XDA Editorial

Opinion: Motorola Would Benefit from a Cleaner Release Strategy, Wider Availability

Motorola has been through somewhat of a rollercoaster over the past few years. Google purchased Motorola on May 22, 2012, and then quickly sold it off piecemeal, with the phone division going to Lenovo on January 29, 2014 for the lump sum of $2.91 billion. As one might expect from being owned by a California-based...

The Note FE is a Captivating Re-Do That’s Still Worth Considering, Even in 2017

The Note 7 was such an important device both for Samsung and for Android enthusiasts, and so we were very excited to take a look at its replacement. The Note FE is identical to the Note 7, except for a bump down in battery capacity by 8.5%, a bump up to newer Nougat-based software (which...

HTC Updates Bootloader-Unlock Warranty Messages on Device Pages

Since 2011 HTC has permitted bootloader unlocking on some of its models, allowing developers and enthusiasts to tinker to our heart's delight. HTC stood alone among other OEMs in providing both unlocked and developer edition devices, with the developer edition devices retaining much of their warranty despite unlocking. That changed with the HTC 10 which dropped the Developer...

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...