EDITORIAL

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...

Thoughts on the OnePlus 3T as an International Traveler’s Companion

A little over a month ago, 36 hours after catching a flight from Los Angeles International Airport, I found myself walking off a plane into a small, rural airport in southern Chile. Beginning in Seattle, Washington, I flew to San Diego, drove to Los Angeles, flew to Houston, caught a flight from Houston to Santiago, Chile,...

Google I/O 2017 Showcased a Clearer, More-Focused Agenda for Google Products

Something was different about this year’s Google I/O; something special, perhaps even grounded. Its an event where we have come to expect moonshots and overly idealistic solutions to problems that do not exist or are grossly misrepresented, but that has changed. Last year’s Google I/O was a turning point, moving towards a more mature and grown-up...

Opinion: After Many Updates and Growing Pains, OxygenOS is Now a Class-Leading OEM ROM

OxygenOS has been OnePlus's default and primary ROM for almost two years now, first released for the OnePlus One as a flashable zip for users to break away from the increasingly-unsupported but excellent CyanogenMod S ROMs their phone originally shipped with. This software offering took center-stage with the OnePlus 2 back in 2015, a year full...

The P10 Hardware Lottery Exemplifies the Kind of Decision-Making That’s Holding Huawei Back

Any press is good press, or so they say. That's a phrase often used when a company finds itself in a precarious situation -- but as Samsung learned first hand, in a hyperactive segment like this ever changing mobile space, the smallest misstep can turn out to have grave ramifications. Huawei is learning this first hand...

Editorial: The LG G6 User Experience Proves 18:9 Has a Long Way to Go Before It’s a Worthy Replacement

We’ve heard time and time again that 2017 is all about eradicating the bezel. One way or another, OEMs want you to forget that your phone is more than a screen. Thin bezels can make for an attractive phone, but it’s also an obsession that can hurt the user experience when taken too far. The first...

Will Samsung Finally Put an End to their Long-Running Performance Woes?

Another year, another Galaxy S smartphone. We’re now a couple generations away from Samsung's new metal and glass re-imagination of their flagship smartphone line. The physical changes came with the S6 and along the way, TouchWiz was supposedly “lightened” significantly too. I specifically recall how in Samsung Unpacked 2015, the company made ambitious claims about real-world performance,...