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Bezel Liberation: Not a Revolution Yet, Luckily

During the dumbphone era, phones aimed to get increasingly smaller, and what once were huge bricks became slim razor-sharp flip phones. Smartphones, however, are seeing a transformation from the compact design to a phablet standard. We’ve all heard the comments regarding these phone screen size increases, and now most manufacturers offer phones with screens above...

YotaPhone 2 Available for Pre-order

The YotaPhone 2 has just appeared on Indiegogo for the exceptional price of $525 including shipping, which is expected to occur during this August. The highly-anticipated phone has already raised $70,000 from 142 people, smashing the fundraising goal of $50,000 which at this point we can only presume was an arbitrary figure. The device itself is most...

Upcoming ZenFone 2 Review Thoughts, Questions For You!

When I first covered the ZenFone 2's unveiling event, I was surprised to see such a compelling package for what seemed like such an affordable price. This, in addition to some reasons I will explain in short, led me to purchase the device, but not for myself (the phone will go to a lucky family member back...

Synaptics Touchscreen Fix For OnePlus One Drains Battery

Ever since the launch of the OnePlus One, users have been reporting touchscreen issues on the flagship killer which seriously hinder normal usage of the phone. The issue was profound enough to push several buyers of the OnePlus One to RMA their phone and not look back. OnePlus recently did acknowledge that the touchscreen issues continue...

Sunday Debate: Hardcore Gaming on Android?

Smartphone gaming is not regular gaming - for most gamers, the kind of games on Android are behind and under the more traditional videogames of consoles and personal computers. There are many phone games that bridge the gap, however, be through graphics, story, gameplay or the more holistic result. But as a whole, smartphones are...

XDA Recap: This Week In Android (May 10 – 16)

Another week, another recap. The Sunday tradition marches on this week with a fresh no-nonsense look at big-picture news, but first, a note on global events. The nation of Nepal is no stranger to devastating earthquakes, and much of the country has suffered yet another blow at the hand of plate tectonics. As a public...

XDA Picks: Best Apps of the Week (May 8 – 15)

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...

End of Denial: Yet Another SD810 Phone with Issues?

From very early on, Android fans were concerned about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. Early rumors didn’t favor the chipset, but then they were just that - rumors. Then the G Flex 2 came out, and surprise-surprise: performance was sub-par. LG was quick to dismiss this as a software issue. The M9 rekindled the doubts when...

Chrome For Android AMA Summary

Five members of Google's Android For Chrome team descended on to Reddit earlier this week for an AMA. 1,208 comments later and the team which consisted of a Software Engineer, a Technical Program Manager, an Interaction Designer, a Product Support Manager and a Developer Advocate had answered a wide range of questions. Here are but a...

Moto 360 Reflections: Virtues, Successor, Competition

I have used Android Wear for 10 months now, but I have never been so happy with the platform until my purchase of the Moto 360 a month ago. In light of a rather likely upcoming revision of this watch, I will try and explain why I personally think that the Moto 360 was, in...

Unfinished Phones, Excuses and The Industry’s Course

It is hard to recall a phone that has had a perfect release - smartphones are complex devices that encompass all sorts of hardware bits inside. Software, too, can be rather complex, and OEMs typically decide to merge many intricate features into their skinned ROMs. These reasons and more force many devices to have bittersweet...

Device Review: YU Yureka

In January of this year, YU, a new brand coming out of the Indian manufacturer Micromax, released their very first device in collaboration with Cyanogen, Inc., the Yureka. In terms of specifications, the Yureka is what I would call mid-range. Here's a list of the details though, in case you're not familiar with them:       CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615...