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Debate: Modular Smartphones, Are we Ready for Them? Are They Ready for Us?

Google's Project Ara is the first major move towards achieving consistent, thoughtful and standardized modularity on smartphones. Announced in October 2013, Google envisioned a phone that can be torn apart and brought back together again. The idea is brilliant; think of the possibilities, users can piece together the ideal smartphone to perfectly meet their needs. On...

Sunday Debate: Native Apps vs. Web Apps

After being used to the current app paradigm for the entirety of Android's life, over-the-air changes might radicalize the way we understand Android and its app ecosystem. While web apps haven't proven themselvs yet, synchronized developments might make them worthy soon. Our current mobile experience is heavily reliant on native apps that sit on our homescreen,...

Sunday Debate: Will Huawei Succeed in Western Markets?

In just a few years, Huawei managed to break into the Android scene with a bang, and after their 2015 line-up which included the revered Nexus 6P, the company is seemingly ready to expand towards new frontiers. Despite the fact that the company has been around for awhile, it wasn’t until 2015 where Huawei began making...

Sunday Debate: How Can Android Wear Capture the Mainstream?

Android Wear has been around for over a year, and despite numerous software iterations and two generations of hardware filled with alternatives, the smartwatch game still hasn’t trickled down into the mainstream, and it has certainly not matched the prediction that analysts have been putting forth for years now.While Wear is not a mainstream product,...

Sunday Debate: How Does LG Rank Up Against Other OEMs?

LG is one of the bigger smartphone manufacturers, and while it's not as popular as its South Koran neighbour Samsung, the company has managed to do a lot for its users by providing a different vision of Android with their (Optimus) G line. Yet LG is not just about their traditional flagships with their LG UI on...

Sunday Debate: How Can Android Tablets Rise Again?

It doesn’t take long to realise that most Android publications, and even OEMs, give little love to Android tablets. Earlier in Android’s life, and particularly during the tablet boom, OEMs did come up with many tablet offerings. A notorious exponent is Samsung, which flooded the market with many redundantly similar tablets, and it even updates some...

Sunday Debate: Which Fingerprint Scanner Placement is Best?

Fingerprint scanners are here to stay, and while not everyone agrees that it should be such a prominent authorization method, the technology and its possibilities have expanded dramatically in these past few years. Now Android has native fingerprint scanner support in Android Marshmallow, and the new Nexus phones come with a nice sensor on the back...

Sunday Debate: Android vs. The Competition — How Can Android Secure Victory?

Android has had a good run these past couple of years; Google made sure their mobile platform remained at the forefront of emerging markets through optimized Android releases starting with KitKat. The company also invested in Android One, and due to Android’s nature, it was also the top choice for OEMs tackling the new demand. Now...

Sunday Debate: How Can OEMs Turn Around Their Flagships & Profits?

This year, we’ve seen plenty of flagships -- in fact, most manufacturers decided to up their game and create multiples, splitting famous lines such as the Moto X and the Z line into two variants for a single release. This deliberate flagship proliferation came at a time where enthusiasts feel increasingly disappointed with big releases, as...

Sunday Debate: Do Newer Nexus Phones Offer Competitive Bang-Per-Buck?

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on Nexus Value. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below! The Nexus 5...

Sunday Debate: The Best Smartphone Materials & Textures

Now that Android software is polished and efficient on almost every high-profile phone, manufacturers have taken to improve their smartphone designs and make this a big priority for each and every release. In the past 2 years, “leak culture” has accelerated, and it has become an integral part of our blogosphere and enthusiast discussion, in...

Sunday Debate: AMOLED vs IPS LCD Displays

Our screens keep getting brighter and richer, with more pixels in each inch of glass -- all for our viewing pleasure. Resolution wars are far from over, as we now have the first 4K panel on a smartphone with the Xperia Z5. But we all know that resolution is not all there is to a...