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The Importance of Open Source in Root

Update: Having discussed this with Chainfire, I thought it would be a good idea to add some clarifications here. There are many reasons for software to be open or closed source, and the security of it is not determined by the availability of its source. There's a lot of very secure (and well written) closed...

Honor 7 XDA Review: Polished Hardware, Unfinished Software

Honor, for those who are unfamiliar with the brand, is essentially the European face of the Chinese giant Huawei, although it has begun selling its handsets outside this area too.Designed as a subsidiary company that operates separately from its larger brother, its task is to try to conquer western markets with well-built phones at attractive prices.We've managed to get...

Chainfire Releases Root For Android 6.0 Without Modifying /system

If you have ever rooted a device, then chances are very good that you may have heard of Chainfire, XDA Senior Moderator and Senior Recognized Developer. In case you haven't, Chainfire is the developer behind popular works like SuperSU, CF Auto Root, TriangleAway and CF.lumen, making him one of the most influential developer in the Android...

New Standards: Diving into the 6.0 Compatibility Definition Document

Marshmallow has seen the light of day on most Nexus devices already, but we've yet to see any third-party OEM update their phone to Marshmallow. How exactly will they incorporate Marshmallow's new features into their specific flavors of Android? It's hard to say for sure, but thanks to the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD), we can be...

Win a Trip to China With Honor UK and XDA!

To celebrate Honor's 2nd birthday in China, they are inviting two members of XDA to fly out to a fan party! The event will feature a showcase from Honor, fans and official partners, however also on the itinerary is a concert and extreme sports show! Winners, will fly out on the 11th of December and...

OnePlus Unveils The OnePlus X – Specs & Pricing!

In today's reveal events, OnePlus made the OnePlus X official, a smartphone aimed at one of the key areas that the original OnePlus One aimed at, that cheap can be good. But is it good?Design wise, the OnePlus X takes a leave from the design language we've seen from previous OnePlus devices. Instead, it adopts...

NetGuard Gives You Back Control Over Apps’ Internet Access, Without Root!

One of the changes introduced with Android Lollipop (5.0) was the removal of the dedicated Internet permission on Android. At the time, there was some attention drawn to the changes, but users were still free to use root access to install a firewall, and block individual apps. Obviously, this wasn't much help for those not wanting...

Walloid, an App for Vendor, Custom ROM and Material Wallpapers

There's a lot you can customize on Android, from changing launchers to using icon packs or fully fledged themes, or even flashing entire ROMs for their look and feel. That being said, one of the oldest and simplest customization options is also one of the most noticeable: changing your wallpaper. Finding a good wallpaper can be...

Meet IonVR: Sick VR That Eliminates VR Sickness

The Big Android Barbecue 2015 has come and gone, and as attendees know, going to such an Android gathering rewards Android fans with new experiences. This year, the best of the show was all about Virtual Reality. And as is the case with every emerging technology at any event, the people involved in pushing Virtual Reality...

XDA and LeaseWeb: Win Free VPS/Dedicated Server Trial and Huawei Watch

As you might recall, XDA relies on hosting infracturer from LeaseWeb to power our forums. We picked them as our hosting provider because they were able to provide a highly custom solution that meets our demanding needs. From the time your HTTP request hits our load balancer to when it's handled by one of our...

Elephone Launch The Vowney – Amazing Specs, Odd Name

When I first got my hands on an Elephone Vowney at their headquarters in Shenzhen I was over-joyed and yet ambivalent, the phone was incredibly responsive, the specs were impressive, what let it down was a small niggle, the design feels premium with a sturdy body but the gold finish on the unit I handled...

Motorola Announces Verizon-Exclusive Droid Maxx 2 And Droid Turbo 2

Motorola, in collaboration with Verizon, took centre stage today to unveil two new entrants to the Droid lineup, the mid-ranger Droid Maxx 2 and the top specced Droid Turbo 2.Starting off with the Droid Maxx 2, this phone is essentially a carrier-branded version of the Moto X Play, bearing the same design and aesthetics along...