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Google’s Royalty-Free Answer to HEVC: A Look at AV1 and the Future of Video Codecs

Almost 5 years ago Google first released VP9, the royalty free video codec that aimed to replace H.264 as the primary codec for online streaming and media consumption. While VP9 was not completely successful in that task, it has laid the foundation for Google’s next generation codec, AOMedia Video 1 (AV1), which is looking extremely...

“Forget Windows Use Linux” is a USB-Bootable Distro for your Android Recovery Needs [XDA Spotlight]

Microsoft’s Windows platform has been the single most widely-used desktop OS for decades, only recently sliding to second place behind Android as the most popular operating system used to browse the Internet. As popular as these two platforms are, unfortunately there are still intercommunication issues that can frustrate any user who owns a Windows computer...

XDA Interviews Scotty Allen: The Guy Who Built his Own iPhone [Part 2]

A little over 2 weeks ago, a YouTube video of a man who traveled to China to build his own iPhone went viral. The aim of his project was to assemble a fully-functioning iPhone 6s from locally sourced parts purchased from the Chinese components market. Would it be possible to put together everything required to build...

XDA Interviews Scotty Allen: The Guy Who Built his Own iPhone [Part 1]

A little over 2 weeks ago, a YouTube video of a man who traveled to China to build his own iPhone went viral. The aim of his project was to assemble a fully-functioning iPhone 6s from locally sourced parts purchased from the Chinese components market. Would it be possible to put together everything required to build...

XDA Takes on Ryzen: In-Depth Look of AMD’s AM4 Processors On Linux

In 2016 readers wanted to know how AMD's FX processors performed when it came to Linux and Android building - and thanks to the folks at AMD we were happy to find out and share the results with you. The lessons we learned from that article helped us learn how to better configure our systems...

Opinion: After Many Updates and Growing Pains, OxygenOS is Now a Class-Leading OEM ROM

OxygenOS has been OnePlus's default and primary ROM for almost two years now, first released for the OnePlus One as a flashable zip for users to break away from the increasingly-unsupported but excellent CyanogenMod S ROMs their phone originally shipped with. This software offering took center-stage with the OnePlus 2 back in 2015, a year full...

The P10 Hardware Lottery Exemplifies the Kind of Decision-Making That’s Holding Huawei Back

Any press is good press, or so they say. That's a phrase often used when a company finds itself in a precarious situation -- but as Samsung learned first hand, in a hyperactive segment like this ever changing mobile space, the smallest misstep can turn out to have grave ramifications. Huawei is learning this first hand...

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,...