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Google Chrome 69 on Android brings new downloads UI with renaming and changing downloads folder

Google's mobile web browser, Chrome, can do most of what everyone wants when it comes to navigating through a website. The engineers in Mountain View feel the application can be improved so much more and a lot of us within the community can agree. Last year, we found that Google was experimenting with a new...

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android 8.1 Oreo update rolls out again with July security patches

Since the introduction of Google's Android One program, there have been a number of companies jump on board. Not only does it make it easier for the OEM to create one of these devices since there are silicon vendors manufacturing chips specifically for the platform, but it also allows them to target the highly price...

SunShine bootloader unlock (S-Off) tool now supports the HTC U12+

SunShine is a popular tool used primarily on HTC devices for enabling S-OFF. The tool was updated to support the HTC U11 earlier this year, and now it supports the HTC U12+. Without being able to S-OFF, modding HTC devices becomes a great difficulty. This release should open the door to the true modding capability...

Alcatel 5V launches with 6.2-inch notched display, 4000mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo

Alcatel has been working on releasing a number of devices this year. We saw the Alcatel 3 and Alcatel 5 smartphones announced back in February. Following that, we then saw the Alcatel 3V, which is effectively an upgraded version of that particular smartphone. Now, we're getting to see the Alcatel 5V, a smartphone with a...

Project OpenWatch takes first big step: TWRP now available for Kingwear-based smartwatches

When we talk of modularity, we often visualize multiple hardware components working together harmoniously as a single unit. What often gets overlooked is the important role that software plays in such modular systems. This is where initiatives like Project OpenWatch come in, aiming to provide software that can be used across a wide variety of...

Microsoft Office for Android receives several new features in the latest update

The Microsoft Office productivity suite is massively popular on desktops as the software of choice for most Windows users. Despite the existence of free and open sourced alternatives like LibreOffice, both personal and enterprise users prefer the familiarity of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook for their daily needs. Even if that entails incurring a fee...

It’s Amazon Prime Day! These are the Best Amazon Tech Sales

Amazon Prime day is here, which means anyone with a subscription to Amazon Prime will get exclusive access to a bunch of discounted products. These are some of the best deals on Amazon tech products so far. Echo Show 2-Pack Amazon Prime Day Price: $239.98 You Save: 48% Kindle Paperwhite Amazon Prime Day Price: $79.99 You Save: 33% Fire TV Stick with Alexa...

OnePlus to trademark “Warp Charge” as possible rebrand of “Dash Charge”

At the launch of the OnePlus 6, OnePlus curiously and cautiously had stayed away from using the word "Dash Charge" to address its unique fast charging implementation. The OxygenOS Open Betas around that time also had replaced the term "Dash Charge" with "charging rapidly", and online stores in several regions started calling Dash Charge cables...

Huawei P20 camera app ported for the Honor 9 Lite and other Kirin 659 phones

Huawei and Honor devices are set to be locked down entirely next week starting July 22nd, but it's still not too late to unlock your bootloader. Once you unlock your bootloader, you open up the possibility to install custom ROMs such as LineageOS or Resurrection Remix on Project Treble-supported devices. We reviewed the Honor 9...

Samsung’s budget Galaxy Grand Prime Plus (2018) may have an Iris Scanner

Biometric authentication has taken on new forms in modern smartphones thanks to advancements in imaging and display technology. We now have smartphones capable of precise facial recognition like the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Apple iPhone X. We are also getting smartphones with in-display fingerprint sensors like the Vivo NEX and Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS. Meanwhile,...

MagiskHide can now run on older Android devices with a custom kernel patch

MagiskHide can now run on older Android devices with a custom kernel patch. This is thanks to XDA Recognised Developer topjohnwu who has released the patches required to make the popular root-hiding tool work on old devices. This development comes hot off the heels of the latest release of Magisk, version 16.6. For those using old devices fortunate...

Android P Beta ported for some Snapdragon Project Treble-enabled devices

Project Treble is still a relatively new development for Android. After all, it was first introduced with Android Oreo and only devices launching with Android 8.0 and newer are required to be Treble-compatible out of the box. Yet, it has boosted custom ROM development in our forums in new, previously unimaginable ways: We've seen an...