· 7/31 at 05:23 pm · 2 comments

YotaPhone 2 Not Coming to USA After All

The clever two sided, e-ink backed YotaPhone 2 is in fact not coming to the USA. This morning YotaPhone canceled their ($300,000!) Indiegogo campaign and will offer either an international model or a refund to backers. YotaPhone has stated they will have a new manufacturing partner for the next model.

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· 7/31 at 03:56 pm · 1 comment

CloudPlayer: DIY HiFi Music Streaming Solution

In our Helpful Guide to Music Streaming Services, we mentioned several different services that offer ways to stream catalogs of music directly to your device. While each service has their benefits and drawbacks, the common theme among them is to give you access to a vast library of music without the need to store your own, and charge you a monthly fee for the privilege. But what if you already had access to your own catalog of music? Sure, there...

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· 7/31 at 01:03 pm · 1 comment

Optimize Battery Life with This Useful App

Battery life is an important aspect of your smartphone, especially if you use it for more than just calls on the go. Since you're on XDA, you probably do and want to get the most out of your battery. Now, you can't magically expand its size but no matter how much its capacity is, you should make sure it's not draining faster than it should be. Your phone's processor runs at different frequencies when you're using the device. The CPU...

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· 7/31 at 11:00 am · 3 comments

The OnePlus 2 & The Year of Smartphone Compromises

We are very close to entering the last third of 2015, and we have now seen many of the biggest flagship lines issue their latest iterations. Phones like the LG G4 and Galaxy S6 were some of the most anticipated devices in smartphone history, and the hype surrounding the M9 and OnePlus 2 had us discussing for weeks. But for the most part, the awe has vanished.   There is a feeling that virtually all of us at the XDA office...

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· 7/31 at 10:19 am · 1 comment

Android M Preview 3 Delayed

Those of us eagerly awaiting the next developer preview of Android M will unfortunately be waiting a little longer for the upcoming third build. Googler Wojtek Kaliciński took to Google+ earlier to break the bad news about the "near final" release, and declined to comment on speculation regarding an ETA.

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· 7/31 at 06:00 am · 1 comment

OnePlus 2 Teardown, Major Android Vulnerability – XDA TV

The OnePlus 2 has been officially released. 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 a serious security vulnerability on Android and be sure to check out the article talking about how easy it is to make your one Xposed Module. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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What Do You Think About Fingerprint Scanners?

3 comments · More and more phones are featuring fingerprint scanners, and with many promising developments and it being natively supported on Android M, we can soon expect to see them on smartphones everywhere. If done right, it is a useful feature that allows for quick unlocking and authorization. There are concerns regarding security, but nonetheless the industry seems to be embracing it with open arms. What do you think?
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· 7/30 at 01:20 pm · 9 comments

What’s Next for Samsung and Its Flagships?

If we were to say that the Galaxy S6 was a leap of faith made by Samsung, we wouldn't be too wrong. After all, the device marked a definite change in how Samsung perceived the market and its own place in it, as it stood amongst the signs of decline which started with the critical reception of the Galaxy S5. To recap, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was criticized heavily for feeling more like a toy, rather than a premium flagship...

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· 7/30 at 12:24 pm · 2 comments

The Ultimate Showcase of dBrand Skins

In the search for ways to protect, accessorize, and personalize; a user has many options. One could choose a case, a “skin”, “armor”, or “wraps.” In fact, the global mobile accessory market is poised to reach a high of $62 Billion in 2017. dBrand is one of the more creative and friendly vinyl skin manufacturers around. In hopes of sharing what they can offer, our friends at dBrand sent us over some skins to have a look at. They offer...

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· 7/30 at 11:09 am · 5 comments

Huawei’s Rapid Rise to Third Place in the Smartphone Race

Huawei has quickly grown to become one of the world's biggest telecommunications companies since its inception in 1987, owning huge swathes of network infrastructure across different countries. It looks as if its smartphone sales are really beginning to take hold too - results this year have been great for the Chinese manufacturer, with an increase in global smartphone sales of 39% in the first half of 2015.     Now a new report from Strategy Analytics now states that Huawei has risen to take the title...

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· 7/30 at 10:30 am · 2 comments

OnePlus 2 Bares All in New Tear Down Gallery

Last year, the launch of the OnePlus One, dubbed 'the flagship killer', visibly shook the foundations of the mobile OEM sphere, with OnePlus delivering high-end flagships specs at a very affordable price. The initial launch phase was met with mixed feelings after a few controversial marketing tactics, but they eventually gave way to strong sales figures.   Earlier this week, OnePlus went on to unveil the successor to the One, and while the device continues to offer top-of-the-line specs at...

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· 7/30 at 10:00 am · 0 comments

Focus – An Attractive But Raw Gallery Replacement

Focus is an attractive new app built by XDA members Liam Spradlin and Francisco Franco, the latter being well-known in the forums for his kernels. Focus aims to completely replace your gallery app with some neat tricks, but at a potentially risky time considering that Google has thrown its weight into the photo-organization arena. This is a first draft of the app of course, but we'll pitch it against its main rivals here, namely the popular QuickPic and the aforementioned Google Photos.     The first...

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· 7/30 at 07:30 am · 1 comment

This Weekend Only: Buy An LG G4 And Get Freebies

Every purchase of an LG G4 from now until July 31st will include an extra battery, a charging cradle and an extra limited edition leather back in one of the five new colors. If you are a U.S. resident and are considering an LG G4 now is an ideal chance, all you need is your receipt and IMEI. You can also vote for the next LG promo.

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· 7/30 at 06:00 am · 3 comments

How to Root the LG G4 and Install TWRP Recovery – XDA TV

A rooting method has finally been found for the flagship LG G4. In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK shows you how to root and install TWRP recovery the LG G4. TK just recently reviewed the device.  So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G4 is no exception! TK presents instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G4 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless...

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