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Five reasons XDA loves LineageOS

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs available for Android devices, if not the most popular custom ROM out there. Evolving from the halcyon days of the CyanogenMod project, LineageOS is now known for being a lightweight ROM with the bare minimum in additional features resulting in a high-performance, high versatility Android variant....

What you need to know about the RIAA’s DMCA takedown of YouTube-DL

The Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA), the trade organization representing the recording industry in the U.S., filed a DMCA takedown notice last Friday for multiple GitHub repositories containing YouTube-DL code. YouTube-DL is an open-source Python library to download video and/or audio from YouTube and other video hosting sites. The library is incorporated into...

From XDA to Cyanogenmod to LineageOS: A brief history

The stories behind LineageOS and XDA are inexorably linked. The custom Android flavor has given hundreds of thousands of users a chance to unlock their smartphones' full potential, and in many cases, give it a lease of life way beyond what the manufacturer intended. But, ahead of our big LineageOS-related news tomorrow, if you’ve never...

The pure Android One experience sets the Nokia 5.3 apart in India’s budget smartphone market

The Nokia 5.3, one of the first smartphone announcements delayed because of COVID-19, follows in the same footsteps of other Nokia-branded devices launched after 2016. It offers a relatively pure Android software experience as a result of HMD Global's commitment to Google's Android One program. More recently, the Nokia 5.3 was launched in India, where...

What you need to know about the DOJ’s antitrust case against Google

The United States Department of Justice under Attorney General William Barr has filed suit against Google after a year-long investigation into the company's search business. The Department alleges that the search giant wrongfully wielded its digital dominance to the detriment of corporate rivals and consumers. This antitrust lawsuit should come as no surprise—the U.S. Antitrust...

The iPhone 12 could set these trends for smartphones in 2021

I recently wrote about how Apple finally jumping on board the 5G bandwagon will make people care about 5G in ways they didn’t before, because as much as it pains me, an Android geek, to say, the reality is when Apple does something, the rest of the mobile industry usually follows. But 5G is not the...

Why I hold OnePlus to a higher standard

Probably one of the most influential smartphone makers in the tech-enthusiast sphere, OnePlus has been on everyone's minds in one way or another in recent months. With the Nord taking the Internet by storm thanks to OnePlus's unrelenting media blitz, I have started to realize why I feel I have been overly critical of the...

The iPhone 12 is the rocket booster that 5G desperately needs

One of the things that have always impressed me about iPhones is the degree to which they are part of the mainstream cultural discourse. When Apple introduces a new iPhone, the news is covered not just by tech media, but even lifestyle or general news outlets. It's a level of relevance that most other phone...

The Definitive Guide to 5G: Everything you need to know about 5G

It's fair to say that since the last couple of years, there has been no buzzword having as strong a marketing impact as the word 5G. The word signifies so much that the industry has been promoting it every nook and corner. New smartphones support 5G. New carrier deployments talk about 5G services. Chip vendors...

Everything you need to know about Android’s Project Mainline

One of the biggest changes in Android in recent years that flew under the radar, relatively speaking against its importance, was the introduction of Project Mainline in Android 10. Google mandates the inclusion of specific Mainline modules across Android releases, with Android 11 coming in with a combined compulsory total of 25 Mainline modules. Here...

How OnePlus designed OxygenOS 11 to make bigger phones easier to use

Android 11 is here, and it brings along the waiting game for updates that Android users have grown accustomed to, in the past 11 years. The update situation has certainly improved though, thanks to efforts like Project Treble. Google is also sharing the Android source code with OEMs before release, allowing them to prepare an...

The Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 are only good value if you live in the US

The Google Pixel 5 is official. I haven't had the chance to test it yet, but I'm sure all the things people loved about the previous Pixels — a camera powered by the best-in-class computational photography technology and the truest, most up-to-date version of Android — will also apply to the Pixel 5, meaning these...