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Which Apps Are Your Top Battery Drainers?

We recently published an article on the battery life and experience of living without Google Apps. The results did not come out entirely unexpected, but we were surprised by the minimal nature of the gains. Which points us to the next obvious battery hogs: our other most frequently apps! Whether it be the constant syncing of...

Honor 8 XDA Review: Capable & Powerful Little Flagship on a Budget

The Honor 8 is Honor's newest flagship phone, now hitting the U.S. market and Europe at a competitive price-point. Offering excellent silicon and a glass and metal design for $400, the Honor 8 is in an interesting pricing bracket with even more interesting competitors. Can this device honor its specifications and stay toe-to-toe with the new...

Updated – Rooted Sprint Build for All US Carrier Note7’s Now Available

Final Update(?) - As expected the Sprint method has been confirmed to work on all US variants. However, it is very important to note that carrier specific features like VoLTE, WiFi Calling etc will not work at this time without some work arounds. This is especially true with the T-Mobile version since you will lose...

Chainfire Discusses SuperSU and Problems With The Note 7

Earlier today Chainfire took to Google+ to discuss progress with the Note 7 and SuperSU, explaining that as the Note 7's release has been delayed in some countries he has had to work via remote debugging. Thankfully, with the aid of Dr.Ketan and SeraphSephiroth it is now working. However it is not all good news. "As...

Experimental Unofficial Android 7.0 Nougat Build Arrives on the OnePlus One

The OnePlus One is a legendary device. Moreso for people who care about third party development - the phone has officially received CyanogenOS, OxygenOS, HydrogenOS, MIUI 7, Sailfish OS and even Ubuntu. All of these ROMs (OSs) are in addition to the hundreds of other unofficial ports and ROMs that enthusiasts in the forums build and share. And...

Rawad Rants About the Size of Charging Cables

For one reason or another, OEMs insist on packaging the smallest cable possible with your new phone. Over the years it seems they have gradually become shorter. We are now at the point where my phone can barely rest on the edge of the table wile charging, and the outlet is right underneath it! Recently...

Honor 8 Camera Tip and Tricks

With the dual lens setup on the Honor 8 phone, you can get some pretty amazing shots that remind us a lot of the capabilities of the Huawei P9. There are so many different things to experiment with when messing around with the camera on this device. I'll be going over some of the best...

Sony Posts Guide on Building AOSP 7.0 Nougat for its Xperia Smartphones

If, for some reason, you were still of the opinion that an OEM could never be developer friendly, Sony has given yet another example of being just that. On its official website for all developer resources, Sony has posted a build guide for building Android 7.0 Nougat, the AOSP flavor and not its skinned variant, for its...

Comparing Battery Life with and Without Google Services: A Week of Minimal Idle Drain

It's no secret that battery life on smartphones these days are not the best. Most will consider it mostly a hardware issue, seeing companies trading battery size for aesthetic design. But that's not the entire reason, with a large part being attributed to the software used on our phones. In the XDA Virtual Office, many of...

Opera’s Security Breach Highlights a Problem with Proprietary Password Managers

Last night, Opera Software reported a security breach affecting all users of their web browser’s built in password manager. 1.7 million users had both their synchronized passwords and their authentication passwords leaked. Opera, to their credit, appears to be acting relatively swiftly to notify their users, sending out emails to users of its sync service and...

Weekly Debrief

  With the Note 7, Samsung Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance: Every year we notice the same pattern: new Galaxy device comes out, it gets positive reviews (excluding, perhaps, the Galaxy S5), and among one of the positive points, you usually find performance… somehow. Read More Android 7.0 Nougat Finally Released — Coming Your Way!: Android’s latest OS update, the...

Be Warned: Despite Acknowledging the Issue, OnePlus is still Leaking your IMEI when you Check for Updates

The OnePlus One was one of the first Android smartphones that proved that consumers didn't need to shell out $600+ for a flagship experience. In other words, even at a lower price point you should never settle for purchasing an inferior product. I can still remember the hype surrounding the specification reveal for the OnePlus One...