Posts From Daniel Moran

Daniel Moran
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Contributing editor covering Android, VR/AR, PC hardware/software and related tech topics on XDA. My goal is to help share insight and news on topics often beyond the devices themselves and into the ecosystem that developers use to bring that goodness to you!

Japanese HTC Blog Finds Possible Pixel 2 References in U11 Files

The blog HTC Soku released an entry today which discovered data that HTC may be, or may have been handling two of the Pixel 2 variants. Inside the blog entry were the details, which we have translated: "The following descriptions were found in the system file of HTC U11 Taiwan version (OCEAN # DUGL). OCEAN_WHL OCEAN_UL OCEAN_DUGL OCEAN_DTWL OCEAN_UHL OCEAN_UHL_JAPAN OCEAN_A S2 M2" The blog's author believes, given that...

Microsoft, Qualcomm and Intel: The Windows 10 ARM Dustup

In December 2016 Qualcomm and Microsoft released news that they were going to do something many in mobile didn't expect: Another attempt to get Windows to run on an ARM processor. But the similarities between this new attempt and previous ones marred by the Windows RT release were quickly put to bed. During the same announcement...

Computex 2017: Intel and AMD Bring Former Server Territory To Consumers

It wasn't but a few weeks ago when XDA finally got an extended look at AMD's Ryzen processors and the associated AM4 platform. The response I heard from many of our readers was that it was finally time for them to upgrade, especially open source teams that were looking to change out their 6 and...

XDA Takes on Ryzen: In-Depth Look of AMD’s AM4 Processors On Linux

In 2016 readers wanted to know how AMD's FX processors performed when it came to Linux and Android building - and thanks to the folks at AMD we were happy to find out and share the results with you. The lessons we learned from that article helped us learn how to better configure our systems...

The VisionTek BTi65 Speaker: Impressive Sound at an Impressive Price

A few months ago VisionTek Products shared word that they were coming out with a new Bluetooth speaker. The BTi65 was IP65 waterproof rated, could remain connected up to 30 feet and play for 10 hours. Over several months I have tested this, thinking I may have missed a problem with it. But what originally turned to suspicion...

Samsung Spokesperson: U.S. Galaxy Note 7 Solutions Will Be Through CPSC; No Charge-Limit OTA Yet

Earlier today we shared news from The Korea Times about an upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update in Korea that will limit the maximum charge it is able to hold. Given that several of us own a Note 7 as well we are naturally concerned about this and the possible implications for U.S. carriers. Thankfully a Samsung spokesperson was...

Editorial: Smartphone Reviews Are Only the Beginning of a Larger Conversation

Note: This article is a revision of an opinion shared on the first site I wrote for. While the site is currently not up the original is cached and available. I hope you'll give the original a read. Well before a site called Fatal Hero launched in 2014, the staff struggled with the “right” way to handle game reviews. We...

Mobvoi’s Journey from China to a Global Ticwatch 2

Article Updated: 7/14 11:30am CT It's no mystery that Google has faced its own challenges in China; but an alternative to their apps was bound to happen. Mobvoi was founded by a former Google employee in 2012 to bring some of the solutions available outside of China into the country. First it worked on a voice search engine...

Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary: XDA & #WeWantWorf Campaign Giveaway

Star Trek celebrates it's 50th anniversary this year - for anyone that has followed along the journey it's been an incredible one. In the past 50 years Star Trek has helped break racial and gender barriers. It has contributed in many ways to our popular culture, and fought an uphill battle to bring the series back...

Sprint Hinting at Deals Tomorrow – Here Are the Details!

https://twitter.com/sprint/status/746447815249887233 It's clear that as part of that #SprintSaysThanks campaign they intend to do something big. And thanks to David Vaughan, the corporate account manager for the day job, we were clued into a few special deals tomorrow as what is being internally called a "Blow The Roof Off" campaign. We were also told that these...

You Asked, We Answer – AOSP Build Times on AMD Processors

A few months ago I kicked off a series of articles aimed at examining what affects build times when building an Android ROM from open source options such as CyanogenMod or OMNIRom. You showed us you were very interested and then did something else -- started to ask questions. Does Intel or AMD make a difference?...

[INTERVIEW] AMD’s Daryl Sartain: Virtual Reality Just Getting Started

(Article has been updated with a link to an interview that relates to comments made during this interview.) In late April AMD Director of VR and chairman of the Virutal Reality Advisory Council Daryl Sartain came to Chicago for a speaking engagement. I was able to speak with him shortly after his arrival about Virtual Reality,...