XDA Analysis

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...

Exploring the Android Ecosystem in China — Interview with Greenify’s OasisFeng

Android has dominated the mobile landscape for several years now, and it doesn't look like that dominance will disappear anytime soon. At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai revealed that there are 1 billion Android users. With the explosive developmental growth in places such as the African continent, India, and China, it's hard to predict Android's numbers...