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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/768782671707148288Leaked 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...

25 Years of Linux and the GPL, and How Android Benefits

Happy Birthday to Linux. It’s been 25 years since Linux was first announced. It started from very humble beginnings, with Linus Torvalds describing it as “just a hobby, [that] won't be big and professional like gnu”, but it has grown into being the world’s largest open source project and the most commonly used Operating System...

Honor 8 XDA TV Video Review

The Honor 8 is the high-end flagship phone offered for either $400 or $450 dollars, depending on which option you go with (available via Amazon, hihonor.com, and other retailers). This phone comes with a 5.2 1080p display, Kirin 950 CPU 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB ROM and 3000mAh Battery. You can explore more about the Honor 8...

[UPDATE: Response from HTC] HTC Breaks One A9’s 15-Day Update Promise on the Phone’s First Major Update

Today, HTC announced their planned update schedule for Android 7.0 Nougat. The HTC 10 will be getting the update in Q4, and the HTC One M9 and HTC One A9 will be getting it afterwards. It’s always fantastic when an OEM is clear, concise, and communicative about their planned update schedule. That communication is a big part...

Quick Reply from the Lock Screen will soon return to Android Nougat

One of the many welcomed new features in Android Nougat is the ability to reply to notifications in a pop-up without having to switch applications, a feature we've come to label "Quick Reply." The feature made its debut in the first Android Nougat Developer Preview, and with the second Developer Preview the feature was further expanded...

Android Nougat makes its way to the Nexus 5 & Nexus 7 (2013) via First Unofficial Port

Update 11:28PM CST: XDA Recognized Contributor zaclimon has posted the first unofficial port of Android Nougat for the Nexus 7 (2013) over on our forums.We've been expecting this to eventually happen after the initial release of Android Nougat, but perhaps not as quickly as we initially expected. Merely a single day after the release of Android Nougat's source...

OnePlus Releases OxygenOS 3.5 Community Build for the OnePlus 3

One of the complaints with OnePlus devices is how the released phones are often neglected in terms of software. Even though the devices have strong third-party developer communities behind them, the love they receive from the OEM is sometimes too little, too late.But things look like they are changing. OnePlus is working to fix things...