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Multiple Verizon Google Pixel 2 Owners are Reporting their Bootloaders can be Unlocked

The Google Pixel 2/2 XL is my personal favorite smartphone of 2017, despite the fact that the custom development scene is rather sparse. The stock Pixel experience is enough to make many die-hard Android modders decide to forego running a custom ROM or kernel. However, there's still a sizable group of users on our forums...

Pixel 2 XL XDA Display Analysis: A Well-Calibrated Package with Some Critical Mistakes

In recent months, the Pixel 2 XL has been the subject of many controversies, with conflict brewing over the phone's display even before its release. After the dust had settled, it became something of a refrain: The Pixel 2 XL's screen is plagued with issues, including premature burn-in, angular color shift, “muted” colors, “black crush”, and “black...

Smartphone Display Technologies and Terminology Explained: OLED, LCD, Strengths & Weaknesses

In light of recent conversations about smartphone displays, it’s important to take a step back and consider all the terms we keep reading about in context. Phones like the Google Pixel 2 XL have been criticized for their displays, but on the other hand, consumers have generally praised OLED panels. With such a robust ecosystem,...

No, The Pixel Did Not “Outsell” the iPhone X this Holiday Weekend

If you have been following headlines these past few days you likely have seen a slew of articles with titles not just strongly indicating, but explicitly stating that the Pixel 2 "activated more devices" over the Christmas weekend than iPhones. Unfortunately, the truth runs counter to such claims, though the original report still shows promise...

LG G6 Android Oreo Update is being Beta Tested in China

The LG G6 was announced back in MWC 2017 as LG's first 18:9 flagship smartphone. Despite using 2016's Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 system-on-chip instead of the newer Snapdragon 835, the G6 still had a premium list of specifications which included 4GBs of RAM coupled with 32/64GB of storage, 5.7-inch WQHD+ (2880x1440) 18:9 Quantum IPS display, dual...

Report: Shipments of 18:9 Displays to Reach 230 Million Units in 2017

Smartphone displays have most commonly featured the 16:9 aspect ratio after the advent of HD (1280x720) displays in 2011. The 16:9 aspect ratio remained the standard until Xiaomi launched the Mi Mix in 2016, a near bezel-less smartphone with a 6.4-inch 17:9 aspect ratio display. Then, in 2017, the 18:9 aspect ratio became more and...

Chrome OS 64 Beta Lets Multiple Android Apps Run Simultaneously Without Pausing

Last year, Google released the Play Store for select Chromebooks and announced that Android apps would be available on Chrome OS. Now, multiple Chromebooks feature Android app support, and Google has worked to improve the user experience in Android apps, as well as in Chrome OS as a whole. In recent months, we've seen Google...

Nokia 2 Will Get Android 8.1 Oreo, HMD Global Confirms

The new Nokia-branded Android smartphones from HMD Global have been warmly received, and the smartphone maker's committed to supporting them. On Thursday, HMD Global confirmed that the affordable Nokia 2 will receive an update to Android 8.1 Oreo. The announcement's courtesy of Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, who responded to a question on Twitter  about...

Motorola and HTC Confirm They Don’t Throttle Older Devices

Late last week, Apple admitted to throttling the processor speeds of older iPhones as their batteries age. The behavior is intended to protect the phones' electronic components, Apple claims, and to prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly. But Android manufacturers haven't followed suit, and this week, Motorola and HTC became the first to confirm that they don't...

Best Apps of 2017

As the year of 2017 comes to an end, Miles looks back at all of his favorite apps of the year. This video covers some of the best new apps, as well as apps that saw significant growth and support during 2017. Apps mentioned in this video: Today Weather Lawnchair Launcher Substratum Custom Navigation Bar notin ...

OxygenOS Open Beta 29/20 for the OnePlus 3/3T Adds a “Notes” App

On Wednesday, the team at OnePlus started rolling out a new version of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 5T. And today, they announced a new open beta update, OxygenOS 29 and 20, for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T respectively. It's pretty substantial. There's a new application, Notes, that lets you jot down ideas quickly and...

New Microsoft Patent Shows Dual-Screen Device with 360-Degree Rotation Support

In recent years, Microsoft's efforts in mobile haven't been a resounding success. The company banked most of its hope on Windows Phone, and purchased Nokia's Devices and Services division in 2014 to compete with Android and iOS. However, Windows Phone and its successor, Windows 10 Mobile, failed to gain traction, and Microsoft discontinued the Lumia...