares for developers who have to navigate the browser's proprietary APIs. Luckily, Google's moving to adopt a platform -- Progressive Web Apps -- that does away with many of the complexities, and it's supported in the latest stable version of Chrome. Enabling Progressive...