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Making The Most of Your OnePlus 3/3T’s Display

AMOLED displays are well renowned across the industry for their deep inky blacks and battery saving benefits. Many users set up their devices to specifically take advantage of these displays, but what can you really do apart from changing the system UI to black mode via the phone's display settings? Here are just a few of...

DisplayMate Crowns the Samsung Galaxy S8’s OLED Display as the Best Performing Smartphone Display

Every year since the past 8 years, Samsung attempts to cram the best of what it can mass manufacture into their flagship smartphone, which then becomes a hardware benchmark for every other smartphone. Samsung's Galaxy S-series flagships are thus commonly used as the "standard" that other OEMs need to aim for and beat. The Samsung Galaxy...

Samsung Slightly Cut Back on Research and Development Spending in 2016

Samsung is the leader of multiple technology markets across the globe. Love them or hate them, they sell the most Android smartphones each and every quarter and this also puts them at the top of the heap when it comes to all smartphones too. The IDC reports that Samsung shipped over 72 million smartphones in...

Android 7.1.2 Factory Images and OTAs as well as April Security Update Now Available for Supported Devices

Google has been very diligent in keeping its word as far as security updates for its supported Pixel and Nexus devices are concerned. This time around, not only do we get factory images and OTA zips for the April Security update, Google is also throwing in separate Android 7.1.2 Nougat builds (with the new security...

Security Researcher Finds 40 Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Samsung’s Tizen OS

Samsung, being a large multinational company, makes a lot of products spread across various spheres of life and marketed to diverse segments in a multitude of countries. Over here on XDA-Developers, Samsung is famously known for their Android smartphones and tablets, given they are some of the top contenders for their respective product categories. But that...

Google is Prompting Developers to Add Release Notes for New App Version Releases

A very big gripe some people have with the Google Play Store is how app updates are presented. While you can easily know which apps have an update waiting to be installed on your phone, you usually have no means of finding out if the update is really worth installing. Without quality changelogs, that is. Many app developers, even a few...

Android Overtakes Windows to Become World’s Most Popular OS in Terms of Internet Usage

By now, everyone in the world would agree that Android is a popular OS. It powers a lot of smartphones and has seen its usage expand to product segments like tablets, watches, TVs and even cars; and the future looks like there'll be more devices that will be powered by the OS. Per a report coming from StatCounter,...

Google Launches a New Issue Tracker, Used for Android and the GCP

Exactly one month ago, Google announced they had just launched a new Issue Tracker project for their Google Cloud Platform products. Until now, if you wanted to submit a bug about a Google product then you were pointed at a code.google.com URL. For Android, this would be the AOSP Issue Tracker and it would be...

Android 7.1.2 Is Rolling Out to The Pixel C and Nexus Player

Google released a first beta version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat back in January and then again released a second beta in March. Now, it appears that the update is now finally ready for the prime time as Google has now started rolling out the stable version of Android 7.1.2 for some of the supported devices....

Samsung’s DeX Setup Is Too Expensive to Shine in the Markets That Need It the Most

The highlight of Samsung's Unpacked Event was clearly the company's new smartphone hardware. But among the set of features brought to us by this "next big thing", the one feature that piqued my interest was the Samsung DeX Station. Samsung's DeX Station is for the Galaxy S8 what Microsoft's Continuum was for Windows 10 on smartphones....

How to add Left/Right Cursors to the Nav Bar during Text Input on Android O

One of the oldest feature additions to custom ROMs that has yet to make its way into an official release of Android is the ability to manually move your text input cursor. Depending on your ROM, you may have the ability to move the text input cursor using the volume buttons or by pressing virtual...

Announcing XDA’s First In-House ROM — LabROM

At XDA-Developers, we are always looking to break new grounds by providing the community the tools it needs to produce the best custom ROMs. Today, though, we are proud to announce we’ve produced the best custom ROM ourselves. Through the power of the XDA community, we’ve achieved great things -- all of us, together as one....