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Hey r/Android, how do you feel about alternate stores?

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 21:04

I've used F-Droid for a secondary app store for around a month now, and I have to say it's pretty useful. How do you feel about unofficial app stores?

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Is the era of the "thinness race" finally over?

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:54

I switched to the Galaxy S9+ today, and one of the first things I noticed was the relative thickness of it. So, I decided to look up and compare Samsung's past phones.

Galaxy S9+ : 8.5mm thick

Galaxy S8+ : 8.1mm thick

Galaxy S7 Edge: 7.7mm thick

Galaxy S6 Edge: 7.0mm thick

Galaxy S5: 8.1mm thick

Galaxy S4: 7.9mm thick

Galaxy S3: 8.6mm thick

Galaxy S II: 8.5mm thick

Galaxy S: 9.9mm thick

So, it seems as if manufacturers (or at least Samsung, didn't bother to check all manufacturers) have realized that no one really cares about how thin their phones are anymore. So Samsung has now gone back to 2011-2012 in regards to thickness, do you think they'll keep increasing it to ~10mm, or have we reached a plateau?

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PSA about Atmos for mobile devices

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:35

Mobile devices are starting to add Dolby Atmos software as a selling point. It is misleading and confusing to most consumers.

First of all, some people have heard it and claim it sounds better. But people will also think audio sounds better if you simply boost the bass and treble. Atmos is different technology, but the result is similar. Unless you are listening to a source that is mixed and presented in surround, like Dolby Digital 5.1, etc., Atmos for stereo speakers is not going to provide any benefit. It might sound flashy by comparison, but it is not how the original creator intended for the audio to sound.

Atmos for home theaters with more than two speakers is awesome!

Atmos for mobile devices (headphones) is very different and has very limited benefits.

Atmos 'virtual surround' for headphones is decent technology (an improvement on similar technologies) and it's good to have options, but it should have been branded differently from home theater surround sound. That's my main disappointment - they're confusing customers.

Atmos only applies audio mixed for surround. While some people will occasionally watch something like Netflix with 5.1 on their phone, the vast majority of audio consumed is going to be from a stereo source like YouTube, Spotify, etc. So, there is no expectation of surround sound from those stereo sources.

Atmos doesn't improve resolution. The quality of hardware (DAC + headphones/speakers) is what matters when it comes to the fidelity of the sound.

Ultimately, with stereo devices, it's still just two speakers (with no head-tracking). You could record the Atmos-processed (stereo) audio and play it back on a non-Atmos device and it would sound the same.

It could also be argued that any attempt to take a source mixed for multiple speakers and virtualize it down to headphones will inevitably result in occasional unintended artifacts.

There is a ton of misinformation about Atmos going around. Let's educate each other on what it really is. Audio is very susceptible to placebo effect. Just because it's louder and has an effect applied doesn't mean it's better.

I am open to arguments of what I have presented, but I've been a home theater enthusiast for many years and I've done significant research.

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Unofficial XDA Glossary, WIP

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:25

I decided to make a glossary of terms a Android modder new to the scene should know. I got the idea to make it after someone in my device community was without WiFi for a week because he didn't know what a clean flash was. Without further ado,

Please leave a comment on the glossary if you have any suggestions.

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