Posts From Mario Tomás Serrafero

Mario Tomás Serrafero
494 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.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Benchmarks and Comparison: As Powerful as Promised, for Better or Worse

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 was officially announced last December, though its reveal at the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit left us with almost as many questions as answers. While we managed to get a surface-level description of its architecture and capabilities, so far, we’ve had to rely on the company’s internal data -- namely, its quoted...

[Hands on] The Lava Red Oneplus 5T is a Blindingly Red Head Turner

By now, Android enthusiasts are probably familiar with OnePlus’s release strategy: Launch a phone, release limited-edition variants and a revision with a specification bump, and offer more colors along the way. Those tactics have kept the company’s flagships fresh, and secured OnePlus an ongoing spot in the headlines...though sometimes at the expense of its fans,...

Google Assistant Reaches Android Auto and Smart Displays from Sony, LG, Lenovo

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Google took the opportunity to announce multiple developments regarding its smart assistant platform, the Google Assistant. The product-packed, eventful week in Vegas was the perfect venue to advertise connected devices, smart home products, and artificial intelligence, and Google revealed how its AI-powered platform is expanding beyond smart speakers through smart displays...

Sandstone White OnePlus 5T Hands On: An Iconic Stormtrooper Variant that’s Perfect for OnePlus One Fans

By now, Android enthusiasts are probably used to OnePlus’ release strategy: Launch a phone, release limited edition variants and a revision with a spec bump, and offer more colors along the way. These tactics have kept the company's flagships fresh, and secured OnePlus an ongoing spot in the headlines… though sometimes at the expense of...

OnePlus 5T XDA Review Part 1: Refining a Few Great Ideas and Paving the Way for the Future

OnePlus, the Shenzhen, China-based startup with a rabid internet following, has never faced fiercer competition. Its newest flagship, the OnePlus 5T, competes not only against heavyweights like Samsung’s Galaxy series and the Google Pixel 2, but newcomers like the Essential Phone. It’d make anyone sweat. But OnePlus is nothing if not audacious, and the OnePlus 5T...

OnePlus 5T Hands-on and First Impressions: More of a Good Thing

Last year, OnePlus introduced a revision of their flagship through the OnePlus 3T, a new device that was almost identical to the OnePlus 3, but that also brought some smaller, targeted improvements that further enhanced what was already a powerful package. Now, only half a year after the release of the OnePlus 5, the company...

With the Note 8, Samsung No Longer Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance [Comparing Note 8, Pixel XL, OnePlus 5]

For the longest time, TouchWiz was often criticized for its inability to get with the times and correct some of its longest-running points of criticism. Bloatware, a myriad of redundant features, outdated aesthetics and sub-par performance were the main things that stood out to many enthusiasts -- particularly those enamored with stock Android. Through many...

Paranoid Android 7.2.3 Released — New Languages, Launcher Customization, and Various Fixes!

Paranoid Android has been one of the most well-received custom ROMs in history, and their latest efforts after yet another return have the team expanding to new devices and adding carefully crafted features. Just recently we had an interview with PA's Alex Naidis on the Custom ROM's future, their approach to new functionality and ongoing developments,...

Despite the Controversies, the OnePlus 5 is a Proper Successor in an Increasingly Disappointing 2017

Earlier this year, I came to the realization that the OnePlus 5 was looking to be my most anticipated release of 2017. Despite having owned and reviewed the predecessors of this years’ U11, Galaxy Note 8, Pixel XL 2 and other flagships, it was the successor to the OnePlus 3 & 3T - my daily...

Nougat-Ready GravityBox v7 Xposed Module Now Available!

With the sudden yet incomplete and unofficial return of Xposed via abforce’s ART submodule, developers and enthusiasts alike began exploring the possibilities that the popular modding framework can bring in 2017. While we are still waiting for rovo89’s full Xposed release (and all the benefits that entails), the recent solution sparked life into the Xposed...

Google Reportedly Developing “STAMPS” Technology for Snapchat-Like Media Content

News and informative content have greatly benefited from the internet's multimedia revolution, as articles, listicles and infotainment are increasingly arriving to our screens in video form in order to be distributed in Social Media and instant messaging platforms. There is no shortage of ways to arrive to such content, but it seems Google is planning...

Touch Support is Coming to AOSP Recovery

If you frequent our forums, it's not very likely that you are too fond of the AOSP recovery. Indeed, we are often too quick to jump on our TWRP custom recovery in order to get our custom ROMs, kernels and mods up and running on our new device. However, it's still a very useful tool for...