Posts From Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman
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<p>Steven grew up wishing he could take the internet everywhere with him. His first smartphone was an HTC Legend, and he’s been tinkering and playing with Android ever since. With a background in accounting, he strives to bring a unique perspective to the tech journalism world.</p>

Excessive Lag Time Between Device Announcement and Release is Killing Excitement

We've talked at length about how overhyping a product can create unreachable expectations, and it goes without saying that a complete lack of hype can be just as disastrous. However, neither is as damaging as hyping up a product and then letting that excitement die off before launch. People can't maintain excitement about a product that they were...

Benchmark Cheating Strikes Back: How OnePlus and Others Got Caught Red-Handed, and What They’ve Done About it

A few years ago there was a considerable uproar, when numerous major manufacturers were caught cheating on benchmarks. OEMs of all sizes (including Samsung, HTC, Sony, and LG) took part in this arms race of attempting to fool users without getting caught, but thankfully they eventually stopped their benchmark cheating after some frank discussions with...

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Exynos Android 7.0 Nougat Kernel Source Code Released

Last night Samsung publicly released the kernel source code of their Nougat update for the Exynos based Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge devices, on par with their Android 7.0 rollout. This public source code release follows tightly on the heels of the final beta version being distributed to Samsung’s Galaxy Beta program testers...

Ulefone Metal XDA Review: An Often-Hilarious Trainwreck of a Phone, But a Step Forward For Ulefone’s Developer Relations

The Ulefone Metal is an entry level smartphone with a premium finish, that just can't quite stick the landing. It comes incredibly close to being a phone with good price-performance (especially thanks to Ulefone releasing the kernel sources and trying to support developers), but some issues with polish and a couple “What were they thinking?”-style...

Snapdragon 835 Announced on Samsung 10nm FinFET Process for Early 2017

Despite a lukewarm performance for most of 2015, Qualcomm has largely had a successful 2016 thus far thanks to its Snapdragon 820/821. While the 820/821 struggled against some of its competitors in benchmarks, the current crop of Snapdragon SoCs has largely satisfied the needs of end users. Devices such as the OnePlus 3 have garnered highly favorable...

Qualcomm Announces Bug Bounty Program

Bug bounty programs are by no means a new idea for the tech industry. They have proven to be highly successful for many companies, giving them opportunities to employ the power of the crowd to find critical bugs and flaws, and Qualcomm is now looking to get in on the fun too. Qualcomm is launching their...

Interview with Zack Zhang from Honor: The Millennial Demographic, Huawei’s Technology Pool, EMUI and Lessons Learned

Recently XDA Editor-in-Chief Mario Serrafero sat down with Zack Zhang, Vice President of Honor USA to discuss the differences between Honor and Huawei, how the two brands share technology and how their pricing structure is affected by the choice to sell devices primarily online. Also covered was EMUI, Kirin processors and how Honor is helping developers and...

Interview with Carl Pei from OnePlus pt3: Priorities, Cameras, Future Phones and the Developer Community

OnePlus entered the Android market by providing good-value devices that enthusiasts end up enjoying and tinkering with — so much so that their latest smartphone’s sub-forum at XDA has become one of the most active ones in an impressively short time. XDA Editor-in-Chief Mario Serrafero had a lengthy talk (Part 1)(Part 2) with Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus,...

Sultanxda Bypasses New SafetyNet Unlocked Bootloader Check on Latest CM13 Builds for OP3

Google’s SafetyNet has been a huge thorn in the side of anyone who wants to use Android Pay while having full control over their phones. Until recently, it has mostly been about disabling Android Pay on devices with Root, but a couple days ago, Google took it one step further -- they are triggering SafetyNet even...

Interview with Carl Pei from OnePlus pt2: OxygenOS, Software Updates, User Feedback, UX Criticism & More!

OnePlus entered the Android market by providing good-value devices that enthusiasts end up enjoying and tinkering with — so much so that their latest smartphone’s sub-forum at XDA has become one of the most active ones in an impressively short time. XDA Editor-in-Chief Mario Serrafero had a lengthy talk with Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, about...

Qualcomm announces X16 and X50 modems for next generation Snapdragon 8xx devices and 5G Connectivity

At the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm revealed some new processors, and their roadmap for their upcoming flagship modems, the X16 and X50, and the roadmap towards 5G connectivity. X16 LTE Modem The Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 Modem is Qualcomm’s flagship modem for 2017. The X16 LTE Modem is the first modem capable of Gigabit download speeds,...

A Look at What Has Changed from the Snapdragon 820 to the Snapdragon 821 in the Google Pixel Phones

We reached out to Qualcomm to get a better look at the Snapdragon 821 processor that is making an appearance in the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the Xiaomi Mi 5s, and the LeEco Le Pro 3. With the Snapdragon 821 in the Pixel phones running at the same clock speed as the regular...