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Google Finally Begins Marshmallow Rollout For Android Wear

Better late than never, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally starting to make its way onto your wrists in the form Android 6.0 for Wear. Google has also announced more details in their official blog post. The post mentions a few of the new features that we can see on the latest version of the OS, including new system...

Mozilla Discontinues Development of Firefox OS for Smartphones

In an email sent out to developers, Mozilla has informed that it has dropped the axe on Firefox OS for smartphones. This email is also posted on their Discourse for readers to take note of. We will end development on Firefox OS for smartphones after the version 2.6 release. This means that Firefox OS for smartphones will no...

Vinli – Control Your Home w/ Your Car

Vinli has been quite busy since we last spoke with them at the Big Android BBQ. They have partnered with Uber and continued to improve their tools for developers. XDA TV Producer TK and Vinli CTO Powell Kinney sat down to discuss more regarding their connected car platform. One exciting advancement is the ability to...

Make Sure Your USB Type C Cable is Standard-Compliant, Lest Your Device Gets Fried

Ever the aficionado with a passion for making sure products are conforming to the right type of standards, Benson Leung is a Google Engineer who has devoted much of his time to truly testing out cables and accessories since the move to USB Type C started. In the past months, he’s reviewed a plethora of...

Samsung Hints at Feature Changes in Android N: Better Stylus Support?

We don't yet know much about Android N (after all, we're still a few months away from the next I/O) but we do know that Google works quite closely with several major OEMs to ensure that the OEMs can get the update incorporated into their own devices as fast as they possibly can. This means that...

Honor 5X to Ship with Snapdragon 616

Honor HQ has today announced that the 5X will be shipping with the Snapdragon 616 rather than the previously advertised 615. The primary difference between the two chips is that 616 runs with four cores at 1.2GHz not at 1GHz like the 615, the remaining four cores will run at 1.5GHz. Keep in mind that this...

Witch-hunts and Wizardry: On Community Reactions to Blunders and Shortcomings

When was the last time a company, app or product that you have praised left and right in conversation - and online - did a full 180 and set spark to your wrath? There might have been a small oversight at heart that caused the outrage, but with enormous consequences in the end, warranting an all-out...

FlashFire Updated with Android 6.0 and OTA Flashing Support

XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire is known in the Android community for a wide variety of reasons, one of which is FlashFire. Often referred to as the spiritual successor to Mobile ODIN, FlashFire is used to flash custom ROM's and kernels, without going through the procedure in recovery. There's good news for FlashFire users, the app has been...

Google Reportedly Signals Apple-like Direction for Nexus Hardware

The Nexus lineup is the Holy Grail for all pure Android lovers. Featuring some of the best specifications available on the market, along with a Google-AOSP approach, these phones offer the best long-term software experience (except maybe the HTC HD2). Except the Nexus 6P, the Nexus lineup has never been a running contender for the best...

More NVIDIA SHIELD Tablets get Marshmallow Updates (Updated – 4.0 OTA Halted)

The update follows most of the same notes that we saw with the K1 update in December. SHIELD tablet owners should take note of the new MicroSD card usage and recall that while they can use it for internal storage with the new update, all data on the card will be wiped if electing to...

US Mobile to Become First Xiaomi and Meizu Carrier in USA

Chinese smartphone manufacturers are causing quite a stir worldwide, flooding markets with low cost handsets which appear so hard to resist on the spec sheets. The low cost market has evolved in the past few years, going from "low cost, low end" to "low cost, high end", thanks to players like Xiaomi. However, there was one...