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Samsung’s Good Lock Contains a Small and Glorious Island of Vanilla Android

After Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 Edge, I wound up preordering one. When it came in (early, thanks T-Mobile) I was greeted with my first taste of Samsung’s Marshmallow TouchWiz. My Note5 just got 6.0.1 today (No thanks T-Mobile.) Overall things were fairly similar between the Lollipop and Marshmallow builds of TouchWiz. However, one thing...

Biggest Bottlenecks When Building Android From Source

Update 4/19 12 pm CT: Clarified build times are ccache build times. Update 4/20 9:17 am CT: Build 3 was most certainly not RAID 1. Corrected that error. In 2012 I started to build kernels -- and relied on my trusty Core 2 Quad Q9550 to build it. If that wasn't worthy of a cringe then the fact...

Google vs. EU: Android Antitrust Charges in the Horizon

A new report originating from Reuters claims that Google is about to get charged in the European Union over abusing Android for unfair promotion of its own apps and services on the OS. Antitrust allegations over Google have been an ongoing topic of hot debate, with governments and judicial machinery of several nations alleging Google for...

Podcasts are now Available in Google Play Music

It's not secret that Google has been working on incorporating podcasts into Google Play Music. After all, they did announce the service back in October of 2015, however, it was restricted to users uploading their podcasts. A rather smart move, at the time, as it gave content creators several months to fill the new marketplace with...

What Encryption Means For WhatsApp And Its 1 Billion Users

Some days ago, WhatsApp introduced the long awaited end-to-end encryption to all users. We heard the process has been going on for a while now , with Android-to-Android messages encrypted; now the encryption feature has reached almost every WhatsApp user out there, regardless of their mobile platform though one has to be running the latest version of...

TWRP Makes its Way to the HTC 10 Weeks before its Official Release

It was just last week that HTC unveiled its newest flagship smartphone, the HTC 10. After weeks and weeks of rumors and leaks, we thought that HTC had little left that could surprise us. In a move that surprised many of us, HTC announced very consumer-friendly bootloader locking terms. Well, it looks like merely days after the announcement we're already seeing the...

Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Design Leaks; Dimple got Nerfed

When Google bought Motorola back in August 2011, people expected to be greeted by the best experience that Android could offer, with Google on the software side and Motorola on the hardware end. But when Google sold off Motorola in 2014 to Lenovo, such hopes were left unfulfilled. Motorola's Moto G was one of the best...

Aukey Begin Shipping UK QC3.0 Multi-Port Wall Chargers

Living in the UK and working for a tech company at the same time has one drawback and that is the plug we use, the three rectangular pronged plug is designed to be the safest in the world. The pins are each coated with insulation until the midway point meaning you can’t shock yourself if you...

The XDA Files: The Industry Through the Eyes of The Community – Part 1

Most days we post at least one poll on the XDA Twitter account, in fact, many in office debates are settled by our followers there. Looking back on these, it became clear that it would be a shame to let them just disappear into the depths of Twitter posts, so here we go; this is...

HTC 10 Released. Android N 2nd Preview. Live Cases for Nexus Phones.

The HTC 10 has been released! The second preview of Android N has been released. Finally, Google introduced 'live cases' for Nexus Phones.. Those stories and more are talked about by TK as he covers the news from the week ending April 15, 2016 at XDA-Developer.com. Check out this video! Be sure to check out other...

Android N Preview 2 Improved Upon the Awful Recents Screen of Preview 1

The second N Developer Preview has hit our Nexi and with it come many fixes that change the user experience for the better. The great thing about these previews is their iterative nature, and we see this perfectly at play in this update. First of all, we must recall that the first Developer Preview brought multi-tasking...

Which Durability Qualities do You Look for in a Phone?

Back in the early days, plastic used to be the standard manufacturing material used for smartphones. And that was for good reason, too. Plastic was cheap and easy to work with, and more importantly, it was durable as well. Since then, Android smartphones have experimented with a myriad variety of materials and combinations to find which...