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Google I/O Scheduled for May 17th – 19th at the Shoreline Amphitheater

CES is behind us and we are looking forward to MWC happening in Barcelona this year, but many have been wondering when details for Google I/O were going to be announced. That changed this week when the Android Developers Twitter account published a teaser. In the tweet, Google asked you to save the date, but didn't...

Free Software Foundation lists a Free Phone OS as a Top Priority for 2017

At XDA-Developers, we value and encourage original development efforts of all kinds. While we won't get into the debate over the merits of open source software versus closed source, we do recognize the desire for many users to run their devices on software they know is open for public scrutiny. When we discuss open source...

Samsung Confirms a Galaxy Note 8 for Release in 2017

Samsung's Galaxy Note brand took a devastating blow this year with the recall and eventually being discontinued entirely due to some battery issues. This has sparked a new trend in the Android community, and with news publications in general, where each and every Samsung phone that catches fire seemingly needs to be reported on. Don't get...

New Report Reveals Possible Galaxy S8 Display, Camera, & Release Date Details

We've seen a number of Galaxy S8 rumors circulating throughout the Android community, from developing a new personal assistant, to moving the fingerprint sensor to the back of the device, and aiming for IP68 water and dust resistance. The device is said to come with the largest 5.7" display, and we've heard that Samsung will...

The Last Android Wear 2.0 Dev Preview Includes Support for iOS

We've heard rumors that Android Wear 2.0 is going to be launched next month on February 9th. We've seen this huge update to Google's wearable platform be delayed already, so it will be interesting to see if they'll get it close to this rumored launch date. Before things can be finalized though, Google has rolled out...

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 Launch Smashes Sales Records in India

Following the release of the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi India PR has reported by email that its initial sales have broken several records both in the Indian market and worldwide. According to the press release, more than 250,000 Redmi Note 4s were sold through Mi.com and Flipkart over the course of just 10 minutes, reportedly...

[UPDATE: Comment from HTC] Photos of HTC and Under Armour’s Smartwatch Leak For the Second Time

Update 1/25/2017: According to tbreak's interview with HTC's Chialin Chang, HTC is not creating a smartwatch. Full quote: I can tell you that we're not going to have an Android watch. I don't think we've nailed it with [the experience of] watches. Android watch is one thing but even Apple as a big brand is declining [in watches.]...

Will Smartphone Modularity Make a Return in 2017?

Last year, we saw two OEMs try their hands at smartphone modularity with pseudo-modular cases and phone add-ons. But, we also witnessed the death of the actual modular device, the project that some say had the potential to revolutionize the smartphone industry. With Google Ara out of the picture and LG also giving up, "modularity" in smartphones only exists (in...

Latest WhatsApp Beta Update Hints at allowing Editing and Recalling Messages

WhatsApp is reportedly adding some really useful features in the latest version of the public beta app. As discovered by @WABetainfo, WhatsApp is planning to add new features that would let users recall or edit messages even after they are sent. This could really come handy when you want to fix a small typo in a sent text...

Samsung Made $7.92 Billion in Profit During Q4, Shipped 90 Million Smartphones

Samsung had quite the year throughout 2016. Not only did they spend money by taking the Galaxy Note 7 off the market, but they also had to invest money into actually getting these recalled devices shipped back to them. Many thought it spelled doom for the South Korean conglomerate but things didn't really turn out...

Low Resolution Images Allegedly Reveal LG’s Upcoming Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatches

Some have been enthusiastic about the smartwatch market and what it offers consumers, but many have yet to jump on board. The Android Wear platform had a nice start with many hardware OEMs supporting it with new devices. However, we have recently saw a decline in sales as many just don't feel the need to...

All Chromebooks Launched in 2017 Onward will Support the Play Store

Many have been excited at the prospect of their Chromebook receiving support for Android applications installed via the Play Store. This has been huge news for those who own a Chromebook, but it's left a lot of people to wonder if their device will get the update soon. So far, it's been limited to Chromebooks like...