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CarbonROM Update Brings Energy Aware Scheduling to the Nextbit Robin

Ever since Google hopped on to the Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS) feature train, developers on our forums have been working hard to bring this feature to the devices they support. The feature optimizes energy consumption for multi-core SoCs, and it requires significant kernel patches to get it working. The advantages of EAS are described in...

LineageOS 14.1 for the Huawei P9 Lite

The Huawei P9 Lite is a mid-range smartphone released in 2016 that features the HiSilicon Kirin 650 SoC, and as such has not seen as much development effort as some other comparable devices using Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs. This disparity is mostly attributed to a delay by Huawei in releasing their kernel sources, but nevertheless since...

Evan Blass Leaks the Galaxy S8 Active, Confirms Previous Image Leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is a phone awaited by many who are looking for a rugged device. The Active lineup from Samsung tries to merge a lot of the flagship features from the S lineup with a smartphone body that is usually MIL-STD-810G certified for dust, humidity, salt and shock resistance; among other such...

Action Launcher v26 Brings Google Now Integration, Adds Notification Dots Support and More

Today, the lead developer behind Action Launcher, Chris Lacy, announced the release of a new update to its popular launcher application -- Action Launcher v26. As always, the new update packs in a plethora of new features including support for Google Now integration and many Android O-based features. Nova Launcher added Google Now integration last month and...

Expect OEMs to Keep Omitting the Headphone Jack as Their Newest Phones are Selling Better and Better

A little over a year ago I wrote about the killing of the 3.5mm headphone jack. At the time, the Moto Z was newly announced, making it the first mainstream and major manufacturer to forgo the decades old and widely adopted technology.Fast forward to today and we are now looking at the very real possibility...

Huawei Releases Financial Report for H1 2017; Sales Revenue Increases 36.2% YoY

We are starting to see a number of financial reports come out from smartphone OEMs right now, as they try to give us and their investors a look at their past workings. Samsung recently announced theirs and allowed them to take claim of the largest maker of chipsets when they surpassed Intel. LG released theirs...

Google Play Offers Discounts on Some TV Seasons if You Own Part of it Already

Google Play offers a number of different ways to obtain TV shows for your smartphone, tablet, and Android TV devices. So if you would like to get your hands on only one single episode of a TV show, then you have the choice of just buying it and ignoring everything else. This is great for...

MIUI 9 Alpha and Beta Download Links Available for the Redmi Note 4X and Mi 6

We've talked about MIUI 9 quite a lot lately. It was only last week when Xiaomi officially announced that MIUI 9 would be launched at the end of this month. This new software update would coincide with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 5X, and the update would also be making its way to other...

Google Hires Essential’s Liron Damir as Head of UX on Google Home Products

Google has been getting more serious each passing year when it comes to its newly formed hardware division. The company has had huge success with its Chromecast device, and has since started expanding into smartphones, and most recently a couple of connected home products. Granted, they did lose the head of the Pixel division back...

HTC 10 and HTC One A9 Android 7.0 Nougat Kernel Source Code Released

HTC just announced that they have published the Android 7.0 kernel source code for the HTC 10 and the HTC One A9. These newly published sets of kernel source code will go a long way towards helping with the development of Android 7.0, AOSP-based custom ROMs for these devices. Although it is always nice to see kernel...

Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build Lets you Link your Android Phone to your Windows PC

Microsoft has announced the newest iteration of Insider Previews for Windows 10. Insider Preview Build 16251 for PC is rolling out to Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast ring, and will also be available for Insiders who opted in to 'Skip Ahead'. The highlight of Preview Build 16251 is the ability to link your Android...

HTC U11 Custom Kernel Brings Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS)

There's been a lot of talk about Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS) lately and now a new custom kernel brings this to the latest HTC flagship smartphone as well. This HTC U11 custom kernel is available thanks to XDA Senior Member Freak07 and can be flashed via TWRP. The developer does make note about having to move so far away...