XDA Analysis

Freedom 251: Why It is a $3.7 Android Smartphone, and Why It Shouldn’t Exist

While everyone is gearing up for Mobile World Congress 2016, salivating over the thoughts of holding a certain Samsung or LG in their hands, a small Indian company is making waves with the launch of its super affordable smartphone, the Freedom 251. The Freedom 251 is being developed by Noida-based (India) Ringing Bells Pvt. Ltd. Talking about...

This is TouchWiz Lag — And it Better Not Show its Face in the S7

Before buying my Note5, the last Samsung phablet I owned or used was the Note 2. Suffice it to say, the Note 2 TouchWiz experience made me quite weary of Samsung’s offerings. I’ve been an unapologetic Nexus/Motorola fan for a while now. I’m a huge fan of the hardware and build quality of the 2015 Samsung...

Vulkan API Means More Control and Alternative to OpenGL [UPDATED]

Thankfully, the press release and materials on the Vulkan web site give us a wealth of information to start answering some of those basic questions that may be out there. First and foremost, Vulkan is not a replacement for OpenGL or OpenGL ES. It is an alternative approach to graphics development, one where much more of...

The Sum and the Pieces: It Doesn’t Take the Best to Make the Best Phone

Flagship season is upon us again, with the usual suspects making their rounds, showing up at Barcelona to go through the motions of yet another huge launch event spree. The rumor mill is now slowing down and leaks are drying up, but the question remains, will they be good phones? On this note, I want to...

Fastboot Mobile Announces The Future of Push Services

XDA's official development partner, Fastboot Mobile, has announced a new open source push service as an alternative to Google Cloud Messaging (GCM). Their service offers improved control, security and substantially increased reach as a result of GCM being only compatible with devices featuring Google Mobile Services, leaving a billion users left out. The new service, dubbed...

The Misfortunate Pixel C: A Gigantically Insufficient Leap for Android Tablets

There is one particular device that disappointed me greatly last year, an Android product that promised to fulfill a void in the ecosystem, but that mightily failed to do so -- and in great part it failed because it was an Android product. The Pixel C was set to be the tablet that would bring productivity into...

Dear Google Play Review Team, Please Don’t Be Evil

You're a developer, and you've been putting your heart and soul into an application because you love to code and you would like to show the world the fruits of your labor. You decide to pony up the $25 to register a Google Play Developer account and to work day and night to live up...

Robert Hallock: GPUOpen is AMD’s Long-Term Open Source Strategy

Last week AMD completed a major step in its initiative to open things up to the public under GPUOpen -- a collection of tools for graphics, high performance compute and heterogeneous computing - as open source under the MIT license model. So when a company does something out of the ordinary, especially one with a large indirect influence in...

LG G Series Lineup: Where’s the G5 Heading?

Three of Android's largest OEMs are allegedly gearing up to unveil their flagship devices in the first quarter of this year, and as has become a run-of-the-mill occurrence in recent years, there's been an influx of leaks and rumors as we draw closer to the launches. While the focus of most leaks is the feature list of...

Samsung Hints at Feature Changes in Android N: Better Stylus Support?

We don't yet know much about Android N (after all, we're still a few months away from the next I/O) but we do know that Google works quite closely with several major OEMs to ensure that the OEMs can get the update incorporated into their own devices as fast as they possibly can. This means that...

Three UK Forcibly End All Remaining Unlimited Tethering Plans

 Back in 2010, Three launched the One Plan including 2000 minutes, 5000 same carrier minutes, 5000 texts and All-You-Can-Eat (1TB) of data with unlimited tethering. Over the years other plans have allowed for unlimited tethering and while they still offer several plans to include this incredible amount of data, they no long offer any with unlimited...

honor 5X XDA Review: The Current Vanguard of the Mid-Range Segment

The honor 5X is a device that attempts to push the boundaries of design for the mid-range smartphone segment. For a relatively small sum, it promises plenty of features untraditional of its budgeted competitors. Can the honor 5X deliver the premium value at the small price it promises? In this review, we’ll take an in-depth dive...