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WhatsApp Begins Rolling Out Video Calling to All Users

WhatsApp remains a strong competitor amidst the sea of instant messaging apps on the market. Despite attaining a mind-boggling 1 billion active users earlier this year, the company has not stagnated on rolling out updates and improvements to the core service. Surging popularity from the likes of Telegram have pushed Whatsapp to focus on their strengths as...

SuperSU Updated to work with TWRP on Pixel and Pixel XL

Last night, the first alpha release of TWRP was announced for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. We delved into much detail about the release, including the changes to the installation procedure as well as what's new and what's broken. One of the caveats we mentioned in the article is that installing TWRP would cause...

Vivo Officially Announces the V5, with a 20MP Front-Facing Camera

Whether or not some people want to admit it, selfies are incredibly popular these days and we're seeing more smartphone OEMs leveraging this customer base. Vivo recently launched the Vivo X7 Plus (with Android 5.1 Lollipop for some reason), but it did feature a 16MP cameras on the front and back of the phone. Many...

Unofficial CyanogenMod 13 Lands on the Honor 8

Honor's partnership with us at XDA gave rise to a lot of hope. While Honor has been making affordable and yet appealing hardware for a while, the thought of running Honor's custom skin often turned away tinkerers. Forum dwellers seeked ways to get the AOSP experience on such capable hardware, and a partnership like this...

Magisk Receives an Update to V9, Prepares Itself for MultiROM Support

XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor, topjohnwu, is well known for his modification, Magisk. Magisk lets you apply certain root modifications to your phone or tablet, and then unmount those changes when you want to do something like check for an OTA update, or use Android Pay (both of which cannot be done when you have modified the...

Huawei Executive Confirms Lack of Branding as Reason for Declining Pixel Production

The HTC-made Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are fiercely marketed under the "Phone By Google" campaign. Since Google did exert a heavy influence on the design and continues to put forth large budgets on marketing and advertising the Pixels, mores so than it did for any Nexus so far, we would not blame the...

Titanium Backup Team Releases ‘My Titanium’ App to Showcase their Upcoming Apps

Whenever we talk about rooting an Android device and go on to list out the possibilities of what we can accomplish after rooting, one of the top suggestion that flows in is to enable the user to take a backup of their app and its accompanying data. And whenever we talk about backing up, mentions...

Google Brings Machine Learning to Google Play Music

Google has just announced a brand new update to their music streaming service, Google Play Music. The new design and features will begin rolling out to Android, iOS and the web starting this week, and Google says it will be made available to 62 countries around the world. As with most of these app updates though,...

Samsung will Acquire Harman for $8 Billion in Cash

We generally see shifts in trends when it comes to the smartphone market. At one point, most manufacturers were spending money to use the best display available for their device. With devices generally having such good displays now, some OEMs then focused on improving the camera experience. Now, it seems there is another trend to improve...

Would You Purchase an Updated Variant of Your Current Phone?

Sometimes we just love our devices too much, and do not wish to trade their design or form factor as much as we feel they are running out of life. Iconic devices like the Nexus 5 have endured for years on software prowess alone, but many of us would love to see our favorite phones...

ZTE Invites User Opinions on Why They Use Stock Android

ZTE recently held a unique competition where they invited ideas for a phone that would then be produced commercially. The crowdsourced phone that would be the result of Project CSX saw a lot of unique entries, with the finalists being: Eye Tracking, Self Adhesive Phone: Phone with a self-adhesive back that would allow the phone...

Nexus 5X & 6P to Receive Night Mode (Again) In a Future Release

With the introduction of the Android N Developer Preview, Google included a new feature called Night Mode which filters blue light from your screen to reduce eye strain. Many users swear by blue light filtering apps because of several studies that suggest blue light affects your circadian rhythm and makes it more difficult to go to sleep....