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How to force 120Hz refresh rate for a smoother experience on the POCO X3

The POCO X3 is one of the best value for money mid-range smartphones you can buy right now. Building upon the success of the POCO X2, the latest POCO X smartphone from Xiaomi’s spin-off brand offers much better battery life, a modest processor upgrade, and a refreshed design. Just like the previous model, the showstopper...

Sony Xperia XA Ultra Simple Rooting Guide

Remember those days when rooting was a simple set of steps that anyone with basic computing knowledge could follow? Pepperidge Farm XDA Developers remembers, and especially XDA Senior Member rrvuhpg who has kindly put together a very easy-to-follow rooting guide for Sony's phablet, the Xperia XA Ultra. Every device manufacturer has its own set of quirks and hoops...

How to Get the Google Assistant on Android 5 Lollipop (No Root)

https://youtu.be/AnDYjIcLD8kTK is at it again with another useful tip, this time it's getting the Google Assistant to work on Android Lollipop. The kicker - no root is required for this setup. Even though it still has a few improvements to sort out, it has definitely come a long way since its initial release. The only...

Tips for Editing RAW Photography — Get the Most out of Your Smartphone’s Camera

­­ After exploring the RAW capabilities of my OnePlus 3T and Sony NEX-5 cameras, an array of readers responded with questions and comments on RAW photography and their experiences. Many expressed the desire to better learn how to edit photography and particularly how to deal with RAW file formats on both mobile devices and desktop operating...

Unlock, TWRP and Root the OnePlus 3

Before you begin, you will need ADB and Fastboot setup correctly on your computer. Check out a guide on how to do this here.Download Super SU here.Download TWRP here.This process includes wiping everything from your device, so make sure you have a backup before you begin.Plug your device into your computer VIA USB Navigate...

Making Your Own Xposed Modules Is Easier Than You Think

Close to the heart of XDA is the Xposed Framework by Rovo89. Most of us will have used it but you may feel that the module repository is missing something. We have the solution with several guides aimed at getting you started to build your own modules, something that may be daunting but can open an entire new field of development with a little...

Learn to Sync Files Between Android And PC with Unison

Dropbox and similar cloud services are great if you’re planning to keep your files synchronized across your devices. Like almost everything, cloud syncing has its pros and cons. One major disadvantage h0wever is speed, because you're using Web protocols and transfers to keep your files up to date.One of the greatest alternatives to cloud is SSH,...

Easily Extract Lollipop Dat Files

With each iteration of Android, our favorite mobile OS expands and ROM sizes progressively increase. This is in addition to the bloatware added by OEMs that often increases the size of ROMs to a gigabyte or more. Downloading a firmware of that size is problematic, especially in countries with limited data speeds or caps. To make life...

Pimp Your Xperia with Impressive Animations

Unlike Apple's iOS or Microsoft's Windows Phone, Android gives users tons of customization options. Almost every element of the user interface can be changed through third party applications, Xposed Framework modules, or simply through reverse engineering. Additionally, many OEMs also apply their own custom UIs in order to make their devices seem unique.One OEM with...

Learn How to Fix the FUSE Time Stamp Issue

Google's implementation of FUSE is far from perfect. Normally, on-file actions like copying or moving a file can be done without changing the time stamp. This is vital to make backup-on-sync reliable. Most currently available OSes are able to preserve file timestamps, but this is unfortunately not the case in Android.The problem was recognized a...

How to Set a Video as Your Boot Animation

If you wish to make your phone truly unique, you may want to consider adding a nice boot animation. A boot animation is nothing more than a set of PNG files that are played one after another at the desired frame rate, while the operating system loads. Various OEMs put their own animations and often...

How to Use a Custom Toolchain for ROMs and Kernels

Toolchains are basically a bundle of development tools that are used in a chain (the output of one tool becomes the input for the next, and so on) in order to compile source code (in this case, ROMs and kernels). While the Android NDK toolchain (which comes with GCC, among other tools) is usually used...