· Most manufacturers have moments of greatness and moments of decadence, and in the past few years we've some of our favorite companies' tables turned. Some are stagnating, some are struggling, some lack direction. Despite this, we often hold them dear to our hearts. Many of them could use a hand, be it with design, marketing, or other tasks. If you could help out an OEM and take it back to its golden days, which one would it be?
Despite previously stating that they thought $400 was 'reasonable' for the '2', OnePlus have since officially announced via Google+ that their upcoming flagship will be "under $450". Pete Lau made an almost identical post last year for the One, making the price increase all the more noticeable this time around.
The latest version of Touchwiz brought along with it a feature called Theme Store that allowed users to pick themes that suited their style. Given Touchwiz' poor performance in aesthetics, Samer Zayer made a beautifully crafted Material Design theme, which went on to receive over 570,000 downloads in a single day.
It's been a while since Samsung announced the S series flagships for 2015, and expectant heads now turn towards the second half of the year, which is expected to bring the Note flagship with it. A leaked video earlier today has revealed the design of the Note 5, looking somewhat like the S6 itself.
If you purchase phones from a carrier, you may be no stranger to the difficulties involved in rooting and installing a custom rom, recovery and kernel on such a carrier locked device. Add to this the extra layer of security that Samsung adds in the form of the Knox counter on its devices, and one can only imagine the roadblocks for enthusiasts who want to play around with their device without losing warranty in the process. It's a slippery slope...
The Huawei Honor 6 was launched as a Flipkart exclusive for Rs. 19,999 ($315), but the phone is now available for Rs. 16,999 ($270). The device features a 5" 1080p display, a HiSilicon Kirin 920 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, 16GB internal with expandable storage upto 32GB as well as a 3,100 mAh battery.
Google is extending the Android One love to more countries, with Pakistan getting a piece of the pie this time. Released in collaboration with QMobile, the QMobile A1 follows along the Android One principles and will be available in retail stores in Pakistan for PKR 11,500 ($115).
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The HTC M9 Developer Edition has received Android 5.1. That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of IonVR and be sure to check out the article talking about the OnePlus Cardboard price (Hint, it's free). That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an...
If you are amongst those that missed OnePlus' sales for their Cardboard, have no fear. This curated list from Google itself, for Cardboard options showcases a few decent alternatives from different manufacturers. While the options are not as cheap as OnePlus' offering, it does feature more choice and design.
Back in Feb 2011, the Motorola Xoom became the first device to be sold with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. 4 years later, the device is still going strong having received an alpha build of Android 5.1.1 through Omni ROM. The ROM is for the Wifi (wingray) model, and is commendable work for an alpha release, so give it a try!
An employee working at LG's software development department has informed the folks over at Androidpit.de that a software update for the LG G2 is already in the works, this time for Android 5.1.1. This update will fix some previous bugs and bring over some features from the LG G4 as well as LG UX 4.0.
Work of XDA Recognized Developer tbalden, CleanSlate custom kernel for the HTC One M9+ puts the device's fingerprint scanner to more use by using it as an alternative for the navigation bar, thus increasing screen real estate. There's also a short YouTube video detailing the taps for back, home, recent and screen off actions.
Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on HTC's situation. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below! HTC is underperforming, and there isn’t much of a way of denying this. In April, their revenue nearly declined 40%, plummeting after the HTC One M9 had...