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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 XDA Review: A Capable Flagship and a Solid First Step Onto the World Stage

Xiaomi’s worldwide launch has been heralded for years, and with the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 it looks like the final pieces are falling into place. As Xiaomi’s first flagship phone to offer a model with worldwide frequency band support, the Mi Note 2 offers an exciting look into what we can expect from Xiaomi as...

Essential Phone Delays are Pushing it Dangerously Close to 2017’s Fiercest Competition

Anyone who knows the smartphone market knows that there are two essential release cycles, with one lesser cycle during the course of the year. The first cycle is typically late February until May with the second falling in place in late August through October. Samsung, LG, and HTC typically launch their first flagships in that initial window...

Ads, Smaller Batteries, Jello Displays — How 2017 OEMs Keep Delivering What You Never Asked For

Last year it seemed that all the bad mojo in our industry was focused on one brand: Samsung. The Galaxy Note7 will likely go down as one of the worst blunders in our industry despite its revival as the Fan Edition nearly one year later. While a lot could be written about how Samsung handled the...

What’s Your Favorite Trend or Feature from 2017 Smartphones?

We've already seen a substantial chunk of what 2017 has to offer, and with a new year and new smartphone generations came a bunch of new trends, features, design elements and general advancements. While the core Android experience remains as strong as it was in 2016, manufacturers and Google are toying with some interesting ideas. Bezel-less...

Interview with AndroidFileHost’s Vice President of Public Relations: Roy R. (rwilco12)

AndroidFile Host has been the go-to service for hosting custom ROMs, kernels and mods for quite a fair amount of time. Developers and users trust the service and turn towards it when it comes to hosting files without giving much thought - they're one of the most reliable services around. Today we have with us Roy...

What Was the Most Disappointing Phone Release in Recent Memory?

We've become used to the typical phone releases at the expected times, often knowing well ahead of each announcement just what to look forward to. As numbers in specification sheets arguably climb up accross the board, and as phones implement more premium or durable materials, you'd think it'd be hard for us to complain about...

Telus Announces Essential Phone Availability for Canada

The founder of the Android Operating System, Andy Rubin, has been making plenty of headlines in the past few weeks with his latest ventures, which come in the form of the company Essential Products, which set up operations back in November of 2015. The company is releasing a couple of new products, with their main...

When and For What Reasons do You Upgrade Smartphones?

With new devices in the horizon, including the buzz-generating Essential Phone and much-hyped OnePlus 5, there's many of us looking to buy a new device in 2017 to take advantage of faster processors, richer screens, and minimal bezels in newer designs. However, we often don't have a reason to upgrade, and it seems people usually fall...

How Would You Rate Your Phone’s Real-World Performance?

Android has had a rocky path towards general optimizations and, ultimately, fluidity and smoothness. Updates and projects like KitKat and Project Butter and Svelte have definitely contributed improvements and made our phones feel smoother. But as mobile devices begin targeting 120hz refresh rates, how do our current phones stack up? There is a lot to performance, and...

What Do You Think of Bezel-Less Smartphones in 2017?

Going bezel-less is the new trend this year as popular OEMs continue to push the literal boundaries for the displays on their devices. Flagships are getting smaller without compromising the display size, although a few OEMs do employ different aspect ratios which affect the perception of the display's diagonal as a measure of size. With new bezel-less...

What Do You Want from the OnePlus 5?

The OnePlus 3T is ending its production run, so we now move on to the next flagship from OnePlus. The next flagship device will obviously have flagship specifications, like the Snapdragon 835 that OnePlus confirmed themselves. The competition this year goes beyond specifications though. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ pushed the envelope for smartphone design,...

HTC U11 Unveiled: Squeezable Flagship with Snapdragon 835 and a Pressure-Sensitive Frame

HTC has just officially unveiled the newest device in their latest "U" flagship line-up -- the HTC U11, a premium smartphone with some unique features and excellent hardware. What does this new vision for the company bring to the table? In terms of internal hardware specifications, the HTC U11 doesn't disappoint. While the HTC U Ultra...