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LineageOS 15.1 Feature List Overview with Screenshots and Video

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM for Android smartphones and tablets. The team behind LineageOS recently announced the latest version of the custom ROM, LineageOS 15.1, based on Android 8.1 Oreo. All of Android Oreo's features are now available for users running LineageOS, including picture-in-picture mode, Autofill apps, notification channels/snoozing, and native support for...

LineageOS 15.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo has been officially announced

Following the demise of CyanogenMod at the end of 2016, its successor, LineageOS, has seen a meteoric rise in popularity. The project grew to support over 180 devices reaching over 1.8 million users thanks to the help of 700+ contributors. Now, the team is ready to move on to its next big milestone: re-basing on...

The LG V30S ThinQ Improves on the V30 with 256GB of Storage, 6GB of RAM, and AI Apps

LG didn't hold a press conference at Mobile World Congress this year, but that hasn't stopped the South Korean electronics giant from trying to steal some of their competition's thunder. The company announced the LG V30S this week, an enhanced variant of last year's V30 that bears ThinQ branding. Not coincidentally, the LG V30S, like the...

OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T receive update to play Netflix & Amazon Prime Video HD, but there’s a catch

Back in December, there was a bit of an uproar when some users on the OnePlus forums reported that the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T were unable to play videos from Netflix or Amazon Prime Video in high definition. This is an issue that affects more than just the two latest OnePlus flagships, however, as...

TCL Announces Alcatel 5 and Alcatel 3 Series Phones, 1T Series Tablets, and an Android Go Phone

On the eve of Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, Chinese smartphone maker TCL took the wraps off a menagerie of new devices on Saturday. In addition to the Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3, and Alcatel 1 Series smartphones that the company teased at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in January, it also unveiled two...

YouTube on Android TV Gets Redesigned, Now Lets You Adjust Video Quality

Google constantly tinkers with the design of its applications on Android, but Android TV apps don't tend to change a lot. The YouTube application on Android TV has seen a number of refreshes in the last year, but its last major upgrade was way back in July. But it's finally been redesigned again, and the...

[Update: No Dark Theme] Google may add built-in Dark Theme to Android P, Add Weather Widget to Always on Display

Google uses the Android Issue Tracker to log and monitor bugs that have been reported by employees and the community. It also uses it to track feature requests. Recently, two were marked as "available in a future Android release": a highly requested built-in dark mode, and a weather widget for Android's always-on display feature. Dark themes have...

Google’s Former Head of Android Platform Security is now working on Fuchsia

While most of us are focused on Google's Android operating system, Google has quietly been working on another operating system called Fuchsia. We've seen it slowly progress over the years to the point where it can actually be installed on existing hardware—namely, the Google Pixelbook. We have a lot to learn about the fledgling OS...

Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact Leaks Reveal 18:9 Displays and Stereo Speakers

Sony will hold an event at Mobile World Congress to announce its next-generation smartphone lineup: the Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact. Most of the 2018 flagships' specifications were revealed in a leak two days ago. The smartphones are rumored to have 18:9 displays, rear fingerprint sensors, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chips. Now, Evan Blass at VentureBeat has...

Google is bringing Augmented Reality and Google Lens in Assistant & Photos to more devices

ARCore is the result of the Augmented Reality developments Google refined through Project Tango, which required special hardware. The company took what they learned from that experiment, and repackaged it into what is now known as ARCore. Instead of requiring special sensors and cameras, ARCore can be used on a plethora of devices using standard...

Google will make it easy for OEMs to integrate Assistant, is adding Routines & Location-based Reminders in Home, and 30 Languages by 2019

The transition from Google Now to the more personalized Google Assistant was a big project for the company. In typical Google fashion too, the service was initially limited to the United States (just like Google Home was), but slowly made its way to other countries as the team had more time to work on localization...

CarbonROM is now available on the Honor View 10 and other Project Treble-Compatible Devices

Thanks in part to the Honor Open Source Program announced last month, we've seen a lot of developer support for both Huawei and Honor devices lately. Huawei really stepped to the plate and engaged with the community in ways that other OEMs simply don't, and its efforts bore fruit this week: an unofficial build of CarbonROM...