XDA News Articles

GermainZ · Jul 31, 2015

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...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 25, 2015

XDA Picks: Best Apps of the Week (Apr 17 – 24)

Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA, we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and we usually share and discuss the latest app releases...

Chris Gilliam · Apr 19, 2015

Find The Best Apps With Google’s Picks & Other Tricks

The Google Play Store, weighing in with more than 1.4 million apps at last count, is a vast expanse of quality content and APK duds alike. To put this into context, it would take the average user more than 8 days of continuous scrolling to make it through the whole list at two per second, let alone the added months to click through and check out screenshots, or years to separate the wheat from the chaff via thorough review. Blogs...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 27, 2015

Leaked Galaxy S6 Apps Hit the Forums

XDA Recognized Contributor Albe95 has shared with us what looks to be Galaxy S6 applications. The ones he's provided are the GearManager, the Optical Reader, GeoNews and Kids Mode. The applications are available for download through the links in the opening post, but keep in mind it is likely that they might not be compatible with your device. There's also new information about more applications and system interface features revealed in the same thread:     The alleged S6 statusbar and panel are ported to the...

Mathew Brack · Feb 16, 2015

Making Your Lock Screen Work for You

Having the right lock screen is essential to how we experience our devices, as it is the first thing that we see when picking our phones up. We use lock screens for security purposes and for quick glances at notifications. But for something used so often, it is frequently overlooked. The Android lock screen is just as customizable as the rest of the OS and with just a few minutes, you can adapt it to suit your needs. The stock Android lock screen may...

Jimmy McGee · Jan 20, 2015

Helium vs Titanium Backup – Backup App Showdown!

Just last week, we talked about the Must Have App for backups known as Helium. In the comments there was a lot of discussion about which app was actually better: Helium or, the gold standard, Titanium Backup? Is it dependent on whether you have root on your device or not? Is it brute force versus finesse? In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK compares Helium to Titanium in a Backup App Showdown. In this cage match two will enter, how many will...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 11, 2015

Wear Store Review: Wear App-Shopping Made Easy

Wear owners sometimes feel neglected by Google, and so do Wear developers. The apps for Wear developers don’t have any effective ways of reaching Wear users, and Wear users have no practical method of looking for new Wear apps. The Android Wear “section” of the Playstore is mostly useless, too, only showing about 200 apps, most of which are either just paid watchfaces or big-name phone apps that gained Wear support. What the developers of Wear Store set out to...