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Benchmark Cheating Strikes Back: How OnePlus and Others Got Caught Red-Handed, and What They’ve Done About it

A few years ago there was a considerable uproar, when numerous major manufacturers were caught cheating on benchmarks. OEMs of all sizes (including Samsung, HTC, Sony, and LG) took part in this arms race of attempting to fool users without getting caught, but thankfully they eventually stopped their benchmark cheating after some frank discussions with...

Will Smartphone Modularity Make a Return in 2017?

Last year, we saw two OEMs try their hands at smartphone modularity with pseudo-modular cases and phone add-ons. But, we also witnessed the death of the actual modular device, the project that some say had the potential to revolutionize the smartphone industry. With Google Ara out of the picture and LG also giving up, "modularity" in smartphones only exists (in...

Will Google Tango Catch on in 2017?

In our last discussion, we invited your views on the future of Google Daydream in 2017. Now we move the discussion towards Google Tango, or simply 'Tango' as it is now called. In 2016, the only Tango certified device was the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which offered a nice glimpse at Tango functionality but suffered from...

Will Google Daydream Catch on in 2017?

Last year, we saw Google announcing the Daydream VR platform to standardize the VR experience on Android. The aim was to ensure a consistent level of VR immersion across devices. OEMs would have to design their phones to meet a list of requirements in order to be Daydream VR certified. At first, the Daydream certification process was...

XDA-Developers Urges OnePlus to Comply with GPLv2 and Release Kernel Sources

While XDA-Developers, and a large sector of its user base, have been routinely impressed by OnePlus’ commitment to supporting the developer community, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of kernel sources for the OnePlus 3/3T since the release of Android Nougat on December 31, 2016. OnePlus has not provided such sources even though they’ve already rolled...

Which Rumored Device Do You Plan to Upgrade to This Year?

We're entering full swing into the season of new smartphone as Mobile World Congress 2017 approaches. This means we get more leaks, more rumors, and thus more smartphones. Knowing how the past smartphones performed, the OEM's track record, and what the future leaks and rumors point towards, we ask you: Which rumored device do you plan to upgrade...

Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge are Finally Receiving their Android 7.0 Nougat Update (Currently for Beta Testers)

Samsung has been doing a beta test for their Nougat update for a couple of months now. Many people hoped that they would have started this beta test earlier since Android 7.0 officially released in August of last year, but they didn't announce their first beta test of the update until around November. This felt a...

What Do You Look Forward to in 2017?

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has just recently wrapped up, and at the event we caught a glimpse of what many key players in the industry are planning for this year. Besides many new smartphones coming soon we'll inevitably see new versions of Android for smartphones, smartwatches, televisions, and even automobiles. Plus, we're seeing...

Upgrade Not Needed: How the 6P Holds up as the Last Nexus Phone

The Huawei Nexus 6P is one of the best Android devices I've used, and certainly the best I've owned. It looks and feels like a premium device, has a rich and pixel-dense screen AMOLED display, great speakers, a fast fingerprint sensor, an excellent camera and an awesome custom ROM scene. You probably know all of this, as the...

Recapping 2016: XDA’s Most Popular Opinions

As we counted down the remaining days of 2016, we asked you, our readers, to give us your opinion on a wide range of topics - from the best application, game, and smartphone of the year to the biggest disappointment of the year. These discussions generated fervent debate among our readers - no surprise given the...

Xiaomi Releases Kernel Sources for Redmi 3S/Prime/X

Xiaomi, an OEM not exactly revered for their GPL compliance, has now released the kernel sources for the Redmi 3S, Prime and X on GitHub. The company has been known in the past for being lax when it comes to the timely release of source code under GPLv2, which is a common occurrence among various OEMs. While releasing the kernel source...

Samsung Introduces Galaxy A-series 2017 with IP68 Rating and USB Type-C

Starting the new year with a bang (a figurative one, for now), Samsung has launched the next iteration of its mid range lineup. The A-series smartphones spread across three different screen sizes and configurations in order to help Samsung's brand in lower price brackets. The main highlights this year with the A-series is that all of the...