XDA Analysis

Walking The Great Firewall Of China: Part II

Last time I visited China, I was able to gain some invaluable insights into the lives of those who live on the far side of the great firewall; this time I thought I was prepared for anything. I was wrong. 翻牆 - Over the Wall China is infamous for censorship -- most popular forms of social media...

Hands-on With The Huawei Mate 8

 XDA recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the impressive device in Huawei's Chinese HQ. Hoping to live up to the expectations set by their recent Nexus launch, the device has big shoes to fill, here is what we discovered. The Specs Model: Huawei Mate 8 Dimensions 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm Weight 185g Display 6 inch, LCD Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels...

Through the Viewfinder: Honor’s 2nd Birthday!

To celebrate, many of Honor's partners were invited to exhibit their products, the HiLink router and Huawei LiteOS were launched, as well as some other Honor home devices and then for fun, the Honor sponsored Festival International des Sports Extrêmes (FISE) gathered on the half pipes to demonstrate their skills and a concert was held in...

What’s in a Brand? A Look at Honor and its Plans to Achieve Virality.

If you’re in the U.S., you’ve probably never heard of Honor before. That’s not very surprising since the brand has yet to launch any products in the U.S. If you’re in one of the regions where Honor phones can be purchased, then you might recognize them as a sub-brand of Huawei that specializes in e-commerce....

Elephone M2 Review: Hardware and Style on a Budget, but Not Much Else

The Elephone M2 is a device that aims much higher than its price tag. Featuring the exterior design language seen frequently in the higher-end of the market, the Elephone M2 packs in much of the same hardware internally as other other Elephone devices devices in the market currently. So what makes the device different and worth...

Pixel C AMA Summary: Google Touts Hardware, Excuses Software

The Pixel C is an ambitious attempt by Google to take on the likes of the productivity oriented tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Apple iPad Pro. To promote the newly available device and to answer questions of the masses regarding the $499 Android tablet, the team behind the Pixel C took to...

Odd VR Future: Living Room Adventures & the Power of Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is quickly becoming one of the biggest rising technologies, and now that Samsung’s Gear VR has reached consumers, we can expect a bigger presence from more players and better experiences. Last weekend I got to try out the Gear VR at length, as XDA/Android Podcaster Corey Feiock brought it with him to a real-life...

Disk Encryption: The Good and The Slow

In a world where personal information is not so personal, entire bank accounts are linked to our smartphones, and surveillance and cyber-crime are at an all time high, security is one of the majority aspects of the technology sphere. Simple screen locks in the form of PINs and patterns have been around for a long time,...

Underrated Tech: Moto Hint Proves Form Factor Makes All the Difference

There is one device that I use every day that few people even know is there. And that’s precisely why it’s so good at what it does -- the Motorola Moto Hint is the most discreet wearable I’ve used, and its usefulness is often overlooked. What is special about the Moto Hint? Most would classify it...

Processor Temperature Results for Tens of SoCs — How Hot is Your Chip?

Testbird, a company we've talked about previously, reached out to us to share some interesting data regarding processors that they have collected during their extensive compatibility testing. And some of the results that they shared were quite surprising, to say the least. First off, the data shows the maximum and average temperatures of various chipsets from...

Material Misconceptions: What Developers Get Wrong in Material Design

Google's annual I/O conference has always been a field day for developers, but I/O 2014 brought what was perhaps one of the most groundbreaking revelations in the history of mobile design. As Matias Duarte, Google's VP of Design took to the stage, the screens behind him rippled and revealed the beauty that was Google's foray into a...

In Defense of TouchWiz: How the Kitchen Sink is Getting Cleaner

Samsung’s approach to mobile evolution has largely consisted on a strategy that not many agree with: throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. While this often results in half-baked, quickly-abandoned products, it also allows for a special kind of evolution not many could afford. That last part is particularly important, given that Samsung’s size...