XDA Analysis

OnePlus 6 Hands-On: Redefined Speed and a Premium Design that Reflects 2018’s Smartphone Trends

The OnePlus 6 has just been announced, sporting a new look and the beefy set of specifications we’ve come to expect from OnePlus. Last year’s OnePlus 5T is a tough act to follow, but the company seeks to entice customers by doubling down on its core user experience tenets while polishing their approach to design,...

The History of Printing on Android and how the Mopria Alliance made it better

Prior to the debut of Android 8.0 Oreo's Default Print Service, printing documents on Android was easier said than done. Google's mobile operating system didn't gain native printer support until Android 4.4 KitKat, and with the exception of third-party solutions from the likes of Samsung, setting up a printer required vendor-specific plugins and drivers. But...

It is time for Google to fix its Android Security Update Problem

If the largest, richest OEM does a terrible job and gets away with it, how can we expect any better of the rest of them? Samsung makes pretty good phones--great ones, even. They are also one of the few OEMs that actually profit on their device sales, and one of only two to make a sizable...

One month to go until GDPR: What you need to know

General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] is the largest shake-up in consumer data protection law in recent history. If you're a developer, web admin, business owner, or user who operates/resides in the EU, GDPR will affect your digital life in one way or another. Even if you’re based in the U.S. or elsewhere, you’ll feel its...

Linux apps on Chrome OS – an overview of its biggest feature since Android apps

Here's all you need to know about Google's year-long secretive development of Linux app functionality in Chrome OS, also known as Project Crostini. In a nutshell, it's a way to run regular Linux applications on Chrome OS without compromising security or enabling developer mode. The (not yet available) official setting states that it's to "Run Linux tools,...

OnePlus 5T Long-Term Review: A Reliable Phone that shows Attention to Detail

The OnePlus 5T is the company's first phone to have a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It has the same internal specifications as its predecessor, the OnePlus 5, but the differences in the display and camera setup are profound. It’s one of the most popular devices in our forums and has been a go-to...

Honor 9 Lite XDA Review – A Budget Phone Done (Mostly) Right

Honor, a subsidiary of China-based Huawei, faces fierce competition in the budget sector. With the likes of Xiaomi to contend with, the company has had trouble gaining a foothold outside of developing markets such as India. Indeed, its expansion into the West has been slow. But it is ramping up with the release of the...

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Review: Improvements In All The Right Places

Last year AMD finally pulled off something that many had, even until the release, believed wasn't possible: They brought back real competition to the CPU marketplace. AMD's Ryzen didn't accomplish that feat by raw performance alone though. It did it by offering a very competitive product in comparison to Intel's CPU lineup. But then Ryzen...

Motorola Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, Moto E5 Play, and Moto E5 Plus First Impressions

Motorola, the Chicago-based subsidiary of Lenovo, stumbled upon a winning strategy with the Moto E and Moto G series. The mid-to-low-tier smartphones remain incredibly popular in developing markets such as India, where the company has shipped more than six million units to date. But they're also a top seller in the U.S., where they're subsidized...

Some Android OEMs have been caught lying about security patches

As if the Android security update situation couldn't get any worse, it appears that some Android device makers have been caught lying about how secure their phones really are. In other words, some device makers have been claiming that their phones meet a certain security patch level when in reality their software is missing required...

Xiaomi aims to release Kernel Source Code for new devices within 3 months after launch

Xiaomi is a company that's largely renowned for their devices that offer excellent specifications relative to price. Smartphones is just one of their many ventures, but it's how the company has made its name known globally. The company's rapid expansion in markets like India has brought millions of new users onto smartphones running Android, which...

The Journey of F2FS and why File Systems Matter: Interview with Stan Dmitriev from Tuxera

File systems aren't discussed on XDA or any other forum all too often. The topic involves a lot of low-level development, so developers prefer to focus on applications, ROMs, or kernels. Nevertheless, the file system is a vital part of every storage. It's the technology that outlines how data in your device's storage is stored...