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An Analysis Of Internet And Mobile Around The World

In June of 2015, we asked you "How Does Your Location Affect Your Life As A Power User?". In the days that followed, members from all over the world shared their stories and experiences of mobile life across the globe and since then many of you have contacted us to tell yours. Allow me to...

New Snapdragons: Some Context & Contrast

It hasn’t been a good year for Qualcomm so far. Every device featuring the Snapdragon 810 has had a less-than-stellar fate, be it because of overheating complaints or actual decreased sales. HTC is in a particularly worrisome situation, and Sony’s Z4 is slipping down Japanese charts just over a week after its release. The G...

EVLeaks Shows Off Possible BlackBerry Android Phone

It wasn't too long ago that we received reports of BlackBerry planning to use Android in their upcoming devices, although it wasn't confirmed how this would be implemented. The Canadian company has publicly announced that they 'remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system', touting its strengths in security and productivity. Now, thanks to Evan Blass...

Material and Material Dark Hit Samsung’s Theme Store

The latest version of Touchwiz, launched alongside the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, was aimed at providing a vastly improved software experience in lieu of the bad reputation its predecessors had gained. While this iteration turned out to be a vast improvement in terms of lack of bloatware, fluidity and user experience, Samsung's OEM skin...

Google Photos ‘Unlimited’ Storage Reportedly Being Capped

When Google Photos was announced, many of us thought very highly of the idea. It seemed like Google had taken what they learned from G+ Photos and added some extra touches to polish the experience, making it something that more people were likely to actually utilize. Now however, the much-lauded 'Unlimited Storage' element may not...

Xiaomi Releases Kernel Source Code For Mi4i

If you've been following the XDA News Portal lately, you might have noticed an increased (but unintentional) focus on new devices being released by Chinese OEMs. This is because a lot of these devices are actually great pieces of tech for the average price-conscious consumer, someone who focuses on features as much as the "bling factor"...

How to Listen to Beats 1 on Android Right Now

If you felt a bit left out by Apple launching their own online radio station Beats 1 yesterday, Twitter user Benji R has an answer for you, at least temporarily. Beats 1 is Apple's proprietary competitor to established online radio stations like BBC Radio 1, featuring a number of popular DJs curating their favorite tracks, led by Zane Lowe. Bucking their...

Update: It’s Gone. Sprint’s New Unlimited Plan with Ridiculous Capped Speeds

The carrier game in the United States is perpetually rushing forward at a breakneck pace, with each of the four major carriers vying for maximum customer satisfaction and adoption rates, by means of a multitude of plans, offers and schemes. Earlier today, Sprint announced a new plan called "All-In", aimed at providing users with yet...

Apple Music Will Increase iTunes Match to 100,000 Songs

The battle for music streaming subscription dominance is starting to really heat up, with Apple planning their next offensive in line with the release of iOS9 later in the year. A major draw for these kind of services is the ability to have your current music library uploaded and copies of the tracks available to be streamed...

Sunday Debate: Heads Up Notifications vs. Ticker

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on Notifications. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below!     Notifications are a huge part...

XDA Picks: Best Apps of the Week (June 20 – 27)

Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s...

Sum: Simple Math Puzzles Turned Engrossingly Fun

Inspiration for casual games can be drawn from the simplest of things, from things like three-in-a-row matchmaking to falling bricks, but the complexity of the source does not a game maketh, and Sum proves just that. Based on the fundamental concept of addition, the aptly titled game promises fast-paced and thrilling gameplay for players of all...