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Pulser_G2
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Developer Admin at xda-developers, interested in everything in mobile and security. A developer and engineer, who would re-write everything in C or Assembler if the time was there.

From Store to Shelf: An In-Depth Capitulation of Why MSM8974 Devices Are Excluded from Nougat

Updated to reflect the either-or Vulkan or OpenGL ES 3.1 requirement for Android 7.0 Recently, there have been a lot of articles written about version updates, the interactions between vendor and chipset maker, and what this means for devices going forwards. Why has this come to rise this week? Well, it emerged this week given that the...

The Importance of Open Source in Root

Update: Having discussed this with Chainfire, I thought it would be a good idea to add some clarifications here. There are many reasons for software to be open or closed source, and the security of it is not determined by the availability of its source. There's a lot of very secure (and well written) closed...

NetGuard Gives You Back Control Over Apps’ Internet Access, Without Root!

One of the changes introduced with Android Lollipop (5.0) was the removal of the dedicated Internet permission on Android. At the time, there was some attention drawn to the changes, but users were still free to use root access to install a firewall, and block individual apps. Obviously, this wasn't much help for those not wanting...

Walled Gardens: The Trade-off Between Security and Modifiability

With the recent changes in Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) looking set to make life much more difficult for tinkerers, tweakers and modders, a question people often ask me is "why?" - why does (Company name) want to stop me modifying my phone? In this article, I aim to give a (hopefully) complete run-down of many of the...

Setting up Android Marshmallow, without Google

It's that time of year again - the Android fairy has sprinkled its dust across Nexus devices around the world, and Android M (6.0) is here! Alas though, with every new version of Android, the deep level of integration with Google services has increased. While, for the most part, Google are good at keeping their AOSP...

A Look at Marshmallow Root & Verity Complications

As the dust settles on the Android 6.0 release, Nexus users galore are diving for OTAs and Factory Images, and getting ready for the latest iteration of the Android operating system. While, from the outside, Android 6.0 appears (visually, at least) remarkably similar to Android 5.0 and 5.1  (the Lollipop releases), there are a number of...

Opinion: Android Is Its Own Worst Enemy for Updates

XDA users are no doubt familiar with the common complaint on Android over the delays on updates reaching their phone. Users are often seen eagerly awaiting the latest security update to protect them from something like Stagefright, or waiting on the next point-revision to fix some AOSP bugs. And, once a year or so, users...

A Demonstration of Stagefright-like Mistakes

Recent weeks have seen huge amounts of media attention on Stagefright, a C++-based component of the Android operating system, responsible for playing various different multimedia files. The Stagefright exploit (itself discussed in more detail in this article) was fundamentally a result of integer buffer overflows and underflows. While our previous article discussed this in a...

Asus, My “Device May Have Junk” – Your Junk

We've previously given a full review of the Asus ZenFone 2 on the XDA portal. If you're interested in a more thorough and objective look at the phone, along with its hardware and software, I suggest you check it out. If, instead, you're here for a rant, and don't want to read a serious review about...

Flagship Furore – Why the Market Changed

Recent headlines have talked much about the future of smartphones. We hear the phrase "flagship" banded around, a moniker typically reserved for a company's "headline" product release, used to lead the company flag forward into battle in the marketplace. Back in 2009, when Android first began to gain a sensible level of traction, a flagship...

Privacy War – Shots Fired by Apple at WWDC

The battle between users and companies over privacy is getting pretty hot. Only a couple of weeks ago, at Google I/O, we were hearing how Android "M" would add optional permissions to Android (one of the most sought-after features on the platform for several years). Indeed, this is something which originated on the iOS platform,...

Devs Beware – Automatic Backup Privacy Risks

One new feature of "Android M" (speculation on potential names welcomed on the back of a postcard) which gained little attention at Google I/O so far was the introduction of a new, automatic backup feature for application data. Obviously, it's still early days yet, though you can download the developer preview (if you're brave!), so we...