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Redmi Note 3 is Now the Best-selling Smartphone in India

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 3 (along with the Pro variant) has been an incredibly popular smartphone since it was released. A device that Aamir called the "King of the Lower End" back in April when he reviewed it. It's never been the most developer-friendly smartphone that Xiaomi has sold thanks to its locked bootloader, but it still...

Google’s Andromeda to Launch on Pixel 3 Laptop and Huawei Nexus Tablet in 2017

News for Andromeda, Google's Android-Chrome OS hybrid, keeps trickling in, and we aren't complaining in the slightest. While earlier reports came in to confirm the existence of Andromeda and the possibility of it being tested on the Nexus 9, new reports point to the existence of hardware like a laptop and a tablet, made for...

Contributing to Open Source Projects Not Just For the Experts

XDA has long been a proponent of open source development, and we've seen it flourish over the years. In fact, it's one of the main reasons our community has grown as fast as it has over these past 13 years, with Android's core being the driving force. Many people desire to be part of open...

MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688 & 7688 Duo Development Challenge

Using the MediaTek LinkIt™  Smart 7688 and 7688 Duo HDKs and open source platform, developers can add Wi-Fi to any device. This challenge is your opportunity to pitch your proposal for the best IoT device and bring it to life with a MediaTek LinkIt™  Smart 7688 or 7688 Duo of your own. We’ll be awarding these...

Moto M Rumored to Launch with Microsoft Bloatware Pre-Installed

It was just last month when we learned about a cross-licensing patent deal between Microsoft and Lenovo. Microsoft has been making deals with multiple Android OEMs as a way to get some of their core applications pre-loaded onto smartphones and tablets. The deal with Lenovo is just one of their latest, and it promised the...

Motorola to Launch the Moto Z Series in India Next Month

When Motorola and Lenovo first announced the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, we were told the Force Droid variant would be a Verizon Wireless exclusive. This is still the case, but we did recently see an unlocked version of the Moto Z go up for pre-order in the United Kingdom last month and this month in the...

How to Access the Hidden Hardware Diagnostic Tools on your Android Phone

If you're buying a phone secondhand, the first thing you should absolutely do is complete a thorough check of the device's hardware to ensure that everything is working as intended. So you pop in your SIM card, head on over to the Play Store, and download one of the many hardware diagnostic testing apps available...

Signs of Life For Android Pay’s Global Rollout

With rumors swirling about Android Pay's expansion into more countries, Google has started taking steps towards preparing for those launches. Unfortunately, most of the preparations happen behind closed doors where we can't see them (negotiating with banks, helping the banks put forth Requests For Proposals to find implementers, navigating each country's legal framework, etc.), but...

Google’s October 4th Event Likely to Talk about Android-Chrome OS Hybrid “Andromeda”

We had every reason to be pumped up about the upcoming October 4th event from Google. After all, it's not everyday that Google releases new hardware that has had heavy influence from the Search Giant -- keeping in mind that Google is still primarily a software company. But recent news might give us even more...

Replacement Galaxy Note 7 Units Continue to Have Battery Issues

Samsung has been trying to replace defective Galaxy Note 7s as quickly as possible, but it looks like the South Korean tech giant has run into yet another issue with the device. It's being reported that customers in South Korea who have had their Galaxy Note 7 replaced are still experiencing issues with the batteries...

Mediatek Officially Unveils the 10 nm Helio X30 and 16 nm Helio P25

At a press event in China, MediaTek held their official launch event for their long awaited flagship Helio X30, and their latest mid range chip, the Helio P25. The Helio X30 is a 10 core big.LITTLE chip, with two 2.8 GHz A73 cores, four 2.2 GHz A53 cores, and four 2 GHz A35 cores on TSMC’s...

Android Gaming Graphics at a Standstill: What Is Holding Us Back, and the Path Forward

Over the past couple years, we’ve seen a massive shift in the Android gaming market. Many major companies have shifted away from releasing new original graphically intensive 3D games, and are instead focusing more on either porting games from other platforms, or expanding their current games, often in an attempt to drive microtransactions. This is fantastic...