EDITORIAL

To Fi and Back Again: Google’s Inconsistent Messaging Space Complicates Sticking with One Service

I’ve written on Google’s convoluted messaging strategy before, but this was prior to the launch of Allo, which further added to the confusion of Google’s messaging platform. Allo has since been launched and updated several times, becoming a better product in the process. Google even surprised us all with a completely out-of-nowhere update to Google Voice...

OnePlus 3/3T Retrospective: Why I Can’t Put Down the Most Popular Device on XDA Right Now

It’s no secret that XDA users are fond of the OnePlus 3 and 3T, in particular their hardware and tinkering potential. The excitement goes beyond the image of the company that provides it, as OnePlus has been (often rightly) caught under fire by the community multiple times due to questionable decisions. These aren’t few either, and as Editor...

Exploring Android Wear’s Usability Drawbacks and Why It Keeps Stumbling in a Fitness-Oriented Wearable Market

I would consider myself to be part of a very small group of people: each and every day while getting prepared for work, or activities, or just the day in general, I add that little something extra to my wardrobe -- a Smartwatch. I am a wearable tech fan, and I have worn a wrist gadget every...

Home is Where Xposed Is: The Modules That Keep my OnePlus 3 on Marshmallow

Earlier in the week, we brought to you a news update on the current status of Xposed for Nougat. Long story short, Xposed for Nougat is still in the works, and the project will take a while due to the behind-the-scenes changes that Nougat introduced. So while that situation unfolds at its own pace, there are some...

Benchmark Cheating Strikes Back: How OnePlus and Others Got Caught Red-Handed, and What They’ve Done About it

A few years ago there was a considerable uproar, when numerous major manufacturers were caught cheating on benchmarks. OEMs of all sizes (including Samsung, HTC, Sony, and LG) took part in this arms race of attempting to fool users without getting caught, but thankfully they eventually stopped their benchmark cheating after some frank discussions with...

Opinion: The OnePlus 3 and Other 2016 Devices Stand to Benefit from a Held Up & Held Back Snapdragon 835

The recent wave of reports regarding the fate of Snapdragon 835 devices seem to point at a slight delay in the arrival of Qualcomm’s latest and greatest. Furthermore, we now know a few big devices coming our way at MWC are launching with last year's Snapdragon 821. There is nothing wrong with the Snapdragon 821 -- in...

Tips for Editing RAW Photography — Get the Most out of Your Smartphone’s Camera

­­ After exploring the RAW capabilities of my OnePlus 3T and Sony NEX-5 cameras, an array of readers responded with questions and comments on RAW photography and their experiences. Many expressed the desire to better learn how to edit photography and particularly how to deal with RAW file formats on both mobile devices and desktop operating...

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...

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...