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App Aversion: We Used to Download and Try Apps All the Time, What Changed?

My first Android smartphone fascinated me, and as was the case with many at XDA, a big part of my slow descent into all things Android were apps, any kind of app, and every app that I found interesting. Since then, my usage patterns have changed. I no longer seek them out as much nor try...

Your Phone Suddenly Stops Working; What Do You Do?

You wake up and your phone doesn't boot up. You try everything, every button combination, but nothing works -- it's dead. What is the first thing you do? How do you cope with it? What is your next plan, or your next phone? How does the rest of your day develop?

Punching Things at DroidCon UK 2015! – XDA TV

DroidCon UK 2015 has officially wrapped up. The event and hackathon was a success. XDA TV Host Jordan was at the event. During the event, he got to try out a lot of fun technologies, check out some exciting presentations and talk to a lot of people. In this video Jordan gives you a DroidCon...

Sony Open Device Program Interview: Opening Much More Than Just Software

At the Big Android Barbecue 2015, we had the honor of interviewing Alin Jerpelea from Sony, after his great talk on Sony's plans to open up the hardware of their devices as well as future plans for their developer programs. You can find the full, highly recommendable talk here. A notable takeaway is that Sony is now helping developers...

Through the Viewfinder: Droidcon UK 2015

Droidcon was hosted in London’s Business Design Centre on October the 29th and October the 30th followed by a Hackathon Code Node on October the 31st and November the 1st. Both events were sponsored by many companies who promoted themselves, their products and even their games. These included advertising new technologies, apps and games, but all could be...

King of Best Phones Under $100 (Part 5)

The time has come for the conclusion of our Best Phones You Can Get Under $100 series. Over the past couple of months, Jordan has compared the performance of our Best Phones Under $100. Admittedly, none of these phones are top of the line flagship devices. It is to be expected that performance will be...

Google Says “No Plan to Phase Out Chrome OS”

Amidst growing rumors and speculation based off a report from The Wall Street Journal, which stated that "Alphabet Inc.’s Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system for personal computers into its Android mobile operating system, according to people familiar with the matter." Google took to it's blog to inform us of its plans (or lack thereof)...

Premium Feel, Quick Updates: Media & Critics Shape our Phones, For Better or Worse

Early this year, worries about compromises in 2015 smartphones were kindled by the news of flaws in the Snapdragon 810 chipset and its circumventing drama. Multiple flagships later, unveilings have not seemed to amass the hype of previous years, seeming to leave everyone wanting more. Wanting more is natural, for we want the best for our...

Through the Viewfinder: The OnePlus X Launch

The OnePlus X was unveiled on the 29th of October at Altitude London. Carl Pei announced the latest addition to the OnePlus family shown below in a series of photographs. There are two versions of the OnePlus X seen, one of which has a glass back and the other is a limited ceramic edition, both...

Sunday Debate: How Can Android Tablets Rise Again?

It doesn’t take long to realise that most Android publications, and even OEMs, give little love to Android tablets. Earlier in Android’s life, and particularly during the tablet boom, OEMs did come up with many tablet offerings. A notorious exponent is Samsung, which flooded the market with many redundantly similar tablets, and it even updates some...

The Importance of Open Source in Root

Update: Having discussed this with Chainfire, I thought it would be a good idea to add some clarifications here. There are many reasons for software to be open or closed source, and the security of it is not determined by the availability of its source. There's a lot of very secure (and well written) closed...

Honor 7 XDA Review: Polished Hardware, Unfinished Software

Honor, for those who are unfamiliar with the brand, is essentially the European face of the Chinese giant Huawei, although it has begun selling its handsets outside this area too. Designed as a subsidiary company that operates separately from its larger brother, its task is to try to conquer western markets with well-built phones at attractive prices. We've managed to get...