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Google Allo Updated to 2.0 With Split-Screen and Quick Reply Support

Google Allo did not quite have the start that Google had hoped for the app. In the saturated market of Instant Messaging platforms, Allo has offered very little to the average consumer that could keep the user, and his contact circles, hooked. Decouple the Assistant from Allo, and you're left with an IM app bereft of key...

Google Pixel XL costs $285.75 to Manufacture – in line with Rival Smartphones

When Google finally unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4th, many people were put off by the price tag of the two phones. While Google is no stranger to sticking a premium price tag on their products, many users hoped that the two Pixel phones would continue bucking the trend of expensive off-contract...

Android Wear 2.0 will Require Installing Apps from new Wear-based Play Store

Ian Lake is an Android Developer Advocate who has been responding to some Android Wear 2.0 questions over in the Android Wear Developers Google+ community. In one particular Google+ thread, a user inquired about the current distribution numbers for the various Android Wear platform versions. For now, Mr. Lake says that all watches are capable...

9 Year Old Linux Kernel bug dubbed ‘Dirty Cow’ can Root every version of Android

Despite the fact that tens of thousands of users actively pore over the Linux kernel source code actively looking for security flaws, it's not unheard of for serious bugs to go unnoticed. After all, though the chances of missing something incredibly serious are lowered by having more eyes auditing the code, we're all still human...

The XDA Crew at the Big Android BBQ

Have you ever wondered who is behind the XDA-Developers website? Here are some of the people that work to create great content for the community and keep everything running smoothly. Check out this video to see all the XDA people that attended the BBQ.There were a few awesome booths this year at the Big Android BBQ....

Verizon Pixel Unofficial Bootloader Unlock Would be Free, not Part of SunShine

Back when the Google Pixel duo were still in the leak stages, there were reports that the Verizon based Pixel devices would come with their bootloaders locked, and with no way to officially unlock them in a straightforward manner. This created an important distinction between the carrier-unlocked Pixel as it was sold directly from Google,...

Samsung Pay to Launch in 3 New Countries, New Features Coming

Samsung Pay was able to jump ahead of the other mobile payment services in part because Samsung acquired LoopPay back in February of last year. They ended up announcing Samsung Pay the very next month, but the service wasn't launched until August. Samsung Pay was first introduced in both the United States as well as South Korea...

HTC’s Q3 Financial Results Reveal $57 Million Loss

Since the glory days of the HTC Evo 4G, HTC has failed to make significant waves with most of their smartphone products. Even the much venerated HTC One was unable to dethrone its Samsung flagship counterpart. Continuing on that downward trend, it seems HTC is still struggling to recover from the financial issues they've been having...

Google: A Fix for the Pixel & Pixel XL Camera Flare is Coming

At the launch event for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Google advertised that its camera would be the best camera currently available on any smartphone. They backed up their claim by citing a stellar early review score from DxOMark, but some people were still skeptical. As early hands-on reviews started going live from various Android and...

Join XDA at Droidcon UK & London Hack Weekend!

The largest Android developer conference in Europe is once again almost upon us as Droidcon UK returns to the Business Design Centre in London and XDA is sponsoring the conference. The event is a great opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in the industry, listen to some inspiring talks, enter to win loads of...

BlackBerry Launches the DTEK60, Available for $499

BlackBerry is determined to remain in the smartphone market for as long as it can. In this endeavor, the company also had to take the tough decision to drop its hardware division, and concentrate solely on its security and enterprise solutions, one of their biggest USP's. The BlackBerry DTEK60 is the second smartphone that comes out of...

4G LTE Vulnerability Enables Eavesdropping on Conversations and all Data Traffic

For the privacy-minded readers on our forums, you probably steer clear of any open WiFi hotspot while you're out and about. If you're one of the lucky few who owns a select Nexus or Pixel device that is supported by Google's WiFi Assistant, then maybe you aren't so worried about using an unsecured network. But...