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Editorial: Neither Android Wear nor a Pixel Watch Can Succeed Without a Stronger Pixel

After months of speculation regarding Android Wear 2.0 and the devices that would launch alongside it, Google has finally unveiled the final version of its newest version of Wear with two LG-branded watches. These two watches, and more importantly the OS running on them, have a lot riding on their shoulders given how much Android Wear...

How to Play Music or Podcasts over Bluetooth on your Car Stereo without A2DP Support

One of the more frustrating experiences with purchasing a car is dealing with the "upgrade" packages that may seem unnecessarily expensive. While playing audio over Bluetooth has been around for quite some time, many of the "newer" cars that came out would not offer support for the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) which is the Bluetooth profile...

How to Cast ANY Video/Playlist from the YouTube App to your Google Home

One of the most frustrating parts of dealing with any new Google product is the lack of features that one would think would be an obvious inclusion. Those of you who have purchased the Google Home are probably thrilled that the device can act as a Google Cast receiver, enabling you to choose your favorite songs...

Analyzing the SoC Market and the Relative Standing of Each Processor

In the ever-changing landscape of mobile technology, many processors have risen and fallen. From the birth of HiSilicons’s lauded Kirin series, to the coming of age of Samsung’s Exynos chips, and even the death of Texas Instruments’ OMAP chipsets, we’ve watched in excitement, horror, and – yes – sometimes even disgust, as our hopes and...

Unshackle your Device from the Google Play Store with APKUpdater [XDA Spotlight]

With the Google Play Store reaching tens of billions of individual application installations over the course of its lifetime, it is becoming more and more difficult to avoid using Google's app store. This is especially problematic for open source enthusiasts and/or privacy conscious folks who see the Google Play Store as a shackle on their device that...

PSPDFKit, the PDF Framework used in Dropbox and Evernote, is now Available in a Standalone App [XDA Spotlight]

The beauty of Android lies in its intents system. Unlike iOS, Android has the ability to replace most default applications with third-party software. In Android, applications can define intent filters that allow them to react to certain events such as tapping a URL or opening a file. Applications that can handle opening PDF files are quite numerous,...

How to Force ‘OK Google’ Hotword Detection to work when the Screen is Off on any Device [Root]

When the Moto X (2013) was first announced, one of the most exciting features (besides Ambient Display) was its ability to wake up to voice commands. Later introduced in Google Nexus devices and now available in many flagships, hotword recognition capability is a pretty awesome feature for when you need to make a quick Google search...

How to Add more Steps to your Volume Slider [Root]

In my quest to discover interesting tweaks to share with the XDA-Developers community, I frequently came across one request across many different forums: "How do I add more steps to the volume slider?" - No one in particular While looking up methods to reliably add more volume granularity, I found that most of the applications on the...

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...

[Update: Second Vulnerability Patched] Two Critical OnePlus 3/3T Bootloader Security Flaws Discovered, One Patched and Other being Addressed

Before entering the wonderful world of Android rooting, custom ROMs, kernels, and other modifications, you first have to unlock the bootloader on your device. On some devices (especially carrier branded ones), this poses a problem as users have to deal with significant technical hurdles before they can unlock the bootloader. Other devices such as Huawei phones...

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...