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What Are Your Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have finally been launched. Packing in some impressively-designed hardware with promising software features, the S8 and S8+ will be the phones that every other flagship will be pitched against this year. How OEMs react and what they bring out to compete against Samsung will also determine how well they will...

Google Introduces the #myAndroid Taste Test to Build your Homescreen. Share your results with XDA!

One of the main reasons why many people love Android over iOS is the extensive customizability of the UI. Through custom launchers, icon packs, wallpapers, and more you can personalize your device according to your taste. Some people, though, find the abundance of choice to be simply overwhelming. If you're one of those people, then Google's...

Huawei Executive Feels 6GBs+ of RAM in Phones is a Waste, What Do You Think?

As smartphones have become more and more powerful over time, one question we keep asking ourselves is "how much RAM is enough?" When smartphones with 1GB of RAM were first released, people at the time often said that they didn't need all of that RAM. When smartphones with 2GBs of RAM were released, many people said...

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...