EDITORIAL

The Future of the Pixel is Bright

According to trend analyses and reports produced by Wave7, a U.S. mobile market analyst, the Google's Pixel series have been selling consistently well over the three or so months it has been available. Given a selection of reporting around the time of launch that failed to clearly differentiate between Verizon being the exclusive Pixel carrier and Verizon...

RAW Smartphone Photography: A Look at The Difference RAW Editing Makes (Ft. OnePlus 3T)

Oddly enough, my first transformative experiences with photography initially transpired through the lens of an HTC Incredible 2, sometime around late 2011. As a nascent technology addict and with the Incredible 2 as my first true smartphone, I was keen to explore the full breadth of its utility and capabilities. I rapidly adopted the habit of...

XDA-Developers Urges OnePlus to Comply with GPLv2 and Release Kernel Sources

While XDA-Developers, and a large sector of its user base, have been routinely impressed by OnePlus’ commitment to supporting the developer community, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of kernel sources for the OnePlus 3/3T since the release of Android Nougat on December 31, 2016. OnePlus has not provided such sources even though they’ve already rolled...

Only a Few Rough Edges Hinder the Pixel from Luring the Apple Mainstream

I have owned a number of iPhones including the 5S, 6S, 7, 7+ and the SE. I also currently have a Google Pixel and have had every major flagship from HTC, LG, and Samsung over the course of the last year as well as the always excellent OnePlus 3. I like this market, I like where is...

Upgrade Not Needed: How the 6P Holds up as the Last Nexus Phone

The Huawei Nexus 6P is one of the best Android devices I've used, and certainly the best I've owned. It looks and feels like a premium device, has a rich and pixel-dense screen AMOLED display, great speakers, a fast fingerprint sensor, an excellent camera and an awesome custom ROM scene. You probably know all of this, as the...

XDA-Developers Wishes You a Happy New Year!

2016 is finally coming to a close - in fact, it might already be over for you - and it was definitely an exciting year for smartphones, Android and our development community. We saw amazing new devices and gadgets, the massive Android Nougat update and useful modifications and apps come from our forums. For us at...

Editorial: Bezels in 2016, and the Trends that Will Shape Smartphone Designs in 2017

This past year has been quite experimental in the realm of smartphone design: smartphone OEMs attempted to push the envelope and find new ways to differentiate their products and push the industry forward. Many tried, plenty failed, but some were able to steal the spotlight. One of those success stories is the Xiaomi Mi MIX. Xiaomi...

Opinion: The Problem with Default Launchers and Why OEMs Should Take Pointers from Alternatives like Nova

On my desk, I have a multitude of devices from different manufacturers, with different price tags and some running vastly different software. They all have one thing in common, and that’s their homescreen setup. The homescreen is undoubtedly one of the most essential components of the Android experience; from the most casual of users to the...

How Huawei and Honor Test their Devices During the Design Phase

Honor has been around for three years and already sold over 100 million devices worldwide. With the Honor 7, 5x, and 8 bringing brand awareness to Europe and the U.S., they are beginning to make waves with their devices. Independent, Open Source Development on the 5X and 8 has been coming along over the last...

Ulefone Metal XDA Review: An Often-Hilarious Trainwreck of a Phone, But a Step Forward For Ulefone’s Developer Relations

The Ulefone Metal is an entry level smartphone with a premium finish, that just can't quite stick the landing. It comes incredibly close to being a phone with good price-performance (especially thanks to Ulefone releasing the kernel sources and trying to support developers), but some issues with polish and a couple “What were they thinking?”-style...

A New Router Experience: Google Wifi Is a Surprisingly Polished and Underrated Google Product

This October's multi-Google-device launch brought us a better glimpse at the now-released Google Assistant, arguably the most talked-about Google project of the year. Months later and with the release of the Pixels and Google Home, discussion on Google’s new ecosystem has only grown louder. All the buzz surrounding Google’s AI works, smarthome developments and incursion into virtual reality overshadowed...

(Update: Policy Scrapped) Evernote’s Updated Privacy Policy Raises some Concerns, But don’t Fret just Yet

With hundreds of millions of global installations on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, Evernote ranks as one of the most popular note taking applications on the market. Thanks to the myriad of functions available to Evernote users - ranging from powerful note taking tools to searching and annotating all kinds of document formats - the...