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Samsung Advanced UI: This New TouchWiz UI is a Giant Leap Forward, Two Steps Back

It feels like Samsung wants to make us scratch our heads and wonder what it is doing quite often and today is no different. Late last night a discovery on the Galaxy S7 subreddit led me to trying out a new application for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. It is not quite “new” since...

The RAM Conundrum: How Much RAM Do We Really Need?

Recently, we were treated to announcements of one of the first smartphones running Android that come with 6GB of RAM. 6 freaking GB! That is a lot of RAM in a mobile device. Starting up the number game is the Vivo Xplay5 Elite. Vivo as a company may not be very well known outside of China, but...

NorthBit Releases Metaphor Source on Github

NorthBit Advanced Software Research released on Thursday source code related to their Metaphor exploit of Stagefright to the public. Metaphor has been making its run through the news cycle due to the large footprint of devices likely affected. NorthBit estimated the number of affected devices was at least 235 million - those running 5.0 or 5.1....

HTC 10 New Crisp Images Show Device in Black and Grey Color Variants

The HTC 10 is inching closer to its release, so the leaks and images have started flowing faster quicker and better than before. Today, we are treated to views of the black and grey color variants of the HTC 10. So without further ado, let's get to the images! These images come to us from a Chinese...

How Much Does Smartphone Sound Matter to You?

Whether it is through speakers or headphones, sound is an integral part of the smartphone experience. Indeed, cat videos aren't quite as fun otherwise, but it's also clear some smartphones are better at sound than others. Several factors like the speaker quality and positioning, as well as the DAC for finer headphone experiences, make huge...

Infinix Hot 2 (Android One) Update Includes a “RAM Booster”

What do you do when you want to purchase a budget handset but also want quick and speedy updates to the base Android OS, in par with the official releases from Google? For quite a while, there was no true answer to this. But then came along Android One. Google's attempt at giving a Nexus like...

Android N-ify Xposed Module Aims to Give Your Android 5.0+ Device the Android N Flavor

Android N has arrived..! ...Well, in a limited form at least. And of course, not for everybody. The Android N Developer Preview has been out for supported Nexus devices for a while now. This gives flashaholics a chance to experience something new in Android, long before the general public would get a chance to. Too bad that...

What Made Choosing Your Smartphone so Hard?

The smartphone ecosystem has changed so much in the past five years, and we have come to point where mobile devices have become so unique and differentiated. Today there are so many varieties of smart phones one can ever think of. There are thousands of manufacturers churning out devices,  and almost on a daily basis, new...

What’s The Longest You’ve Gone Without Rooting or Flashing?

For some people, rooting comes and goes. Sometimes we claim to be satisfied with a new phone, pretending it has everything we need. After the honeymoon phase ends, we often fall back onto old habits and quickly want our old root features back -- from adaway to Xposed. Eventually, the stock ROM might become boring...

How to Repurpose Android as a Landline Replacement

All this week we've been taking an old device that is laying around collecting dust and repurposing it in a useful way. Today we show you how to make a landline replacement. This is accomplished using the apps listed below. Check out this video to learn more and visit our Repurposing Android Devices forums on XDA....

Praise and Criticism of N’s Multi-Window & Freeform from a Multi-Window Fan

After having used Android N for quite a while, I’ve grown used to all of its features, and most importantly to me, its revision to Android’s core functionality, including multitasking. We have taken an in-depth look at the recents menu in Android N, where we found that with the re-arranged layout, Google has a lot to...

Snapdragon 652 Powered LG G5 Spotted at TENAA

The LG G5 has been praised for bringing the modular approach to flagships. While its modular functionality is very limited at the moment, there's no denying that it has all the right elements to be a competitive flagship. The G4 was good competition to the Samsung Galaxy S6, so the G5 should be able to...