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How to Hide the Navigation Bar in EMUI 5.0 [No Root]

What was once considered a niche category is now practically the mainstream, as bigger screen phones continue to storm the smartphone market. Huawei's latest flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate 9, features a large 6.0" screen that would naturally make it more difficult to use the phone one-handed if it wasn't thanks to Huawei's ingenious implementation of...

Much Cheaper Than Google Drive: XDA Recommends pCloud 500GB Premium Lifetime Subscription

One of the best deals going on right now at our online store, XDA Depot, is the lifetime subscription for pCloud. Let's take a look at what you get in this subscription and how it compares with other services. There are plenty of cloud storage options to choose from and most of them are very similar...

How to Double the WiFi Speed of your OnePlus 3/3T (Under Certain Conditions)

When tweaking the software of a new smartphone, sometimes companies have to make decisions that they feel will be in the best interest of the majority of their customers. Sometimes those decisions are ill-advised, and are fixed in OTA updates after they are pointed out. Other times there's a legitimate reason why the default settings are...

How to Change the Font Style on EMUI 5.0 [No Root]

One of the key features of Huawei's Emotion UI (EMUI) is the ability to install custom themes onto the device. Themers can package their work into .hwt files that can then be applied by EMUI's theme manager application. Users can customize the lock screen style, wallpapers, icons, background colors, and finally the font. However, some users who...

New Research Finds Security Loopholes In Many Popular Android Apps For Connected Cars

According to a new research from Kaspersky Lab, many Android apps for connected cars have been found to be vulnerable against potential malware attacks. In a research carried out by Kaspersky's two anti-malware researchers Victor Chebyshev and Mikhail Kuzin, it was discovered that some of the most popular Android applications for connected cars were not secured against...

You Can Now Shop With Google Assistant On Your Google Home

Launched back last year, the Google Home speaker is the direct competitor to Amazon's Alexa. While Alexa has an edge over Google Home due to its robust integration with third-party products and services, Google has lately been doing its best to fill up the gap by steadily adding support for new services and introducing new features. Now...

Hangouts v17 Prepares for Better Integration of Chat Messages During Voice Calls

While it's fun to rag on Hangouts, the Google application is still a powerful instant messaging app for casual users. Due to its wide installation base (from being pre-installed on millions of Android devices), Google Hangouts makes it easy to chat or voice call with a large number of people. Version 17 of the Android application...

ZTE Cancels its ‘Hawkeye’ Project CSX Kickstarter Campaign

ZTE's Project CSX was a unique take on the smartphone development process. For the first time in recent memory, an OEM directly used community feedback to design a smartphone with features they voted to implement in a smartphone. This phone would then be designed and brought to life by ZTE. After user submissions and an initial round of voting, the...

Xiaomi Starts Rolling Out MIUI 8.2 Global Stable ROM For Supported Devices

Yesterday, Xiaomi announced on its official MIUI forum that the MIUI 8.2 Global Stable ROM has started rolling out for supported Xiaomi devices. Unlike developer or beta ROMs, the Global Stable ROM will automatically be rolled out to every supported device in the coming days via an over-the-air update. In the first batch, the MIUI 8.2 ROM...

Editorial: Neither Android Wear nor a Pixel Watch Can Succeed Without a Stronger Pixel

After months of speculation regarding Android Wear 2.0 and the devices that would launch alongside it, Google has finally unveiled the final version of its newest version of Wear with two LG-branded watches. These two watches, and more importantly the OS running on them, have a lot riding on their shoulders given how much Android Wear...

Global Study: 47% of Smartphone Owners Only Talk and Text with Their Phones

The GSMA recently funded their annual engagement study to learn what smartphone owners are doing with their devices right now. They call this the GMEI (for Global Mobile Engagement Index) and it measures the amount of engagement smartphone owners have across a large number of use cases and services. The big headline from this study talks...

Samsung Teases the Exynos 9 Series SoC

From what we know so far, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices are likely to be the first commercial devices which will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Qualcomm's collaboration with Samsung to bring in 10nm fabrication process could be giving the latter exclusive usage on the upcoming Snapdragon 835, even if due to...