Posts From Mario Tomás Serrafero

Mario Tomás Serrafero
490 posts

<p>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.</p>

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...

Galaxy S8/S8 Plus and LG’s Next Flagship Receiving DayDream Support, Stand Alone Headsets Coming

At Google I/O 2017, the Mountain View giant has been announcing all sorts of new services, frameworks and products, from computer-vision assisted features to Android O design improvements and a juicy beta. DayDream was not left out, as the company aims to double-down on its Virtual Reality efforts to improve the experiences it provides. DayDream currently...

LG Reportedly Offering OLED Panel in LG V30, Coming Q3 2017

The LG G6 was met with positive reviews and it was ultimately a moderately successful release for LG when compared to last year's LG G5. However, said device has been overshadowed by the recent streak of Snapdragon 835 devices beginning with its biggest competitor, the Galaxy S8. LG managed to offer an excellent display for the...

HTC U11 Unveiled: Squeezable Flagship with Snapdragon 835 and a Pressure-Sensitive Frame

HTC has just officially unveiled the newest device in their latest "U" flagship line-up -- the HTC U11, a premium smartphone with some unique features and excellent hardware. What does this new vision for the company bring to the table? In terms of internal hardware specifications, the HTC U11 doesn't disappoint. While the HTC U Ultra...

Video Confirms HTC U11 Design, Showcases “Edge Sense” Squeezing Features

As is typically the case with HTC devices, we just received a full "leak" of the phone ahead of the official unveiling -- well, the May 16th event anyway. It's not rare to see accidental embargo breaks, and this time we saw yet another quick upload and takedown of a hands-on video shot in Taiwan,...

New Moto X, Z, G, E and C Devices Detailed in Leaked Image

We've been hearing quite a bit about upcoming Motorola devices: just yesterday we talked about the existence of a Moto X4, which signaled a return to the flagship that preceded the Moto Z line of last year. Now, a new leaked image by the reputable Evan Blass shows a number of Moto devices coming in 2017,...

[UPDATE: Statement from Netflix] Netflix App Currently Unavailable for Rooted/Unlocked Users

UPDATED 5:50PM CT: Netflix has confirmed to AndroidPolice that they are indeed blocking users who are rooted or have unlocked bootloaders from downloading the Play Store application. They mention their use of Google's Widevine DRM, though the Play Store listing is seemingly blocked through the SafetyNet API as our testing showed. Their latest 5.0.4 release also seems to...

Opinion: After Many Updates and Growing Pains, OxygenOS is Now a Class-Leading OEM ROM

OxygenOS has been OnePlus's default and primary ROM for almost two years now, first released for the OnePlus One as a flashable zip for users to break away from the increasingly-unsupported but excellent CyanogenMod S ROMs their phone originally shipped with. This software offering took center-stage with the OnePlus 2 back in 2015, a year full...

Three Actually-Hidden, Non-Clickbaity Tricks for Your New Galaxy S8 or S8+

If you had pre-ordered a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, you likely woke up to your package tracker displaying a satisfying "DELIVERED TODAY BY 8:00PM." We would know, as our staff's Galaxy S8 and S8+ units are arriving today and tomorrow, too. Setting up a new Galaxy smartphone (or any smartphone, for that matter) is...

Halium is an Open Source Project Working Towards a Common Base for Non-Android Mobile Operating Systems

If you are an Android enthusiast who has also explored beyond the world of purely Android-based custom ROMs, you have probably heard of projects such as Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, and the like. These have been ambitious, often long-running non-Android, GNU/Linux-based mobile operating systems. However, fragmentation is making development and user adoption quite difficult for these...

Galaxy S8 and S8+ Teardowns Show Extremely Similar Interiors, Interesting Details

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now available and shipping to their lucky new owners, and as review embargoes drop, we get to learn a lot about these new flagship devices. Samsung is often praised for its build quality (well, since the S6 anyway), and they go to great lengths to accomplish a solid construction chock-full...

What Could Make Android Tablets Relevant/Interesting Again?

Just a few years ago, Android tablets were being churned out at ludicrous rates, with their year-on-year advancements almost matching those we found on smartphones. The growth of the tablet market has been stifling for the last couple of years, though, with seemingly nothing being able to jolt them back in motion. Other than Samsung, OEMs...