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Ex-Google & Instagram employees want to make vertical videos the new norm

Ex-Google and Instagram employees have created a new company called "Dreams," and they have one goal - to make vertical videos the standard for video and film. They've already received $5 million worth of investment and have done an immense amount of research on the topic to see if it was deemed profitable. The office...

International LG G7 can now be bootloader unlocked

Unlocking a bootloader, rooting a device, and flashing custom ROMs are popular hobbies here on XDA. Unfortunately, some manufacturers don't allow those procedures for "security concerns." Traditionally, if unlocking the bootloader is allowed, you can do so on the manufacturer's website. Just now, LG's developer website got updated and added the international version of the...

ARCore 1.3 adds support for the OnePlus 5T, Xiaomi Mi 8, Honor 10, and more

Google ARCore is a platform for augmented reality applications on Android. Version 1.3 of the Android application started to roll out on the Play Store today, and within the APK are new device profiles hinting at support for a plethora of new devices including the OnePlus 5T, Xiaomi Mi 8, Honor 10, Nokia 6, Nokia...

OnePlus One, Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus, and Oppo Find 7 now support official LineageOS 15.1

LineageOS is the go-to custom ROM for those whose devices have been long forgotten by manufacturers. LineageOS 15.1, which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, adds a lot of customization to the stock Android Oreo experience while maintaining stability for a wide range of devices. Today, the team is rolling out official builds for the OnePlus...

Google announces partnership with Chinese retailer JD.com

Google has been putting a lot of effort into getting their foot in the door in China and it seems to be slow progress for them. Last year, the company launched a dedicated artificial intelligence center within the country and shortly afterward they increased the number of engineers in its China-based hardware team from 20...

Action Launcher v37 brings customizable desktop shortcuts and more

According to Chris Lacy’s post on the Action Launcher blog, the application has received it’s fourth feature update of the year marked as the 37th version. The last update we talked about added a few features from the Android P Pixel Launcher. This update brings customizable desktop shortcuts among other things. Take a look at...

[Update: Senate Rejects Plan] ZTE may return to business as company reportedly signs agreement with US Government

Following the ban on selling U.S.-made hardware (and potentially software) to ZTE earlier this year, it appears that the company may have reached a compromise with the U.S. government, according to Reuters. This compromise would allow the company to once again use U.S.-made components in their products—although at a large cost. For those unaware, Shenzhen-based ZTE...

[Update: Official] Android Messages for desktop browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, and more is going live

Back in February, we reported that Google's default text messaging/RCS client for Android, Android Messages, would be accessible over desktop web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and more. Then in April, we reported that work on the Android app was complete as the setup process for the desktop integration...

Here’s how to try out Android Messages for web right now [Root]

The long-awaited Android Messages for web client has started to roll out today. It lets you send text messages from your PC via a web browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge. It's totally free to use and supports emojis, sending images, syncing messages, and notifying you of new messages. The...

Popular Xposed Module ‘MinMinGuard’ receives its first update in two years

There are many ad-blocking apps and Xposed Modules for Android devices. Some of them block ads by running a VPN service, others via host files. MinMinGuard is one of the most popular ones. It removes ads by blocking certain APIs, names, and URLs of ad providers. The most popular feature of an app is that...

Samsung is working on their own custom GPU for low-end devices

Samsung has been taking matters into its own hands for a while now when it comes to their mobile market. The Exynos line of processors is an example of that, and Samsung only uses Qualcomm in the US because of CDMA patents. While Exynos processors are designed by Samsung themselves, they still use Mali GPUs...

[Update: Working in U.S.] Samsung is bringing back Good Lock, the UI customization app

Just over two years ago, Samsung released an application exclusively in their Galaxy App Store called Good Lock. Once installed, it gave you the ability to customize various aspects of Samsung's OEM ROM and it was very well received by the enthusiast community. We saw a number of updates with additional features added to the...