Posts From Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman
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<p>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.</p>

AndroidTO 2017 Developer Talks are now Viewable on YouTube!

Over the past couple months, the XDA Portal team has covered the AndroidTO 2017 and Droidcon UK 2017 developer conference, and you can now view the talks from AndroidTO 2017 on YouTube! AndroidTO is the largest and longest running Android conference in Canada, with 8 years of conferences to date. The conference is hosted by Symbility...

UHD Premium Video Recording Brings Lifelike Colors to Snapdragon 845 Devices

As display densities approach an inflection point, companies have started looking for new ways to improve image quality -- specifically in the areas of color space, contrast ratios, and high dynamic range (HDR). With the announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and the Spectra 280 Image Signal Processor (ISP) at the Snapdragon Technology Summit on...

Qualcomm’s Second-Gen Spectra ISP Brings Massive Improvements to Smartphone Photography

At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii on Wednesday, Qualcomm finally took the wraps off its newest Snapdragon Mobile Platform: The Snapdragon 845. A crucial component of the new system-on-chip is the Spectra 280 Image Signal Processor (ISP), the co-processor that accelerates on-device processing. It's been redesigned from the ground up in the Snapdragon...

Facebook joins AOMedia to promote Royalty-Free AV1 Video

As Google’s new open source AV1 video standard nears completion, the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) has announced that Facebook will be joining them to promote the AV1 video compression format. Facebook joining AOMedia means that, going forward, they will likely be integrating AV1 video technology into their platforms (including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and Whatsapp) for use...

DO Trust OnePlus 5T Benchmarks in Reviews

Earlier this year, we published a report where we found that a couple smartphone vendors, including OnePlus, had begun cheating on benchmarks. This came as a bit of a surprise, as there was a massive backlash in 2013 when smartphone vendors had previously attempted to cheat on benchmarks, and benchmark cheating had fallen to the...

Google Launches Resonance Audio SDK for Immersive Virtual Reality Positional Audio

We constantly use sound to help us navigate the world in ways that we often do not even realize, and as a result inaccurate positional audio is often one of the key factors that can break immersion with virtual reality (VR). Today, Google is announcing that they are taking steps to improve the quality and...

Project Treble Brings Extended Linux Kernel Security Support to Combat Fragmentation

One of the major issues for Android over the years has been device fragmentation. The Android version and Linux kernel version a device are on can have a massive impact on the device’s security and usability, and Google is making a concerted effort to improve Android’s update lifecycle with Project Treble. At Linaro Connect San Francisco...

Google Adds A/B Testing to Firebase as a First Class Feature

For a long time, A/B testing has been a bit of a pain to perform in Firebase, requiring manual segmentation of user groups in order to decide who to send each version of the app to, and requiring manual parsing of the data you received to find out which version was prefered. Today at the 2017...

Google Launches Firebase Predictions for User Segmentation Using Machine Learning

Today in Amsterdam at the 2017 Firebase Dev Summit, Google launched Firebase Predictions, their attempt at helping you predict what your users are going to do, before your users actually do it. Trying to figure out how to target promotions within your app has historically been an absolute pain, up until now requiring manual segmentation of...

Google Firebase Dev Summit 2017 Brings Crashlytics, a UI Redesign, Machine Learning, and Much More!

Today in Amsterdam, Google held their yearly Firebase Dev Summit, where they showed off all the new tools and features for developers who are building on the Firebase platform. While Google's Firebase Predictions and Native A/B Testing support stole the show at the Firebase Dev Summit, they weren't the only things announced. First up is Crashlytics. When Google purchased...

Google Play Security Reward Program: Extra Incentives For Security Researchers

Over the past year we have seen an absolute slew of companies launching new bug bounty programs, and we’re pleased to see that Google is adding another one to the list, the Google Play Security Reward Program. This is not Google’s first bug bounty program, however it is unique in the fact that it is...

Google Launches Cloud Firestore: App Focused NoSQL Database

The Firebase platform is one of the key tools in Google's Android ecosystem, and today Google is continuing their expansion of it with the launch of Google Cloud Firestore, a NoSQL document database for smartphones. Cloud Firestore allows you to synchronize your database in near-realtime, enabling reactive apps, cross-device syncing, and cross-device collaboration. But of course,...