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Physical Versus Virtual Buttons — it’s More than Just Placement

The beginning of the trend Up until late 2011, hardware buttons were the widely-accepted norm for buttons on a handheld device, with Android’s hardware partners taking advantage of the free rein given to them, going on to flirt with a variety of functions, icons and positions in a somewhat-wayward manner. In November that year, Google took...

On Affordable Smartphones: Iterative Improvements Over Time Depend on the Flagship

It's been hard this week to look anywhere in the technosphere and not see an article proclaiming the death of the Flagship. Fueling these thoughts are years of declining profits and device sales from some of the worlds largest phone manufacturers. The fuel seems to have been resparked when Apple not only posted a lower quarterly growth for the iPhone,...

RootJunky: How to Bypass Factory Reset Protection on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

We here at XDA are big fans of esteemed flashaholic RootJunky who specializes in teaching you how to hack your Android device. If you're the owner of a flagship Samsung or Motorola Droid device, then you might have seen him on our forums at one point. If you don't own any of those devices, then you might...

Intel Cutting Significant Part, Possibly Entire Atom Lineup

Update 10:26 PM 4/29: SoFIA and Broxton are now confirmed discontinued by multiple reputable sites with separate conversations with Intel. Anandtech and PC World, among others, are cited for this information. Intel has started to clarify where it is going after the announcement of cutting up to 11% of its workforce last week - and fans...

SurveyMonkey: Microsoft Mobile Office App Usage Crushed by Google

Earlier this week SurveyMonkey released information from its Intelligence division that provides some insight into how many people are using Microsoft Office apps on mobile devices in comparison to Google. While I expected the numbers to heavily lean towards Google, what I saw was staggering. According to SurveyMonkey's research collected through March 2016, Microsoft only carries...

Chrome OS Gets Google Play. MODE Switchable Android Wear Bands. Ultra-Sonic Link Sharing?

Chrome OS is getting full Google Play Store support! Google introduces switchable watch bands for Android Wear with MODE. Finally, share links using ultrasound. These stories and more are talked about by TK as he covers the news from the week ending April 29, 2016 at XDA-Developers.com. Check out this video! Be sure to check out other...

Chinese OEMs in the West: Can They Capture both the Mainstream and Enthusiasts?

Chinese OEMs are no stranger to North America, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that they really started breaking into our higher-end smartphone market. Until then, offerings from major brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, and HTC have been dominating the smartphone space. In fact, the same handful of smartphone brands have been available...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 XDA Review: The King of The Low End

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is one of Xiaomi's trump cards to capture the low-mid end market for 2016, being the successor of one of Xiaomi's most popular phones, the Redmi Note. Featuring some very enticing specs at a price that is unbelievable, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 seems to bring most of the right...

LeEco Announcement Event Recap

Chinese Manufacturer LeEco has announced the Le Max 2 and some other variants. XDA TV Host TK was in Bejing, China covering the event and all the exciting announcements. TK took a moment to give us his highlights from this event. Check out this video and check out his hands on videos with the Le...

Piecing Evidence Together: The Nexus Line, HTC M1 & S1, and an Elusive Tablet

Google I/O 2016 is less than a month away, which means we've entered the final bout of new Nexus rumor hype. Today, famed device leaker @evleaks threw the Android enthusiast world into a tailspin with his latest tweet: https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/725395035022319616 Now, Mr. Blass has a penchant for leaking accurate information, so I was already on board with the...

How Much Mobile Data Do You Consume, How Much Do You Really Need?

One of the propagating factors that played a symbiotic role in the adoption of smartphones is Mobile Data. Over the years, our consumption of mobile data has spurred the growth and improvement of Telecom infrastructure which in turns helps adoption and increase in consumption of mobile data. Mobile Data went from being a luxury, to...

Poweramp Music Player App Review & Giveaway

Today XDA TV Host TK takes a look at the music player app Poweramp. Additionally, we are giving away twenty-five (25) unlock codes for the Poweramp full version. To learn about Poweramp Music player and how to win, check out the video! a Rafflecopter giveaway Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos. Poweramp Music Player...