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What Do You Look for in Smartphone Reviews?

There is a lot to talk about each and every phone, and reviews have limited volume to do so. From the life-styley to the ultra in-depth, reviews came in many forms for many audiences. That being said, XDA is a very particular demographic, often valuing detail and thoroughness.But of the many kinds and aspects of...

Nexus 5 Hardware Modded to 64GB Internal Storage By Replacing eMMC

The Nexus 5 was a great phone, and a vast majority would agree. Packing in a decent hardware at a very good price, the Nexus 5 made the Nexus more mainstream, increasing its popularity with the normal consumer. But as good as the Nexus 5 was, it did have one issue: limited storage. Granted, this problem...

LeEco Le Max 2 Hands On and First Look

Chinese Manufacturer LeEco has announced the Le Max 2 and some other variants. XDA TV Host TK was in China covering the event and all the exciting announcements. TK took a moment to get hands on with the LeEco Le Max 2. See his first impressions and get a first look at the device! Check out...

The Time is Right for a Pixel Phone: an Uber-Flagship to Complement the Nexus Line

Near and dear to all of our hearts is the Nexus program, revered for its excellent and almost unblemished support of developers, tinkerers, and purists alike. Over the years though we have seen multiple transformations as Google has tried to see where its program fits. After going from top-tier flagship competitor to a mid-range monster and...

Be Wary of False Advertising: Qualcomm Quick Charge is not USB Type-C Spec Compliant

Benson Leung is a Google engineer who has recently become well-known for his third-party USB Type-C cable reviews. He has dedicated some of his time to testing which cables are spec complaint and which are not (sometimes resulting in catastrophic consequences for his own personal hardware) and has become the go-to guy for many users looking to purchase new cable...

Official Bootloader Unlock Available for the European LG G5!

Good news for European LG G5 users! Official bootloader unlock for the Europe-based H850 model is now available from LG's Developer site. XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer autoprime posted a step-by-step guide in unlocking the bootloader for the LG G5. Do note, this is specifically for the European H850. These instructions will not work with the G5 from...

ZUK Unveils the ZUK Z2 Pro With 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage

ZUK, a Lenovo backed Chinese company, made waves last year for the promising ZUK Z1. On the face of it, the spec sheet and value it brought to the customer made it a spiritual successor to the OnePlus One. It had some flagship grade specs at an affordable value. And if you purchased the international...

LeEco Le 2 Hands On and First Look

Chinese Manufacturer LeEco has announced the Le 2 and some other variants. XDA TV Host TK was at the event covering all the exciting announcements. TK took a moment to get hands on with the LeEco Le 2. See his first impressions and get a first look at the device! Check out this video.Be sure...

Android N Developer Preview Available For Sony Xperia Z3!

Android N is available for just a small number of devices. It’s still a developer preview, so Google deciding to roll it up for a bunch of Nexus devices makes sense. There is some good news, though, as Sony worked closely with big G to provide a preview for their own Xperia phones.At this moment,...

Chainfire’s FlashFire can now Create Fastboot Flashable Backups

Custom ROM users are probably familiar with the process of making regular backups and restorations because of unexpected hiccups causing your phone to enter into a bootloop. It's imperative to backup your device in the off chance that such an event were to occur or you'll have to deal with the frustration of resetting all...

Going Over to the Dark Side: Comprehensive MIUI Review & Details

A lot of us come over to XDA to escape from the clutches of OEM software: to escape the chains that tie down our hardware, to realize the true potential of things we paid for. Sure, manufacturers claim to offer a software solution that aims to bring the best out of the hardware they created. They...

The Gloves Are Off: Google Responds to the EU’s Antitrust Charges

Earlier this week, we reported on a source that indicated that Google was on the verge of being handed an antitrust suit by the European Commission. Today, the rumors came to fruition: the European Commission officially handed Google a "statement of objections" due to their belief that Google was in violation of EU antitrust statutes by...