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The Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9 has a GPU Stability Bug that can be Exploited to Trigger Remote Reboots

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 includes the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip for several markets, including Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, and parts of Latin America. Samsung has often chosen the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC over their in-house Exynos SoC in some markets. This is usually the case in the United States, with the...

Motorola Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, Moto E5 Play, and Moto E5 Plus First Impressions

Motorola, the Chicago-based subsidiary of Lenovo, stumbled upon a winning strategy with the Moto E and Moto G series. The mid-to-low-tier smartphones remain incredibly popular in developing markets such as India, where the company has shipped more than six million units to date. But they're also a top seller in the U.S., where they're subsidized...

We’ve got Android P running on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Last month, Google announced the first Developer Preview of the next version of Android: Android P. This release is only available on the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL. Since there is no source code available for the release, the developers on our forums, such as those from...

How to Check if a Phone or Tablet is Certified Android Before Buying

So you want to buy an Android smartphone or tablet. There are so many devices out there that it can be a real headache trying to decide what to get. If you can afford it, you could shell out hundreds of dollars for flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro, or Sony Xperia...

How to get Android P’s Rotation Suggestion feature on any Android device

Even though it's installed on so few devices it doesn't register on Android's latest version distribution statistics, Android P is getting a lot of attention from all Android fans. It'll eventually make its way over to other non-Google Android devices once the full release is available later this year, but that's a long time to...

The Xiaomi Redmi S2 is a budget device with Dual Cameras and Face Unlock that’s headed for India

The self-proclaimed "India's camera beast," Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 Pro, is the phone to look out for in India. Although the company is best known for their mid-range devices at budget prices, Xiaomi also sells plenty of smartphones with flagship-level and entry-level specifications as well. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is their latest flagship device which...

Helix Engine is a Power Manager app that Improves Efficiency, Battery Consumption, and Performance [XDA Spotlight]

One of the very first apps I install on my devices after rooting them is Kernel Adiutor or another kernel tweaking app. With apps like these, you can quickly tweak most aspects of your device's kernel: change the CPU/GPU frequencies and clock speeds to your liking, change CPU/GPU governors to save battery or focus on...

Curb your Android smartphone addiction with “Lock Me Out” [XDA Spotlight]

Smartphone addiction can be a serious issue. There was a time when mobile phones were used only for calling and texting (and that too with triple-tapping physical keypads or using T9). It meant that users spent far less time on mobile devices than they do today. At that time, there were no huge 6-inch 18:9...

Exclusive: The Xiaomi Mi 6X is real, here are most of its specifications

Late last month, a mysterious Xiaomi device appeared on the Chinese certification website TENAA. This device was widely believed to be the Xiaomi Mi 6X, though there wasn't really any hard evidence to base that assumption on. Now, thanks to firmware files obtained by XDA-Developers, we can exclusively report that the device is indeed real, and...

Likely Honor 10 Camera Samples revealed with new Multi-Scene Detection

Hot off of the success of the Honor View 10, Honor is preparing to unveil its next flagship smartphone which is widely expected to be the Honor 10. The company recently sent out press invites for an event on April 19th (as shown in the feature image) where they are expected to announce this device....

Some Android OEMs have been caught lying about security patches

As if the Android security update situation couldn't get any worse, it appears that some Android device makers have been caught lying about how secure their phones really are. In other words, some device makers have been claiming that their phones meet a certain security patch level when in reality their software is missing required...

Xiaomi aims to release Kernel Source Code for new devices within 3 months after launch

Xiaomi is a company that's largely renowned for their devices that offer excellent specifications relative to price. Smartphones is just one of their many ventures, but it's how the company has made its name known globally. The company's rapid expansion in markets like India has brought millions of new users onto smartphones running Android, which...