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Android TV: Case Study of an Understated yet Meaningful Paradigm Shift for TV

The ill-fated Google TV (a predecessor to Android TV) was released in October 2010 and was supposed to be Google's foray into the television space that was still anyone's game. Launching with partners like Logitech, Sony and Intel and following up with LG, Vizio, and Asus; it was Google’s game to lose. But following a lukewarm reception,...

Opinion: Why End User Devices are Locked Down For Security, and Why They Have To Be

I started cutting my teeth on Android here on XDA back in the days of rocking a Kyocera Zio . The goal back then? Finding out how to block those irritating calls almost everyone gets from an auto-dialer. Since those days we have seen Android grow and most definitely mature, and I have loved the journey. Just as...

Android N: Multi-Window is Great, but the Recents Menu and Multitasking Got Worse

Multitasking on Android has changed over the years, but most of the results have been noticeable only on the surface. The biggest changes in recent memory come from changes in the "recents menu" interface, specifically towards the side of apparent simplification. Early last year I took a comprehensive look at the ways Android allowed one to navigate the...

Analysis: Play Games Enhancements Announced at GDC 2016

The Game Developers Conference is off to a roaring start today in San Francisco with today being Google's annual Developer Day. Since many are unable to attend in person Google has announced several changes both in person and through their developers' blog, specifically highlighting enhancements and developments coming to Google Play Games. Here's a look into...

Galaxy S7 Bootloader Lock Explained: You Might Not Get AOSP After All

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are some of the most powerful devices you could buy right now. But our regular readers and forum dwellers would know that Samsung devices aren't the supreme best when it comes to development. A lot of the issues with Samsung and development can be traced back to Exynos...

Tasker Week: Theming and Design using Scripts and Scenes!

We've entered an age where aesthetics, layout and a delightful user experience is almost as important as functionality itself, with user expectations setting a high bar for design standards. How does that apply to tasker? Well, there's two tangents to design in Tasker - theming apps and designing scenes. Let's have a look at both! Theming apps Preferences...

Tasker Week: Utilize NFC Triggers!

So you picked up some NFC tags or are considering doing so, but what's next? You could, of course, set them for boring things such as storing your WiFi password or logging into your phone with Trusted Devices. Or you can set them to trigger just about anything through Tasker! Here are just a few of...

New Range of Flexible Implantable Devices To Launch Later This Month

Ever increasingly popular bio-modding company Dangerous Things is planning to launch a new range of flat, flexible, bio-safe implantable NFC tags at CeBIT, Germany later this month. Insiders of the implant community were treated to a preview of the new FlexNT NFC tag (see above) recently however, which is based on the NTAG216 but with significantly improved...

S7 Edge Throttling & Thermals: Stress-tests Comparing SD820, 810, 808, A9 & Exynos 7420

Now that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have arrived to consumer hands, we can finally begin exploring the nature of the Snapdragon 820 thanks to our first set of tests. While no amount of single-device testing will reveal the true nature of the 820, we can, at the very least, see how the 820 behaves inside...

HP’s flagship Elite x3 runs Windows 10 Mobile and is Aimed for the Enterprise Market

Android flagships aren't the only exciting thing coming out of this year's Mobile World Congress. Microsoft and HP Inc. have partnered up to tackle the enterprise market with the new high-end flagship HP Elite x3 running Windows 10 Mobile. Technology Specification Display 5.96" AMOLED @ 1440p with Gorilla Glass 4 SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 @ 2.15GHz RAM 4GB LPDDR4 Storage 64GB Connectivity WiFi: 2×2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, LTE-Advanced Camera 16MP rear and 8MP...

LG Unveils the LG G5 and its Friends — What You Need to Know

Taking centre stage before the start of the Mobile World Congress 2016, LG has pulled out its gun for the first half of 2016, with the LG G5 and all of its friends as well. Starting off with the LG G5: it's all that one usually expects from a smartphone, and goes a step or three...

On Cloud Phones: A Nice Concept, but Rather Unnecessary Right Now

The cloud might be turning into an integral part of many users’ lives, but smartphones are not quite ready to fully rely on internet-dependent solutions for key storage and computing applications just yet. This initial statement sounds blunt, but at the moment, the applications for integrated cloud storage and computing solutions are very limited. While it is...