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What First Made You Come to XDA?

Was it to ask a question, find root instructions, or maybe grab a ROM? Let us know what first brought you over to XDA and how you joined the community!

The Future of Phone Calls: Carrier Extinction?

Not many people expected the internet to bring this revolution in human interaction and communication, and before it came to be, video-conferences on your wrist seemed liked something too far off and too futuristic. Now it is trivial, and in a sense, I think peoples' heads are opening up to the possibilities of these new...

Must Have App Review: ROM Toolbox

Here on XDA, we love our custom ROMs. Some of us install nightly builds every morning, and some even change ROMs multiple times per day. With all these changes, it is often nice to have a box full of tools to help you out with the minutiae of flashing ROMs. Talented Developer “JRummy” offers up a...

Snapchat Drains Excessive Amount of Background Data

On the 27th of January, Snapchat updated their application to include a "Discover" tab, this page displays icons from various sources such as: National Geographic, MTV and Cosmopolitan. Selecting one of these icons opens up a related news feed, featuring: videos, images and text. As with any major update to an app, reviews were very mixed...

Switcheroo: Control Any Device From Your Mobile

Meet the Switcheroo, developed by Amal Graafstra the founder of Dangerous Things. It is a small circuit board that once installed can control almost any device from your phone. Utilizing Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and either open or secure options as they put it "Anyone can control that toy, but only you can unlock your door."   Amal, who you may...

Guide: The Best CyanogenMod 12 Themes

In the past few years, a heated debate has been waged - and goes on to this very day - about the superiority of mobile operating systems, and because of different perspectives, there is no clear victor in the arguments pitched, save for one - customization. Google's Android operating system is known far and wide...

First Ubuntu Phone Unveiled – XDA TV

The first ever Ubuntu Phone has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news are Lollipop updates for the Sprint HTC One M8 and T-Mobile HTC One M8. Also be sure to check out the article talking about...

OnePlus One to Hold Open, Invite-less Sale on Amazon India

Despite being launched in the first half of 2014, the "flagship killer" OnePlus One only made its way to India towards the end of last year, launching as an Amazon India exclusive product in December. The device was met with an overwhelming response - similar to that of the global launch - driven by its high-end specs and...

Delmarva Power (Pepco) Account Takeover Vulnerability

I've been a long time customer of Delmarva Power, but only recently learned they had an Android App. I decided to install it and see how it worked behind the scenes. I quickly realized their API suffered from multiple IDORs, allowing an attacker to a completely takeover any user's account. As usual, I monitored the requests in the App by performing a...

Does QHD Really Look Much Better than FHD?

Screen resolution is certainly a hot topic in the mobile world right now, with enthusiasts ranging on both sides of the issue. Some argue that QHD displays are not worth the battery consumption, while others continue to push for the growth of the spec despite any drawbacks. But does QHD really even look that much better...

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,...

Today Calendar Developer Deals With Pirates In A New Way

When Jack Underwood, developer of Today Calendar revealed that only 15% of users of the premium version had actually purchased the app, he also revealed his plans for dealing with the 85% of users that were pirating the application. When he first gave the figures above, Reddit users took it upon themselves to help his plight, offering a wide...