Posts From Mario Tomás Serrafero

Mario Tomás Serrafero
423 posts

Mario developed his love for technology in Argentina, where a flagship smartphone costs a few months of salary. Forced to maximize whatever device he could get, he came to know and love XDA. His passion for Android turns into obsession the moment he finds a new wakelock or sees a stutter. Whenever this happens, he feels compelled to fix the issues learning something new in the process.

XDA-Developers Urges OnePlus to Comply with GPLv2 and Release Kernel Sources

While XDA-Developers, and a large sector of its user base, have been routinely impressed by OnePlus’ commitment to supporting the developer community, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of kernel sources for the OnePlus 3/3T since the release of Android Nougat on December 31, 2016. OnePlus has not provided such sources even though they’ve already rolled...

Android Creator Andy Rubin Said to Launch AI-Focused, Bezel-less Premium Smartphone

It's been over two years since Andy Rubin left Google, and now the creator of Android himself is planning to release his new take on smartphones and the future of computing platforms through the high-stakes industry of consumer hardware. With a company named "Essential Products Inc" registered under his name and 40-some employees, Andy Rubin's smartphone...

Xperia Projector Shows up Again at CES 2017 — Android Touchscreen Device Projected Anywhere!

Lately, Sony has showcasing new devices that it claims are the next step in innovation for mobile technology. Dubbed "Xperia SmartProducts", they are a new take with a small twist on not-so-old gadgets, often with just enough pizzazz to raise some eyebrows. First shown alongside the Xperia X series back in February of 2016, these smart devices are...

Dissecting Performance: A Look at What Makes the OnePlus 3 & 3T Excellent Real-World Performers

To Android enthusiasts, speed matters -- we recognize we use our phones for hours upon hours every day, often in quick and short bursts, and we want the best out of our time and often-expensive flagships. Surprisingly enough, it’s some of the least expensive flagships that perform the best in the real world -- we are talking...

ASUS ZenFone AR is a New Project Tango and Daydream-Ready Phone Running on a Snapdragon 821

While much of CES hasn't formally kicked off yet, we are seeing a bunch of new leaks and details emerging in preparation for one of the world's most renowned consumer electronics shows. We expect a lot of mobile technology announcements to arrive, but now we are hearing early details of what looks to be an...

XDA-Developers Wishes You a Happy New Year!

2016 is finally coming to a close - in fact, it might already be over for you - and it was definitely an exciting year for smartphones, Android and our development community. We saw amazing new devices and gadgets, the massive Android Nougat update and useful modifications and apps come from our forums. For us at...

Stable Nougat for OnePlus 3 and Nougat Open Beta 1 for OnePlus 3T Are Here

OnePlus promised we'd see Android Nougat hit the OnePlus 3 before the end of the year, and that the OnePlus 3T would see an Android Nougat beta when the OnePlus 3 received its stable release. With just a few hours left on the clock and barely two days after the last beta release, OnePlus delivered. Carl...

Opinion: The Problem with Default Launchers and Why OEMs Should Take Pointers from Alternatives like Nova

On my desk, I have a multitude of devices from different manufacturers, with different price tags and some running vastly different software. They all have one thing in common, and that’s their homescreen setup. The homescreen is undoubtedly one of the most essential components of the Android experience; from the most casual of users to the...

A New Router Experience: Google Wifi Is a Surprisingly Polished and Underrated Google Product

This October's multi-Google-device launch brought us a better glimpse at the now-released Google Assistant, arguably the most talked-about Google project of the year. Months later and with the release of the Pixels and Google Home, discussion on Google’s new ecosystem has only grown louder. All the buzz surrounding Google’s AI works, smarthome developments and incursion into virtual reality overshadowed...

ZenWatch 3 Review: As Smartwatch Interest Wanes, ASUS Offers a Compelling and Competitive Wear Product

Smartwatches have been on a steady decline for what feels like ages, at least in terms of the interest they garner. It has been a while since analysts even acknowledged the smartwatch as a market force, likely due to their failure to predict the so-called “Year of the Smartwatch” time and time again. With the death...

OP3 Nougat Beta Impressions: OnePlus Scales Back to Stock Android for a Sweet Breath of OxygenOS

When I first reviewed the OnePlus 3, I had plenty of positives to sing about the device’s software UI and the resulting user experience. OnePlus had accomplished a truly-lightweight ROM that enhanced the UI in meaningful ways, while leaving the core of Android alone. This was one of my favorite parts of OxygenOS, and the user...

Clearing up Misconceptions regarding OP3 and OP3T Storage Speed Differences and F2FS

Among the improvements that OnePlus touted for its OnePlus 3T release, we were told that the company had managed to improve app opening speeds and general loading times, something especially noticeable on heavy applications such as 3D games. This struck us as a surprise, because the device ultimately packs the same kind of UFS 2.0 storage...