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How Important are Slim or “Efficient” Bezels to You?

We increasingly see the use of curved glass on smartphones, sometimes even emulating Samsung's "Edge" design trademark, and concept phones like the Xiaomi Mi Mix suggest a new focus on slim bezels could be on the horizon. Many people have also criticized the bezels of 2016 devices like the Moto Z and Pixel XL, although there are...

Team Win Releases their first Official TWRP App in the Play Store

Custom ROM enthusiasts browsing our forums prior to 2011 might remember the days of repeatedly clicking the volume and power button to get anything done in recovery. This was before the advent of touchscreen-enabled custom recoveries, of course, which are ubiquitous today. Leading the pack is Team Win's Recovery Project (TWRP), which supports virtually every device...

Honor Magic Officially Released in China

Today at the Universiade Center in Shenzhen, Honor officially announced their new phone, the Honor Magic. They explained that Magic, to Honor, means "fantasy" and they've chosen to coin the supporting phrase of "to the future." With innovation being the driving force for their products, Honor is looking to take a lead in handset development with the...

BlackBerry Announces a Long-Term Licensing Agreement with TCL

You may know of TCL as the company who manufactures Alcatel's smartphones. They've been producing the company's smartphones for a while now and it seems TCL enjoys this type of business relationship. After BlackBerry's popularity declined, it seemed like the company was just going to stop manufacturing smartphones and focus on their enterprise software division...

Flipkart Teases OnePlus 3 Price Drop; OnePlus Denies Collaboration and Maintains Amazon India Exclusivity

The OnePlus 3 has been a very good value purchase for users looking for an affordable but powerful smartphone. But the OnePlus 3T replaces the OnePlus 3 at a slightly increased price. One could argue that the value proposition remains same as the OnePlus 3T offers more, but at the end of the day, the...

National Infrastructure Commission Reveals Britain is 54th In Global 4G Coverage (USA 10th)

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), the British agency in charge of advising the government on matters of infrastructure such as the energy market and transportation, has released their report on mobile connectivity. In March of 2016, the Commission was tasked with answering the following question: "What does the UK need to do to become a world...

Europe’s Galileo Satellite Navigation System Goes Live Today

17 years ago, Europe committed to funding their own satellite navigation system. This new satellite system would be replacing both the U.S.-ran GPS and Russia-operated GLONASS that people throughout Europe have been using. Named Galileo, the new cluster of navigation satellites are promising to be both faster and more accurate than the older U.S. and Russian operated satellites. The project...

Hiroshi Lockheimer Talks About the Future of Android

Hiroshi Lockheimer is the man in charge of Google's popular mobile platform (as well as Chrome OS), and the executive recently sat down with The Telegraph for an in-depth interview to discuss the future of Android. The first topic discussed in the interview was the motivation for launching the Pixel smartphone this year. Mr. Lockheimer states that Google looks...

CM14.1 on the OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T owners will be excited to know that the first CM14.1 ROM has appeared for this device. In this video, Miles will be taking a look at how this ROM runs and if it's ready to be your new daily driver. It looks like this ROM has no major bugs at this point. Check the official thread...

The Moto Z Quietly Flew under the Radar, but it Transformed Smartphone Modularity

At a time where smartphone enthusiasts long for OEMs to return to the days of spectacular and unique smartphone designs, the Lenovo-Motorola Moto Z and its brethren were some of the most anticipated phones going into 2016. Ever since Google took on the Project Ara mantle, there was renewed focus on smartphone modularity. Many enthusiasts were bracing...

Google Publishes Changes in the Android Support Library v25.1.0

The Android Support Library is an invaluable resource for application developers. The library offers features that are not built into the Android framework, and also includes backwards-compatible versions of new features as well (such as the Snackbar, the Floating Action Button (FAB), tab support, and more). The library is there for developers who want useful UI elements...

WebVR and GamePad APIs are Available in Android’s Chrome 56 Beta Channel

If there's any technology that best characterizes 2016, it would be Virtual Reality. Virtual Reality has moved beyond expensive headsets tied to your computer to more affordable solutions that couple with your smartphone. VR content has similarly seen an explosion in availability, and we're seeing companies working hard to bring VR content to the web thanks to...