XDA Analysis

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...

Review: CHOETECH T513 Wireless Charger & G4 Wireless Charging Case

My Sprint LG G4 supports wireless charging but for some reason LG didn't decide to offer it in the standard backs that they provided.  I'm a bit perplexed why LG didn't after looking at the back - the pad where NFC is provided doesn't seem to be that different from the CHOETECH pad with the...

Native Apps & Hybrid Apps: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Today’s Paradigms

Over the past few years, the world around us has experienced a powerful paradigm shift, wherein almost every aspect of our day to day lives revolves around, or is connected to, an app-centric ecosystem. Alarm in the morning? There's an app to wake you up with tailored mechanisms. Breakfast? Fire up a recipe book and whip something...

Jide: Remix is Now GPL and Apache Compliant

When it was discovered that Remix, an OS that has been making headlines recently for bringing multi-window Android to PC and Mac was not compliant with GPL and Apache we immediately called them to find out the details and how they were responding. This phone call revealed that they were working hard to meet compliance and...

IoT Scope: The War Between Standards and the Many Players Fighting it

If this year's CES has taught us anything, it's that 2016 will be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT). We've caught glimpses of exciting IoT related products, services, and technologies in the past (Philips Hue and the Nest Thermostat among others). Those devices have only scratched the surface of home automation, as you can now add garage door...

Mobile VR and The Hardware Advancements it Requires

Virtual reality is set to make a big incursion this year, with many VR companies trying to seize a share of the pie in what will likely become a heated battlefield. Mobile VR, while somewhat underrated, is growing too. While the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift have advantages over the untethered Gear VR, IonVR and...

Xiaomi Locks Bootloaders; Unlock Approval Takes up to 21 Days, Bricked Devices Must Wait

At XDA, we have a love-hate relationship with Xiaomi: We love the low-cost revolution they and other Chinese manufacturers have brought to the smartphone race, but absolutely detest them for violating the GPLv2 on multiple occasions. The GPL situation keeps rocking back and forth, with sources for certain devices being released, while other devices get ignored and...

Honor 5X Impressions Follow-up: Emotion UI Features and Fallouts

A couple of days ago, we gave you our first impressions of the Honor 5X. Today I want to do a follow up on the touchiest subject I found, the software, as well as expand on a few common questions I've been asked about it. ICYMI, we have three of these phones we're giving away:...