XDA Editorial

Motorola Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, Moto E5 Play, and Moto E5 Plus First Impressions

Motorola, the Chicago-based subsidiary of Lenovo, stumbled upon a winning strategy with the Moto E and Moto G series. The mid-to-low-tier smartphones remain incredibly popular in developing markets such as India, where the company has shipped more than six million units to date. But they're also a top seller in the U.S., where they're subsidized...

Xiaomi aims to release Kernel Source Code for new devices within 3 months after launch

Xiaomi is a company that's largely renowned for their devices that offer excellent specifications relative to price. Smartphones is just one of their many ventures, but it's how the company has made its name known globally. The company's rapid expansion in markets like India has brought millions of new users onto smartphones running Android, which...

The Journey of F2FS and why File Systems Matter: Interview with Stan Dmitriev from Tuxera

File systems aren't discussed on XDA or any other forum all too often. The topic involves a lot of low-level development, so developers prefer to focus on applications, ROMs, or kernels. Nevertheless, the file system is a vital part of every storage. It's the technology that outlines how data in your device's storage is stored...

The Samsung Galaxy S III & Galaxy Note II may succeed the legendary HTC HD2

Technology-oriented websites tend to focus only on the latest smartphones (and that includes us), but a large number of users choose not to upgrade their devices for one reason or another. Perhaps for financial reasons, there are hundreds of thousands of users who stick to older devices. Custom ROMs such as the now-defunct CyanogenMod have kept...

ZTE Axon M: Laying the groundwork for a foldable phone future

When ZTE released the Axon M in late 2017, a smartphone with two identical displays and a hinge that folds shut like an inverse notebook, tech pundits dismissed it as gimmicky and uncompetitive. It isn’t the first dual-screen smartphone with a foldable form factor—the Kyocera Echo, Sony Tablet P, and the NEC Medias, the Axon...

Huawei isn’t giving up on the US, but its troubles could hurt Oppo’s ambitions

The last few months have been tumultuous for Huawei. The company is the world's third largest smartphone vendor, but it has negligible presence in the US smartphone market. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro was supposed to launch on AT&T as part of Huawei's entry into the US carrier space, but plans to release the smartphone...

How Dirac Enhances the Sound Quality of OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Huawei devices

You might not have ever heard of Dirac, but if you've used a Xiaomi, OPPO, Huawei, or OnePlus phone in recent years, chances are you've heard their software in action. The Swedish audio firm works with an increasing number of device makers to optimize the sound quality of smartphone loudspeakers and headphone outputs. Dirac's smartphone suite, Power...

Google in India: How the Company is Pushing its Services in Emerging Markets

Every company wants a slice of the rapidly growing Indian market, but few create services that actually work well at the local level. It’s tough to blame them for not localizing their products since most have little financial incentive to do so while the market is still growing. Thus, the full potential of markets like...

What’s in store for Tasker and AutoApps? A Mini Interview with João Dias.

If you've ever wondered, "why can't my Android phone do that," the truth is it probably can. Thanks to the openness of Android APIs, there are lots of automation apps on the Play Store that let you do pretty much whatever you can put your mind to. Tasker is perhaps the most well-known automation app...

Xiaomi Redmi 5A XDA Mini-Review: Budget Smartphone Done Right

The year 2017 saw flagships push boundaries of both hardware and price. New releases from OEMs got better, but they also became much more expensive. What if you can’t afford to spend upwards of $800 on a smartphone, though, and don’t need the processing power and features that come at those prices? What if you...

How Samsung’s Continuous Improvements Reinforce Their Promising 2018 Prospects

Samsung is likely going to have an excellent 2018 -- or so they say. That's a sentiment I've seen echoed across all corners of the Android community, and it's not an unjustified expectation. Some point to the fact that they outspend most other OEMs in advertising, that they are supported by their ever-improving chip and...

No, The Pixel Did Not “Outsell” the iPhone X this Holiday Weekend

If you have been following headlines these past few days you likely have seen a slew of articles with titles not just strongly indicating, but explicitly stating that the Pixel 2 "activated more devices" over the Christmas weekend than iPhones. Unfortunately, the truth runs counter to such claims, though the original report still shows promise...