· 7/22 at 05:28 am · 10 comments

OnePlus 2 Gets Certified In China, Images Follow

Just 6 days away from its official launch, the OnePlus 2 has paid a visit to TENAA, which is the telecommunications equipment certification authority in China. The listing gives us the clearest look so far of the OnePlus 2, as all previous leaks and hints did not provide an image of what the device could look like. What was known so far regarding the OnePlus 2 was that the device would feature a metallic frame, along with the presence of...

· 7/21 at 10:55 pm · 3 comments

YouTube Now Displays Vertical Videos Properly

YouTube v10.28 introduced fullscreen for portrait videos recorded on cellphones. Vertical videos can now be displayed properly by clicking the fullscreen button in the bottom-right corner of the video. Try this example video to test it, yourself! Go update your YouTube app, now!

· 7/21 at 04:21 pm · 1 comment

Google Introduces Pixate and Form 1.3

Google has announced that Pixate has joined the Google design team. Pixate is a well received visual prototyping system for mobile interfaces. With today's announcement, Pixate is now free and the Pixate cloud service has dramatically reduced pricing.

· 7/21 at 04:02 pm · 3 comments

UBIK Aim for OnePlus with their $280 UNO

Ubik is a new company with offices in China, Korea and the USA, and a big idea. It's announced a Kickstarter project today for the UNO, a flagship-level smartphone, which is selling at $280 to backers, or $345 once the campaign ends. This isn't exactly a new idea, but the company is hoping to grab some extra attention with their interesting promise of an "Open Source" business model.   Let's kick it off with the handset itself; it comes with...


· 7/21 at 03:14 pm · 2 comments

AT&T Raising Upgrade Fees to $45

AT&T is set to raise its (already high) activation fees to $45. Additionally, the carrier is allegedly planning to add an activation fee to bring your own device (BYOD) plans and AT&T Next customers. This is unfortunate as activating a phone where you can simply place your SIM card in is dubious at best already.

· 7/21 at 01:46 pm · 9 comments

ZTE Axon First to Use Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass

Corning has announced that ZTE's upcoming flagship, the ZTE Axon, will be the world's first smartphone to utilize their new Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.   Announced back at CES 2014, the new Gorilla Glass variant utilizes ionic silver embedded into the glass surface to obliterate odor- and stain-causing bacteria, algae, mold, mildew, and fungi that may make themselves at home on your phone. "Corning's Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in...

· 7/21 at 11:08 am · 7 comments

Root Achieved for the OneTouch Idol 3

The XDA community achieving root on a new device is always cause for a little celebration, and proud owners of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 will be able to do just that now that root access has been confirmed. The 5.5" mid-range handset previously had its bootloader unlocked, but root access was proving tricky due to users having to call a dedicated port to enter fastboot mode. However, yesterday the process was announced and has now got its own thread, after a...

· 7/21 at 06:00 am · 7 comments

Take Control with Action Widgets – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Our smart devices do so much, but those awesome features at times come with draw backs. Things like WiFi or Bluetooth eat up your battery.  Other items like flashlight or other neat settings are buried so deep, by the time you find them the desire has passed. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a customizable quick access widget for these actions? In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that gives you...

· 7/20 at 05:09 pm · 8 comments

Spotify Rolls Out New ‘Discover Weekly’ Playlist

Spotify has announced a new feature to its music streaming service called ‘Discover Weekly’, aimed at helping users quickly and easily find new music. Discover Weekly is a two-hour playlist, which automatically updates every Monday, and is based upon both your listening habits as well as the habits of other users who listen to similar artists, essentially creating a “mixtape” of sorts. Spotify claims that Discover Weekly will automatically adapt as your musical tastes evolve, and the more you use...

· 7/20 at 04:53 pm · 0 comments

Google+ Photos Will Be Discontinued on Aug 1st

Google has announced that Google+ Photos will be discontinued on August 1—first on Android, and then on the web and iOS. Existing photos will live on through the new Google Photos, and those shared in Hangouts or Blogger will be accessible via Picasa.

· 7/20 at 04:36 pm · 0 comments

CyanogenMod 12.1 Released for the HTC One M9

The HTC One M9 has received an unofficial version of CyanogenMod 12.1. You can use the popular community ROM thanks to the hard work of three Recognized Developers - varun.chitre15, Rashed97 and Flinny. Head over to this thread to get the build and dive into the source code.


What Hidden/Small Things Do You love About Your Device?

5 comments · At XDA, it is not rare for users to obsess over their beloved devices. Because of this, we search every nook and cranny and try every combination to maximize our user experience. By doing this, sometimes we stumble upon things we would have otherwise missed, from features to settings. There is a lot of amazing potential hidden in each and every device. What are little or hidden things do you love about your device?
· 7/20 at 03:02 pm · 3 comments

ASUS ZenWatch Price Cut to $129.99

Making room for the upcoming ZenWatch 2, ASUS has dropped the price of its first-gen offering—the original ZenWatch—from $199.99 to $129.99, with free shipping. It's a great deal so head over to the link to check it out!

· 7/20 at 02:39 pm · 1 comment

ZTE Axon with Added Biometrics Destined for China

Originally aimed squarely at the US, the newly announced ZTE Axon just hit the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, with one conspicuous additional feature; a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Otherwise, the 5.5" smartphone remains unchanged, so check out our coverage last week for full details.

· 7/20 at 12:38 pm · 4 comments

The State of Smartphone Design

The smartphone industry has come a long way in an incredibly short period of time. In one swift decade, we’ve moved on from the clunky PDA style phone hybrids to all-in-one replacements for a raft of outdated devices. This has been aided by typically exponential progress in computing power (see Moore’s Law), along with fierce competition between manufacturers in what is the fastest growing industry ever, with 2 billion consumers expected to be using smartphones by 2016.     A good...