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[Update: India too] ASUS ZenFone 5Z’s Android Pie update begins rolling out in Taiwan

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z has been on the market for about half a year now, though it was initially announced at Mobile World Congress back in February. The device sports a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6/8GB RAM, and 64/128/256GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage alongside a hybrid microSD card slot. All of that comes in a...

Smart Navigation Bar lets you add photo slideshows to your nav bar

One of the most praised key features of Android is the customization capabilities. You can change everything starting from fonts with Magisk all the way up to System UI with Substratum. The whole point of our forums is to help users customize devices to their liking. Our Apps and Games forum is full of interesting projects...

Samsung launches the new Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 in India for ₹7,990 and ₹10,990

Samsung has finally launched the new Galaxy M-series, starting off with the new Galaxy M10 and the Galaxy M20 in India. The new devices are the first to launch with Samsung's new Infinity-V display, and are targeted at "young millennials" in India.Specifications - Samsung Galaxy M10 & Samsung Galaxy M20Specification Samsung Galaxy M10 Samsung Galaxy M20Display 6.2" HD+...

AnTuTu releases a benchmark to test the AI performance of smartphones

The past years have seen more and more companies focus on AI (Artificial Intelligence) as a means to distinguish their product from the competition. Uses of AI range from understanding voice commands to recognizing scenarios to executing direct orders, thus rendering it necessary to reduce the friction between a customer and a service. Because of...

Xposed Framework gets unofficially ported for Android Pie: Install at your own risk

The Xposed Framework is a great tool for modding your Android smartphone or tablet. The framework hooks into ART (the Android runtime) and lets apps, called Xposed Modules, execute their own methods before, during, or in place of the original methods of the target application. Xposed Modules, therefore, can modify much more than Magisk Modules can,...

The Honor 7X will likely get EMUI 9 based on Android Pie after all

The Honor 7X was launched in late 2017 with EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, which was slightly disappointing since Android Oreo was available at the time. Honor justified this move by stating that even though Android Oreo was available, it was not ready for Honor devices when the Honor 7X went into production....

Huawei Mate 9 gets the EMUI 9 (Android Pie) update in China

If Huawei has proven themselves in one area, it's in providing Android 9 Pie updates for many of their devices. Huawei's heavily customized EMUI 9 may not be your jam, but you have to admit the company has done a great job at bringing it to their current and even last generation of devices. Speaking...

Nokia 1 Plus appears online with the MediaTek MT6739, 1GB RAM, and Android 9 Pie (Go Edition)

HMD Global has taken the Android world by storm since their debut with Nokia-branded devices. They sold more smartphones (over 70 million units) than Google in just two years since their start. This is an impressive metric as the smartphone market is incredibly competitive. HMD Global's success has been in their ability to release devices in...

Google Pixel’s Call Screen feature is testing a button to let you hear the speaker during calls

A little-known feature in the Google Pixel's Call Screen is that you have the ability to listen in on any ongoing phone calls by pressing the volume keys. Few people knew about this feature until Reddit user eurostylin discovered it was possible and shared his findings with the community. After a bit of tinkering, it seems that Google will...

HMD Global will update the Nokia 2 to Android Oreo, but not with Android Go

HMD Global has, by and large, knocked it out of the park when it comes to updating their devices. Their updates are generally pretty quick, even if they aren't without their issues. The Nokia 2 is next in line from the company to get updated to Android Oreo, but there is a caveat. Despite having...

Android Q may ship with new Font, Icon Shape, and Accent Color Overlays

One of the many reasons I prefer the Android OS over iOS is customization. I can pretty heavily customize the EMUI 9 software running on my Huawei Mate 20 X. EMUI’s built-in theme engine makes it possible to customize the background color and accent colors of the SystemUI components, framework, and other system apps as...

Android Q May Block Background Clipboard Reads, Better Protect Your Media Files, Support Downgrading Apps, and more

Every new version of Android comes with new features, which means Android needs new permissions to gate access to these features. I found a lot of new permissions in Android Q’s framework (not all of which I’ll cover in this article because many of them aren’t interesting). Some of the permissions that I found didn’t...