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Leaving the App Drawer: The 15-Day Homescreen Experiment

The App Drawer, something so simple, something so native to Android but yet something so controversial as of late. If someone asks about the differences between iOS and Android this is typically an early mention, so when LG (and Samsung to a lesser extent) released early models of their new flagship phones sans-App Drawer the...

B&O HiFi DAC Module for LG G5 May Not Come to USA After All

One of the major highlights of the LG G5 was its "modular" functionality, a feature that lets you expand and branch out the G5's functionality towards specific interest areas. Being one of the first mainstream devices in recent time to be modular, it was bound to have limitations owing to its new nature. Such limitations...

The G5’s Build Quality Issues and Misleading Marketing Take Away From the Merit of its Virtues

The G5 has finally arrived to the hands of reviewers and consumers after much anticipation. LG’s odyssey into the world of modularity took us all by surprise, and the original reaction towards the approach was as loud and divisive as you might expect. While many justifiably sang praise to LG for trying something so radically different...

Why Material Design Didn’t Achieve the Grand Unification it Originally Aimed For

The Ideology Behind Material Design Material Design's ideology centers around the user, synthesizing a visual language by combining the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. The Google Design team aimed high, with a vision that most designers would deem impossible, but Google's very philosophy is centered around moonshots...

Microsoft Build 2016 Announcements Making Way To The Public

During Build 2016, Microsoft announced the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 along with several new attractive features. Now that the preview update (14316) has been released on the Insider fast track additional tools are making their way out to the public we can get a look at some of these new features. Most important to many of our...

LG’s Metal Questioned, Huawei P9 & P9 Plus Announced, Android Studio 2.0 Released

The internet has a freak-out over LG's metallic body! The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus are announced. And, Android Studio 2.0 has been released. Those stories and more are talked about by TK as he covers the news from the week ending April 8, 2016 at XDA-Developer.com. Check out this video! Be sure to check out...

Android 6.0 Marshmallow for OnePlus One Rolling Out Tomorrow

The OnePlus One is a killer device. You've probably heard me say this a hundred times already, but the phone really holds a competitive place in the market even after two years of release. And since you are reading this on XDA Developers, there is a good chance you are already rocking a 3rd party...

Best Google Cardboard Headset

This week we've shown you the best Google Cardboard Apps and how to take photos and videos in VR. In order to truly experience any of these as they are meant to be, you need a Cardboard device. Which device is best? In this video we look at 4 different Cardboard devices and pick the...

The Android Notification Nuisance: Need Smarter Notifications? They Are Coming

Notifications are an integral part of a user's experience with a device. It's one of those areas on our phones that we see tens and possibly even hundreds of times everyday. It serves as the primary area of getting a user notified about things he cares about -- at least, that was the plan. But app...

Android Studio 2.0 Stable Release — Useful Summary & Details

Earlier today the Android team usefully summarized the latest Android Studio update on their developers' blog, which has hit the stable channel. This newest version, 2.0 is a significant update from the previous version and includes the following new features: An "Instant Run" that quickly implements your change and runs it, allowing you to minimize the time it takes to build...

Marketing and What it Says About OEMs: Who Targets it Right?

Whether we like it or not, advertising and marketing affect us all. Ranging from subliminal to as in-your-face as a building-sized billboard, they help convey products in a very specific way. The smartphone market is no different. However, marketing can be more than just a nuisance; it can also be very revealing by its very...

One Tap Xposed Module Lets You Download Videos From Various Applications

When you're on the move, Internet tends to become a privilege rather than an ubiquitous feature. Accordingly, our media consumption routine needs to adjust to account for the change in network quality and speeds. Afterall, viewing a video on a spotty connection with barely 3G speeds is a polarizing experience when compared to the comforts...