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jOnePlus Tools lets you Customize OxygenOS and Unlock Hidden Features [XDA Spotlight]

With the recent release of the open beta of Android Oreo with Oxygen OS, users have had enough time now to play around with it and discover what they like and don't like. If you're looking to discover more hidden features or customize OxygenOS even further, we found an app to do just that. Called JOnePlus...

How to Remap Active Edge/Squeeze on the Google Pixel 2

Since the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL smartphones were announced, we've been looking into ways to customize features on the phone beyond its Google-imposed limitations. One of the first features we started looking into is Active Edge, Google's take on the HTC U11's squeezable frame functions. By default, Active Edge only allows you...

Hands-on with the ZTE Axon M – A Compelling Modern Dual Screen Smartphone

In 2017, smartphone companies have had to implement all sorts of gimmicks to differentiate their products. There's the HTC U11 with its squeeze gimmick, the LG V30 with its floating bar gimmick, and the Huawei Mate 10 Lite with quad cameras just to name a few. Some of you may disagree with me labeling these features...

ZTE Axon M is Official: 6.75″ Dual Screen Foldable Smartphone!

Amidst a sea of increasingly bezel-less smartphones, ZTE is looking to differentiate itself from its competitors. The company's flagship smartphone of 2017 may not pack the top-tier hardware specifications we're seeing in the latest flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, or Google but it has one particular hardware feature to make up for it—a second screen. Indeed, ZTE...

[Update] Here are the 10,000+ Songs that Google Pixel 2’s Now Playing Feature can Recognize

UPDATE 10/19/2017: Google reached out to us to inform us that the database is updated weekly, is regional, and can recognize tens of thousands of songs. Please read this follow-up article for more details. Google Pixel 2's newest features is called Now Playing, and what it does is automatically detects songs playing in the background and displays information...

XDA is Partnering with Droidcon UK 2017 and the droidcon2gether Weekend

Droidcon UK, one of the best 2 day conferences focusing on Android in Europe, is taking place at the Business Design Centre in London on October 26th and October 27th. With more than 60 experts on all things Android, fans of XDA are likely to love this event, or at least find something they are...

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are Official — Kirin 970, Huge Displays, Small Bezels & More AI Than Ever

Huawei has been teasing the launch of their two new flagship smartphones for a few months now and today the company has officially unveiled them. We've heard a lot of rumors about Huawei launching three devices at this event, being the Huawei Mate 10, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and lastly the Huawei Mate 10...

[UPDATED] Google Pixel 2’s “Now Playing” Feature uses AmbientSense to Minimize Battery Drain

UPDATE  10/16/2017: Google has reached out to us to inform us that the 'Now Playing' is not based on AmbientSense. We have responded inquiring for more information about this feature and will update this article with their response. UPDATE 10/19/2017: We have learned more details about how Now Playing works. Please read this follow-up article for more...

Why App Updates Sometimes Break Substratum Themes

It's a common occurrence: users apply Substratum themes to their phones then later update Slack, WhatsApp, Instagram, or any number of other apps from the Play Store. Suddenly they can't even open those apps until their theme overlays are disabled. Plenty of newer Substratum users have voiced their experiences with this issue ever since the...

How Google Camera HDR+ Improves the Image Quality of Xiaomi Budget Phones

Xiaomi is currently the second largest smartphone manufacturer in India, and for good reason. Consistently, the manufacturer has posted class-leading performance and display quality at an exceptional value for its price. One thing, however, that Xiaomi hasn’t yet been able to nail is the camera performance of their budget smartphones. Thankfully, we now have the Google...

OxygenOS Android Oreo Open Beta for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T Released!

OnePlus still has some hurdles to overcome with their software updates, but in recent months they have been making strives to improve their reputation in this matter, and provide swift or meaningful updates for their devices. With new features, open betas and security updates (for the most part), OnePlus have been showing they were serious...

[Update: Confirmed] Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Add Bluetooth Battery Level Reporting

Before the first public release of Android Oreo, we spotted something interesting in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). We discovered that Google was working on implementing Bluetooth battery level reporting so you can see the battery level of your connected Bluetooth devices without having to use a third-party application for each and every Bluetooth device....