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Blackberry Venice: Hardware Keyboard Done Right at the Perfect Time

Blackberry helped shape the foundations of modern smartphones, being one of the first brands to bring smartphone features and mobile internet services to mainstream consumers. These primeval smartphones were also powerful in enterprise, and for years they remained the favorite choice of corporate America and big multinationals. Those times seemingly faded with the rise of Android...

IonVR Partners With Stromberg And Spielberg’s VRC

XDA's Mobile VR partner, IonVR, has just made an announcement about another, monumental partner joining them. The Virtual Reality Company (VRC), which consists of some Hollywood heavyweights like Robert Stromberg (Chief Creative Officer, winner of two Academy Awards and director of MALEFICENT) and Steven Spielberg (Advisor, winner of multiple Academy Awards and director known for a few things...

China & Catching up: The Price of a UX

2014 can be remembered as the year when OnePlus stormed into the smartphone market and kept the nerd and enthusiast groups abuzz for months over one single smartphone, the OnePlus One. 2014 can also be remembered for the rise of Xiaomi, as it spread its reach beyond the Chinese nation towards other markets, and wrangled...

Hands-On Video Shows Blackberry Venice Running Android

Much to the rejoice of all the people wanting a physical keyboard along with experiencing all the goodness of Android in a seamless fashion, it appears that all the leaks regarding the Android-powered Blackberry slider device have been shaping up to be true. Codenamed Blackberry Venice, the device has made a pitstop at Canada-based Bell Mobility...

2015 Moto X Gets TWRP, Repartition Alcatel Idol 3, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Coming! – XDA TV

It's Friday,  September 18, 2015, and let's talk about what happened this week over at XDA-developers.com First up, Elephone has announced a new flagship for their phone line, which they're calling "Vowney" for now. There are 2 versions of it, 1 with a Mediatek MT6795 processor and Android 5.0, 1 with an Intel quad-core processor and...

Where Do Successful Manufacturers Still Go Wrong?

If there's an area you think an OEM consistently does badly in, now's the time to share... Even our favorite phones have issues; little bugbears that grow in annoyance as time goes by, problems that we hope will be fixed via a software update or hardware refresh in the next edition. But what happens when the manufacturer fails to...

How to upgrade your Android phone to Lollipop

  Hitting the volume button now allows for silencing options, including for a specified amount of time or excluding certain contacts, and ability to create a use profiles and a guest mode is a major addition to the operating system.  These and other features make it worth your while to upgrade your device. Alright I’m on board,...

Two New Nexus Phones: Which Would You Pick, and Why?

New Nexus phones are coming, which means exciting times for enthusiasts and developers alike. With this new round of solid phones with pure Android, we will likely have to choose between a Nexus 5 from LG and a Nexus phablet from Huawei. Given these manufacturers' histories, the leaked specifications and designs, and your personal preference,...

Best Phones You Can Get Under $100 Fun-boxing! (Part 2)

You've seen phone unboxings before, but have you seen "fun-boxings?" A couple of weeks ago XDA TV Host Jordan said, "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." Jordan vowed to use four...

Opinion: The 810 Held Back a Generation with Deliberate Apologism & Damage Control

It’s been a little over a week since I received a OnePlus 2 unit for review, and with it, I finally got enough time to truly test the Snapdragon 810 and get it through its paces. It's been an eye-opening experience, and it made me reconsider a few things I want to discuss. If we go...

MiniMap, a Clever Floating and Resizable Map Overlay

Ever needed a small map floating in the corner of your screen while you multitask? Inspired by video games featuring minimaps, XDA Senior Member Flyview created an app that offers exactly that. MiniMap shows you a small, resizable map as an overlay on any other app you're using. You can use it to give quick directions...

Elephone P8000 XDA Review: Be Surprised, but Keep Expecting

The Elephone P8000 is a phone that attempts to defy the market trends by showing that one does not need to cut down the thickness of the phone to deliver a premium feeling device. Featuring a massive 4,165 mAh battery and a surprisingly good TouchID fingerprint scanner, the phone also packs in the specs that...