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The Best Smartphone to buy in April 2021: Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and more!

On the market for a new smartphone and overwhelmed with options? Don't worry -- we here at XDA have tested almost every smartphone that sees a wide release. So here's our expert guide on the best smartphone for you depending on your need or budget. Navigate this article: Best Overall Smartphone: Apple iPhone 12 Best...

How to install the Android 12 Developer Preview on your Google Pixel smartphone

It’s that time of year again! The Android 12 Developer Preview program is now available for supported devices. This won’t give you the full Android 12 experience as it's still very much a work-in-progress, but for lucky owners of the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4...

How to download Android 12 Developer Preview for Google Pixel devices

The wait is finally over — Android 12 is here as Google has officially kicked off the Android 12 Developer Preview program. If you’re the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, or the Pixel 3 XL, then...

These are the best Verizon phones in April 2021: Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola & more!

It's hard to believe that we're already entering the second quarter of the year, and so far 2021 has had a whole lot of new and exciting smartphones releases. We just need to look at what companies like Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus have been doing. But sometimes, it can feel like you're missing out on...

Google Pixel 5 sees massive GPU performance gains with April 2021 update

The latest software update for the Google Pixel lineup recently started rolling out to users. The update includes a host of connectivity, camera, and stability improvements for the entire lineup, along with performance optimizations for the Google Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G. These optimizations have significantly enhanced the gaming performance of Google's latest...

Best Google Pixel 5 Deals: Where to buy Google’s flagship in April 2021

Google's future is now! The Google Pixel 5 has been out for a while now, and it's an impressive piece of tech for the price. In our Google Pixel 5 review, Adam Conway mentions that "if you’re looking for a fantastic software experience with good performance, the Google Pixel 5 is definitely worth looking at"....

Google’s Pixel phones are the first to meet the Common Criteria’s MDF protection profile on Android 11

Google Pixel smartphones may lack in terms of the overall hardware besides their cameras, but the fastest software updates make them immensely desirable. Pixel devices not only get the best Android features before others, but they also get top-notch security with monthly security updates. In addition to these updates, the dedicated Titan M security chip...

Google enables DSDS support with 5G in March 2021 update for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

One of the more under-appreciated features of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G is support for Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS). The feature allow users to use two SIMs (one physical and one eSIM) to make calls and texts through one carrier and use data-only on the other. Unfortunately, the devices are limited to...

Chainfire’s Holey Light app gets its biggest update yet with new Samsung and Google device support

XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's Holey Light app is getting its biggest update yet. The app now offers support for a bunch of new Samsung and Google devices, Android 11 compatibility, and much more. Read on to learn more about everything new in the latest Holey Light update. For the unaware, Holey Light is a handy...

Pixel phones will soon always show the dark boot animation regardless of theme

Android's boot animation consists of a bunch of images that are cycled through while the phone boots up, and it's one of the simplest things for OEMs (and power users) to customize. Until Android 10 came along, the boot screen of Pixel phones had a blinding white-colored background. In Android 10, Google finally added a...

March Pixel Feature Drop includes Smart Compose and Recorder cloud backup

Google has made it a habit to drop new Pixel features throughout the year, and the search giant is back with another big update. The features arrive following an update in December that saw Google introduce Adaptive Sound, new Google Photos suggestions, and more. The latest Pixel Feature Drop is available beginning today. As we reported...

Android 12’s audio-coupled haptic effect is even cooler than it sounds

If you follow our blog, then I don't think I need to tell you that Google released the first Android 12 builds last week (seriously, we've posted a ton about it). While we've mostly focused on revealing unreleased features, today we're stepping back and testing one of the new OS's officially-announced features. One of the...