Posts From Daniel Marchena

Daniel Marchena
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Co-Host of the XDA/Android Podcast & Android Enthusiast - a.k.a Altimax98 - I am a husband/father of 2 and a video director/producer as a 9-5. I've had a love for Android since 2009 but will still use an occasional iOS device. While I love rooting and customization, I tend to focus more on living with my devices. I am always all ears so PM, or Tweet me if you have any questions!

The P10 Hardware Lottery Exemplifies the Kind of Decision-Making That’s Holding Huawei Back

Any press is good press, or so they say. That's a phrase often used when a company finds itself in a precarious situation -- but as Samsung learned first hand, in a hyperactive segment like this ever changing mobile space, the smallest misstep can turn out to have grave ramifications. Huawei is learning this first hand...

Honor 8 Pro – First Impressions

The Honor 8, released in August of 2016, was a capable flagship and really kickstarted Honor’s journey towards offering more appealing and capable devices with less downsides than their predecessors, in the United States of all places. Well, Honor is back with the Honor 8 Pro, not quite a sequel to the Honor 8, hoping to...

Editorial: Just a Few Annoying Decisions Keep the Galaxy S8 and S8+ From Hardware Bliss

It’s hard not to notice the Galaxy S8. Almost every site and blog, even ones unrelated to technology, is covering it, and that is what Samsung wants. Its big - err, tall - and beautiful, and Samsung’s CEO expects it to surpass the single year Galaxy S7 sales, a prediction that will prove difficult given the...

Editorial: “Luxury” Brands Reinvigorate a Waning Android Wear as Tech OEMs Missed Their Target

Last year Android Wear looked to be in a fairly precarious situation. The LG Urbane LTE was finally launched after a lengthy delay and sales pull, Lenovo/Motorola announced they would not be  releasing a new wearable device in the next year, and Google delayed the Wear 2.0 update for months. All of this was occurring at the...

Editorial: What the Hell Happened to Android Wear 2.0’s Rollout?

It’s been almost 45 days Google, where is it at? It’s been almost 45 days Motorola, Huawei, LG, ASUS; where is it at? We have written recently about OEM’s missing hype releases on phone releases -- with Motorola (hey, we can call them that again), HTC, and LG all being big offenders.  We have also written about...

Could Google’s Interests as an OEM Spell Trouble for Android?

Android is something special to me: My original Droid was one of the very first big new purchases I had ever made. It was the first time I signed onto a mobile carrier contract leaving the prepaid system and moved on from running Windows Mobile devices that got me visiting XDA almost 9 years ago. Even...

MWC 2017: How the Snapdragon 835’s Absence Stole the Show

Qualcomm has made a name for itself in the smartphone industry: being the most reputable Android SoC provider for years now, Qualcomm has a sort of hold on the mobile device market few outside of Apple can lay claim to. It is no wonder either. Qualcomm chips are powering mobile devices at almost every price range, wearables...

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...

Exploring Android Wear’s Usability Drawbacks and Why It Keeps Stumbling in a Fitness-Oriented Wearable Market

I would consider myself to be part of a very small group of people: each and every day while getting prepared for work, or activities, or just the day in general, I add that little something extra to my wardrobe -- a Smartwatch. I am a wearable tech fan, and I have worn a wrist gadget every...

Only a Few Rough Edges Hinder the Pixel from Luring the Apple Mainstream

I have owned a number of iPhones including the 5S, 6S, 7, 7+ and the SE. I also currently have a Google Pixel and have had every major flagship from HTC, LG, and Samsung over the course of the last year as well as the always excellent OnePlus 3. I like this market, I like where is...

New Phones with Old Android Versions: Why Security Patches & Feature Updates Lessen the Downsides

They say two things are inevitable, death and taxes; for us Android enthusiasts there is a third thing, and that’s reading debates and complaints about OS updates... or lack thereof. With billions of devices spanning the entire price spectrum, from hundreds of manufacturers in dozens of countries, it would come as no surprise that keeping...

The Inherent Problems in Speed Test Videos and Their Validity as Performance Benchmarks

Clarkson, Hammond, and Mays line up, each of them driving one of the world's fastest “Hypercars." Millions of in dollars metal, aluminum and carbon fiber waiting to barrel down the track, each wanting to take the throne as the fastest of the litter. If you aren’t familiar with the description above, this scene took place in...