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Marshmallow Is What Lollipop Should Have Been, but XDA Made Lollipop Better

It’s been around two weeks since I began testing the Nexus 5X for an upcoming review, and while writing the section on software, I couldn’t help but feel that it wouldn’t be able to cover some of the more subjective thoughts I have on Marshmallow. Therefore, I want to let those thoughts out in an editorial,...

Why Images in some Camera Apps are Upside Down on the Nexus 5X

New users of the Google Nexus 5X may have noticed a peculiar problem arise when they snap a picture using some third-party camera apps - the image ends up being upside-down! This issue isn't exclusive to the Nexus 5X, though, as it has previously occurred on the front-facing camera of the Nexus 6. What causes this problem? Is it...

Hands On With The OnePlus X: A Humble Leap in the Right Direction

Overlooking the city of London I hold the two phones up to the light, to my left I can hear a group of people expressing the same thoughts as mine. Turning to the group on my right I ask them "so, can you tell them apart?", "we were going to ask you the same question"....

Samsung Pay Requires Decrypted Device For Full Functionality

In a surprising piece of news, it appears that Samsung Pay, Samsung's mobile-based payment solution and competitor to Android Pay and Apple Pay, actually requires a decrypted device to function. XDA Member mattspierce tipped us about his experience with the Samsung Pay app on an encrypted but otherwise stock Samsung Galaxy S6. The member installed the app and...

DroidCon UK 2015 Brought to You by Skills Matter – XDA TV

DroidCon UK 2015 was just last weekend. This London event was brought to you by the organization Skills Matter. XDA TV Host Jordan was there. During the event, he got a chance to talk to some of the people that made this event happen. Jordan and Wendy sat down and talked about the past, present...

App Aversion: We Used to Download and Try Apps All the Time, What Changed?

My first Android smartphone fascinated me, and as was the case with many at XDA, a big part of my slow descent into all things Android were apps, any kind of app, and every app that I found interesting. Since then, my usage patterns have changed. I no longer seek them out as much nor try...

Your Phone Suddenly Stops Working; What Do You Do?

You wake up and your phone doesn't boot up. You try everything, every button combination, but nothing works -- it's dead. What is the first thing you do? How do you cope with it? What is your next plan, or your next phone? How does the rest of your day develop?

Punching Things at DroidCon UK 2015! – XDA TV

DroidCon UK 2015 has officially wrapped up. The event and hackathon was a success. XDA TV Host Jordan was at the event. During the event, he got to try out a lot of fun technologies, check out some exciting presentations and talk to a lot of people. In this video Jordan gives you a DroidCon...

Lookout Discovers Trojanized Adware that Secretly Acquires Root Access

Publicly available root exploits are a godsend to consumers whose devices are locked. Exploits such as Towelroot easily enabled any user running on Android version KitKat and below to acquire root access with the click of a button. However, these methods are considered "exploits" for a reason. If an application like Towelroot can exploit your device's firmware to...

Nexus 6P Camera

Resolution You will be able to film in 4K and 1080p when you're using the back facing camera. The front facing camera will go to a maximum of 1080p the and video looks great with a nice wide angle view so that you can include big Aunt Jen in your family shots. Camera Features This being a Nexus...

Sony Open Device Program Interview: Opening Much More Than Just Software

At the Big Android Barbecue 2015, we had the honor of interviewing Alin Jerpelea from Sony, after his great talk on Sony's plans to open up the hardware of their devices as well as future plans for their developer programs. You can find the full, highly recommendable talk here. A notable takeaway is that Sony is now helping developers...

Through the Viewfinder: Droidcon UK 2015

Droidcon was hosted in London’s Business Design Centre on October the 29th and October the 30th followed by a Hackathon Code Node on October the 31st and November the 1st. Both events were sponsored by many companies who promoted themselves, their products and even their games. These included advertising new technologies, apps and games, but all could be...