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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...

Only Have $100? Here are the Best Phones You Can Get (Part 1)

Enough talk about flagships. Let's scrape the bottom of the barrel and see what can be had for those on the tightest of budgets. Let's find the best sub-$100 phone available. Because the reality is that while you might be forgoing a super-high resolution screen and amounts of RAM that some manufacturers still can't take...

A Great Nexus Phone is Now More Important Than Ever Before

It is clear that Google has dramatically changed its focus in the past few years, primarily as a result of the evolution of mobile technology in a global context. It is hard to pinpoint exactly where and why, but it should be noted that KitKat was a turning point for Android: that update drastically improved...

ZenFone 2 Specs

Reviewers say: A good device is a highly competitive niche. Cheap, fast, big, flawed. Read the full detailed review of the ZenFone 2 right here on XDA. Check out the ZenFone 2 forums on XDA for themes, ROMs, root tutorials and much more! Launch Announced Released Android Version Skin January 2015 March 2015 Android 5.0 Zen UI Camera Aperture Photo Resolution Optical Image Stabilization? Video Capture Front f/2.0 4128x3096 (13MP) No [email protected] 5MP Performance CPU Cores Speed RAM ROM GPU Intel Atom Z3580/Z3560 4 2.3GHz (4GB),...

ZUK Announces Official Partnership With Cyanogen

ZUK, the company behind the rather spec-packed ZUK Z1, has announced its official partnership with Cyanogen. The move now allows ZUK to preload Cyanogen OS 12.1 on the international variant of the ZUK Z1. The ZUK Z1 has recently come in the limelight due to the fact that the company is a sub-brand of Lenovo (which also...

A Demonstration of Stagefright-like Mistakes

Recent weeks have seen huge amounts of media attention on Stagefright, a C++-based component of the Android operating system, responsible for playing various different multimedia files. The Stagefright exploit (itself discussed in more detail in this article) was fundamentally a result of integer buffer overflows and underflows. While our previous article discussed this in a...

How to Install Xposed Framework on LG G4

Great news for LG G4 owners! XDA Senior Member tabp0le posted a guide on how to get Xposed working on the LG G4. All you need is root, no unlocked bootloader required. The method involves installing the arm64 version of the framework by flashing it through Flashfire, and then getting the Official Xposed Installer (through the APK)...

Blackberry and a Possible Comeback for Physical Feedback in Keyboards

There was a time not too long ago when touchscreens were a thing of the future. The idea of smartphones - mobile devices that could access the internet and emails, as well as call and text - was a new one. It’s hard to believe that this was not that long ago, when Blackberry ruled...

If Android Ceased to Exist, Which Platform Would You Migrate to?

We all love Android, but it's always fun to ponder "what if." There is currently no other mobile platform that brings together all of XDA's wishes and hobbies in one package of endless potential (at least not in the same way) but without Android, we'd have to settle for the next best thing. What is that next...

Android One Extends Its Reach To Africa with $87 Infinix Hot 2

The Hot 2 will be available within physical stores in Nigeria, and in online stores in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Morocco, which should go at least some way to mollifying those that complained about Android One's initial limitation to internet marketplaces when it was launched in India in September last year. The new smartphone comes in two...

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Comes Along With Final Developer Preview

After keeping us guessing for quite a while, Google has surprised us by revealing the name of the next version of Android: Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Along with the new mascot and lawn sculpture, Google has also announced the final Developer Preview update which has been released for supported Nexus devices. You can download the new system...

Xposed Released for Galaxy S6 and arm64 Samsung Devices

Recognized contributor wanam has released a version of Xposed that should work on all Galaxy S6 variants and he hopes that it will support upcoming Samsung arm64 devices. It is still in an experimental phase, however, and it has been confirmed as working so far on selected tested modules. As users of Samsung devices may know, they...