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Gary Sims

Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade. Prior to that, he had over 10 years of experience as a software engineer.

Gary's Posts

How Oreo is better than Nougat : Downloadable fonts and adaptive icons

Fonts aren't the most headline grabbing of subjects, but Google as introduced some important font related features to Android 8.0 and to Support Library 26.
by Gary SimsAugust 24, 2017

How Oreo is better than Nougat: Bluetooth 5

Bluetooth 5 hardware has began to appear in some Android devices, however software support was lacking, but that has all changed with Android 8.0 Oreo.
by Gary SimsAugust 24, 2017

How Oreo is better than Nougat: Notifications

Notifications have received three major updates in Android 8.0 including notification dots and notification channels. See how it improves the Android platform.
by Gary SimsAugust 23, 2017

How Oreo is better than Nougat: Background Execution Limits

Background tasks can be insidious, as the user has no knowledge of how much they are killing the battery. Android 8.0 Oreo has a plan to remedy that.
by Gary SimsAugust 22, 2017

How Oreo is better than Nougat: Introduction

There are lots of improvements and new features in the latest version of Android. So this is my rundown of how Android 8.0 is better than Android 7.0.
by Gary SimsAugust 22, 2017
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Honor 9 review

The Honor 9 is here! Find out if the shiny new successor to the excellent Honor 8 can live up to expectations in our full Honor 9 review.
by Gary SimsJuly 20, 2017

How to take a photo in manual mode on your smartphone – Gary explains

Many camera apps offer a manual or pro mode that gives you direct control over the camera. But what do all those settings mean? Let me explain.
by Gary SimsJuly 18, 2017

Java tutorial for beginners

To write your own Android app you are going to need to do some programming. The language of Android is Java, and this tutorial will help you get started.
by Gary SimsJuly 11, 201712

What’s inside the Xiaomi Surge S1 processor? – Gary explains

Earlier this year Xiaomi launched its own processor, the Surge S1. It is an Cortex-A53 octa-core processor with a Mali-T860 GPU. But what else is inside?
by Gary SimsJuly 10, 2017

What is a Sunlight or Assertive Display? – Gary explains

Some smartphone have "sunlight readability" displays that improve viewing when outdoors. What are they and how do they work? Please let me explain!
by Gary SimsJune 29, 2017
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