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Android 11 AMA Summary: No scrolling screenshots, New OEM restrictions, Faster app launches, and more

Yesterday, Google released Android 11 Beta 2, bringing the finalized SDK, NDK, app-facing surfaces, platform behaviors, and restrictions on non-SDK interfaces for developers. Today, Google is answering questions related to Android 11 over on Reddit's /r/AndroidDev community after fielding questions last week. Here's a summary of everything we learned from Google's AMA (Ask Me Anything).No...

Win a HUAWEI MateBook 13 2020 Laptop [Open to All Countries]

Need a new laptop? Now is your chance to win a HUAWEI MateBook 13. This super-thin laptop comes with a precision touch screen, beefy specs, and a long-lasting battery. XDA users have a chance to win a free HUAWEI MateBook 13 by filling out the entry form below.Prize information:Model: Huawei Matebook 13 2020 CPU:...

OnePlus 8 Pro Display Analysis — Premium Hardware at a Cost

Surprising absolutely no one, OnePlus finally decided to hop on the high-end fleet of premium-priced smartphones. But what do they have to show for it? The most specs and features packed on a smartphone screen to date. Though by now, we should all know that hardware and their specs on-paper are only part of the overall...

Take this quick quiz to find out what kind of phone user you are, enter to win a new laptop and watch!

Smartphones are firmly entrenched in our daily lives. We wake up and reach for our phones immediately. A quick trip to the bathroom becomes a gaming session. The waiting room at the doctor is filled with people looking down at their phones while the magazines collect dust. Everyone uses their phones differently, though. Huawei is...

OnePlus 8 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S20+ Review Comparison – The Quest to Attain Parity

Since 2011, Samsung has been the world's best-selling Android smartphone brand. Simultaneously, Samsung has also held the distinction of being the world's top premium Android smartphone brand. Over the last four years, Huawei mounted a serious challenge to Samsung by achieving second place in both the aforementioned rankings and began to quickly close the gap...

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z Review: Comfortable Earphones with Exceptional Battery Life

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z are entry-level Bluetooth earphones, built upon OnePlus's philosophy of offering a unique product experience at a competitive price. Launched alongside the OnePlus 8 series in April, the new wireless neckband earbuds retain some of the key features of the more premium Bullets Wireless 2 while also bringing improvements of its...

Realme Buds Air Neo Review: A distinctly average pair of TWS earbuds

Realme's vision of becoming a tech lifestyle brand is slowly coming to fruition. Since its debut back in 2018, the technology brand has launched some great smartphones in a variety of price segments, along with TWS earphones, a fitness band, a smartwatch, and smart TVs. Realme's foray into the TWS earbuds segment has been quite...

OnePlus Nord, Samsung Galaxy Note 20, POCO M2 Pro, and ASUS ROG Phone 3 forums are open

The smartphone industry is gearing up for some exciting smartphone launches. Among these are OnePlus' return to the mid-range segment with the OnePlus Nord, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series, the ASUS ROG Phone 3, and POCO's next mid-ranger, the POCO M2 Pro. All of these devices other than the Galaxy Note 20 series are...

The YouTube mobile app still limits video quality to 480p in India, even after 3 months of restrictions

COVID-19 has affected this year in a lot of ways, and we cannot even begin to assess the damage the pandemic has done at large. Even within the limited and narrow scope of smartphones and the related tech industry, the pandemic has made everyone rethink whether physical launch events are still needed when online-only events...

Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon Wear 4100 for better performance and battery life on Wear OS smartwatches

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 4100 smartwatch platforms, consisting of the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and the Snapdragon Wear 4100. These new smartwatch SoCs are designed for next-generation connected smartwatches and based on Qualcomm's ultra-low-power hybrid architecture. To provide better context to this news release, let's delve into the background of Wear OS first. The first Android...

HUAWEI HMS Core Forum Recap [June]

HUAWEI Developers is a platform ecosystem that integrates various services and resources for developers to develop and promote their apps, which is committed to serving the vast number of mobile terminal developers. Relying on the advantages of terminal channels, global platform services, and industry chain resources, it aims at openness and innovation in development, testing,...

SafetyNet’s dreaded hardware attestation is rolling out, making it much harder for Magisk to hide root

Back in March, a few users with Magisk installed noticed that their devices were failing SafetyNet attestation. This news was troubling to the community at XDA because it means that many crucial banking/financial apps and popular games like Pokémon Go and Fate/Grand Order were refusing to run on rooted devices. For some time, it seemed...