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Unlocking the True Power of Google Home with AutoVoice

When Google Home was first released, it didn't seem as impressive as Amazon's Echo line-up. One of our writers who owns both an Amazon Echo and a Google Home reported that while the Google Home had its moments, Google Assistant was not as responsive or extensively integrated as Alexa. However, we both knew, or at least hoped,...

The Best ROMs, Kernels, and Mods for the OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 3 brings forth a design refreshment that does away with the signature sandstone back of the previous two phones, and shakes up the design language by softening curves and edges, as well as changing the material employed. While the OnePlus 2 introduced a sturdy magnesium frame to complement the sandstone back, the all-metal OnePlus...

Ulefone Metal XDA Review: An Often-Hilarious Trainwreck of a Phone, But a Step Forward For Ulefone’s Developer Relations

The Ulefone Metal is an entry level smartphone with a premium finish, that just can't quite stick the landing. It comes incredibly close to being a phone with good price-performance (especially thanks to Ulefone releasing the kernel sources and trying to support developers), but some issues with polish and a couple “What were they thinking?”-style...

Not Forgotten: OnePlus X gets a taste of Nougat thanks to CyanogenMod 14.1 Nightlies

Though largely overshadowed by OnePlus's flagship model, the mid-range OnePlus X refuses to die thanks to the dedication of developers on our forums. Developers were first to publish Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the device, with OnePlus eventually following suit. While some users of the OnePlus X are wary of continued software support, developers have been working hard...

SultanXDA Explains Unified ROM Method and Approach on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

Back when we covered that XDA Recognized Developer Sultanxda released his custom CyanogenMod 13 ROM and Kernel for the OnePlus 3T, a lot of people were surprised to see the "same" ROM build that was released for the OnePlus 3T make its way to the OnePlus 3 (or vice versa!). Sultanxda adopted the unified approach to distributing ROMs...

LG Says an LG V20 Bootloop was Caused by a Cheap USB Type-C Cable

Over the last few years, LG has had a serious issue with their smartphones going into a bootloop at seemingly random times. This didn't seem to be a huge issue with the Nexus 4, LG G2, or the Nexus 5, which are all manufactured by LG. However, since the LG G3, there seems to be some...

The Story Behind the UMi Z

This has been a breakout year for Chinese upstart UMi. In 2016 they've put their efforts into developing global markets and creating products for people around the world. Starting with UMi Touch, the first user-defined smartphone from the company, they been responding actively to the feedback from their customers. Their top products this year have been the Umi Super, Max, Plus...

Theme Your Phone With Substratum

Substratum is one of the hottest theme engines out right now. This video is a bit of an introduction to this theme engine and an explanation of what it can do. Follow our expanding playlist of videos focused on homescreen design here.   Follow the official thread on the XDA forums. Download Substratum on the Play store here:

A New Router Experience: Google Wifi Is a Surprisingly Polished and Underrated Google Product

This October's multi-Google-device launch brought us a better glimpse at the now-released Google Assistant, arguably the most talked-about Google project of the year. Months later and with the release of the Pixels and Google Home, discussion on Google’s new ecosystem has only grown louder. All the buzz surrounding Google’s AI works, smarthome developments and incursion into virtual reality overshadowed...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S8 may feature Fingerprint Scanner on the Back

With the initially highly anticipated Galaxy Note 7 exploding in Samsung's face, a lot of attention is being focused on Samsung's next flagship: the Samsung Galaxy S8. Earlier this week, we learned about the existence of Synaptics' new optical-based fingerprint sensor which is stated to offer high-resolution fingerprint scanning through 1mm of full cover glass. The sensor...

Moto Mod Hackathon Winners Include HiDef Audio Mod, Gamepad Mod, and a Skin Care Mod

(Feature Image Credits: Motorola) Earlier this week, we argued that the Motorola Moto Z quietly transformed smartphone modularity. Although the Moto Z family is far from the true modularity promised by the likes of the now-defunct Google Ara project, Motorola's attempt demonstrated that the concept is indeed viable. We had mentioned that Motorola was committed to supporting Moto...