XDA Analysis

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...

Matias Duarte, The Man Behind Everything “Design” at Google

Matías Gonzalo Duarte Sunkel Born: January 30, 1973 Education: University of Maryland, College Park Occupation: VP of Design, Google Previously: Danger, Helio, Palm   Over the past decade, Android has grown manifold under Google’s guiding hand, going from Andy Rubin’s pet project to the largest-by-far mobile operating system in today’s market. The growth curve saw many pivotal moments, each marking a milestone...

Jide Remix Ultra Tablet Review: Multi-window Done Right

Jide may not be the OEM that first spring to mind when considering a new tablet, but the crowdfunding-born company produce one of the best productivity tablets available. Renowned for their heavily customised version of Android, Remix OS brings a level of multi-tasking never seen before on Android. Their massive Ultra tablet has had time...

Shattering Expectations – A Deep Dive into Current & Future VR Software

I’ve had a couple of weeks to play around with the GearVR virtual reality headset, and it’s been a blast. The hardware has finally matured enough for virtual reality to be quite convincing, and at an affordable price. Since VR is such a new technology, there is currently a massive call for developers to get...

A Case for Unlockable Bootloaders: How Could Everyone Benefit?

OEM’s provide a service. Your device is a way to access that service, and whether you agree with the conclusion or not, you can see why they might want to limit your access to modify that service. However, there is a difference between modifying, tweaking and tinkering with your device to match your exact personal...

Toast Skins Review: A Genuinely Radical Change in Design

While Android is all about customization of software in the inside, various companies and their products allow you to customize the outside hardware. From cases to skins, your options grow by the day, but a quick glance at the bigger alternatives reveal just how samey they are. This is where Toast comes in: the company offers...

Future-Proofed: Note5’s Evolution, Progress & Development

It’s been 4 months since the Galaxy Note5 came out, and since then, developers have taken to provide custom kernels, and Samsung has provided updates to better the experience. But most importantly, we’ve grown used to the device, and new devices came out too, meaning we have more comparison points. With the inevitable release of the...

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...