· Mar 3, 2015 at 01:30 pm · no comments

Pebble Time Steel with Customizable Sensor Smartband

Previously I talked about the Pebble Time Kickstarter, and why I thought it was the most practical smartwatch to buy in 2015, and that I decided to be an early backer on Kickstarter. Well as of this morning an interesting development has come from my - currently - favorite smartwatch company. They will release the Pebble Time Steel variant alongside the regular Pebble, instead of say a whole release cycle down the road. The accompanying announcement along with the Steel,...

· Mar 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Google Play Services 7.0

Google announced today the rolling out of Google Play Services 7.0, this release is aimed at bringing improvements to location settings, place information, fitness data, AdMob, Analytics and Google Play Games. The SDK will become available over the next few days.

· Mar 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm · 1 comment

LG G Pro Lite Unsecured Boot Image and CWM Recovery

The LG G Pro Lite D680 is a budget phone that was released in 2013 alongside the LG Optimus G Pro, LG's 2013 flagship device. Unfortunately, it hasn't received much development attention so far… but XDA Recognized Developer laufersteppenwolf has now released an unsecured boot.img along with a CWM recovery. This is despite the bootloader being locked (which means there's no need for you to void your warranty!), and marks the first step towards custom ROM and kernel development for...

· Mar 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Samsung Explains Lack of Snapdragon 810 in S6

Samsung CEO JK Shin told The Korea Times that it still has a strong partnership with Qualcomm, but their decision to go with their in-house Exynos 7420 is, implicitly, that it is simply better: "Samsung always uses the best-quality components and materials to differentiate our products from those by rivals," Shin said.

· Mar 3, 2015 at 11:53 am · 1 comment

S6 Edge: Innovation, or Desperate Attempt to be Different?

Samsung's latest and greatest, the Galaxy S6 Edge, is drastically different from any Samsung flagship that has come before it. The Korean giant took a very different approach when designing this little beast, creating quite the debate among android enthusiasts about whether this is really the next big thing or not. Is the Galaxy S6 Edge true innovation, or Samsung's desperate attempt to be different? Let us know what you think!

· Mar 3, 2015 at 11:16 am · 1 comment

Benchmark Results: S6 Obliterates M9, What Happened?

Let's start this with a disclaimer: I do not believe there is significant meaning behind synthetic benchmarks in correlation with real-world use. We've seen, time and again, some high-scoring phones output questionable performance. In this regard, Samsung is one of the usual culprits, and despite having opted for some of the highest spec configurations on each and every one of their flagships, many of them still managed to lag. Other top-tier devices, including the latest Nexus phone and tablet, managed to output...

· Mar 3, 2015 at 06:00 am · 1 comment

True Silent Mode for Lollipop – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Android 5.0 Lollipop is a great release. It’ has improving usability with material design, given us quick access to our notifications on our home screen, and more. However, there are some very unique idiosyncrasies regarding the notification sounds and silent mode. Basically, it’s not truly silent. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you truly silence your Lollipop device. XDA Recognized Developer tonyp created the True Silent Mode module. TK shows off...

· Mar 3, 2015 at 05:30 am

Web Apps: Microsoft’s Answer to Fill Windows 10 Appstore

It is known that Windows cannot compete in quantity against Android and iOS when it comes to apps. Microsoft plans to change that by relaxing browser sandbox constraints for Windows 10 apps and encouraging true Web Apps that function like regular Windows apps.

· Mar 3, 2015

Blue Fire Theme

The Blue Fire theme created by XDA Recognized Themer nitinvaid uses a really good looking combination of gray and blue. This theme can change your rather boring look of stock ROM into something really eye-catching in just a few seconds. Check it out!

· Mar 3, 2015

[Theme] CM12 Lucky

XDA Senior Member _moelle proved that themes don't have to be dark or white. Lucky is a perfect example. This theme brings various colors including pink, blue and purple. This theme is simply happy. Give it a try, if you're tired with your current setup.

· Mar 3, 2015 at 04:00 am

Stats: Lollipop Still Not That Popular, KitKat Over 40%

At the beginning of every month, Google releases some statistics regarding the usage of particular Android versions. Results are interesting, as Lollipop is now an OS for 3.3% and still fails to reach the 5% mark. KitKat has also become more popular. Check out the full chart here.

· Mar 3, 2015 at 02:58 am

Google Announces Changes to Google Play Games

Greg Hartrell, Senior Product Manager of Google Play Games, announced a few changes useful for developers. Soon, developers will have a chance to use native ads, in-app purchase house ads beta, audience builder and more. Everything to monetize the work more and make use of Android TV API.

· Mar 3, 2015 at 02:37 am

Sony Xperia Z3 Running Lollipop Spotted at MWC

It appears that Sony is set to release the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3. The phone running Android 5.0.2 has been spotted on a video by the Italian portal Spazio iTech. The UI is simply beautiful and smooth. Sony also managed to add a few unique features. Take a peek now!

· Mar 3, 2015 at 02:36 am

List of Edge Panel Compatible Apps

With the release of the Samsung S6 Edge, Samsung has made it clear that the side panels are here to stay. With this handy list of apps for the Note Edge by XDA Member: xda.member, you can make better use of the "wow" factor of the curved displays in both phones.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 04:55 pm

Google Play Store Sale for its Third Birthday

Google Play is celebrating its third birthday by hosting a little app, book, and media sale. The items are region-specific, so be sure to take a peek and see if there's anything you'd want. If you don't find something to buy, you can still share it with people from other regions; different strokes for different folks.