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General Mobile hilariously rebranded a GSI from XDA devs for their Android Q beta

The next major version of Google's Android OS, Android 10 Q, is available in beta for the Pixel smartphones and over a dozen non-Google phones. There's a good variety of non-Google options for the Android Q beta, including phones like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9, LG G8 ThinQ, and...

Enabling the hidden 84Hz mode on the Xiaomi Mi 9 really hurts battery life

High refresh rate smartphone displays seem to be all the rage these days thanks to a trend kick-started by Razer back in 2017. When I reviewed the Razer Phone 2 for its performance, I found that enabling 120Hz shaved a lot of hours off of its battery life. That device had a 4,000 mAh battery,...

OnePlus’ Android Q DP3 enhances Ambient Display and adds Game Space & Customization settings

Android Q is Google's next major upgrade for its mobile OS. It's notable for bringing major revamps to privacy, security, and navigation. Thanks to OnePlus' partnership with Google, the Android Q beta is already available for the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 6, and OnePlus 6T. Yesterday, OnePlus released its third developer preview for...

[Update 5: Reddit AMA info] Google Stadia launches in November with 31 games for $10 per month

Google Stadia has been one of the most exciting things to happen in the gaming industry this year. It brings high-quality gaming to the masses using Google's technology. Up until today, very little was known about the actual details of the service. Google has finally announced a game lineup, pricing, and launch date for Stadia. The...

Hands-on: GAssist brings Google Assistant to Samsung watches

Many people, even some diehard Android fans, are still under the impression that Samsung smartwatches are only for Samsung phones. That's simply not true, and in many ways, they work better than watches with Google's own Wear OS. One of the things that isn't better is Bixby. Thankfully, the ever-resourceful XDA community has come through...

Android Q’s hidden “Stretch” clock appears in Google Assistant Ambient Mode alongside Driving Mode

When Google launched the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (our review), they also released a wireless charging accessory called the Pixel Stand. Docking your Pixel 3 into the Pixel Stand starts a special ambient display mode that shows your Google Photos albums, your Visual Snapshot from Google Assistant, and a shortcut to the "My...

Xiaomi Mi A3 announced as the latest Android One phone from Xiaomi

Xiaomi has made it a habit to release Android One devices around this time of year. Last July, the company launched the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite. Now, the company has announced the successor to the Mi A2, the Xiaomi Mi A3, at an event in Spain. Details of the Mi A3 cropped...

Amazon Prime Day Deals: Best Sales on Smartphones, Tablets, Smartwatches, Accessories, and Smart Home Products

Back in 2015, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with the first "Prime Day." From the beginning, Amazon has pushed Prime Day as the Summer equivalent of Black Friday. We're not sure if the deals are as good as Black Friday, but if you like discounts, there's something for everyone. Even some non-Amazon outlets will get...

We visited OnePlus’ Camera Lab to see how they’re improving their smartphones’ camera quality

One of the best products to come out from OnePlus is its very first smartphone, the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One was a no-name underdog competing against established giants, and compete it did. The device catapulted this new and rather unknown Chinese brand to a name that was being widely praised for its disruption to...

Flutter 1.7 brings AndroidX support for new Android apps, Android App Bundles, and more

Flutter is one of the fastest-growing mobile app development frameworks. It has almost 70,000 stars on its GitHub repository and is widely adopted by software engineers in the field. The development team is working hard to address any issues, as evidenced by the fact they closed over 1,250 reports in the past two months since...

Google tests Rules, Ramping Ringer, and showing album art in Now Playing history for the Pixel phones on Android Q

Google Pixel 4 leak season is already well underway. From leaked CAD renders of both the non-XL and XL models to live images and official press renders, there's a lot that we already know about Google's 2019 flagship smartphones. Google's next Pixel smartphones may not win any design awards, but if there's one thing we...

The Top OnePlus 7 Pro Custom ROMs, Kernels, and Mods

As OnePlus has grown, their love for the development community has been stable. While they restructured their developer seeding program a few months back, it was ultimately for the better as it allowed the company to give out more devices that will result in more development work. Kernel sources for both the OnePlus 7 and...