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Nav Bar Customization was Hidden in Stock Nougat All Along…and it never needed Root

Show of hands here: how many of you are actually running the first Android O Developer Preview? Not only is the Developer Preview only available to a handful of Google devices, but it's really not suitable as a daily driver. Of course, it was never intended to be used by the average user, but rather as...

Opinion: Huawei CEO’s Wearable Confusion Explains Why They Botched the Huawei Watch 2

Throughout Android Wear’s life thus far, there have arguably been two products that really stood out from the rest as “iconic” devices: the original Moto 360, and the Huawei Watch. The 360 ushered in a great, round design, and was leagues above something like the G watch or Gear Live in terms of aesthetics. However, the Moto 360...

I/O Bug on OxygenOS 4 is Causing Deleted Files to Still Take up Space

You've just finished flashing a ROM update from our forums and want to clean up the installation files to save storage space. You open up MiXplorer by XDA Recognized Developer HootanParsa and navigate to where you saved the ROM files. You then delete the files to reclaim some storage space - or so you thought. Apparently, there's...

If HMD Does Deliver a Nokia Flagship with Stock Android and Fast Updates, They Have My Money

Nokia is finally embracing Android in one of the most exciting twists in mobile technology’s recent history. After a rocky Lumia lineup and a fall from grace, the Nokia name is finally re-entering a wider market to compete head-to-head with other OEMs. HMD Global seems to be putting many hopes in their Nokia smartphones, and recent...

[Update: Appeal Accepted] Google Rejects XDA Feed Updates for “Unauthorized” Use of XDA’s Own Copyright

Last week, we were excited to announce the launch of our latest app, XDA Feed. XDA Feed is our attempt to make the most of our vast, resourceful forums and deliver content specific to your device. It is a "feed" of the best of the best for your particular phone: new ROMs, kernels, root method,...

Editorial: The LG G6 User Experience Proves 18:9 Has a Long Way to Go Before It’s a Worthy Replacement

We’ve heard time and time again that 2017 is all about eradicating the bezel. One way or another, OEMs want you to forget that your phone is more than a screen. Thin bezels can make for an attractive phone, but it’s also an obsession that can hurt the user experience when taken too far. The first...

Host Your Own Cross-Platform Password Manager With KeePass [XDA Spotlight]

If you're signed up for a bunch of different online websites and services, then you likely juggle a ton of different passwords for many different places. It’s commonly known that having the same password for multiple accounts is significantly less secure than choosing a different password for each account. Unfortunately, with this variety and increased...

Will Samsung Finally Put an End to their Long-Running Performance Woes?

Another year, another Galaxy S smartphone. We’re now a couple generations away from Samsung's new metal and glass re-imagination of their flagship smartphone line. The physical changes came with the S6 and along the way, TouchWiz was supposedly “lightened” significantly too. I specifically recall how in Samsung Unpacked 2015, the company made ambitious claims about real-world performance,...

How to Sync your Desktop Chrome Bookmarks with Third-Party Chrome Browsers on Android

Over the past year, third-party browsers based on Google's Chrome have exploded in popularity. This trend started after the Code Aurora Forum (CAF) began publishing Chromium builds optimized for Snapdragon devices in October of 2015. Developers interested in making the ultimate, feature-filled browser began forking the project and added features such as a night mode,...

Samsung’s DeX Setup Is Too Expensive to Shine in the Markets That Need It the Most

The highlight of Samsung's Unpacked Event was clearly the company's new smartphone hardware. But among the set of features brought to us by this "next big thing", the one feature that piqued my interest was the Samsung DeX Station. Samsung's DeX Station is for the Galaxy S8 what Microsoft's Continuum was for Windows 10 on smartphones....

How to Enable Media Playback Nav Bar Controls in Android O when Playing Music

The Android O Developer Preview has only been out for a week, but we're quickly discovering more and more potential uses for all of the new features. One of the features we've been most excited about is the new navigation bar customizer found in System UI Tuner. On initial inspection, Google's implementation seems quite barebone. While...

Editorial: “Luxury” Brands Reinvigorate a Waning Android Wear as Tech OEMs Missed Their Target

Last year Android Wear looked to be in a fairly precarious situation. The LG Urbane LTE was finally launched after a lengthy delay and sales pull, Lenovo/Motorola announced they would not be  releasing a new wearable device in the next year, and Google delayed the Wear 2.0 update for months. All of this was occurring at the...