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Top 4 Camera Apps for Lollipop’s New API

Lollipop is supercharging our Android cameras with a new API, but not all apps (or devices) are created equal. For example, one would think the AOSP shooter would cry from the rooftops: "pro photographers rejoice - manual ISO and shutter speeds have arrived!" Alas, this is not the case, and even Google's closed-source version lacks support....

Free Software Philosophy Part 1: On Knowledge & Education

“Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in...

Customization of Third Party Apps: Right or Wrong?

Aesthetics have been a major focal point of the latest updates to Android, and with Material Design bringing new guidelines, many developers jumped into the trend of grandiosely humble, mutely colorful and deeply flat applications. The result is a bunch of new skins that give the OS a more consistent look - or so they...

Does Wireless Charging Matter to You?

Wireless charging is a feature that more and more OEMs are trying to incorporate into their flagships. However, there are a few companies which claim that the technology is still too slow to be considered as a real charging solution. So is wireless charging ready? Is it something you look for when considering a new purchase?

Wear 5.0.2 is Out! SlimLP Alpha Weeklies Released! – XDA TV

The Sprint LG G3 has gotten an Android 5.0 Lollipop update! 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 Android One program expanding into the Philippines and be sure to check out the article talking...

Must-Have Android Wear Apps?

Android Wear is still relatively new, so we can expect it to grow and get better with time. However, there are already a number of awesome things you can do with the platform for your wrist. Let us know some of your favorite "must-have" apps for your Android Wear smartwatch.

GPL License Controversy, Once More

Here at XDA we don't just value Open Source, we thrive on it. The fact that Android was openly distributed in its entirety was key for our community's growth, and without that particular development we would not be here now in this way.  We have over 6 million registered members, and we are visited by huge amounts...

Call Utils – Floating Call Notes – XDA App Review

Business gets accomplished on the mobile device now. Whether that is through calls, emails, or text messages, somewhere somebody is doing business. It could be that guy rushing through the crowd in a power suit with a Bluetooth in his ear. What happens when he is on the run and needs to make a note...

Android 5.1 Details: What’s changed?

Android Lollipop is an impressive piece of software but it didn't arrive without its problems. The adoption process was slow, even for Nexus devices which for the first time got beaten by OEM phones in their own game of fast updates. Then there's the fact that the Nexus 6 that functioned as the insignia-device for the...

Cyber Threat Sharing: What’s in Store for 2015

The hack of Sony Entertainment last December did much more than help The Interview make $40+ million in digital sales; it renewed public interest in cyber security. Two months later and with a second major hack fresh on our minds (Anthem Insurance), American politicos and tech firms alike are gearing up to change the ways...

Now That Phones are Bigger, What are Tablets Good for?

The majority, if not all, of today's major Android flagships have displays larger than 5 inches. Only a few years ago, phones this big were seen as niche products, but "phablets" have become the standard now. With smartphones shifting towards the 5.5" to 6" display standard, we have to ask: what are tablets good for...

Why Wearable Tech Won’t Last Long

Wearable technology as we know it will likely not long last unless it undergoes serious changes. At the moment: it's flawed, it is "Relentlessly Inessential" and it's still too basic to be economically viable for the majority of consumers. 4.6 million smart wearable bands were shipped in 2014, with those numbers expected to increase this year...