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Experimental Unofficial Android 7.0 Nougat Build Arrives on the OnePlus One

The OnePlus One is a legendary device. Moreso for people who care about third party development - the phone has officially received CyanogenOS, OxygenOS, HydrogenOS, MIUI 7, Sailfish OS and even Ubuntu. All of these ROMs (OSs) are in addition to the hundreds of other unofficial ports and ROMs that enthusiasts in the forums build and share. And...

Honor 8 Camera Tip and Tricks

With the dual lens setup on the Honor 8 phone, you can get some pretty amazing shots that remind us a lot of the capabilities of the Huawei P9. There are so many different things to experiment with when messing around with the camera on this device. I'll be going over some of the best...

Sony Posts Guide on Building AOSP 7.0 Nougat for its Xperia Smartphones

If, for some reason, you were still of the opinion that an OEM could never be developer friendly, Sony has given yet another example of being just that. On its official website for all developer resources, Sony has posted a build guide for building Android 7.0 Nougat, the AOSP flavor and not its skinned variant, for its...

Comparing Battery Life with and Without Google Services: A Week of Minimal Idle Drain

It's no secret that battery life on smartphones these days are not the best. Most will consider it mostly a hardware issue, seeing companies trading battery size for aesthetic design. But that's not the entire reason, with a large part being attributed to the software used on our phones. In the XDA Virtual Office, many of...

Opera’s Security Breach Highlights a Problem with Proprietary Password Managers

Last night, Opera Software reported a security breach affecting all users of their web browser’s built in password manager. 1.7 million users had both their synchronized passwords and their authentication passwords leaked. Opera, to their credit, appears to be acting relatively swiftly to notify their users, sending out emails to users of its sync service and...

Android Nougat: How to Enable Hidden Navigation Bar Tweaks

To see written instructions on how to download and flash this mod, check out this thread. To enable the system UI setting, press and hold the setting icon in your notifications menu until you feel it vibrate. Now you'll see a menu for your system UI tuner in your settings. In this menu you'll find options for the...

Be Warned: Despite Acknowledging the Issue, OnePlus is still Leaking your IMEI when you Check for Updates

The OnePlus One was one of the first Android smartphones that proved that consumers didn't need to shell out $600+ for a flagship experience. In other words, even at a lower price point you should never settle for purchasing an inferior product. I can still remember the hype surrounding the specification reveal for the OnePlus One...

Beyond the Specs: In the End, the Note7 is a Remarkable Phone for Life

Often times as tech enthusiasts we tend to look at things from a single perspective, and that perspective is performance. The performance we expect, demand, and receive must meet our ever growing expectations or it runs a severe risk of being sidelined. Android phones in particular always seem to a draw special polarization in thie regard. Looking...

Sony Xperia X Compact Makes Appearance in Leaked Image

Do you remember the Sony Xperia F8831, the Sony flagship device that looked like a design refresh? Not much has been made known about that device, and we're still waiting on receiving more information regards the same. But it seems Sony has more in store for us. Enter the Sony Xperia X Compact. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/768782671707148288 Leaked by Evan Blass,...

Which Device Do You Want an Android 7.0 Nougat Custom ROM on?

For today's discussion, we're keeping things simple. Outside of the Nexus users, there's barely any of us that will receive an Android 7.0 Nougat official ROM so soon after its unveiling. Whether due to OEMs' lack of incentive or sheer apathy, most of us will have to rely on flashing a Nougat custom ROM. Which device would...

Xiaomi Announces the Redmi Note 4, with Deca-core Helio X20 SoC

Xiaomi had launched the Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek variant) in November last year. Packing a Helio X10 SoC, the device went on to become the base for the Snapdragon 650 SoC variant. And just about nine months later from its launch, Xiaomi has released the Redmi Note 4. This new phone is the successor to the Mediatek...

Android Nougat still has Flappy Droid and the Dessert Case Daydream

With every new iteration of Android, Google introduces a new Easter egg "hidden" away in settings. I say "hidden" because these Easter eggs are more of an Android tradition/Google inside-joke by this point, rather than something we're supposed to actually hunt for. To access the Easter egg in Android, all you have to do is go...