XDA Analysis

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...

Home is Where Xposed Is: The Modules That Keep my OnePlus 3 on Marshmallow

Earlier in the week, we brought to you a news update on the current status of Xposed for Nougat. Long story short, Xposed for Nougat is still in the works, and the project will take a while due to the behind-the-scenes changes that Nougat introduced. So while that situation unfolds at its own pace, there are some...

IDC Report States Apple Shipped More Phones in Q4 2016 Than Samsung

The International Data Corporation (IDC) is a highly respected research company that uses often publishes studies on the smartphone market. A new report has just been published by the IDC that highlights the smartphone shipment numbers for the fourth quarter of 2016, and there have been some interesting changes to highlight. For many of the past quarters, Samsung...

Benchmark Cheating Strikes Back: How OnePlus and Others Got Caught Red-Handed, and What They’ve Done About it

A few years ago there was a considerable uproar, when numerous major manufacturers were caught cheating on benchmarks. OEMs of all sizes (including Samsung, HTC, Sony, and LG) took part in this arms race of attempting to fool users without getting caught, but thankfully they eventually stopped their benchmark cheating after some frank discussions with...

Opinion: The OnePlus 3 and Other 2016 Devices Stand to Benefit from a Held Up & Held Back Snapdragon 835

The recent wave of reports regarding the fate of Snapdragon 835 devices seem to point at a slight delay in the arrival of Qualcomm’s latest and greatest. Furthermore, we now know a few big devices coming our way at MWC are launching with last year's Snapdragon 821. There is nothing wrong with the Snapdragon 821 -- in...

AI in Smartphones: Separating Fact From Fiction, and Looking Ahead

As it goes every year, one hot feature sets a trend in technology, and suddenly every company boasts some variation of which that is uniquely theirs. This year, that feature is AI. Hot on the heels of Alexa's and Google Assistant’s holiday successes, Artificial Intelligence on phones has become the de facto must-have feature –...

Samsung Details Issues with Galaxy Note 7 Batteries, Phone Itself Not to Blame

The Galaxy Note 7 was recalled on September 2, only two weeks after its initial release. By October 11, the phone had been discontinued globally following reports of continued failures in the replacement models Samsung shipped shortly after. As of today, 96% of around 3 million Galaxy Note 7 units that were sold and activated have...

[UPDATED] Smart Home & Home Automation Protocols Guide: Creating Your IoT Paradise

Smart home popularity has risen substantially over the past few years, and even the past few months. CES 2017 set the scene for another small explosion of these devices as Apple, Google, and Amazon all expanded their smart home ecosytems – albeit at different rates – with Amazon’s Alexa assistant boasting the most growth. Thrust into the...

The Future of the Pixel is Bright

According to trend analyses and reports produced by Wave7, a U.S. mobile market analyst, the Google's Pixel series have been selling consistently well over the three or so months it has been available. Given a selection of reporting around the time of launch that failed to clearly differentiate between Verizon being the exclusive Pixel carrier and Verizon...

Diving into SDCardFS: How Google’s FUSE Replacement Will Reduce I/O Overhead

Several months ago, Google added something called “SDCardFS” to the official AOSP branches for the Linux kernel. At the time, the move was noticed only by some kernel developers, but otherwise flew under the radar of most users. No surprise there considering the fact that most users, including myself, do not really know what goes...

RAW Smartphone Photography: A Look at The Difference RAW Editing Makes (Ft. OnePlus 3T)

Oddly enough, my first transformative experiences with photography initially transpired through the lens of an HTC Incredible 2, sometime around late 2011. As a nascent technology addict and with the Incredible 2 as my first true smartphone, I was keen to explore the full breadth of its utility and capabilities. I rapidly adopted the habit of...

Google Play Revenue Grew 82% in Q4 2016 YoY; Line and Tinder Dominate Revenue Charts

Apps on our smartphones are essential ingredients of what makes our phones smart in the first place.  Apps and App Stores are big money too. The sheer popularity and usage of smartphones and applications have driven up our needs and as a result, the revenue streams of people involved behind popular apps. App marketing agency Sensor...