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What is Your Prime Reason for Updating Your Phone?

Earlier this week, we brought to you news of an Indian startup promising monthly updates, with a "new feature" every month. All of this would be backported onto Android 5.1 to match the new features of the latest Android. Xiaomi also follows a similar update model wherein they backport and build new features on top...

Intel Chips on Android: What are the Prospects? Can They Ever Get to the Top?

For every smartphone out there, there is a processors or SoC (System-on-a-Chip) powering it. Most of us here already know what it means, but to fulfill all righteousness, know that SoCs are synonymous with our heart beat. There are whole lot of mobile SoC's out there made by different manufacturers, though most them are unheard of,...

LG G5 Launches On March 31, Pricing Is Known!

We all know that LG is no longer an underdog on the mobile market. Devices from this Korean OEM are often very powerful, beautiful, innovative and well supported, hence there is a bigger chance today that you have a phone with an LG logo in your pocket. Same applies to the latest war horse released by...

Oppo Presents Two Mid-Range Models — R9 And R9 Plus

A couple of years ago, the Oppo brand stood out through a decent custom ROM community. Things were transparent and Oppo was quite good at providing GPL-mandated sources. Unfortunately not everything is as great as it was and sources are often outdated. Hopefully that trend will be reverted with two new devices of the Chinese manufacturer have...

There is Native DPI Scaling Hidden in the Galaxy S7

My biggest pet peeve of Android is the DPI scaling (size the content is rendered on screen) that Google and other OEM’s choose for their devices. Large, beautiful displays are often marred by an endless array of status bar icons, thumb sized icons and huge UI elements. So when the Android N preview launched with the...

CREO: The Indian Startup That is Promising a New Update Every Month

The state of Android updates has been an often criticized talking point. The picture has been grim when it comes to update adoption, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow making its way to just about 2.3% of all devices. Even the one and half year old Lollipop is on 36% of all Android devices as of March...

Dangerous Things Partner With Fidesmo to Launch Implantable Cryptography Key

Today at CEBIT, Amal Graafstra founder of Dangerous Things launched the UKI, a new body implant fully compatible with Android over NFC. The UKI is supported by the Fidesmo system which gained the spotlight at Techcrunch Disrupt NY 2014. The UKI supports javacards meaning with just a tap of your phone you can load the implant...

Android N: Multi-Window is Great, but the Recents Menu and Multitasking Got Worse

Multitasking on Android has changed over the years, but most of the results have been noticeable only on the surface. The biggest changes in recent memory come from changes in the "recents menu" interface, specifically towards the side of apparent simplification. Early last year I took a comprehensive look at the ways Android allowed one to navigate the...

Which Xposed Module Would You Like to See Baked into AOSP?

The Xposed Framework and the collective community effort in the form of Modules is unarguably one of the best thing that has happened to Android in recent years from a power user perspective. What was once possible through the use of Custom ROMs and Kernels only, is now being almost universally applied. Custom ROMs have been...

Root Achieved for LG V10 on Verizon

If you purchase a phone from Verizon, you haven't really purchased a phone from them, you just have permission to use the phone. Verizon's locking practices are the worst when it comes to US carriers, frequently causing headaches to a lot of power users. So when an Android enthusiast, specifically one who cares about root and...

Qualcomm Announces VR SDK for Snapdragon 820

This year there is no doubt that virtual reality is a highlight of the Game Developers Conference -- so much that there is a separate VR track this year. Companies all over the spectrum such as AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus, Samsung and HTC are all planning announcements this week. Qualcomm, not to be left out of the party,...

Analysis: Play Games Enhancements Announced at GDC 2016

The Game Developers Conference is off to a roaring start today in San Francisco with today being Google's annual Developer Day. Since many are unable to attend in person Google has announced several changes both in person and through their developers' blog, specifically highlighting enhancements and developments coming to Google Play Games. Here's a look into...