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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...

2016 in Review: What was the Biggest Disappointment this year?

As we enter the final days of the year, it's time to get your opinion on all the events, news, releases and controversies that we witnessed so far in 2016. We witnessed plenty of OEMs try out something new this year. Some succeeded, but others failed. In some cases, marketing departments of some companies went into...

Stable Nougat for OnePlus 3 and Nougat Open Beta 1 for OnePlus 3T Are Here

OnePlus promised we'd see Android Nougat hit the OnePlus 3 before the end of the year, and that the OnePlus 3T would see an Android Nougat beta when the OnePlus 3 received its stable release. With just a few hours left on the clock and barely two days after the last beta release, OnePlus delivered. Carl...

2016 in Review: What was the Best New Feature Introduced in Android this year?

As we enter the final days of the year, it's time to get your opinion on all the events, news, releases and controversies that we witnessed so far in 2016. Google's latest big thing for the world of Android was Nougat-y flavored. Android 7.0 Nougat incorporated many new quality of life enhancements for the end user, ranging...

XDA Forums Dedicated to LineageOS Now Live!

Ever since Cyanogen Inc. announced that they will be discontinuing all Cyanogen OS related services, many users wondered what would happen to CyanogenMod. Unfortunately, the worst scenario played out this past weekend, and CyanogenMod was declared officially dead. We've covered all of this in a separate article on how the death of CyanogenMod might affect development, so we...

Report: Chinese OEMs are Expecting Lower Sales in Q1 2017

Over the last few years, Chinese smartphone manufacturers have experienced an explosive amount of overall growth. Companies like Huawei, LeEco, and Xiaomi have become household names in the Android enthusiast community, and for good reason. We're seeing an expansion coming from these companies that can only be compared to the likes of Samsung in certain cases. These OEMs...

2016 in Review: What was the Worst OEM Decision of 2016?

As we enter the final days of the year, it's time to get your opinion on all the events, news, releases and controversies that we witnessed so far in 2016. In the name of change and "courage", we were treated by OEMs with what will likely go down in history as a failed experiment or as...