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.

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...

Xiaomi Unveils Game Changing Budget Phone

Fast-growing Chinese OEM Xiaomi has revealed its next iteration of the Redmi lineup with a successor appropriately named Redmi 2. This phone will feature mid-range specifications that are considerably higher than those of most mid-range offerings and for a surprisingly low price, in a package that also seemingly beats most handsets the in the middle gamut when...

NexMusic Features Beautiful Material Design in Latest Update

NexMusic is a music player that used to be known for it's theming capabilities and wide selection of said themes. But now, it will probably be downloaded for its unadulterated skin.  Kevin the Tech Ninja from XDA Developer TV covered this application in 2013 - but a lot of it has changed, for the better, these past two years. The application...

Alcatel Introduces Undercutting Budget Smartwatch

Alcatel, the chinese OEM known for its budget phones and lower priced flagship phones such as the One Touch Idol, has announced their entry into the smartwatch game by introducing us to their affordable wearable, a round-faced competitor to Google’s Android Wear platform, and the highly anticipated Apple Watch. Alcatel has contributed to the proliferation of cheap entry level smartphones in markets...

Analysis of the Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Leak

When I first heard about the Vietnam leak of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) I was hesitant to install it. I was comfortable with my highly modded custom ROM which gave me a solid performance boost to the traditional TouchWiz configuration of the Note 3. I had disabled DVFS, overclocked my CPU,...

Korean Note 4 Revision Will Not Feature A Newer Chipset

According to reputable Samsung information provider and whistle-blower Sammobile, the new version of the Galaxy Note 4 set to be released in South Korea will not sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset, but rather an in-house chip designed and manufactured by Samsung - the same one found in the already released version of Note 4. However, it...