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AOSParadox, a New ROM for the OnePlus One With a Fresh Perspective

AOSParadox is the first ROM for the OnePlus One that isn't based on the CM device tree. Instead, it's directly based off CAF AOSP (CodeAurora Forums; CAF AOSP is basically stock AOSP with additional optimizations for Qualcomm devices) repos, making it as close to AOSP as you can get on a non-Nexus. Why is the device...

3 Days with the Huawei Mate S

At IFA in Berlin amidst much ado, Huawei finally announced their latest oversized flagship, the Mate S and this reviewer was lucky enough to be loaned the new device throughout a short testing period. However, due to the brevity of that period a full analytical review was out of the question, so instead I took the opportunity...

Notification Memos & Action Shortcuts Using Memo Reminders

Looking for a simple reminder app for actions you need to do soon, but without a set date and time? Memo Reminders by XDA Senior Member drashko lets you do that with zero hassle: just open it up, enter the reminder text, save it and you're done. A notification is then created, giving you easily...

View and Control Your Google Play Playlist in Your Notifications With Xposed

The playlist is discrete when not in use, being accessed via a small button in the top right of the notification. Due to constraints with scrolling whilst in the notification shade you can only see 7 tracks at a time, although hopefully in the future scrolling left and right in the panel may allow you...

Scan Resistors with ScanR

Ever messed with resistors? They're electrical components that limit the current in electrical circuits, basically making sure your TV can handle the voltage it gets when you plug it in. Failure to do so would likely result in tears due to your TV frying. Each resistor has a different resistance value, indicated using color-coding: There are usually...

Unofficial Stagefright Patches For MT6752 & MT6732 Devices

We've previously talked about what Stagefright is, as well as given code demonstrations of Stagefright-like mistakes. Needless to say, such a large-scale vulnerability is considered a rather serious affair. The exploit was a wake-up call for several manufacturers and Google, most of whom woke up and rushed to protect their devices (and its users). But as...

The Z5 Premium’s Resolution is Not Always 4K, but That’s a Good Thing

Each resolution upgrade that hits the smartphone industry brings with it a lot of buzz and discussion on both sides, but with each iteration, the conversation seems less polarized. This is because we are admittedly reaching the point where more pixels yields less of a visual advantage, and we passed the threshold of diminishing returns...

Why I Returned my Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Got a Note 5 – XDA TV

Recently I picked up a Galaxy S 6 Edge+. It’s a beautiful device that turned a lot of heads, but unfortunately, I ended up returning it and going for a Note 5. Today we are going to look at some of the things I liked, and the things I didn't like, and what ultimately led...

The Moto 360 Value Tier And Why You Haven’t Heard About It

Motorola's Industrial Designer, Imaan Naeem has revealed information regarding the Moto 360 Value Tier which was to be aimed at the youth market. Unfortunately, the project was cancelled before production for unknown reasons. However, the concept development, appearance models and photo-realistic renderings are now available. The original concept work shows the various stages the design went through...

Here’s How to Fix the Note5’s RAM Management

Do you hate the RAM management of your Note5? Well, it turns out that if you have root, you can make it better. Yesterday, and once I was done with my Note5 review, I decided to dig around for the solution and it turns out it was there all along. The same build.prop edit that made...

Opinion: Why I Grow Less Worried of a Disappointing Nexus

A new Nexus 5 is coming, and what started out as a supposed rumor has seemingly transitioned into an impending reality in the span of just a few months. The “double Nexus” gossip that started back in May seemed so unnatural back then, especially when we first heard Huawei would be one of the designed...

Failed Potential: The Note5 XDA Review

The Note5 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year, and after mountains of hype behind its release, Samsung's Next Big Thing is finally here. Opting for a new design, updated internals and some sacrifices, this new phone is sure to turn some heads.. ... but at the same time, turn away a...