XDA Editorial

Here’s How You Can Buy the Galaxy Note Fan Edition

Earlier this week, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Note Fan Edition over in South Korea. The Note Fan Edition (also referred to as the Note FE) is Samsung's way of refurbishing leftover Note 7 components, decreasing the size of the battery so there's (hopefully) no explosions this time around, and selling the handsets to consumers...

Opinion: Photos is Google’s Most Interesting Service in 2017, and Crucial for Their Product Repertoire

Google is a company that wears many different hats. In addition to the big projects, such as Search, Android, YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Drive, and Maps, you've also got other, smaller projects, including Daydream, Allo, Play Music, Wallet... The list goes on and on, and even if I were just to name every individual product that...

I Was Wrong about the U11: HTC’s Latest Flagship Can be a Remarkable Phone

Just over 4 years ago, I had finally upgraded to what I felt was the next level of Android smartphones, the HTC One, which would later get the M7 moniker. It was premium, solid, and felt expensive, unlike my Galaxy Nexus which was everything other than that. I kept that phone for a year going from...

Interview with AndroidFileHost’s Vice President of Public Relations: Roy R. (rwilco12)

AndroidFile Host has been the go-to service for hosting custom ROMs, kernels and mods for quite a fair amount of time. Developers and users trust the service and turn towards it when it comes to hosting files without giving much thought - they're one of the most reliable services around. Today we have with us Roy...

Bixby Found a Niche in a Crowded Space, but a Late Entrance Strains its Potential

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S8, it felt as if they were as excited to announce the new Bixby application as they were the device itself. They added a button on S8 that exists only to serve the Bixby mission, chased down methods to remap that key, and they even had a PR stint with major...

Yes, the OnePlus 5 looks like an iPhone, but for Good Reasons

From the moment the first leaks started to pour out about the new OnePlus 5, its design was one of the closest guarded secrets. While it was likely that the 5 would feature a dual camera setup, the question is what sort of setup it would feature. Vertically mounted in the existing OP3 body or horizontally...

OnePlus’ Journey From the Eyes of a Skeptic

It was the morning of October 23, 2013 when I first learned about a new, yet to be announced, smartphone company. Oppo's Marketing Director, Carl Pei, was sitting in the front seat of my van with my wife and I as we drove to a post-BigAndroidBBQ tradition. This tradition involved introducing him and a few...

As Google Neglects Tablets, Apple and Microsoft Advance the Convergence of Mobile and Desktop Computers

A little over one year ago, Google did what many of us expected them to do: announce Android app support in Chrome OS. As is the case with every Google announcement, this was in early beta stages and would not release to consumers for a few months. Still though, there was hope -- hope for Android,...

After the OnePlus 2 Update Trainwreck, Software Support is Paramount to OnePlus’ Success

In 2014 when OnePlus burst onto the smartphone market scene, it was a much different landscape than it is today. There were just two main tiers of phones for potential buyers: the flagship and the budget device. OnePlus introduced us to a new tier, the mid-range flagship, or so-called “affordable flagship”. They offered a device...

No, Google Isn’t Eavesdropping on You for Those Crazy Ads and Predictions

«My phone was in my pocket as I was talking to my friend about XYZ. I had never heard of XYZ before (my friend brought it up), and I didn't google it or anything. Yet when I opened an app a day later, I saw ads related to XYZ! Is Google listening in on my...

Galaxy S8: How the Developer Community Radically Improved My Experience (Without Root)

Sometimes it needs a little help to make it truly yours... again Last week I wrote about why I felt the Galaxy S8’s software was a major letdown in comparison to its hardware, but despite its faults it is still my go-to phone, for the moment. So how do I deal with software I admittedly hate, and...

Opinion: Xiaomi’s Love for the SD625 (and Other Sidegrades) Impacts the Value of its Affordable Smartphones

When I had the opportunity to review the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, I went in with low expectations. After starting my Android journey with a low-end device and struggling to get a better smartphone for a few years, I certainly did not look forward to downgrading from my OnePlus One (considered close to a flagship...