Posts From Mario Tomás Serrafero

Mario Tomás Serrafero
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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.

Source: Pixel 2 ‘walleye’ and ‘taimen’ Specifications Revealed

The Pixel and Pixel XL were highly anticipated devices, but ultimately they were primarily a first-generation, introductory release for Google, and though they weren’t wholly-spectacular, we regarded them a “foundational release“. What was and remains really exciting, however, is what can be built upon said foundations. Not long ago, we saw buzz surrounding references to upcoming...

[UPDATED STATEMENT] Do NOT Trust OnePlus 5 Benchmarks in Reviews – How our Review Unit is Grossly Cheating at Benchmarks

Earlier this year, we published a report that denounced OnePlus (and other companies) for their improper behavior in regards to benchmark manipulation on newer builds of OxygenOS. Today, we sadly must follow-up on our accusations as the company has once more been inappropriately manipulating benchmark scores in the OnePlus 5. While no customers have a device in...

OnePlus 5 XDA First Impressions: A Thorough Upgrade Addresses Previous Shortcomings and Leaves Few Stones Unturned

The OnePlus 5 has big shoes to fill; being the successor to the remarkably popular OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, it needs to be better than its predecessors to gather the attention of OnePlus’ niche fan base, while also patching up compromises and broadening the phone’s appeal to capture new customers. It’s near impossible to not...

Substratum Beta for Unrooted Samsung Experience/TouchWiz ROMs Now Available

XDA users are quite fond of substratum, a theme engine that has assumed the mantle of previous projects and is quickly becoming not only a standard among tinkerers, but also an all-time favorite. This theme engine has been made available on all sorts of devices, with a Play Store application and a rootless release for OMS-based...

Sources Suggest “Muskie” Pixel XL Successor has Been Cancelled, Likely Replaced by Larger Device

The Pixel and Pixel XL were highly anticipated devices, but ultimately they were primarily a first-generation, introductory release for Google, and though they weren't wholly-spectacular, we regarded them a "foundational release". What was and remains really exciting, however, is what can be built upon said foundations. Not long ago, we saw buzz surrounding references to upcoming...

When and For What Reasons do You Upgrade Smartphones?

With new devices in the horizon, including the buzz-generating Essential Phone and much-hyped OnePlus 5, there's many of us looking to buy a new device in 2017 to take advantage of faster processors, richer screens, and minimal bezels in newer designs. However, we often don't have a reason to upgrade, and it seems people usually fall...

How Would You Rate Your Phone’s Real-World Performance?

Android has had a rocky path towards general optimizations and, ultimately, fluidity and smoothness. Updates and projects like KitKat and Project Butter and Svelte have definitely contributed improvements and made our phones feel smoother. But as mobile devices begin targeting 120hz refresh rates, how do our current phones stack up? There is a lot to performance, and...

OxygenOS 4.1.5 (7.1.1) OTA for OnePlus 3 and 3T Rolling Out

We recently had an update to the OxygenOS beta, and as usual, we never have to wait too long for a new stable release either. Now we see OxygenOS 4.1.5 arriving to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. This new update doesn't incorporate all of the changes from recent betas, but should be welcome for its...

HTC Asks its Fan Community to Combat Online Criticism, Offers Merchandise in Return

HTC’s latest U11 has been received with mixed reactions by the Android community. With good audio but no headphone jack and a new-ish design that scraps years of HTC’s expertise with metal, many fans and spectators threw quite a bit of skepticism its way. There are many arguments one could make to discredit or devalue HTC’s...

Samsung Doubling Smartphone Production in India

Samsung's expansion to new regions has largely been fueled by affordable devices in emerging markets like India, where the company focuses much of its mid-range and low-range portfolio. Now we learn that Samsung is planning a large investment in India, hoping to raise production to keep up with demand and retain its momentum. According to a...

Google Play Console Receives New and Updated Features, Improved Statistics and Diagnostics

Google Play is the world's largest app distribution platform with over 1 billion monthly active users, and over 80 billion yearly app installs as of last year (a 26% increase from 2015). The service's success wouldn't be what it is without excellent apps, and that's why Google introduced the Play Developer Console in 2012 to...

Google Introduces Support for Kotlin Programming Language, Shipping with Android Studio 3.0

Google I/O 2017 keeps on giving, and Android developers are being offered new and better ways to create excellent experiences for mobile. A big announcement today was the introduction of first-class Kotlin support, a well-regarded programming language that's able to power Android apps, and that is now shipping in Android Studio. Kotlin being officially supported by...