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[UPDATE: Magisk 14.2 Released] Magisk 14.1 Adds Official Support for the Google Pixel & Other A/B Partition Devices

Update 9/29/2017: Magisk v14.2 has been officially pushed out, fixing a critical bug which broke the vast majority of Magisk modules. We strongly recommend all 14.1 users to upgrade to the newest version as soon as possible. You will be able to find the latest v14.2 in the official beta thread. Over the past year,...

Third Generation Amazon Fire TV Announced, Includes 4K UHD and HDR Support at $69.99

The Amazon Fire TV has been one of the best-selling digital media players available in the market, ever since it was introduced back in 2014. The first-generation player included 2 GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, and support for 1080p video playback, making it a compelling package back in the day. The second-generation...

Amazon Echo Spot is a Smaller, Less Expensive Version of the Echo Show

Amazon is holding an Alexa-themed hardware launch event at their headquarters today and has announced a number of new products. Likely as a way to compete with the likes of Google and Apple who are both gearing up for the holiday season, Amazon is not holding back either and has just announced a flurry of...

The Ground Zero Open Source Project (GZOSP): an Android Oreo Base for Custom ROM Development

Ground Zero ROMs, the ROM development team that brought us the popular custom ROMs Tesla, Tipsy, and Validus, has provided a central Android Oreo repository from which custom ROMs can be built without having to start from scratch (meaning straight from AOSP). The idea of the Ground Zero Open Source Project (GZOSP) is to give...

HMD Global: No Official Bootloader Unlock Method for the Nokia 8

A lot of people have a soft spot for the Nokia brand due to the company's history in the cell phone market. Before smartphones were a thing, Nokia was a big player in the mobile phone business, with millions of devices sold around the world. As smartphones took over, the dominance of Nokia fell to the...

Second Generation Amazon Echo is Smaller and More Powerful, but Less Expensive

The first connected smart speaker from Amazon, dubbed the Echo, was released back in 2014 and received mixed reviews at first. As time has gone by the device has become more popular and has spawned a number of other devices such as the Echo Dot and the Echo Show. Today, the company is holding an...

OnePlus is Seeking Feedback on Potentially Revamping the Alert Slider

For years, virtually all Android smartphones and tablets primarily handled their sound profiles via software. Sure, you could press and hold the volume down button until it triggers this sound profile, but that took more time or effort than the solution found on other platforms, namely the iPhone. Not unlike its fruity competitor, OnePlus decided...

Are You Excited for the Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL and Other Google Announcements?

We are exactly one week away from Google launching a new batch of hardware to the world. So far, we have heard about a miniature version of Google Home, a premium Google Pixel Chromebook, an updated version of Daydream View and two new Pixel smartphones from both HTC as well as LG. The smaller of...

Sony’s Next Flagship Smartphone to Feature a New Design

Last year we saw a big transition in the smartphone market where OEMs were focusing on improving the quality of their camera like never before. This year, there's been a clear trend where the goal is to reduce the bezels any way possible. Sony though, they've been using the same design for their smartphones for...

XDA User Turned a Macbook Pro Into a DIY Samsung DeX Laptop

Along with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ announcement earlier this year, we also got to know Samsung DeX. This wireless-charging dock allows you to connect your Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8 as a desktop computer, allowing you to do things you would normally do on a proper desktop platform, like web browsing, sending emails,...

Google Removes YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show, Says it Violates their ToS

Amazon and Google have been going back and forth for a few years now. They seem to not want to play nice with each other  due to the large competitive overlap of their products and services, and in some case it's resulted in a worse user experience for the end user. We see this conflict...

Twitter is Testing a 280 Character Limit for Tweets

Cramming all of your thoughts into a short Tweet can be difficult to do. We usually end up erasing a word or two, shortening some sentences, abbreviating some words, or simply not sending the tweet at all once it loses the original meaning. This is because Twitter has a 140-character limit for tweets. While the...