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.

Lenovo Unveils Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus with New Metal Designs

The Moto G Line has been one of the engines driving Motorola's and Lenovo's growth, with remarkable success in developing countries and growing markets, including my hometown of Argentina. Now, a design choice aims to elevate the Moto G5 above the rest of budget-friendly crowd. Hardware Specifications Moto G5 Moto G5 Plus Display   5-inch LCD (1920x1080, 441ppi)   5.2-inch LCD (1920x1080, 424ppi) Processor Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz...

Huawei Watch 2 & Huawei Watch 2 Classic Unveiled at MWC 2017

It was the first Huawei Watch that kickstarted a new round of premium Android Wear devices -- with an exquisite steel body and a sapphire glass coating on top of a beautiful, fully round AMOLED screen, that watch looked excellent from every angle, standing above the competition. Long-lasting battery life, the ability to easily replace straps...

OnePlus 3T Gaming Analysis & Review: The Phone to Beat in 2017

When I reviewed the OnePlus 3T, I lightly touched upon its gaming performance, noting that it was similar to what I found on the OnePlus 3. Since then, a few factors have led me to properly test the gaming performance of this device, with the results of my analysis published below. With 2017 flagships fast approaching, I...

OnePlus 3/3T Retrospective: Why I Can’t Put Down the Most Popular Device on XDA Right Now

It’s no secret that XDA users are fond of the OnePlus 3 and 3T, in particular their hardware and tinkering potential. The excitement goes beyond the image of the company that provides it, as OnePlus has been (often rightly) caught under fire by the community multiple times due to questionable decisions. These aren’t few either, and as Editor...

Larger S8 Model Reportedly Packing 3,500mAh Battery

Samsung's latest and greatest is coming our way once again, with the announcement of the Galaxy S8 models being only weeks away at this point. After the failure of the ill-fated Note 7, Samsung needs to hit a homerun with their next device. Leaks suggest that the Galaxy S8 will come in two variants, with rumors...

LG Watch Style and Watch Sport Released with Android Wear 2.0

With the release of Android Wear 2.0, we also see the unveiling of LG's latest set of smartwatches. The Watch Style and Watch Sport seek to fulfill two different needs for two types of users, with the Watch Sport being the clear flagship among the two. We've known for a while that these new LG watches have...

Opinion: The OnePlus 3 and Other 2016 Devices Stand to Benefit from a Held Up & Held Back Snapdragon 835

The recent wave of reports regarding the fate of Snapdragon 835 devices seem to point at a slight delay in the arrival of Qualcomm’s latest and greatest. Furthermore, we now know a few big devices coming our way at MWC are launching with last year's Snapdragon 821. There is nothing wrong with the Snapdragon 821 -- in...

HTC: Snapdragon 835 Not Coming with MWC Flagships, New HTC Phone Coming when Processor Arrives

HTC has been criticized for many of the decisions they made with the HTC U Ultra -- from a small battery (for its size) to packing last year's Snapdragon 821 instead of the newer 835, HTC seemingly couldn't catch a break from many sectors of the media. A new interview by tbreak clears up some...

Android Instant Apps Starts Initial (Limited) Live Testing

At last year's CES 2016, Google previewed Android's "Instant Apps", a project that would allow users to effectively "stream" applications via partial code downloads. With Instant Apps, Google attempted to minimize the installation friction and allow developers to reach wider audiences through the web. Instant Apps are essentially a deeplink you can trigger from, for example, a...

Google Voice Finally Gets Updated with New App Design, Crucial IM Features

Google Voice was an ambitious project through which Google aimed to give people a phone number that's their own, anywhere and any time, on any device. The actual apps have stagnated for nearly 5 years, though, a contributing factor leading many to think it was slowly being abandoned. Today, Google is bringing a fresh coat of paint...

Samsung Details Issues with Galaxy Note 7 Batteries, Phone Itself Not to Blame

The Galaxy Note 7 was recalled on September 2, only two weeks after its initial release. By October 11, the phone had been discontinued globally following reports of continued failures in the replacement models Samsung shipped shortly after. As of today, 96% of around 3 million Galaxy Note 7 units that were sold and activated have...

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...