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LG V30 Camera App Ported to the LG G6, Brings Graphy Features and More

The LG V30 is now officially here. And perhaps one of the biggest improvements compared to other LG devices is in the camera department. You could say that LG designed the V30's camera with camera buffs in mind: a 16-megapixel dual camera with a 13-megapixel wide angle lens, a f/1.6 aperture (although exif data says...

Huawei Removes EMUI Firmware Downloads from their Website

Some of us are used to being able to visit a website to directly download a new update for a smartphone or tablet. Google does this and OnePlus does as well, but even community members maintain websites for other OEMs as well. Huawei used to do this via a downloads page on the emui.huawei.com website,...

The Google Play Store may Soon be Available in China, Cuba, and Others

According to a developer by the name of stereomatch on Reddit, Google has added more countries to the Google Play Developer Console. Previously, the countries of China, Cuba, Iran, Macau, Myanmar, and Sudan could not access the Google Play Store, or could not access paid services. The list of countries which can access the Google...

Google is Mandating Linux Kernel Versions in Android Oreo

Google has been offering Android as a mobile operating system for close to a decade. The company acquired it in 2005, unveiled it to the public in 2007 and then in 2008 we saw the first commercially available Android smartphone. There are some rules and limitations that Google has in place for a company to...

Basic Smart Trackers Such as Fitbit on the Decline, Smartwatches on the Way Up

Smartwatches have been accused of being gimmicks, being a small device on your wrist which pings you with notifications and in some cases can also analyze your heart rate or movement. Don't forget the price tag: a "decent" smartwatch (in the sense of it having a heart rate monitor, good processor, AMOLED panel and so...

Ryzen Performance In Smaller Builds: A Look at the GIGABYTE AB350N-Gaming Wifi

One of the things that I personally have been looking forward to as part of AMD's Ryzen release was the announcement of AM4 boards in a mini-ITX environment. It's been a while since we've had a top-of-the-line AMD mITX build and, after getting the missing piece while visiting Los Angeles for SIGGRAPH, it's time to...

[UPDATE: EXIF Data is Wrong, it’s f/1.6!] PSA: The LG V30’s Main Camera Aperture May Not Actually be f/1.6 as Advertised

UPDATE 9/2/2017: LG Spokespeople have confirmed that the aperture is indeed 1.6 as expected. Carry on! At IFA 2017 Berlin, LG took to the stage to unveil their latest smartphone -- the new LG V30. With the latest SoC from Qualcomm and a slew of other impressive features, the LG V30 is to be LG's trump...

Huawei Shares Details of the Upcoming Kirin 970 SoC

About this time of the year we're used to hearing something from Huawei about a new Kirin SoC they've been working on. We were impressed with how well the Kirin 960 performed last year and compared it to multiple chipsets that were available at that time. Huawei is hoping to build upon that momentum this...

Petition Asks the Developers of Phoenix OS to Open Source the Kernel

Android is mainly considered an open source mobile operating system, but there are a number of closed source elements that hundreds of millions of people use every day. The actual requirements of Android is that the kernel be open sourced for the public. This is enforced by the GPL but sadly this is one of...

ARCore for All Brings Google’s New Augmented Reality Platform to Unsupported Devices

Google recently announced a new platform called ARCore that enables smartphones without specific cameras and sensors to have fun with augmented reality. Much like Google has hardware requirements for its Daydream platform though, there are some hardware requirements in place for their augmented reality platform as well. However a community developer has figured out a...

Swappa Opens Up a Gaming Section for Games, Consoles and Accessories

Swappa is XDA’s recommended marketplace for selling and buying used smartphones. We feel it benefits the community more than using larger platforms (such as eBay) since you can save money in the process. There's an application in the Play Store that can detect the phone or tablet you're wanting to sell, or to just give you...