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What Do You Think of the Devices Announced at Mobile World Congress 2017?

Mobile World Congress 2017 has been an extraordinary event this year, continuing its trend of exciting tech news every year. We have now seen the newest devices from most of the major players in the smartphone space (except Samsung), and we have a rough roadmap of the choices consumers will have until the second half of...

OnePlus 3T Gaming Analysis & Review: The Phone to Beat in 2017

When I reviewed the OnePlus 3T, I lightly touched upon its gaming performance, noting that it was similar to what I found on the OnePlus 3. Since then, a few factors have led me to properly test the gaming performance of this device, with the results of my analysis published below. With 2017 flagships fast approaching, I...

What Are Your Thoughts on Current Generation Mid-Range SoCs?

A lot of our discussion revolves around flagships and how they shape up the smartphone market with their cutting edge features. But a very large chunk of the market does not purchase flagships, choosing to go for mid-range and even budget devices. Most such devices are powered by a handful of popular mid-range SoCs. So we'd...

Unshackle your Device from the Google Play Store with APKUpdater [XDA Spotlight]

With the Google Play Store reaching tens of billions of individual application installations over the course of its lifetime, it is becoming more and more difficult to avoid using Google's app store. This is especially problematic for open source enthusiasts and/or privacy conscious folks who see the Google Play Store as a shackle on their device that...

What are your thoughts on Android Wear 2.0 and the new LG Watches?

Now that the news cycle has settled down for the day, we were wondering what your thoughts are on the Android Wear 2.0 update and the LG Watch Sport/Style. For those of you who are out of the loop, Google today announced the next major upgrade to the Android Wear platform. The update will bring a...

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...