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What are your thoughts on Android P Developer Preview 2?

Google released the first developer preview of Android P back in March of this year, but it was one that not many people ended up using. Instead, they decided to wait until the second developer preview was released. The company announced the second developer preview at Google I/O last week and since then we've had...

What are your expectations for Google I/O?

Happy Google I/O Eve! The 11th annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off tomorrow in Mountain View. This is one of the biggest events of the year for Android developers and enthusiasts. We will be at the event to cover all the big announcements. Google has already announced new Android Auto features and the JBL LINK BAR...

Do you prefer having fewer options in a camera app, or more?

Over the last few years, we've seen OEMs really put a lot of effort into improving the quality of the photos taken with smartphone cameras. Some companies have begun implementing AI into their algorithms, while others are using it to detect what is on the screen so it can adjust some settings before the photos...

What is your opinion on all of the so-called “AI” features on recent smartphones?

These days, there is a lot of focus on "AI" features. Artificial intelligence is the intelligence that is demonstrated by machines, instead of the natural intelligence shown by humans. It has been acclaimed by tech companies to be the next big thing in the technology industry. In the smartphone industry, many device makers are now...

Dublin Tech Summit 2018: Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, and Privacy

I had the pleasure of attending this year's Dublin Tech Summit which took place at Dublin's Convention Centre on April 18th and April 19th. A number of famous faces were there, from the "e-celebrities" like YouTuber Casey Neistat to the geekier such as Jordan Evans of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). There was something...

What are your thoughts on Google’s “Chat?” Will you miss Allo?

Anyone that has ever used an Android device knows that Google has a messaging problem. From Google Talk to Hangouts to Allo, they've tried a bunch of different approaches. Last week, news broke about yet another messaging solution from Google. But this time, instead of creating an entirely new app, Google is focusing on a...

What are your thoughts on gestures replacing the navigation bar?

In movies and TV shows, futuristic devices are often depicted as bezel-less screens with no buttons. The current trend in Android smartphone design is headed in this direction. Some trade-offs have been made (display notches), but for the most part, we're getting close to that dream. Slimming the bezels and is only one part of...

Do you care about having wireless charging on an Android device?

Widely regarded as a gimmick to many, wireless charging was the "Next Big Thing" in a number of flagships a couple of years ago. Devices like the Nexus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5 were among the first phones to pioneer wireless Qi charging. Both were popular in different communities for different reasons. As a result,...

Would you buy a phone with a notch if you could hide the notch?

The controversial display notch is set to become mainstream this year. The Essential Phone was the first to pack in a small display notch (cutout), but Apple popularized it with a much bigger notch in the iPhone X. 2017 heralded the advent of taller 18:9 displays, and this year, device makers are interested in increasing...

Announcing the Official XDA-Developers Discord Server

Every month, millions of users make their way over to the XDA-Developers forums to find the best mods, apps, ROMs, and more. We host one of the world's largest English-language forums for smartphone, tablet, and smartwatch enthusiasts. Although we offer several general-purpose forums, XDA members are often insulated in the bubbles that are their respective...

What are your thoughts on the first Android P Developer Preview?

Android P Developer Preview 1 was released on Wednesday for the Pixel 2 and Pixel devices. It's fair to say this newest version of the operating system brings major changes over its predecessor, Android Oreo. We compiled a comprehensive list of all the new features in Android P Developer Preview 1, and have also explained the procedure...

What are your thoughts on a display notch like on the iPhone X or Essential Phone?

Sometimes smartphone trends come out of nowhere. Headphone jacks were considered an integral component of every phone until Apple's "courageous" decision. Now, we're seeing more smartphones launch without the headphone jack every year. The latest trend sparked by Apple might be even more annoying for some. Many people attribute the display "notch" to Apple, but we know...