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XDA-Developers Wishes You a Happy New Year!

2016 is finally coming to a close - in fact, it might already be over for you - and it was definitely an exciting year for smartphones, Android and our development community. We saw amazing new devices and gadgets, the massive Android Nougat update and useful modifications and apps come from our forums. For us at...

2016 in Review: What was the Biggest Disappointment this year?

As we enter the final days of the year, it's time to get your opinion on all the events, news, releases and controversies that we witnessed so far in 2016. We witnessed plenty of OEMs try out something new this year. Some succeeded, but others failed. In some cases, marketing departments of some companies went into...

Editorial: Bezels in 2016, and the Trends that Will Shape Smartphone Designs in 2017

This past year has been quite experimental in the realm of smartphone design: smartphone OEMs attempted to push the envelope and find new ways to differentiate their products and push the industry forward. Many tried, plenty failed, but some were able to steal the spotlight. One of those success stories is the Xiaomi Mi MIX. Xiaomi...

Galaxy S7 Versus Galaxy S7 Fake

Smartphone clones have always been around and always will be. For this video, Harris compares a Galaxy S7 to a knockoff S7 device. Let's see how it holds up. Packaging Unless you know what to look for, one could easily be fooled into thinking the packaging of the clone is legitimate. The Samsung Galaxy logo looks nearly...

Win an UMi Z: The First Phone with Helio X27

We're excited to be giving away the UMi Z (contest is open to all countries!), the company's latest premium phone that happens to be one of the first (if not the first) phone on the market with the MediaTek Helio X27 decacore flagship CPU. This new chipset features a tri-cluster configuration to better manage performance and efficiency....

Stable Nougat for OnePlus 3 and Nougat Open Beta 1 for OnePlus 3T Are Here

OnePlus promised we'd see Android Nougat hit the OnePlus 3 before the end of the year, and that the OnePlus 3T would see an Android Nougat beta when the OnePlus 3 received its stable release. With just a few hours left on the clock and barely two days after the last beta release, OnePlus delivered. Carl...

2016 in Review: What was the Best New Feature Introduced in Android this year?

As we enter the final days of the year, it's time to get your opinion on all the events, news, releases and controversies that we witnessed so far in 2016. Google's latest big thing for the world of Android was Nougat-y flavored. Android 7.0 Nougat incorporated many new quality of life enhancements for the end user, ranging...

Wileyfox to Issue Update to Migrate Away from CyanogenOS

Wileyfox is not a well-known global brand, but for its humble beginnings, it has its own loyal customers in the European Union and U.K. The company is known for its affordable smartphones ship with decent specifications and, most notably, close to stock Android software in the form of Cyanogen OS. But, as we all know by now, Cyanogen...

XDA Forums Dedicated to LineageOS Now Live!

Ever since Cyanogen Inc. announced that they will be discontinuing all Cyanogen OS related services, many users wondered what would happen to CyanogenMod. Unfortunately, the worst scenario played out this past weekend, and CyanogenMod was declared officially dead. We've covered all of this in a separate article on how the death of CyanogenMod might affect development, so we...

Report Says Flexible AMOLED Shipments Could Triple in 2017

Despite a recent shortage of display panels, shipments of AMOLED displays have been on an upward trend for the past few years. Samsung in particular is one company that has dedicated much of their company resources to developing AMOLED technology for use in all of their devices. During the advent of the technology, some users were...

Leaked Render Could Reveal an Unannounced Motorola Device for 2017

OnLeaks, in collaboration with Android Authority, has released a render for an upcoming, unreleased Motorola smartphone. As with most of OnLeaks' reveals, this render is based on factory CADs and thus any details are filled in by an artist to best reproduce what the end product should look like. At first, this device was reported as...

Report: Chinese OEMs are Expecting Lower Sales in Q1 2017

Over the last few years, Chinese smartphone manufacturers have experienced an explosive amount of overall growth. Companies like Huawei, LeEco, and Xiaomi have become household names in the Android enthusiast community, and for good reason. We're seeing an expansion coming from these companies that can only be compared to the likes of Samsung in certain cases. These OEMs...