ANDROID

What Do You Think About Multiwindow on Phones?

Multiwindow has been in the works on Android for a while now. But with Android N, the feature appears to be a lot more polished than its initial appearances, likely in anticipation of making its primetime debut with the official public release of Android N. However, multiwindow on phones is not always well-received. Screen sizes aside,...

Google Publishes May’s Android Security Bulletin – Here’s What’s New

You might remember that last year Google promised to be more transparent with patching security vulnerabilities. Google promised to deliver monthly updates fixing any vulnerabilities they discovered that affected Nexus devices. Eventually, several OEMs have gotten on board with delivering monthly security patches, and eventually the scope of the Nexus Security Bulletin was broadened to discover...

Google Keyboard 5.0 Update Brings One-Handed Mode, Adjustable Height, Key Borders, and More

Google Keyboard was somewhat of a red-headed stepchild when it was first released almost 3 years ago. It had swipe gestures and autocompletion, but both features were immature compared to the technology offered by Swype and Swiftkey. Thankfully, Google has not abandoned the project and has instead slowly been adding additional features to bring its feature...

Tips and Tricks for Using the Forums Through XDA Labs

Our very own application XDA Labs is more than just a marketplace with some great apps by great developers. Today we talk some tips and tricks for navigating the XDA Forums with the XDA Labs app. Remember, there are many different features on XDA Labs, download it today to see more apps!! Be sure to check out...

LG Innotek Unveils Button-less Fingerprint Sensor Module

Fingerprint sensors are not exactly a new feature to grace our phones. They have been around for a quite some time, with one of the first commercial Android smartphone to bear it being the Motorola Atrix 4G, way back in 2011, even predating the launch of the first Samsung Galaxy Note. But one thing unanimous with fingerprint...

OnePlus 3 Rumored to Come in Two Versions, Base Version to Cost CNY 1999 ($310)

After the OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X, a lot of Android enthusiasts are looking forward to see the next device to come out of the OnePlus stable. Even if the recent devices were not the best in light of the heightened competition in the market, they still offered a value package...

[Giveaway] 2 Months of Android File Host Premium to Everyone + 10 Swag Bags!

Developers, Developers, Developers. We love our developers here at XDA. We're maybe not as outwardly-loud through text as Mr. Ballmer was in the linked clip, but without developers there wouldn't even be an XDA-Developers. You guys provide the backbone for our forums; your work is what draws millions to our forums every year. You guys put so...

Some of the Best Battery Life on Android Today Comes on a Budget

In our recent review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Snapdragon 650 variant, we noted some stellar battery performance. This was no ordinary 8hr-SOT battery life, this was legitimately 14+ hours of screen on time under working scenarios. We asked our followers on Twitter which phone this screenshot originated from, and just one person could guess...

Physical Versus Virtual Buttons — it’s More than Just Placement

The beginning of the trend Up until late 2011, hardware buttons were the widely-accepted norm for buttons on a handheld device, with Android’s hardware partners taking advantage of the free rein given to them, going on to flirt with a variety of functions, icons and positions in a somewhat-wayward manner. In November that year, Google took...

On Affordable Smartphones: Iterative Improvements Over Time Depend on the Flagship

It's been hard this week to look anywhere in the technosphere and not see an article proclaiming the death of the Flagship. Fueling these thoughts are years of declining profits and device sales from some of the worlds largest phone manufacturers. The fuel seems to have been resparked when Apple not only posted a lower quarterly growth for the iPhone,...

RootJunky: How to Bypass Factory Reset Protection on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

We here at XDA are big fans of esteemed flashaholic RootJunky who specializes in teaching you how to hack your Android device. If you're the owner of a flagship Samsung or Motorola Droid device, then you might have seen him on our forums at one point. If you don't own any of those devices, then you might...

Intel Cutting Significant Part, Possibly Entire Atom Lineup

Update 10:26 PM 4/29: SoFIA and Broxton are now confirmed discontinued by multiple reputable sites with separate conversations with Intel. Anandtech and PC World, among others, are cited for this information. Intel has started to clarify where it is going after the announcement of cutting up to 11% of its workforce last week - and fans...