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!

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...

T-Mobile Exposes Accounts With “DIGITS” Sign Up Security Failure

Update - A T-Mobile Spokesperson has reached out with a statement, see the end of the article for details. oday T-Mobile announced DIGITS, its long awaited service that would allow you to sync multiple phone numbers to a single device, or to sync multiple devices to a single phone number. Many T-Mobile customers have been waiting for the company...

A Look Back: 2016 Has Been One Of The Most Exciting Years For Android Enthusiasts

This is part 1 in my three part series reviewing 2016; the good, the bad, and an outlook on what 2017 may hold for smartphone enthusiasts and Android fanatics his year will likely go down as the year of few compromises, the year of the flagship, the year where Android OEMs tried something entirely new or...

The Android Cast: Episode 21 – “Pixel Imperfect”

This week on The Android Cast: ------ - The crew discusses the latest October Announcement from Google. - We look into the implications of Google's shift away from the Nexus line - Finally we wrap up on a discussion about the other recently announced hardware such as Google Home and Daydream VR. ------ The Android Cast will bring you the best...

Google’s Pixel Exclusitivity Shows Why Carrier Exclusives Suck for Consumers

Writer's Note- Yes, the Pixel is available through the Google Store unlocked. However, this article is primarily targeted for those who already utilize their carrier for the Note7 and plan replace it through the carrier either through a payment plan, lease, or otherwise. In an ideal world everyone would purchase unlocked phones; however, we don't live in...

As “Safe” Units Burn, Trust in Samsung Fades: The Recall’s Respectable Merits Have Been Tarnished

I cannot believe I am looking at my Note 7 like this again, just waiting, wondering if it could ever be another case in the news. We trusted Samsung's word, and that they had found and fixed the problem.  Did Samsung really find out what caused the failures or was this all a massive cover up, a play to get the device...