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XDA-Developers was established in 2003, back in the days of the Personal Digital Assistant, or "PDA".

Huawei Quick Apps is Huawei’s alternative to Google Instant Apps

Android without Google and Google Mobile Services (GMS) is an alien concept to the average consumer, one that fundamentally alters the experience they have come to expect out of their Android smartphone. And because of certain political decisions, Huawei faces the unenviable task of convincing the world outside of China that it can provide a...

XDA’s Top Smartphones of 2019

It's truly crazy to think about all of the new technology that is launched in one year. 2019 was no different, of course. Hundreds of phones, hardware advancements, new software features, and even new form factors made headlines this year. So what was the best of the best? Some of the XDA Staff have put...

OPPO wants to be more than a smartphone brand in 2020

OPPO has been around in the smartphone industry for a long time, having existed since around the early Android days and even before that. Long timers would recall devices like the OPPO N1, which adopted a rotating camera design six years ago, back in 2013, along with offering a "CyanogenMod Edition" of the phone. The...

Honor 9X with AIS Super Night Mode

Every year Honor pushes the boundaries of what we can expect from budget devices with their X-Series phones. As we approach the holidays, Honor is launching their newest addition to the family, the Honor 9X. Powered by the Kirin 710F, the Honor 9X brings a few newer features that set this phone above others in...

Get better online security with Surfshark VPN for Android

In a day and age where so much of our lives are spent on the Internet, privacy and security have never been more important. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is one of the easiest ways you can improve your cybersecurity on all devices. If you're looking to download an Android VPN, Surfshark has you...

ColorOS 7 Review: A fresh new look makes this one of the most compelling user interfaces

ColorOS is OPPO's custom user interface on top of Android. At first, its functionality was tailored to users in China, which remains the company's biggest market. Not unlike other user interfaces from Chinese OEMs, it borrowed inspiration from the design elements of iOS, while offering greater functionality than stock Android. However, OPPO's expansion in international...

Top Apps That Require Google Services, and a Workaround for Huawei Phones

It's no secret that Huawei's latest flagship phones does not support Google Apps. At launch, there was a way to sideload the GMS and Google Play Services, but that was quickly taken down. That leaves us in a weird place. We have this flagship Android phone but a limited app store, the Huawei AppGallery, and...

Gearbest Double 12 – 48H SALE–Xiaomi Note 10 at its historic low, only $427.59

Miss out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Don't worry, we get you better deals in Double 12 sale. Gearbest will kick off the sale on December 11th at 04:00 UTC and the sale will continue for a couple of days, ending on December 13th at 04:00 UTC. There will be good site-wide deals during...

Honor 9X Availability

The Honor 9X originally launched in China last Summer as the company's "premium mid-range" phone with a pop-up camera. Recently, the device was made available in more countries, though the specifications can vary by region. This is still a great device for an affordable price around $300 USD, so we've put together a little guide...

Huawei Ability Gallery is Huawei’s comprehensive service distribution platform

Back in May 2019, the US government put Huawei on the entity list, forcing US companies to cease business with the Chinese giant. Consequently, Google had to withdraw its business and support from one of its key Android partners, leaving Huawei with the monumental task of building a Google-less world for its users. Many OEMs...

OPPO Jumps to Android 10 with ColorOS 6.7 [Review]

At the beginning of 2019, OPPO was struggling with software despite enjoying a lot of success with its smartphones.  This was because older versions of its custom user interface, ColorOS, were detrimentally affected by iOS-inspired design patterns that led to usability issues in international markets. ColorOS was generally seen as a factor that held back...

Honor 9X: A Great Full Screen Phone

In 2019 we have seen many flagship phones competing with display innovations. While the high end phones push 90Hz and 120Hz displays, the Honor 9X pushes forward of another area in display innovation. While notches and hole-punch selfies have plagued smartphones for the past two years, the Honor 9X brings us a full screen large...