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Lollipop Update Status: Who’s In, Who’s Out

Lollipop was probably one of the most awaited iterations Android has seen. While I remember everyone being crazy about KitKat and how it promised to finally optimize Android to the level we deserved, Lollipop's enticing redesign sparked even more intense furor in enthusiasts. Developers too saw a great deal of novelty that would allow them to explore...

USB OTG on Nexus w/ StickMount – XDA App Review

Smartphones are revolutionary. You can have apps that do just about anything you can think of. You can get email, text messages, browse the internet and more. However, storing all this data can leave you with a problem, no more storage space. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire offers up an app that allows you to use...

OTA Updates for Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013) Mobile

A few days ago, Google finally released factory images for mobile versions of Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013). The waiting period was quite long, as Google had a 3 month delay to provide the update. It was a bit of a weird situation, but it's definitely nice to see the factory images being released. Flashing...

Introducing Manta 7X: The Phone with No Physical Buttons

Asian phonemakers deserve more credit than they get when it comes to smartphone design. There's been some inventive choices in some of their phones of recent years. Examples such as the Aquos Crystal and its bezel-free carcass come to mind, or the Oppo R5 and its 4.85mm width, which is so compressed that there was no way...

Holo or Material Design?

Now that we've had several months to play with Material Design, it's time to decide between the two style favorites. Do you prefer the new Material Design implemented in Android, or the previous HOLO? Let us know which one you like best and why!

Cease and Desist: WhatsApp Sucks, and You Can’t Help It

We've talked countless times about Android getting the shorter end when it comes to apps. We've all seen multiple cases of applications being inexplicably delayed or intentionally held back, remaining unupdated for months, or simply not existing on our favorite platform. And anyone can figure out that that is because of money. Which is good...

MultiROM Ported to the Z2 and Z3!

Switching between ROMs is very useful to test the newest one out, or to keep a "stable" system for emergencies while you use your favorite ROM at other times. MultiROM has offered to do just that for some time now, on supported devices: it acts as a second recovery of sorts, allowing you to choose...

Raspberry Pi 2 Released

Just a few hours ago, the Raspberry Pi 2 was released. This has been a much awaited device by myself, and undoubtedly everyone else who has heard of the Raspberry Pi in our community. The Pi 2 sports BCM2836 SoC, which packs a quad core cortex-a7 CPU at 900MHZ. This is a huge jump from the previous...

On the Risks of Your Data in the Cloud

It's not often I look at a product or service and say "I really hope this isn't real". It's time for a look at something which cropped up on my radar today, namely a service called FileThis. A quick search will find them, and their app on the Play Store and iTunes store. With the spread...