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Sunday Debate: Are Smaller Bezels Better or Worth It?

Bezels have been getting smaller and smaller as the years go by, and while devices from 2011 needed to trim some fat, there is no absolute rule that says that smaller bezels, after a happy medium, are beneficial to a phone. Part of this is that, with today’s current smartphone paradigms, an absolute lack of...

Introducing Voices of XDA: Have Your Ideas Heard

By far the greatest assets we have at XDA-Developers are you, the developers, the eager to learn and the bold. Everyday we see innovation and brilliant ideas across the site, from this we know that many of you have great insight in to your respective fields. That is why today, I am honored to announce...

Device Review: No.1 X1 Rugged Smartphone

We are almost at the end of Q2 for 2015, and we have seen most of the flagship phones for the year already. While flagship phones usually offer bleeding-edge specs and are the most sought after phones, there is a huge market for non-flagship phones. Some offer value, others offer unique differentiating features. Today, we are going...

Nexus 4, 5, and 9 OTA Downloads of 5.1.1

This month was a big one for Android 5.1.1 updates, as you can see from last week's roundup and the barrage of posts on the portal's front page in the recent past. So far we are seeing the lineup of Wear watches, the Nexus 4, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, Nexus Player, and a handfull of others slowly make...

Android Wear 5.1.1 OTA Downloads

The much anticipated Wear update that brings wrist flick gestures, a new launcher, and wifi support is now rolling out to wearables far and wide, though staggered releases never come fast enough. Luckily, we have you covered with a series of direct download links for immediate consumption! The zip files for each model are still...

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...