XDA Analysis

[UPDATE: Video Summary] OnePlus 6 Speed, Smoothness & Gaming XDA Review: Living up to the Slogan

Check out Daniel's video summary of this article! The OnePlus 6 (which you can soon pre-order) was announced last week, packing the latest hardware as expected. OnePlus devices have been known to be extremely speedy, to the point where the new phone’s marketing slogan reflects that reputation. With the fastest chipset from Qualcomm as well as the...

Blackview A20 Review – One of the First Android Go Phones

For those unfamiliar, Android Go is Google's stripped down version of Android designed to run on lower-end hardware. It's optimized to ideally run on about 1GB of RAM, but it can go lower or higher. It was developed for the next generation of entry-level devices so that those in developing nations can still purchase affordable...

While the iPhone gets 5 years of support, my Galaxy S9+ still can’t get timely Security Patches

Apple’s WWDC took place this week, not long after Google’s I/O conference. Each company spent time announcing their planned new features as well as new APIs, new apps, and new ideas. It isn’t a stretch to say that both Android and iOS have become advanced operating systems with complete and competitive feature sets. I’ve been...

How a graphics driver bug on the Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked Google Chrome tab data

Back in late March, a U.K. based start-up firm specializing in testing GPU reliability approached us with a GPU bug they discovered that causes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ to reboot when visiting a web page. The firm, called GraphicsFuzz, worked with us to report the issue to Qualcomm and Samsung. Some of our readers were...

OnePlus 6 Display Analysis: Playing Bi-annual Catch-up

While OnePlus handsets creep up in price year-after-year, we the consumers have rising expectations for “flagship-level” components from the former proudly-self-labeled “flagship killer.” The display is the portal to just about everything we use our phones for, and as such, it deserves to be one of the most criticized components for the price we pay....

Sony Xperia XZ2 Review: Revamped Design & Improved Camera, Same Steep Price

Sony’s Android smartphone endeavors stretch back quite some time, starting with the Sony Ericsson, X10 series in 2010. Since then, Sony has struggled with the typical highs and lows of the industry that led them to what most people know Sony smartphones by: the redesigned Z series with a designed dubbed “OmniBalance”. This flat glass...

Razer Phone XDA Display Analysis: A Great Start for 120Hz Displays on Android

When contemplating who’d be a major player in the Android smartphone business, the gaming hardware giant Razer probably wouldn’t come to mind. While they have yet to establish themselves as a reliable smartphone provider, Razer’s first attempt did not at all seem like it was their first time dabbling into Android, likely because much of...

OnePlus 6 Hands-On: Redefined Speed and a Premium Design that Reflects 2018’s Smartphone Trends

The OnePlus 6 has just been announced, sporting a new look and the beefy set of specifications we’ve come to expect from OnePlus. Last year’s OnePlus 5T is a tough act to follow, but the company seeks to entice customers by doubling down on its core user experience tenets while polishing their approach to design,...

The History of Printing on Android and how the Mopria Alliance made it better

Prior to the debut of Android 8.0 Oreo's Default Print Service, printing documents on Android was easier said than done. Google's mobile operating system didn't gain native printer support until Android 4.4 KitKat, and with the exception of third-party solutions from the likes of Samsung, setting up a printer required vendor-specific plugins and drivers. But...

It is time for Google to fix its Android Security Update Problem

If the largest, richest OEM does a terrible job and gets away with it, how can we expect any better of the rest of them? Samsung makes pretty good phones--great ones, even. They are also one of the few OEMs that actually profit on their device sales, and one of only two to make a sizable...

One month to go until GDPR: What you need to know

General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] is the largest shake-up in consumer data protection law in recent history. If you're a developer, web admin, business owner, or user who operates/resides in the EU, GDPR will affect your digital life in one way or another. Even if you’re based in the U.S. or elsewhere, you’ll feel its...

Linux apps on Chrome OS – an overview of its biggest feature since Android apps

Here's all you need to know about Google's year-long secretive development of Linux app functionality in Chrome OS, also known as Project Crostini. In a nutshell, it's a way to run regular Linux applications on Chrome OS without compromising security or enabling developer mode. The (not yet available) official setting states that it's to "Run Linux tools,...