Posts From Adam Conway

How to Force Daydream VR Compatibility on Unsupported Android Devices

Google Daydream VR is Google's virtual reality solution for mobile devices. Devices need to be officially cleared by Google to be labeled as Daydream compatible, and some of the requirements are fairly stringent. Most of the requirements simply guarantee good VR performance on the devices that are officially supported, but there are some devices, such...

Hearing a Loud Beep at the End of Phone Calls? It might be related to Snapchat.

Snapchat has been known over the years to have problems on Android devices. Such issues have mostly included performance problems and high data usage. Recently the app crashed on Android devices at launch as well, but another really annoying issue has appeared. According to users on Reddit, if you are experiencing a loud beep at...

How to Access Facebook Messenger’s Hidden Internal Menu

The hidden internal menu in Facebook Messenger is used by developers at Facebook to modify some aspects of the application during testing. It normally cannot be opened by users because the hidden menu activity does not have a direct way to accessed within the app. However, if your device has root access then it's possible...

PSA: Broken Push Notifications? Titanium Backup may be the cause.

On XDA-Developers we are all huge fans of custom ROMs, themes, and all other sorts of modifications. Some of us switch between different custom ROMs fairly regularly, and as such use app backup solutions such as oandbackup or the popular Titanium Backup. Many users have reported issues of having broken push notifications after a clean flash or...

Nexus 6 Now Receiving Android Nougat 7.1.1 After Rollout Halt

A few months back the Nexus 6 received the Android 7.1.1 update, likely the last major update the device would receive. A while after however, the update was retracted and strangely an OTA was pushed to roll Nexus 6 users back to 7.0, citing no reason as to why. At the time, a community manager...

Google Contacts is now Available on any Android 5.0+ Device

It used to be that the only way to get Google's contacts app on a non Google Pixel or Nexus device was via manually installing the APK file. This meant you would not receive automatic updates and it would not be installed automatically when you restore the rest of your apps from the Play Store....

Get Ambient Display Gestures for any Redmi Note 4 AOSP/LOS-based ROM

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, while an affordable device, uses its own flavor of Android called MIUI. Despite providing various features not found in other OEM ROMs (which some may argue are bloatware), one feature that the hardware supports but MIUI has lacked is ambient display. This feature shows you your notifications and the time...

LG Introduces LG UX 6.0+for LG V30: Floating Bar, New Ambient Display Features, Graphy Camera and More!

LG has been a phone company with many issues and a lot to answer for in recent years, but they have continued to impress in other areas. The new LG V30 will reportedly have an F1.6 camera aperture, allowing more light into the sensor with less time being open. The V30 will also introduce the...

Android Things Developer Preview 5 Released

With Android O on the horizon,  Android Things Developer Preview 5 has been released. With this comes a version jump to an Android O base, OpenGL ES 2.0 support and WebView support for the Raspberry Pi. There are also new Device Management APIs and permission now needs to be granted to an app to manage...

Evan Blass: Android O Scheduled for the Week of 8/21, Likely on August 21

Google's newest version of Android - dubbed Android O for now - is due to launch the week of the 21st of August (likely the 21st of August) according to a leak from Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks. Other sources had floated the same date, and Evan Blass' statement further strengthens our trust in...

Google Camera with HDR+ Ported to Snapdragon 820/821 and 835 Devices

Despite the lavish praise the Google Nexus line received thanks to its openness to development, the smartphones have received much criticism for their camera prowess. That changed (though some would argue it hasn't) with the release of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, however, as Google took a more consumer directed approach to their smartphones and...

How to Pair Android Wear Watches to New Phones without Factory Resetting

Android Wear as a smartwatch operating system is not without its faults, but sadly while the more tech enthusiastic are likely to use it, the same people are also likely to install custom ROMs on their phones. This in most cases means having to wipe your smartwatch every time you switch to another flavor of...