ANALYSIS

Snapdragon 835 Hands On and Qualcomm Visit Part 1: Benchmarks, Performance & Power Savings

Last week, we were invited to Qualcomm’s Headquarters in San Diego, California, to get a first look and hands on with the Snapdragon 835 in the flesh. We were able to put the company’s upcoming chipset through its paces, as well as learn about its product design and philosophy by speaking to project leads and touring...

Android Dev Weekly 001: XOSP Weeklies, BlissROM Update and Substratum News

We're glad to announce the initiation of the "Android Weekly" series, encompassing updates from all over the Android Community. We are going to go off a tangent and try something new with this series, bundling smaller updates and development news. As of now, BlissROMs, XOSP, substratum, GroundZero ROMs and ResurrectionRemix are the projects we will be...

PSA: Latest OxygenOS OTA Brings Improved EIS 2.0 to OnePlus 3 & 3T [COMPARISON WITH PIXEL, LG G6]

With the launch of the OnePlus 3T, we saw the revision receive no additions to the rear camera, besides an improvement to video recording in the form of EIS 2.0 which OnePlus said would later arrive to the OnePlus 3 as well. While the feature was one of the talking points that the company used to advertise the OnePlus 3T...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 XDA Review: All Geared Up for Another Year of Success

India is a crucial part of Xiaomi’s international market. Here, their flagships have not had much success. On the other hand, the company continues to see its popularity rise with well-priced and high-value budget and low-end offerings. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC was Xiaomi’s best selling phone in India and the country's...

A Brief History of the Past, Present, and Future of Dual Camera Smartphones

I have little doubt that nearly all readers here at XDA are familiar with the dual camera setup that has lately become a touted feature of many smartphones across the value spectrum. However, the history of dual lens and smartphone camera sensors is quite a bit more complex and nuanced than the current implementations now in vogue. Of...

On Moto G5 Criticisms: Western Reviewers Should Note the Moto G5 is Not Made for Them

The launch of the Lenovo Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus is an important event for Lenovo. These products are an integral part of Lenovo’s portfolio under the Motorola brand forming a part of their budget segment. But after their launch, the product line has been facing a lot of flak from readers and some reviewers...

Developers, YouTubers, and Bloggers: Take Better Screenshots with QuickDemo [XDA Spotlight]

From the creators of PSPDFkit – a PDF framework used in Evernote and Dropbox, as well as its own standalone app – comes a free, open-source application for manipulating the contents of the Android status bar. QuickDemo for Android is a tool which leverages Marshmallow 6.0’s System UI Demo Mode in creating a user-friendly application for...

OnePlus 3T Gaming Analysis & Review: The Phone to Beat in 2017

When I reviewed the OnePlus 3T, I lightly touched upon its gaming performance, noting that it was similar to what I found on the OnePlus 3. Since then, a few factors have led me to properly test the gaming performance of this device, with the results of my analysis published below. With 2017 flagships fast approaching, I...

Analyzing the SoC Market and the Relative Standing of Each Processor

In the ever-changing landscape of mobile technology, many processors have risen and fallen. From the birth of HiSilicons’s lauded Kirin series, to the coming of age of Samsung’s Exynos chips, and even the death of Texas Instruments’ OMAP chipsets, we’ve watched in excitement, horror, and – yes – sometimes even disgust, as our hopes and...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 XDA Performance and Battery Life Review (Compared to Redmi Note 3)

Xiaomi started off 2017 in India with the release of the next iteration of their most successful device in the country. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is the successor of last year's Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which was applauded for its performance and battery life, bringing in the best value package in its product category. With...

OnePlus 3/3T Retrospective: Why I Can’t Put Down the Most Popular Device on XDA Right Now

It’s no secret that XDA users are fond of the OnePlus 3 and 3T, in particular their hardware and tinkering potential. The excitement goes beyond the image of the company that provides it, as OnePlus has been (often rightly) caught under fire by the community multiple times due to questionable decisions. These aren’t few either, and as Editor...

Exploring Android Wear’s Usability Drawbacks and Why It Keeps Stumbling in a Fitness-Oriented Wearable Market

I would consider myself to be part of a very small group of people: each and every day while getting prepared for work, or activities, or just the day in general, I add that little something extra to my wardrobe -- a Smartwatch. I am a wearable tech fan, and I have worn a wrist gadget every...