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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro can now dual boot ROMs with MultiROM

If Android modding is a mountain, custom ROMs might be the peak. It doesn't get much more hardcore than installing a custom operating system on your phone. The only thing that might be more intense is dual custom ROMs. That's exactly what XDA Senior Members Shahan_mik3 and vasishath have done with MultiROM on the Xiaomi Redmi Note...

Track your smartphone addiction with Phone Usage Monitor

Smartphones are arguably the most addictive devices that have ever been created. It's not so so much the hardware that makes these devices hard to put down. What really drives phone usage is the enormous number of apps. Many of us easily have over 100 apps installed on our phones. The constant checking of Twitter, YouTube,...

Report: Smartwatches will account for almost 40% of wearables shipped in 2022

Wearables have been having some growing pains. Major tech giants seem to have jumped the gun before the hardware was able to catch up to the initial design. As components get smaller and more efficient, the issues that people are having (such as the bad battery life or devices being too big) will quietly go...

LineageOS Developers Announce the LineageSDK for Developers

After the transition from CyanogenMod to LineageOS, the folks behind the scenes have been working to get version 14.1 running smoothly on as many devices as possible. Over the last few weeks we have seen official LineageOS 15.1 builds made available for a select number of devices. However, since the prerequisites are more strict than...

Android P may add support for automatically launching an app when connected to certain devices/accessories

The Developer Preview for Android P was released in early March. With it came a host of changes, improvements, and even a regression or two. We've cataloged every new feature in an exhaustive two-part roundup, which is worth a read if you're looking to catch up. This is merely the first of at least four...

Huawei and Linaro launch the HiKey 970 development board with the Kirin 970 SoC

The Raspberry Pi was a groundbreaking device as it showed users what could be possible with a $35 development board. In the years since, we have seen plenty Raspberry Pi alternatives arrive in the market. Huawei and Linaro launched the HiKey 960 development board last year at a price tag of $239. The board featured...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X, Xiaomi Mi Max, and more receiving MIUI 9.5 Global Stable ROM

In November, Xiaomi launched the global version of MIUI 9. The update began rolling out to the first batch of phones in the same month, starting with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Then, in January, the company started rolling-out the MIUI 9.2 Global Stable update to supported devices, including the Redmi Note 3. Five months after...

Huawei Mate 10 series receiving Face Unlock and Smart Lock Screen Notifications in China

Android has had its own face unlock feature built into the platform for years, but it wasn't until Apple introduced Face ID that people started to care. Since then, smartphone OEMs have started utilizing the feature in a way that is faster and more secure than it used to be. It still isn't as accurate as...

Google Play Store now allows developers to set an internal test channel for 100 trusted users

Up until now, developers could either release apps directly to users on the Google Play Store, or test them via an alpha or beta channel. The alpha and beta channels allow users to test new versions of an app and report bugs before its official release. Now, Google has announced a new test channel on the...

HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+ are mid-range devices with 18:9 displays and dual cameras

HTC is not expected to release many smartphones this year. The HTC U12+ (code-named "Imagine") will be the company's flagship phone, but the company hasn't stopped releasing mid-range phones. The HTC Desire 12 and the Desire 12+ have been in the rumors for the past couple of months and HTC officially launched the two "mid-range"...

Wileyfox returning with new 2018 products and Android 8.1 Oreo for Swift 2 lineup

Wileyfox is a British startup company with the goal of providing affordable products without compromising on quality. We've seen a number of startups formed around this idea only to find out that it is an incredibly difficult task to pull off. We saw this company's plans go south when they went into administration just last month....

SideSqueeze mimics the Pixel 2’s Active Edge on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8

Android OEMs are constantly thinking about how they can make their devices stand out from the rest of the competition. Some do this by leveraging the software, some do it by including unique hardware components. Others create a design style to make their phones stand out. Sometimes these things feel like gimmicks, but occasionally a...