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Google’s Prank Roundup for April Fools 2015 [Updated]

Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various...

Google to Acquire XDA, Dev Rewards & Policy Changes

We are delighted to announce that starting on April 20th, a finalized deal with Google will make XDA Developers a software development division for the beloved search giant. This exciting transition will start as early as next week, where new XDA Talent Scouts from Google will browse our forums and reward the best contributors and...

Sunday Debate: Corporate Cyanogen Good for Android?

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on Cyanogen Inc. 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!     CyanogenMod is widely...

Building The Machine: Cyanogen’s Corporate War

Cyanogen is a name that virtually all of XDA recognizes, and surely many of you have tried their excellent ROMs - perhaps you are reading this on CyanogenMod right now. While the community ROMs that most people get - be it through official sources or unofficial ports - offer some of the best experiences Android...

Hold The Hype: Google’s MVNO & The Nexus 6

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal set the internet abuzz with reports that the Nexus 6 will be the sole device supported by the new mobile network Google is set to launch in the coming weeks. The ensuing re-posts and speculation seized on the notion of an ultra-exclusive carrier, but what do we know...

The Rise of Material Design and its Paper and Ink Reality

Over the last decade, the digital world has witnessed a paradigm shift in people's outlook towards design, and it experienced a tenfold increase in its importance. Gradually, but firmly, software bundles ranging from entire operating systems to standalone apps moved on from solid black drop shadows and gradient backgrounds to the clean, minimal and flat design...

Microsoft To Invest in Cyanogen’s Future OS War?

Reports indicate that Microsoft is investing in the rogue Android forker Cyanogen. The funding round is said to be upwards of $70 million, and could allow for a cooperation between Cyanogen and the Silicon Valley giant in the ongoing battle of mobile operating systems. This could be a strategic movement in coordination with other investors given Cyanogen's...

Future of Hardware, Project Ara, and Market Pilot

The Project Ara developer conference 2 began today at Google Plex in Mountain View, San Francisco. It consisted on a series of keynotes to denote the plans for Project Ara to both developers and interested consumers.  Google shared details about the roadmap of Ara, which we’ll cover here, and the more developer-focused details about the...

Google App Update Disables Features For Millions

Users from outside of the United States and Europe have reported their features outright disabled with the latest update to the Google App (formerly known as Google Search). The countries that seem to suffer from this functionality black out seem to be those in Latin America and other spanish-speaking countries. A PSA was posted on the Android Wear subreddit...

Nvidia SHIELD Tablet vs the Google Nexus 9 – XDA TV

Almost one year ago, Nvidia announced their latest Tegra system on a chip. The Tegra K1 was a desktop-based fab brought to the mobile arena. While this advancement is great and brings a lot of power to robotics and the like, device adoption has been lackluster. The main recipients of this new chipset are the Nvidia...

Google Hopes to Replace Gmail With Inbox

  Gmail isn't the only Email client that Google has in its arsenal. A few months ago, the Inbox project was launched, and since then Google developers have been working hard on feature implementation. Inbox by Gmail is a totally new approach to Email, aiming to be more user-friendly and powerful than regular Gmail service. Three of...

Latest Android Platform Stats: Lollipop under 0.1%, KitKat on a Third of Devices

In the last few weeks, numerous devices received Lollipop updates both in official and unofficial capacity. Despite its popularity here on XDA, Lollipop is still a very new operating system and OEMs need some time to port it to their devices. As we typically see at the start of every month, Google has released their...