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Google Chrome Canary and Dev Builds Now Come with Built-In Ad Blocker

Google depends on advertising for its revenue. It is to serve this purpose that the company collects all relevant data across all of its users. Our browsing habits, our shopping-related searches, our weekly schedule -- all of these are of interest to Google because they grant an insight into our lives, allowing Google to serve...

Vic Gundotra (Ex-Google VP): If You Care About Great Photography, You Own an iPhone

The name Vic Gundotra if pretty well known within the Android community as he used to lead Google's mobile division when he worked for them. He's likely more known for his contributions to services like Google+ though, but his work also touched other areas within the company. He is credited for a lot of the...

Guide Shows You How to Build a Custom ROM with Microsoft Azure

Building a custom ROM can take a long time if you don't have high-end hardware and it can take even longer if your bandwidth is limited and/or very low speed. Thankfully though, there are a number of cloud computing platforms available and Microsoft Azure is one of the most popular options. So XDA Senior Member Albe96 has...

Three New MIUI 9 Themes Available for Download on the Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi just announced and subsequently launched MIUI 9 this month. It's been made available as an alpha/beta China ROM for a couple of devices already, and comes with new features as well as some new themes. For those who have the Redmi Note 4 and don't want to wait for the official update, XDA Member PawanRockz has...

WakeBlock Lets You Prevent Wakelocks on the Nexus 6P

Battery life issues that Android owners complain about are almost always caused by an application waking up the phone when it is idle and/or not in use. Google has been working to fix this (with Doze), and will continue doing work in this area with Android O. For now though, XDA Member GioBozza has released a...

Tweaks to Increase Performance of a Nexus 6P After Bootloop Fix

We recently featured a couple of guides on how to fix both the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X from bootlooping. This was thanks to a boot image XDA Senior Member XCnathan32 put together that disabled some cores to make it work. While it stopped the bootloop issue, it decreased performance, but if you decrease the screen...

Huawei Abandons the Low-End Segment, Aims to Compete Directly Against Apple

Huawei has continuously grown as a smartphone company to become the number 3 OEM in the world. They recently overtook OPPO in China during the first quarter of this year when they shipped one fifth of the country’s overall sales (by shipping 20.8 million smartphones). Their revenue growth did slow during the first half of the...

Hands on with the Maze Alpha: Big Bezel-less on a Budget

The Maze Alpha offers a solution to those who want a high-end looking bezel-less phone, without spending the high-end price. With other features like 4 or 6GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery, a dual-lens camera and a Helio P25 chipset, the Maze Alpha is a serious bargain for a phone with a 6" screen.With a sub-$200...

FCC Filing Indicates HTC Could Enable Bluetooth 5.0 on the U11 Via a Software Update

A new FCC filing from HTC shows that the company is planning to roll out a firmware update that will  enable support for Bluetooth 5.0 on the HTC U11. The U11, which was launched back in May this year, comes with Bluetooth 4.2. However, if this new FCC filing is anything to go by, owners of...

Bluetooth Battery Level Indicators are Finally Coming to Android

A really useful feature for those of us with Bluetooth headsets and other devices is finally making its way to AOSP: Bluetooth battery level indicators. This means that users of Google, Motorola, Sony, and other devices with near-stock Android software should be able to tell the battery level of their Bluetooth connected devices without the...

How to Block Heads Up Notifications while Gaming or Watching a Video

A few years ago Android switched from a ticker style notification system to heads up notifications. Instead of just having the information scrolling across the status bar when a notification came in (ticker), heads up notifications in Android 5.0 Lollipop would popup on top of the status bar over any screen. Some people like this...

Facebook Launches Messenger Platform 2.1 With Built-In Natural Language Processing

When we talk about social networks, it is difficult to not include Facebook in that conversation. After all, for most people on the Internet, Facebook is the very definition of a social network, one that they use to communicate and keep in touch with long lost friends on the other side of the world as...