Posts From Mario Tomás Serrafero

Mario Tomás Serrafero
499 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.

Is Google Lost? A Reflection On Android Navigation

I remember my first Android device, and how it differed to the ones I have now in one major point: navigation keys. My old Motorola XT316 (a mid-range phone for Latin American markets) came with Froyo 2.2 and featured 4 TFT capacitive navigation keys: menu, home, back, and the long gone “search”. Android phones have...

Smartphone Resolution Wars: 1440p and Beyond

There’s been plenty of speculation surrounding Sony’s semesterly update to their flagship Xperia Z line. Some rumors are wildly different from each other and suggest radically different hardware. The next Xperia flagship has been rumored to have a 5.5 inch screen, but then also a 5.4 inch screen--and now they seem to be settling on a more...

Wear Store Review: Wear App-Shopping Made Easy

Wear owners sometimes feel neglected by Google, and so do Wear developers. The apps for Wear developers don’t have any effective ways of reaching Wear users, and Wear users have no practical method of looking for new Wear apps. The Android Wear “section” of the Playstore is mostly useless, too, only showing about 200 apps,...

5 Tweaks for a Less Annoying Android

If you are here it is because you probably have a liking for Android, perhaps a little more than the average smartphone user. And while Android is a great platform, and offers infinite possibilities for users and developers to do just about anything, sometimes what we want to do is conditioned by Android itself. Because...

Discontinued: A Look At Google Play Edition Phones

This week marked the official removal of yet another entry in the Google Play Edition (GPE) handset list. Starting around the middle of 2013, Google began offering a variety of Android devices running their pure Android experience. The devices were sold in the United States through the Playstore at the same price of their OEM...

Google App Update Disables Features For Millions

Users from outside of the United States and Europe have reported their features outright disabled with the latest update to the Google App (formerly known as Google Search). The countries that seem to suffer from this functionality black out seem to be those in Latin America and other spanish-speaking countries. A PSA was posted on the Android Wear subreddit...

TouchWiz’s Current and Upcoming Theming Settings

TouchWiz has by far been the most controversial ROM to make it into a flagship. Since the early days of the S line-up, people have compared it to Stock Android, and the offerings of the competition, on a daily basis. While it is true that Samsung has often strayed from the path of Google's original...

A Look Into Instagram’s Compression Quality

The Instagram application for Android has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world today. With over 300 million monthly users across all platforms, and over 100 million individual downloads on the Google Playstore, you’d expect Facebook’s snapshot-sharing application to boast with quality in both design and functionality. Unfortunately, for a...

The Slow Adoption of Wear

Smartwatches were touted to be the next revolution in personal computing for the past 3 years, each time with analysts claiming, adamantly and viscously, that the smartwatch revolution was around the corner. First it was 2013, the year that saw the release of the Pebble - but other than this addition to the category, there was...

ASUS Reveals New ZenFone 2, ZenFone Zoom At CES 2015; Forums Added

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih took the stage at CES 2015 today to talk about ASUS’ upcoming line-up of devices. “The year 2014 has been incredible for ASUS”, he said. ASUS released the ZenFone last year which was met with very good customer and critical reception, and Shih has been inspired by his company's success to improve on...

Automate Your Device For Free With MacroDroid

There are some really good automation apps out there. Some of them are powerful enough to automate your living room, like Tasker, while others such as Llama feature an emphasis on location profile settings and the context-aware configurations. XDA member UndeadCretin has been updating his MacroDroid app since 2012 to provide a competitive alternative to the known automation giants....

Curved LG G Flex 2 Leaked, Flexes Snapdragon 810 Processor

Early this morning, LG G Flex 2's had it's press release details and some promotional pictures leaked online. The device was set to be officially announced during this coming CES 2015, starting tomorrow January 6. The new iteration of the curved G Flex line-up sports the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's incursion into flagship-ready 64-bit processing chipsets, featuring...