Posts From Will Verduzco

Will Verduzco
Will Verduzco

Will Verduzco is the former Editor-in-Chief and Portal Administrator of the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. You can now find Will writing for the Swappa Blog, though he still pops up on XDA from time to time.

Lockdown Pro 2 Brings Material Design and Media Support

Back in March of this year, we took a look at a rather innovated security application by XDA Senior Member thotran7989. Aptly titled Lockdown Pro, this app allowed users to lock applications with a PIN or pattern unlock. But rather than simply locking apps like the sea of other app locker solutions, Lockdown Pro differentiated...

Mural Watchface Brings 500px to Android Wear

On a traditional watch, you can't really do too much to change its appearance once you've selected your timepiece and purchased it. Undoubtedly, one of the best features found on Android Wear devices is the ability to change your watchface to suit your mood. What if you took this one step further and had an application to...

Sony SmartEyeglass SDK Developer Preview Released

A little over a month ago in Tokyo, Japan, Sony unveiled its new SmartEyeglass technology. SmartEyeglass will connect to any Android 4.1 or greater smartphone and deliver superimposed information in the form of text, symbols, and images directly in your field of view. In a way, Sony's SmartEyeglass system can be thought of as a competitor...

AutoCon Manages Your Connections to Perserve Battery Life

As we've talked about in the past, battery life is still somewhat of a sore spot on most modern day Android devices. While our CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and storage have all received many boosts over the years, battery life on most mainstream devices has not. As such, making it through a full dayu of heavy...

RingThru Lets You Silence Your Ringer for All But a Select Few

Let's face it--we're all guilty of screening and selectively answering our phone calls. Heck, most of us have been doing this ever since the advent of caller ID. While some may consider it somewhat disrespectful to only answer calls from a select few, it's a fact of life that we're all busy and have limited amounts of time...

Forums Also Added for the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player

Just yesterday, Google unveiled not only Android 5.0 Lollipop, but also three new Nexus devices that collectively serve as the reference platform for the new OS. Before the official unveiling, we announced the creation of a forum for the then-unreleased Google Nexus 6 (as well as the similarly specced Motorola Droid Turbo). Now, we've also created...

Google Announces Nexus 6, 9, and Player, Alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop

Folks, the day that we Android fans across the globe have been waiting for is finally here! Google has just now formally announced the highly anticipated (and heavily rumored) Google Nexus 6 and Google Nexus 9, as well as the official name of Android 5.0 "Lollipop" and the new Nexus Player device.

Forums Added for the Google Nexus 6 and Moto Droid Turbo

Will today be the day of the Nexus and the official unveiling of Android L (possibly Licorice or Lollipop)? Quite a few people seem to think so. Just yesterday, we talked about how the Google Nexus 6 may possibly be unveiled today, alongside the rumored official release of Android L (and possibly the HTC-built Google Nexus...

Chrome Beta 39 Brings Reader Mode and Limited Windowed Mode

This past week has certainly been a good one for Google fans. In the span of the last seven days, we've seen updates to Chrome Stable, Hangouts for Chrome We even got to see a screenshot showing the Material Design-laden future of Google Now. Now, we've got yet another update to share, and this time it's to...

Google Play Services 6.1.71 Updates Icon, 6.1 Rolled Out

A little under a month ago, we wrote about how Google Play Services had begun receiving a version bump to 6.1. Chief among the enhancements brought forth by the new version are added e-commerce analytics support through Google Tag Manager and improved APIs for Google Fit and Google Drive, including a new Material Design compliant...

Google Play Store 5 Brings Added Material Design, New Icon

This past week and a half has sure been busy for first party Google Android application updates. Just a little over a week ago, we started off with a Google Play Newsstand update that brought a complete Material Design makeover. Then just one day later, Google followed up with a Google+ update that brought some additional Material...

Enable Guest Mode on Your Chromecast Today!

Back at the I/O 2014 keynote earlier this year, Google announced that a future update to the Google Chromecast would bring Guest Mode functionality to the budget-friendly media streamer. Once enabled, this feature will allow users to cast to a Chromecast without needing to be on the same WiFi network. Four months and a couple...