XDA News Articles

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jul 28, 2015

Arrow Launcher: Good Effort Without Direction

Microsoft’s Android expansion has been well received on the productivity front, but not so much in terms of original applications. While their Office suite managed to bring some of the document-editing excellence to mobile, attempts at entering one’s interface through apps like Picturesque proved to be pointless failures. But even then, some apps like Hyperlapse redeem the computing giant through great quality. Microsoft seems to be approaching Android with brute, misdirected development and plenty of unorganized output, and if they want...

Jimmy McGee · Jul 20, 2015

S6 Edge+ Dummy, Cortana for Android Leak – XDA TV

The Microsoft personal voice assistant Cortana for Android has leaked. 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 the Moonshine icon pack going open source and be sure to check out the article talking about the latest rendering of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

Faiz Malkani · May 26, 2015

Microsoft Reaches Pre-Install Agreement With New OEMs

As of late, Microsoft has been making a subtle but widespread play into the Android ecosystem, with small apps like Bing Torque being the foreshadowing of the larger ones to come, and as it stands, Skype and the three popular office apps - Powerpoint, Excel and Word - are thriving on the Play Store following their public release earlier this year, prior to which the Office suite remained in beta. Having its top apps on Android was just a stepping stone...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · May 5, 2015

Microsoft Forgets Glasses and Mirror, Trashes Google

Microsoft is preparing a monumental release with Windows 10, and it could easily be one of the biggest developments in operating system history. The company’s track record in desktop OS releases saw a significant dip with Windows 8, but they did an impressive job in assembling a new strategy for this next big piece of software. By big, we mean big: the new OS will seek better integration between all things Microsoft, from the Xbox One to their Windows phones...

Mathew Brack · Apr 17, 2015

New Cyanogen Partnerships Bring Privacy Concerns

New Privacy concerns have emerged regarding Cyanogen’s latest announcements, primarily the inclusion of email app Boxer and that of a multitude of Microsoft apps, including Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office. The concerns arise when you look at both announcements together. At face value they may appear to be the beginning of Cyanogen’s plan to “take Android away from Google,” however there is certainly something more nefarious occurring. Along side the partnership with Microsoft, Cyanogen also recently announced...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 19, 2015

Microsoft Expansion: Subverting Android One App at a Time

When it comes to operating systems, the name “Microsoft” is bound to ring in everyone’s ears. They deserve that recognition, given that they have been a major player in desktop computing since the early days of GUIs. While their advancements in the PC world are arguably some of the fundamental pillars of all software experiences we have today, the famous Windows offering wasn’t brought without a story reminiscent of imperial conquers. The tactics that brought Microsoft to the spotlight so...

Aamir Siddiqui · Mar 2, 2015

Microsoft Unveils the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL

Amidst all the Android frenzy caused by the release of the HTC One M9, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Microsoft added its own offering, albeit non flagship, to the table with the announcement of the mid range duo of Lumia 640 and 640 XL. Marketed as being "Windows 10 ready", both these devices launch with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. Under the hood, they rock Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2 GHz Quad core CPU and...

Mathew Brack · Feb 8, 2015

Just Where Is Cyanogen Taking Us?

If you have rooted your phone or flashed a custom rom, chances are you have heard about CyanogenMod. The company has given users the chance to customize their devices greatly, remove bloatware and keep up with the latest OTA updates long after their device has been abandoned by their carriers. By developing a universal installer, it has brought an ease and grace to installing rarely found in other roms, with CyanogenMod officially supported on 256 devices and unofficially on many...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 7, 2015

A Picturesque Trainwreck of a Lockscreen

When Microsoft announced Picturesque, their new lockscreen replacement for Android, I was skeptical. Originally I ignored it, but finally I decided to try it out. At a first glance, I was impressed: the interface was surprisingly clean and appropriate for an Android phone, and it seems Microsoft left their Windows Phone motif completely behind for this task. The result is rather good looking, and it has a nice glass design pattern to it that sort of reminds me of iOS in some ways. While...

Jimmy McGee · Jan 30, 2015

Note 4 CM12 Nightlies, Microsoft Investing in Cyanogen – XDA TV

CyanogenMod 12 Nightlies are now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4! 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 factory images for the YU Yureka and be sure to check out the article talking about Microsoft investing in Cyanogen, Inc! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015

Microsoft To Invest in Cyanogen’s Future OS War?

Reports indicate that Microsoft is investing in the rogue Android forker Cyanogen. The funding round is said to be upwards of $70 million, and could allow for a cooperation between Cyanogen and the Silicon Valley giant in the ongoing battle of mobile operating systems. This could be a strategic movement in coordination with other investors given Cyanogen's expression of rebellion against Google's tightening control over Android, as the custom ROM maker has recently spoken out against the "tyranny" of Google in regards...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 13, 2014

.NET Framework Open Sourced, Available for Other Platforms

Creating your own Android project is definitely a challenging task. You can of course write the entire application's code in Notepad or Nano and use some medieval sorcery to compile the APK, but there are other methods such as using IDEs. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, decided to change this and ordered .NET Framework to be open sourced. This is a huge step not only for Android, but development as a whole. Surprised? You should be. .NET Framework is...

Faiz Malkani · Oct 30, 2014

Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker Announced, Available

The wearable market has been around for a few years, with Pebble and Samsung smartwatches essentially carving out the initial segment. However, only this year have wearables gained so much traction, with a glimpse of the future demonstrated at CES in January, where multiple wearable-focused SoCs were announced. This was further complemented by Google's Android Wear announcement, followed by smartwatches from Motorola, LG, Samsung, Asus, and even Apple. With more companies jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, rumors began circulating recently of...

egzthunder1 · Sep 18, 2014

Windows Developers Rejoice! Dev Program’s $99 Yearly Fee is No More!

Microsoft rule in the mobile market, much like the giant dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth several millions of years ago, is nothing but a distant memory with remnants of fossils scattered across the globe (for those of us who still have working Windows Mobile devices). At some point, Microsoft decided to try and avoid extinction by trying to evolve alongside a new set of species that were more fit to survive on this new era of mobile tech, and...