Posts From Nicholas Fearn

Nicholas Fearn
Nicholas Fearn

Nicholas is currently Features Editor at XDA-Developers, where he writes about everything from the latest Huawei smartphones to the best VPN services. With a technology journalism career spanning nearly seven years, he’s previously written for publications such as the FT, Forbes, Engadget, The Next Web, TechRadar, Android Central, Windows Central, iMore, Tom’s Guide, Laptop Mag, Macworld, Computer Weekly, IT Pro, and many others. As well as being a tech fanatic, he’s also a diehard Mariah Carey fan. He tweets at @nicholasgfearn.

Google starts uploading the Android 11 source code to AOSP

Google has officially released the stable version of Android 11 for its range of Pixel smartphones going back to the Pixel 2. The much-anticipated software update sports a range of exciting new features, such as conversation bubbles, a screen recorder, quick access to smart home controls in the power menu, one-time permission prompts, and much...

Spotify is testing local Group Sessions, auto-refresh for playlists, saving podcast episodes, 30-minute offline listening for free users, and more

Spotify, the music streaming platform used by nearly 300 million people globally, is currently testing a string of new features that could be announced soon. These include an expansion to the Group Sessions feature for local networks, auto-refresh for playlists, the ability to save podcast episodes, 30-minute offline listening for free users, and more. Reverse engineer...

The LG Velvet supports Google’s Live Caption for automatic media captions

The LG Velvet is one of the few Android smartphones to support Google’s Live Caption, an accessibility feature for the hearing impaired. With the number of people who have "disabling hearing loss" predicted to reach more than 900 million by 2050, it’s crucial that technology companies take steps to make their devices more accessible. Google is an excellent...

AAWireless is a dongle that promises to enable wireless Android Auto on wired head units

As cars become increasingly connected, millions of drivers are using services like Android Auto to access their favorite apps and services from within their vehicle. Android Auto allows users to project their smartphone's apps onto a car head unit, a touchscreen display that connects to an Android device via a USB lead or wirelessly. While wireless...

Xiaomi, OPPO, and Huawei are recruiting beta testers for their respective Android 11 updates

After a long period of testing, Google is just a few expected days away from rolling out the stable version of Android 11 for its own range of Pixel smartphones. While the next major version of Android will be available for the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4 on September 8 as...