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Google Launches Cloud Firestore: App Focused NoSQL Database

The Firebase platform is one of the key tools in Google's Android ecosystem, and today Google is continuing their expansion of it with the launch of Google Cloud Firestore, a NoSQL document database for smartphones. Cloud Firestore allows you to synchronize your database in near-realtime, enabling reactive apps, cross-device syncing, and cross-device collaboration. But of course,...

With the Note 8, Samsung No Longer Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance [Comparing Note 8, Pixel XL, OnePlus 5]

For the longest time, TouchWiz was often criticized for its inability to get with the times and correct some of its longest-running points of criticism. Bloatware, a myriad of redundant features, outdated aesthetics and sub-par performance were the main things that stood out to many enthusiasts -- particularly those enamored with stock Android. Through many...

Motorola Starts Rolling Out Android Nougat Update to Moto X Pure Edition in the US

For those still holding onto a Moto X Pure Edition in the US, you will be happy to know that your device won’t be stuck on Android Marshmallow forever. It appears that Motorola is finally rolling out the much-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Moto X Pure Edition in the US. The company hasn't...

AndroidTO 2017 Has Come To A Close: Check Out The Excellent Developer Talks On YouTube!

This year’s AndroidTO conference has just come to a close, and for the first time the XDA Portal was able to attend in person! AndroidTO is the largest and longest running Android conference in Canada, with 8 years of conferences to date. The conference is hosted by Symbility Intersect at the MaRS Discovery District in...

AKiTiO Node: Testing NVIDIA eGPU Support in Ubuntu 17.10

Ever since the announcement of Intel's Thunderbolt 3 technology there has been external graphics card (eGPU) support. Unfortunately for most of last year, including with Intel's own Skull Canyon NUC, putting this solution to use was challenging at best. Most motherboards didn't fully support the technology and those that did typically required a system that...

Sony Releases Instructions on How to Compile AOSP 8.0 Oreo for Supported Xperia Devices

Sony is probably one of the most developer-friendly Android OEMs out there. The company not only offers an official way to unlock the bootloader of its Xperia devices, it also provides a step-by-step guide and necessary firmware binaries so that anyone with access to a right set of tools can build their own version of...

Early Ports of Android Oreo Available for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 WiFi (2016)

Thanks to an early port released by XDA Member lukasb06, Samsung Galaxy S6 users can now get the sweet taste of Android Oreo on their devices, too. The port is based on LineageOS and should work on both flat screen Galaxy S6 and curved screen Galaxy S6 Edge models. Since it's an early build, there...

Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus with Improved Cameras, Metal Unibody Design Launched in India

Today Lenovo-owned Motorola officially launched the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus in India. Originally announced last month, both devices are an upgraded version of the 5th generation Moto G smartphones which were launched back in February of this year. As far as specifications are concerned, the Moto G5S comes with a 5.2-inch FullHD IPS display,...

Making a Wrong into a Right: After Violating GPL and Filing for Bankruptcy, Chinese OEM IUNI Releases Source Code

There are times in life when making the wrong decisions can have major repercussions in all the spheres that surround you. These repercussions can be so severe that they can literally turn your life upside down and nothing you say or do can change the self-consuming spiral that they set you on. Smartphone company IUNI...

Here is How to Root your Pixel XL on Android Oreo

If you have tried rooting your Pixel XL device after updating to Android Oreo, you may have noticed that your typical rooting methods don't really work well on Android's newest version. If that's the case, then we've got you covered. XDA Senior Member GroovinChip has put together a step-by-step guide that walks us through how...

Qualcomm Spectra 2nd Generation Announced for 2018 Phone Cameras – Better Noise Reduction & EIS, Iris Scanning, AR

One of the most important features of a smartphone for many users is the camera, and the brain of those cameras is the Image Signal Processor (ISP). The ISP plays a critical role in image quality, autofocus speed, and almost every part of camera performance. Today, Qualcomm is announcing their next leap forward in the...

Google Finally Adds Support for Bluetooth In-Band Ringtones with Android 8.0

With every new major Android version update comes a slew of new features. Android O, Google's upcoming software release, most notably brings support for notification channels, picture-in-picture mode, autofill managers, and background limitations on apps. But as with any new major version release, there are a bunch of under-the-hood changes that are much less publicized....