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Massive Video Leak for HTC M9 Confirms Design, Specs

The HTC M9 has been at the vanguard of mobile tech journalism, with iterative rumor after rumor solidifying our mental image of what was once known as "HIMA". When we first covered the original specification leak, we marveled at some of its specification offerings, but had no clear confirmation for the time being. More over, the...

AcDisplay and HeadsUp: Better Notification Handling

We've featured both HeadsUp and AcDisplay by XDA Recognized Developer AChep in the past. Both have been constantly improved since they were released, and with the recent updates for better Lollipop support and material design, we figured it would be a good time for a double feature. The two apps are excellent for handling your notifications,...

GravityBox Makes Massive Return to Lollipop

If you are an Xposed user, you know about GravityBox. There's just no way around it, as it is the single biggest tweak box we've seen on the platform. While its compatibility was mostly limited to stock ROMs, many others could enjoy it in some way or another. For those unable to run it, there were alternatives like Wanam which...

Sunday Debate: Rumors & Leaks, Good or Bad?

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on Rumors & Leaks. 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!   For the past few smartphone cycles,...

Free Software Philosophy Part 1: On Knowledge & Education

“Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in...

Customization of Third Party Apps: Right or Wrong?

Aesthetics have been a major focal point of the latest updates to Android, and with Material Design bringing new guidelines, many developers jumped into the trend of grandiosely humble, mutely colorful and deeply flat applications. The result is a bunch of new skins that give the OS a more consistent look - or so they...

GPL License Controversy, Once More

Here at XDA we don't just value Open Source, we thrive on it. The fact that Android was openly distributed in its entirety was key for our community's growth, and without that particular development we would not be here now in this way.  We have over 6 million registered members, and we are visited by huge amounts...

Android 5.1 Details: What’s changed?

Android Lollipop is an impressive piece of software but it didn't arrive without its problems. The adoption process was slow, even for Nexus devices which for the first time got beaten by OEM phones in their own game of fast updates. Then there's the fact that the Nexus 6 that functioned as the insignia-device for the...

Cyber Threat Sharing: What’s in Store for 2015

The hack of Sony Entertainment last December did much more than help The Interview make $40+ million in digital sales; it renewed public interest in cyber security. Two months later and with a second major hack fresh on our minds (Anthem Insurance), American politicos and tech firms alike are gearing up to change the ways...

Four New Forums Added – Join the Development!

Today we bring you four new forums for all your XDA needs and pleasures. With an equal share of wearables and phones, we'd like to introduce you to this set of devices that you will be able to discuss or contribute towards on the site, starting today. First in line we've got the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6's forum,...

Samsung Dramatically Slashes Handset Prices in India

Samsung has been in a thick conundrum this past year, as the company has seen their profits stumble season after season, with the last quarter hitting a disappointing $4.87 billion in revenue when the year before they had a much stronger $7.7 billion figure in the same fourth quarter. Numerous news surrounding Samsung's imminent demise surfaced, many...

ColorOS Camera on OPO: Great Port, Great Option

Some lenses are better than others, and when it comes to hardware the difference can be quantified in a lab. As far as applications go, however, the story is a little different - you've got hundreds of options out there, be it on the Playstore, on our forums or whatever third-party resource you can find....