Posts From Mathew Bloomer

Mathew Bloomer
Mathew Bloomer

He fell in love with Android after buying a T-mobile G1 in 2008 and hasn't looked back since. He firmly believes the future of technology lies within bio-hacking and is an NFC implantee.

Brand Loyalty: OEMs Giveth and Then Taketh Away

The majority of users here at XDA will feel fierce brand loyalty for a company, whether it is Android itself, their phone’s OEM or something else entirely. It’s a topic that is shown constantly in the great “which is better” debates and whilst we may give it willingly in return for a quality product, many...

The Devices Behind The XDA Team

In a recent episode of XDA TV, TK explained which phone he uses and what he was running on it, but what about the rest of the news team? XDA has an incredibly diverse team from many walks of life and locations, so here we will explore just how that is reflected in our chosen devices. Each...

New Cyanogen Partnerships Bring Privacy Concerns

New Privacy concerns have emerged regarding Cyanogen’s latest announcements, primarily the inclusion of email app Boxer and that of a multitude of Microsoft apps, including Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office. The concerns arise when you look at both announcements together. At face value they may appear to be the beginning of...

Developing The Developer Community

We spend a lot of time developing technology but how often do we take a moment to consider how we develop ourselves? With thorough resources being made available constantly and the majority being free, it is becoming increasingly easy to learn and develop new skills.For myself and many others, it all started with picking up...

Huawei Leak Reveals Premium Devices

On the same day that they announce their latest budget Smartphone, photos and specs have leaked of their next two premium devices, the Huawei P8 and P8 Lite. Whilst we expect the two devices to be unveiled at an event in London on April the 15th after invites were sent out last month, we can...

Is Your Galaxy S6 Flash Always On?

With the S6 appearing in stores in just a few days time, the device is already suffering from several major defects. Firstly, there was an issue affecting 20% of users with thousands of minute scratches underneath the display and now reports of a second major issue are surfacing. Many users are reporting that their flash LEDs are...

Material [Re]design

With Material Design seeing increasingly widespread adoption, it is clear the environment is here to stay for the foreseeable future. As such, we are seeing developers and users a like voicing their opinions on the new style frequently, but how does the community as a whole view MD? We recently asked you whether you preferred Material...

Go Honor World Carnival Promotion

On April 8th, Honor will be holding an event to celebrate their new online promotion known as 'Go Honor World Carnival', which will be available in 18 countries around the world. Included in this event is the chance to buy two of their devices at Amazon for a reduced price. For one day only, people in...

Honor 6+ UK Pricing and Availability

The Honor 6+ which was unveiled at MWC last month is coming to the UK on May 1st and will be available on contract exclusively through Three, although tariffs have yet to be confirmed. Otherwise if you would like this device your only alternate option at this time is to purchase through Amazon for £299.99...

New App Runs Android Apps In Chrome

The Chrome app store has never quite had the same levels of attention as its Android counterpart. In an effort to end this, Google is supporting users of the new app ARC Welder, which using Google’s App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) allows you to run .apks in the Chrome browser.  Arc Welder is designed to give app developers...

April Fools Round Up: The Year of Nostalgia

April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes...

What’s Next For Pebble?

It is all well and good stating figures, but what does $20 million of crowd funding mean for a company? The Pebble Time just recently ended their Kickstarter with over 4000% of their initial request which was just $500,000.  This level of funding is unprecedented for Kickstarter and it passed $1 million in less than an...