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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is great but the Apple Watch Series 6 is still the best smartwatch

The Apple Watch is better than any smartwatches available for Android. It pains me to say this – my primary SIM card is in an Android phone far more often than it's in an iPhone – but it's true.The good news for us is, Android smartwatches have improved significantly over the past year. The Oppo...

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Review – The Smartwatch Upgrade That Wear OS Needs

It's been over 6 years since Android came to wearables, and yet smartwatches running Google's Wear OS only account for 10% of the total smartwatch market. With Google themselves declining to launch their own smartwatch, Mobvoi and Fossil have been the two standard-bearers for Wear OS smartwatches. The two brands have done everything they could...

Samsung Galaxy M51 Review: The New Benchmark for Battery Life in Smartphones

Not too long ago, Samsung was ceding a lot of ground to China-based smartphone vendors such as Xiaomi and Realme in the budget, lower mid-range, and upper mid-range segments of the smartphone market. In 2017 and 2018, the company lost its position as the top smartphone vendor in India to Xiaomi, and it hasn't regained...

Android 11 Custom ROM List – Unofficially Update Your Android Phone!

As you may be well aware by now, the stable version of Android 11 has now been released to the masses. Google's Pixel series of phones and a handful of Xiaomi devices have joined the update train so far, while official beta builds are available for the OnePlus 8 lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series,...

I rooted my US Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and here’s what I’m doing with it

This is XDA Developers and, contrary to popular belief, we do actually talk about a lot of stuff concerning development. This article is a little different from the more news or tutorial-related content. In this, I talk about my opinions on root and its utility in 2020 and show you my rooted Samsung Galaxy Note...

ASUS is sending the ROG Phone 3 to custom ROM developers from LineageOS, Paranoid Android, Dirty Unicorns, and others

Bridging the gap between Android OEMs and the aftermarket development scene is part of what we do on the XDA Portal. Our initiative with Xiaomi for the POCO F1, for instance, played a significant role in the rise of the vibrant modding community around the smartphone. Device seeding also helped boost the popularity of the...

OnePlus Nord Camera Review: Six reasons you should use the Google Camera mod

Since the launch of the OnePlus One, OnePlus has evolved from being the subject of bad math puns to being one of the most recommended brands among enthusiasts. Over these last six odd years, OnePlus has changed up its smartphone strategy significantly; they started out as a brand that sold "flagship killers" that undercut the...

Sony Xperia 1 II Display Analysis: Content Creators, Beware

Firmly seated as a goliath in the multimedia industry, the Sony Corporation produces electronics that are well-respected in many different tiers and categories. From consumer audio equipment to prosumer cameras and professional reference monitors, one would think that Sony can make a beast of a handset that combines the company's many fields of expertise. Unfortunately, this...

This is One UI 3.0 (Beta) on the Galaxy S20 – Samsung’s Android 11 update!

Google released the stable version of Android 11 for its Pixel smartphones last week, but for most Android users, the wait continues. The world's largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, has yet to formally announce the latest version of its Android-based software called "One UI," though last month they quietly opened up pre-registrations for a One UI...

ColorOS 11 Review – OPPO adds lots of customization over Android 11

OPPO today unveiled the latest version of its Android-based software called ColorOS. The new version, called ColorOS 11, is based on Google's stable Android 11 release. That means it includes stock Android 11 features like one-time permission prompts, smart home power menu controls, and bubble notifications, but OPPO has also added a plethora of new...

Microsoft Surface Duo Review: A multi-tasker’s dream

The Microsoft Surface Duo is probably one of the most interesting devices to launch this year. In a world of Galaxy Z Fold and Flip, the dual-screen approach might seem uninteresting. And at first, I thought it was too. It seems like two phones just stuck together. The device may not seem all that interesting...

Android 11 Features – What developers need to know about the new APIs

Android 11 is here, and with it, a whole bunch of changes from Android 10. And those changes mean that developers are going to need to update their apps to take advantage of everything Android 11 has to offer (and everything it restricts).This article goes over the more important API and feature changes and additions...