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A Look At Samsung’s Z1

In October of 2008, HTC released the G1 (HTC Dream), which was the first handset to run Android. For many of us, it was a game changer and in the first 6 months over a million units were sold in the US, accounting for roughly two thirds of all 3G devices on T-Mobile's network. Just over six...

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....

Game of Quests Start-Up Moves Your Body

A group of Polish developers have just started a Indiegogo campaign with a project named Game of Quests. GOQ is a game and activity tracking app that helps players have fun and develop at the same time. The concept is relatively similar to Ingress, but takes place in a totally different universe. A world is at...

The Best Wallpaper Apps to Stay Fresh

Android features all sorts of customization, from icons to themes. The brave of you also jump into the waters of XML editing and flashing experimental visual tweaks. It's safe to say that we all love Android customization, and it remains one of the reasons we pick the platform over any other mobile OS. With Android,...

Which App on Your Phone Is Most Embarrassing?

Alright folks, it's time to spill the beans. We all have apps on our phones that were not particularly proud of, and now is the time to get it off your chest. What is the most embarrassing app on your smartphone?

Play Videos & Record Your Screen w/ VXG Player – XDA TV

There are a lot of video players on the market, and to be completely honest, the default Android video player on our phones are often sufficient. However, sometimes you need to be able to play more formats that the default player doesn’t support. On a separate instance, maybe you need to record your screen, and...

Apple Plans Music Service that Might Hit Android

Android users have their fair share of music streaming applications, from Spotifiy to Grooveshark all the way to Google's own Play Music service. Apple's iTunes online music store has been one of the major players in music distribution ever since it came out in April 2003. While the shift to a digital service was undoubtedly...

The Rise of Material Design and its Paper and Ink Reality

Over the last decade, the digital world has witnessed a paradigm shift in people's outlook towards design, and it experienced a tenfold increase in its importance. Gradually, but firmly, software bundles ranging from entire operating systems to standalone apps moved on from solid black drop shadows and gradient backgrounds to the clean, minimal and flat design...

Xiaomi to Hold Event in San Francisco

Chinese giant Xiaomi has been the source of rumors and speculation about a possible expansion for close to a year now. The company focuses its business strategy on fostering e-commerce through the online selling of cheap-yet-great Android smartphones. Xiaomi has been subject to immense growth in recent times, with last year seeing a triplification in...

Piracy Testimonies, Causes and Prevention

We’ve talked plenty about how Android often gets less developer focus than iOS and other platforms, and how the system as a whole often sees slower updates, missing functionality, delayed releases or an absolute lack of support. Some popular apps never make it to our green robot OS in the first place, and many users are often...

Phobo Juggling – XDA Game Time!

A huge majority of us use our smartphone devices to play games. Whether it’s Plants v. Zombies on the bus or Asphalt 8: AirBorne at home, our devices help us pass the time in a fun way. Some of the best games can be deceptively simple and completely addictive, like Flappy Bird. XDA Forum Member thypham offers...

Motorola’s Success: The Repertoire That Saved Them

Motorola had a big turn-around in just a few years. While their Droid line-up was one of the devices to kick-start the hearts of Android fans, they had a short period of time where their direction was not all that clear. For a while they released devices like the Droid Razr that weren't bad in...