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The Future of Bloatware, Making a Buck a Phone

A number of global carriers, including Verizon in the US and America Movil in Latin America, have partnered with a small public company, Digital Turbine, to preinstall targeted apps. These are specifically chosen upon activation based on mined user data. Certain OEMs like HTC, Acer, Asus, and Sony are also dipping their toes. But bloatware...

How Do You Benchmark Your Device?

There are many useful apps and tools that allow you to know more about the way your device performs. Many enthusiasts keep a healthy repertoire of benchmark applications that they run when they get a new device, or periodically to measure performance increments. Some are holistic while others stress on a particular component. Which benchmarks do you...

Opinion: Android Is Its Own Worst Enemy for Updates

XDA users are no doubt familiar with the common complaint on Android over the delays on updates reaching their phone. Users are often seen eagerly awaiting the latest security update to protect them from something like Stagefright, or waiting on the next point-revision to fix some AOSP bugs. And, once a year or so, users...

ZUK Z1 Device Unboxing – XDA TV

This phone is the reason I’m here in Shenzhen, so I thought I’d just open it for you on camera. It has some pretty decent specs and as you can see this one here comes with USB Type-C. Let’s go ahead and get this one unpacked.First we remove the plastic on the back. As well...

Sunday Debate: Are Push Notification Ads Ever Okay?

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on the problems with push notification ads (and how you would fix them). Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our...

A New Look and a New Direction

It’s not easy being another news site in a sea of mobile information. Over the years, the XDA Portal has experimented with varying formats as it has strived to stand out and deliver articles worthy of the quality development and technical discussion happening in the forums. Sometimes we get it right, other times not so...

How Much Has Your Device Improved Thanks to XDA?

There is always a plethora of improvements one can bring to any given device, and our forums are filled with resources to make them happen. ROMs, mods, tweaks, and all sorts of guides can help you get one step closer to the perfect phone. Many XDA users search the forums every day looking for new...

Apps of The Week: Material Goodness, Hacker News, Webmaking and Pac-Man!

Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s...

Note5 First Day Impressions & Thoughts — What Do You Want Answered?

I have been handling the Galaxy Note 5 for almost a day now, getting used to it and trying to learn a bit more about the phone and its inner workings. In this short article, I will list some of my first impressions. Keep in mind that these are not supposed to be technical --...

What’s the Most Forgettable Device You’ve Owned?

You might need to dust off some memories for this one. We've all had or heard of devices, be them phones or tablets, that we didn't necessarily like. Sometimes, we forget they even existed. Every now and then we'll catch a glimpse of them in an old magazine ad or a forum post, and only...

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Named! ZUK + Cyanogen Partnership and More! – XDA TV

First up, the big news we've been waiting to hear about for several months, Google has finally unveiled the statue and the new name for the next version of Android. Android M is now going to be officially called Marshmallow. Additionally, instead of being called Android 5 dot something they're moving on up to the...

Sacrificing Android Innovation With Customers In Mind

Every year OEMs bring out countless new devices, with ‘new and improved’ features, in an attempt to sate our hunger for technology. However, how much control do we really have on these developments? Is the market being guided and directed by consumers, or are we blindly following the breadcrumb path set to make us think...