How to add aptX to your OnePlus, Xiaomi, Pixel or Nexus smartphone

Out of the box, the OnePlus 3 and many other Android smartphones don’t support the aptX codecs for streaming high-quality audio over Bluetooth. That’s because phone makers need to pay a license fee to use the technology, and for most it’s not worth the investment.

However, most phones with a Qualcomm chipset already have the hardware support they need; they just require some proprietary drivers to activate their latent aptX support. Those drivers have now been produced, and made into an easy-to-install file. Here’s how to get started.

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6 essential USB-C accessories for Android phones

Got a new Google Pixel? How about an HTC 10 or an Xperia XZ? Maybe even the OnePlus 3 or LG G5? All of these Android phones come with USB-C ports, replacing the older Micro USB standard.

The new connector allows new possibilities — faster charging, reversible cables — but also requires new accessories. Here are six of our most popular USB-C accessories, including docks, car chargers, cables and more.

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