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Remotely Unlock Your Windows PC via Fingerprint Scanner on Android [XDA Spotlight]

Over 2 years ago, I created a script using Tasker, a Tasker plugin called AutoTools, and an app called Unified Remote, to remotely unlock your Windows PC using the fingerprint scanner on your Android device. The script used AutoTools to authenticate your fingerprint and Unified Remote to perform remote inputs such as a tap, swipe,...

Reachability Cursor makes it easy to use tall Android phones One Handed [XDA Spotlight]

Every day, many developers post new apps or games on our Apps and Games forum. We scour the XDA forums for interesting new Android apps that we think you might like, and some of our favorites have even received special attention from us. There are so many apps released each day that finding a truly...

[Hands-on] “Flip to Shhh” is Digital Wellbeing’s upcoming Flip to Do Not Disturb gesture for the Google Pixel

Before going to sleep, it can be really tempting to do some last-minute Internet browsing using your smartphone. It's a bad habit that a lot of people engage in, and so both Google and Apple have introduced features this year to help you curb your smartphone addiction. At Google I/O 2018, Google unveiled Digital Wellbeing:...

LG V40 ThinQ and LG Watch W7 officially announced: what you need to know

LG phones are rarely the most popular of the bunch, but the company is still a veteran in the Android industry. They're definitely not afraid to innovate with their G and V device lines. The LG V30, in particular, was an outstanding device with certain flaws, carrying top of the line specs as well as...

Huawei Mate 20 Tidbits: Wireless Easy Projection, HiVision details, and more

Out of the nearly dozen smartphones that launch this month, the two that have leaked the most are the Google Pixel 3 and the Huawei Mate 20. Nearly every day there's new information about these smartphones. Last Wednesday, Israeli technology website Girafa published a report based on marketing slides the website had obtained. The leaked slides, which...

Samsung Foldable Smartphone “Winner” and Snapdragon 8150 appear in Galaxy S9’s Android Pie update

As the largest Android smartphone manufacturer in the world, Samsung is almost always working on several new products at the same time. When the company is producing new hardware, we can sometimes see hints of these devices in the company's existing software builds. For example, we uncovered 4 models of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10...

[Update: Developers Picked] POCO needs your help to pick the next developers to get the POCO F1!

Last month, Xiaomi's new sub-brand "POCO" unveiled their first smartphone: the POCO F1. The self-proclaimed "Master of Speed" certainly lives up to its name, but what has people really excited about the device is its value. At a starting price of Rs. 20,999 in India, the POCO F1 brings the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip, 6GB of RAM, a...

XDA Smartphone Camera Comparison – Part 2: Moving from Outdoors to Indoors

Mobile photography is one of the cornerstones of the smartphone experience. I recall that my very first all-touch smartphone was the Samsung Omnia, a phone that touted its mobile photography skills with a then unheard of 5MP sensor. The technology continued to improve, leading to Apple pushing it forward with iPhones and Nokia basically putting...

How to Download Odin Firmware to Downgrade, Upgrade, or Restore your Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy smartphones are the most popular Android smartphones on the market. They have the highest market share, and in most places, an easily unlockable bootloader. One thing that's not always easy to come by on Samsung Galaxy phones is the stock Odin flashable firmware that you can flash to either downgrade, upgrade, or restore your...

Google ARCore 1.5 announced and the LG Q6 and LG Q8 are now supported

Google ARCore has really taken off recently. The augmented reality platform has been getting the support of many new devices. Unlike its predecessor, Tango, it doesn't require any dedicated hardware in order to work. Everything is made on the software end, which helped ARCore find the popularity and compatibility across a variety of devices. Today,...

Razer Phone 2 render shows a slick design with dual rear cameras

Nextbit Robin was one of the most innovative phones in the Android market. The company's patented cloud storage features made the device stand out from the furious competition. Razer acquired Nextbit in January of 2017, and it wasn't long after that when the gaming company released a new phone under their name, Razer Phone. As it...

PSA: Flashing MIUI Global on these Xiaomi devices may brick your device

Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi is a giant not only in their home country of China but also in India and other Asian countries. They've also recently started expanding into Europe. Their smartphones and tablets are incredibly popular for their price-performance ratio. You can get the latest Xiaomi smartphone, laptop, wristband, and Bluetooth headset for the...