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OnePlus 3 Receives Android 7.0 on OxygenOS Via Open Beta 8

After waiting around for a few months, and going through all the hype that is oft associated with OnePlus launches and releases, it is finally here. Android 7.0 Nougat has landed on the OnePlus 3 in official capacity, albeit in a limited format. This Nougat build is part of the beta builds, and you can flash...

Clearing up Misconceptions regarding OP3 and OP3T Storage Speed Differences and F2FS

Among the improvements that OnePlus touted for its OnePlus 3T release, we were told that the company had managed to improve app opening speeds and general loading times, something especially noticeable on heavy applications such as 3D games. This struck us as a surprise, because the device ultimately packs the same kind of UFS 2.0 storage...

Chainfire Releases SuperSU v2.78 SR5, Fixing Some Nougat Bugs

Since September, XDA Recognized Developer Chainfire started a new versioning system for SuperSU. This began with version 2.78 SR1 of SuperSU, and today the man has released 2.78 SR5. Instead of labeling them as a Beta, he changed this to a Service Release naming scheme. He felt this would be a good way of reducing the number...

Flyperlink: The Best Way to Open Links from Within Apps

  Flyperlink is a great alternative app to System WebView. System WebView is the browser that is used when you open a link from within an app. It's a very basic version of Chrome that many people get very frustrated with. There are no customization options for System WebView. Flyperlink creates a floating browser window that...

Sailfish OS Receives Certification for Government and Corporate Use in Russia

Jolla's Sailfish mobile OS platform hasn't had the best of luck over the years. The company's first flagship device was first shown off back in 2013, and later that year they announced Android owners would soon be able to install the Sailfish OS on select smartphones. The company announced the Jolla tablet in late 2014, which would...

LeEco Releases Kernel Source Code for their Devices

The company launched the LeEco Le S3 and the LeEco Le Pro 3, and despite mixed reviews decrying the software experience, few have denied that these smartphones pack quite a punch in spite of their pricing. But software is something that can be fixed with enough tinkering, as we here at XDA are especially wont...

OnePlus 3/3T Users Voice Concern Over Touchscreen Latency Issues

The OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T are among the best Android smartphones you could buy right now (or not, in the case of the OnePlus 3). Mix great hardware with an open software approach (compared to other popular OEMs) and what you get is a flagships that is closest to the Nexus of old in the...

Google, Bertelsmann, & Udacity to Offer 10,000 Android Scholarships for EU Developers

Out of this group of developers, a recent report claims that just under half (42 percent) are self taught. As such, Google has recognized the need to reach out to these self-taught developers in order to foster independent development on Android. Therefore, Google has recently announced an initiative to fund 10,000 Android Developer training scholarships for...

ZTE Wants You to Help Name its Project CSX Winner

At CES 2016, we learned that ZTE planned to crowdsource ideas for an upcoming smartphone release. This was a rather big deal because it's rare for a smartphone OEM to pull their ideas directly from the Android community. The rules were simple, and only required the ideas to be technically possible by 2017 and not be...

Layoffs Continue at Cyanogen Inc., Seattle Office to Shut Down by Year-End

Cyanogen Inc. has been in the news lately for the major changes that the company was recently undergoing. Most notably, the former CEO of Cyanogen, Kirt McMaster had to hand over the managerial roles of the company to Lior Tal and assume the role of Executive Chairman. Further, Cyanogen Inc's co-founder Steve Kondik, more famously...

How to use Kustom Live Wallpaper: The Basics

Marco is back with a video tutorial for KWLP (Live Wallpaper Maker). This is  a great customization app that can make your phone look incredible. The problem is, it's not that easy to use. So if you're new to KLWP, this video will help you get started. Launcher First off, get yourself a good custom launcher. You'll...

Have You Seen an Increase in Android Battery Life in Recent Years?

Battery life on Android continues to remain one of those areas where we can see a lot of change, both on and off the spec sheet. It is a product of complex interactions between battery capacity, consumption and efficiency of other hardware as well as the user's personal use case. So it is not surprising to...