Posts From Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman
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Steven grew up wishing he could take the internet everywhere with him. His first smartphone was an HTC Legend, and he's been tinkering and playing with Android ever since. With a background in accounting, he strives to bring a unique perspective to the tech journalism world.

Qualcomm Spectra 2nd Generation Announced for 2018 Phone Cameras – Better Noise Reduction & EIS, Iris Scanning, AR

One of the most important features of a smartphone for many users is the camera, and the brain of those cameras is the Image Signal Processor (ISP). The ISP plays a critical role in image quality, autofocus speed, and almost every part of camera performance. Today, Qualcomm is announcing their next leap forward in the...

HTC 10 and HTC One A9 Android 7.0 Nougat Kernel Source Code Released

HTC just announced that they have published the Android 7.0 kernel source code for the HTC 10 and the HTC One A9. These newly published sets of kernel source code will go a long way towards helping with the development of Android 7.0, AOSP-based custom ROMs for these devices. Although it is always nice to see kernel...

Microsoft Announces Windows Bug Bounty Program and Extension of Hyper-V Bounty Program

The Microsoft Security Response Center Team (MSRC) announced today that they will be launching a new targeted Windows Bug Bounty program (aptly named the "Windows Bounty Program"), in the hopes of catching vulnerabilities before they can reach the black market. The addition of a Windows Bug Bounty program comes as part of a comprehensive effort by...

Xiaomi Launches MIUI 9: Image Search, Smart Assistant, Smart App Launcher, and Performance Enhancements

At an event in China today, Xiaomi launched the highly anticipated latest version of their ROM, MIUI 9. Xiaomi has been teasing MIUI 9 for a couple weeks now with hints and previews, so it is nice to finally get a look at the release version. MIUI 9 brings a new Android version to some devices,...

USB 3.2 Doubles Data Speeds: 20 Gbps Using Multi-Lane Operation

The USB-IF and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group have announced USB 3.2, which will be fully unveiled at USB Developer Days 2017 in September. USB 3.2 brings support for multi-lane USB operation, in order to provide USB data transfer speeds of up to 20 Gbps (2.5 GB/s) over a USB Type-C cable. It comes as no...

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 XDA Review: A Capable Flagship and a Solid First Step Onto the World Stage

Xiaomi’s worldwide launch has been heralded for years, and with the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 it looks like the final pieces are falling into place. As Xiaomi’s first flagship phone to offer a model with worldwide frequency band support, the Mi Note 2 offers an exciting look into what we can expect from Xiaomi as...

Opus 1.2 Codec Arrives on Your Phone: High Quality Audio at 32 kbps

The Xiph.Org Foundation just announced their latest improvement to the Opus audio codec with the release of their libopus 1.2 encoder. With this latest improvement, Xiph.Org has managed to make Opus usable for fullband stereo audio at just 32 kb/s, which will pair well with the upcoming royalty-free AV1 video format in the WebM container...

Google’s Royalty-Free Answer to HEVC: A Look at AV1 and the Future of Video Codecs

Almost 5 years ago Google first released VP9, the royalty free video codec that aimed to replace H.264 as the primary codec for online streaming and media consumption. While VP9 was not completely successful in that task, it has laid the foundation for Google’s next generation codec, AOMedia Video 1 (AV1), which is looking extremely...

Android Studio On Chromebooks a Sign of Google’s Maturing Ecosystem

Back when news of Andromeda first arrived, we discussed how Google would need to bring Android Studio to Chrome OS if they wanted to succeed in their goals of creating a single platform that fulfills the needs of most of their users, and it looks like they may finally be following through. If Google wants their...

Excessive Lag Time Between Device Announcement and Release is Killing Excitement

We've talked at length about how overhyping a product can create unreachable expectations, and it goes without saying that a complete lack of hype can be just as disastrous. However, neither is as damaging as hyping up a product and then letting that excitement die off before launch. People can't maintain excitement about a product that they were...

Benchmark Cheating Strikes Back: How OnePlus and Others Got Caught Red-Handed, and What They’ve Done About it

A few years ago there was a considerable uproar, when numerous major manufacturers were caught cheating on benchmarks. OEMs of all sizes (including Samsung, HTC, Sony, and LG) took part in this arms race of attempting to fool users without getting caught, but thankfully they eventually stopped their benchmark cheating after some frank discussions with...

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Exynos Android 7.0 Nougat Kernel Source Code Released

Last night Samsung publicly released the kernel source code of their Nougat update for the Exynos based Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge devices, on par with their Android 7.0 rollout. This public source code release follows tightly on the heels of the final beta version being distributed to Samsung’s Galaxy Beta program testers...