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LG G6 Picture Leaks Before February 26th Launch

The Verge has reportedly obtained photos of LG's upcoming and highly anticipated flagship, the LG G6. Following a spate of recent leaks about the device, as well as confirmation from LG executives that the G6 would feature an 18:9 1440p LCD Panel, we now may have the first official render of the device. If the render is indeed...

Hugo Barra to Depart Xiaomi, Return to Silicon Valley

Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi's International division, announced in a Facebook post that he was moving on from Xiaomi and heading back to Silicon Valley "to embark on future adventures." Before his work at Xiaomi, Mr. Barra began his own voice recognition company with fellow graduates from MIT. It was soon acquired, and he eventually found...

Battery Failures May Delay Release of Samsung Galaxy S8

As previously explained, Samsung revealed the exact causes of the battery failures that ultimately led to the Note 7's global recall in a press conference on January 22nd. While it was likely one of the most expensive consumer recalls in history, Samsung is still expecting Q4 2016's gross income to be more than a three year high,...

Android Instant Apps Starts Initial (Limited) Live Testing

At last year's CES 2016, Google previewed Android's "Instant Apps", a project that would allow users to effectively "stream" applications via partial code downloads. With Instant Apps, Google attempted to minimize the installation friction and allow developers to reach wider audiences through the web. Instant Apps are essentially a deeplink you can trigger from, for example, a...

Google Voice Finally Gets Updated with New App Design, Crucial IM Features

Google Voice was an ambitious project through which Google aimed to give people a phone number that's their own, anywhere and any time, on any device. The actual apps have stagnated for nearly 5 years, though, a contributing factor leading many to think it was slowly being abandoned. Today, Google is bringing a fresh coat of paint...

Official Lineage OS Builds Start Rolling Out For Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nextbit Robin, and More

For those of you eagerly awaiting official builds for Lineage OS, we have some good news for you: the official Lineage OS builds have now finally started coming in. The team behind the Lineage OS project announced in an official blog post that they will start rolling out official builds. In the first phase, official builds are planned for...

Qualcomm Shares Opinion on the Recent Apple Lawsuit: “Apple’s Claims are Baseless”

Qualcomm has been under some fire all around the world recently due to their business practices. Thanks to an anti-monopoly investigation, Qualcomm agreed to pay China over $900 million towards the end of 2015. They were also accused of violating antitrust rules within Europe that same year. >We saw Qualcomm agree to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle...

Google Play Services v10.2 to Introduce an ‘Instant Tethering’ Feature

While many people complain that OEMs are slow to push out big official updates to Android, Google is able to roll out the latest version of Google Play Services to over 90% of the active user base. Updates to Google Play Services doesn't change the core UI of Android, and it doesn't add in new...

XDA Spotlight: Living on the Bleeding Edge with Chromium Auto Updater

Back in October of 2015, developers started compiling the first builds of Chromium optimized for Snapdragon devices. Popularly known as "CAF Chromium" builds (named after the Code Aurora Forums where the source code originated), these open source derivatives of Chromium quickly began proliferating the net. Soon, there were dozens of CAF Chromium based builds available...

Enable this Chrome Flag to Lock Rotation in Fullscreen Videos

At XDA, when we aren't covering news that we think is important for the day or publishing an in-depth analysis piece, we like to plug the gap with interesting projects, rumors, and tips. Just yesterday, I posted a tip that reminded users of a useful Chrome flag that has undergone improvements. Today, I bring you...

Deeply Integrated Progressive Web Apps (WebAPKs) are Live for Chrome on Android

For most of Android's history, applications have been installed as local packages on the device itself. We typically acquire the installation files we need by downloading an APK file, which is an archive containing all of an application's resources and assets. While there are many benefits to installing a native application this way, there are...

PSA: Moving Chrome’s Address Bar to the Bottom no Longer Causes Visual Bug

Google's Chrome browser has been the most popular web browser in the world for a few years now, and its dominance is even more pronounced in Android. Although Chrome aims to be a one-size-fits all browser, some users prefer using third-party browsers (most of which are based on the Chromium open source project) for added...