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Samsung misses their S7 Vulkan Deadline, but Finally adds Support

Back in February, Samsung made a big deal about the gaming performance of their new Galaxy S7 smartphone. One of the key features of the S7 that they were showcasing was that it would be the first smartphone to support the Vulkan API. Samsung representatives talked extensively at the time about how Vulkan support would allow...

Lenovo IFA 2016 Announcements: Moto Z Play, Hasselblad True Zoom MotoMod and US Pricing for the Moto Z

IFA 2016 has been the bearer of some exciting products so far. Lenovo is adding on to that list by announcing the Moto Z Play, the third member in the Moto Z family along with dropping some other tidbits related to their other products. Moto Z Play Unlike the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force, the...

Samsung Unveils the Gear S3 Smartwatch at IFA 2016

It's raining smartwatches at IFA 2016. First, ASUS took the wraps off the ZenWatch 3, and now its Samsung's turn to do the same for its smartwatch. Meet the new Samsung Gear S3. With the Gear S3, Samsung took the best parts of the Gear S2 and thankfully, left them largely untouched. So you still have a...

From Store to Shelf: An In-Depth Capitulation of Why MSM8974 Devices Are Excluded from Nougat

Updated to reflect the either-or Vulkan or OpenGL ES 3.1 requirement for Android 7.0 Recently, there have been a lot of articles written about version updates, the interactions between vendor and chipset maker, and what this means for devices going forwards. Why has this come to rise this week? Well, it emerged this week given that the...

ASUS Announces the ZenWatch 3 at IFA 2016

At IFA 2016 held in Berlin, Germany, ASUS has launched the next iteration of the ZenWatch, called the ZenWatch 3. As expected, the device runs on Android Wear and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. The biggest departure on the ZenWatch 3 compared to its square predecessors is its circular watchface and design. Along with...

What Android Security Patch Are You On Right Now, and Does it Really Affect/Bother You?

Android Security Patches are a big thing. They attempt to fix glaring vulnerabilities and security holes in our beloved system, without needing to wait a whole new system/OS update. Google has committed to a monthly update pattern, and several other OEMs had promised the same in the interest of consumer safety. But, the picture is not...

Lenovo’s Motorola Moto M XT1662 Spotted at TENAA

Motorola has unveiled the Moto Z, the Moto G4 and the Moto E3 so far this year, with the entire range undergoing a refresh and compounding to cover almost every section of the pricing spectrum. But it seems that they're not done quite yet. Numerous leaks point towards a new lineup which will reportedly sit between the...

$20 Bluetooth LED Strip – Is it Crap?

This particular set that I picked up is equipped with four LED strips that can be plugged into the cigarette lighter in your car. The length of the cords are more than enough to reach the back seats of any car or SUV. While they are meant to be used in the car, I wanted to try...

Best Android Camera Apps for 2016

Footej This app comes from XDA devs stratosk and Giorgos Raptopoulos, so props to them! Footej isn't going to replace the stock camera app on some on the biggest flagship phones, but for those phones that have kind of crappy stock camera apps, this will be perfect for you. Features - Simple and bloat-free user interface - Amazing Photo and Video quality - Utilizes...

In Response to The Verge: Why We “Fretted” About the Note 7’s Performance

Last week, we published an article documenting some of the experiences we’ve had with the Galaxy Note 7, sourced from four different units from different XDA members. Shortly after our article went live, The Verge had a somewhat dismissive say in the matter. We were surprised by the spread of our article. In retrospect, the fact...

Experimental suhide Mod for SuperSU Hides su Binary from Applications

XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire needs no introduction in the world of third party development, so we'll spare you some time. Today, Chainfire brings to us his latest work -- suhide. Suhide is an experimental mod for SuperSU, one that leverages the systemless installation to give you a way to hide the su binary from applications on a...

Which Apps Are Your Top Battery Drainers?

We recently published an article on the battery life and experience of living without Google Apps. The results did not come out entirely unexpected, but we were surprised by the minimal nature of the gains. Which points us to the next obvious battery hogs: our other most frequently apps! Whether it be the constant syncing of...