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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...

What are your thoughts on the new devices announced at Mobile World Congress 2018?

Mobile World Congress 2018 has come and gone once again. There weren't as many device announcements this year, but we did see some big brand names. Most notable is the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, which will be the most popular Android phone this year. LG, Alcatel, Huawei, ZTE, Nokia, Sony, and ASUS also announced...

How Samsung’s Continuous Improvements Reinforce Their Promising 2018 Prospects

Samsung is likely going to have an excellent 2018 -- or so they say. That's a sentiment I've seen echoed across all corners of the Android community, and it's not an unjustified expectation. Some point to the fact that they outspend most other OEMs in advertising, that they are supported by their ever-improving chip and...

Smartphone Display Technologies and Terminology Explained: OLED, LCD, Strengths & Weaknesses

In light of recent conversations about smartphone displays, it’s important to take a step back and consider all the terms we keep reading about in context. Phones like the Google Pixel 2 XL have been criticized for their displays, but on the other hand, consumers have generally praised OLED panels. With such a robust ecosystem,...

No, The Pixel Did Not “Outsell” the iPhone X this Holiday Weekend

If you have been following headlines these past few days you likely have seen a slew of articles with titles not just strongly indicating, but explicitly stating that the Pixel 2 "activated more devices" over the Christmas weekend than iPhones. Unfortunately, the truth runs counter to such claims, though the original report still shows promise...

[Discussion] What are your thoughts on the OnePlus 5T?

It's been a day after OnePlus officially unveiled its next flagship smartphone: the OnePlus 5T. The phone packs quite the punch in terms of hardware. In terms of raw specifications, it doesn't offer many improvements over the OnePlus 5. Although the display has been bumped to a 6.01" 18:9 panel and with the removal of...

The Huawei Mate 10 Duo is Held Back by Nonsensical Feature Disparities

Just why does the Huawei Mate 10 Pro omit so many "pro" features? Early this year, while I was still reeling from the Note7 disaster, I was on the hunt for a large, powerhouse Android phone. Traditionally I have two phones I alternate between, a smaller and a larger one. Usually one of these is an...

Why Glass is Replacing Aluminium and Plastic in Flagship Smartphones, and Why it Shouldn’t

Smartphone design trends come and go, but one trend which has been persistent for the past few years has been the transition to premium materials used in the construction of smartphones. While there was a time when it seemed like every single Android phone was made of plastic, design paradigms have slowly but steadily changed...