XDA Analysis

Xiaomi Locks Bootloaders; Unlock Approval Takes up to 21 Days, Bricked Devices Must Wait

At XDA, we have a love-hate relationship with Xiaomi: We love the low-cost revolution they and other Chinese manufacturers have brought to the smartphone race, but absolutely detest them for violating the GPLv2 on multiple occasions. The GPL situation keeps rocking back and forth, with sources for certain devices being released, while other devices get ignored and...

Honor 5X Impressions Follow-up: Emotion UI Features and Fallouts

A couple of days ago, we gave you our first impressions of the Honor 5X. Today I want to do a follow up on the touchiest subject I found, the software, as well as expand on a few common questions I've been asked about it. ICYMI, we have three of these phones we're giving away:...

Ode to The Bricks of Old: How Nostalgia Shapes Today’s Expectations

When the first mobile phones came out, simply the fact that it was cordless was enough to amaze. It cut the umbilical between the wall and the rest of the world. The race was on to squeeze that technology into a smaller and smaller size for ease of use. The first truly iconic phone (in...

Honor 5X First Impressions: $199 Feels Pretty Good Here

Huawei’s incursion into the U.S. comes at the hand of the Honor 5X, an affordable device that attempts to look mightier than it costs. And it only takes a quick look at the device to realise it succeeds. Technology Spec Display 5.5" IPS LCD @ 1080p, 401 ppi Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, octa-core, 64-bit Battery 3,000 mAh Software Android 5.1.1 Lollipop + EMUI 3.1 RAM 2GB RAM Storage 16GB ROM,...

820 Critics, the LeTV Max Pro is not the Phone You’re Looking For

The LeTV Max Pro. You've probably heard of it by now, yet not because the brand itself brings any excitement, but because of its chipset. At Qualcomm's CES press conference this year, the company officially unveiled the first smartphone containing its highly anticipated Snapdragon 820 SoC. That's right, the Chinese company LeTV's new "superphone" claimed the...

From the Community to AOSP: Root-Only Features that Made the Cut

Android is by far one of the most widely loved mobile operating systems, owing its disruptive growth not only to the Open Handset Alliance, but also to the host of useful features that the system packs, features that are actually productive rather than just bells and whistles. However, it was not always so, and in the early...

Open Source RISC-V Core Designs, Why Google Cares and Why They Matter

The CPU is one of the most crucial components of our computers, responsible of performing basic calculations, logical comparisons and moving data around. These simple tasks are the building blocks of any more complex operation, and make running our systems and programs possible. How these operations are done is not random: an Instruction Set Architecture (ISA)...

Jide Announce Multi-Window Android For PC and Mac *updated*

Jide Technology has released Remix OS 2.0 as a free download available on January 12th designed to run on the majority of Intel and AMD devices such as PC and Mac. The company which was founded by three ex-Google employees has developed the OS thanks to a partnership with the Android-x86 project enabling it to...

Android Wear Revisited: Perfect Companion for the Internet of Things

From running your smartphone to your kitchen sink, Android has proven to be quite the versatile operating system. Android devices have become ubiquitous throughout the world, yet many consumers are probably unaware of what exactly it is their smart device is running. As Android enthusiasts here at XDA, we know what Android version our devices are...

Android-x86 Accuses Console OS of Scamming — What Happened

A storm has been brewing in the Android-x86 developer community. The CEO of crowdfunded project ‘Console OS’ has been accused of scamming his Kickstarter backers by failing to deliver on his promises. Thanks to popular threads on social media sites such as reddit, the storm grew into a full-blown drama hurricane. But who are the parties...

OnePlus One – A Redefinition of the Developer-Friendly Device

Back in 2013, when OnePlus announced the One model, many of us knew almost nothing about this company. We simply heard of a no-name from China with promises of making a “flagship killer”, which was alleged to be competitive against powerful devices made by Samsung, LG and Sony. This sounded ridiculous, but when the One model...

The Best and Worst of 2015: XDA Edition

The year is almost at an end, but it doesn't look like Android's dominance will subside anytime soon. Although we all share the experience of running an Android device here at XDA, each and every one of us will have a unique Android experience based on his or her device, region, carrier, and more. But there...