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Exclusive stories are stories you will only find on the XDA Portal. We work hard to bring new and exciting information about upcoming devices and services. If you want to find out about an upcoming Android device before it launches, this is where you’ll find it.

[Update: More Evidence] EMUI 8.0 is Likely Huawei’s Next Version of EMUI Rather than EMUI 6.0

Last week, we published an exclusive first look at Huawei's Android Oreo update for the Huawei Mate 9. While we stand by the majority of our findings in that piece (we did, after all, obtain access to pre-release firmware builds for the device), there is one small piece of information that we now believe is...

Official Xposed Framework for Android Nougat is Here – Download your Favorite Modules Now!

As the Android ecosystem has matured over the years, fewer and fewer users find reasons why they should root their device. There's a growing trend of users choosing to stay on the stock firmware, either because they find the experience satisfactory or don't want to play a cat-and-mouse game with Google's SafetyNet API. But if...

Exclusive: This is Android Oreo with EMUI 6 on the Huawei Mate 9

Yesterday's Google event finally brought us the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the Pixelbook, and the Home Mini/Max but even though the Google fervor is now dying down, there's still much for Android enthusiasts to look forward to in the coming weeks. The mighty Huawei Mate 10 will soon make its debut on October...

Source: Pixel 2 XL has Stereo Speakers, Always Listening “Music Recognition”, and Portrait Mode

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is set to be announced on October 4th with multiple color options and a hefty price tag. While these two smartphones have had a lot of information leaked so far, one of the most controversial changes is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. This has been corroborated...

Exclusive: There will not be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836

The latest flagship device offerings are expected to always offer the latest and greatest system on a chip, or SoC, from silicon manufacturers such as Qualcomm. Paying hundreds of dollars, or even nearly a thousand, for a single device should earn you no less than the best performing SoC that is available. With the upcoming...

Source: Samsung Galaxy S9 Launching with Snapdragon 845, Android 8.0.0 Oreo

Samsung is on a roll recently with the well-received Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and the newly-introduced Note 8 breaking pre-order and sales numbers. While they had a rough end to 2016 they are quickly building pace and putting the past behind them. The Galaxy S9 is still 6 months or more away, but that...

Exclusive: Android Oreo Will Receive Rootless, System-Wide Theme Support Within 1 Week

With every new release of Google's Android OS, there are fewer reasons for most users to root their devices. However, among the remaining users who still choose to root their devices, one of the most commonly cited reasons is to enable system-wide theme support. Typically, this is managed via the Substratum theme framework ever since the...

Source: Pixel XL 2 will have Ambient Display Always On, Squeezing while Screen Off, Multiple Display Profiles, and More

The Pixel and Pixel XL were highly anticipated devices, but ultimately they were primarily a first-generation, introductory release for Google, and though they weren’t wholly-spectacular, we regarded them a “foundational release“. What was and remains really exciting, however, is what can be built upon said foundations. Not too long ago we reported on the hardware specifications...

Source: LG Will Ditch Its Signature Secondary Display for the V30

LG’s V line of flagship smartphones is arguably one of the company’s most innovative creations, with phones that are unafraid to stick to removable batteries, durable construction, or play around with other hardware concepts. One such feature that is arguably the defining feature of the LG V line is the inclusion of a secondary display -...

Source: Pixel 2 ‘walleye’ and ‘taimen’ Specifications Revealed

The Pixel and Pixel XL were highly anticipated devices, but ultimately they were primarily a first-generation, introductory release for Google, and though they weren’t wholly-spectacular, we regarded them a “foundational release“. What was and remains really exciting, however, is what can be built upon said foundations. Not long ago, we saw buzz surrounding references to upcoming...

EXCLUSIVE: CyanogenMod Theme Engine Isn’t Coming Back, LineageOS to Find Replacement

XDA-Developers has always focused on developers and Android enthusiasts. Because of this, a lot of people reading this post most likely had a custom ROM running on their device at some point. And if you ever had a CyanogenMod ROM on any of your phones, chances are you are familiar with the CyanogenMod Theme Engine. CMTE used to be...

The Philosophy Behind the OP3T: Why OnePlus Released this Device, and What it Means for The Future of Your OnePlus 3

After reading discussions on OnePlus communities including our own at XDA, the official forums, and the OnePlus subreddit over the past week, it’s clear that many people are unhappy with OnePlus’ decision to release a new device so early into the OnePlus 3’s lifespan. Most importantly, the OnePlus 3 is no more as the phone...