Posts From Adam Conway

Adam Conway
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18-year-old Irish guy with a massive interest in all things security and technology. Computer Science student in UCD. Originally wrote for the technology site PixelSpot. Android user since Eclair. Direct inquiries to adamconway99@gmail.com.

How to Enable Google Dialer’s New Floating Bubble Feature

Google Dialer is a modification of the AOSP dialer with a few small extra features. You can search for local phone numbers within the app and receive information on phone numbers that aren't in your contacts. What's more, you can also enable a secret feature! The Google Dialer floating bubble can be enabled by editing...

How to Customize Lockscreen Shortcuts in Android Oreo Without Root

Android Oreo has finally launched, and much like the navigation bar, we can also customize lockscreen shortcuts! It's even easier than the navigation bar tutorial, as all you need is adb. With the launch of Android Oreo we are also going to look for many other tweaks that users like yourselves here at XDA can...

How to Customize the Navigation Bar in Android Oreo Without Root

Android Oreo has just launched, and with it come a set of various new features, optimisations and new looks. With improvement comes new APIs, and thus more unofficial goodies that with some tinkering we can access. You can install the system image now, and what's more you can customize the navigation bar, just like you could...

“Shattered Trust” Paper Shows How Replacement Smartphone Components Can Carry Security Vulnerabilities

A recent paper entitled "Shattered Trust" by Omer Shwartz, Amir Cohen, Asaf Shabtai and Yossi Oren has emerged. This paper shows how a replacement touchscreen for a Nexus 6P coupled by exploiting the Synaptics S3718 touchscreen driver led to an ability to entirely control the device via kernel execution. With one simple idea and a...

Google is Adding Support for eMBMS for Reduced Mobile Network Congestion

In one of the latest additions to AOSP, Google has added eMBMS support. eMBMS stands for Evolved Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service, and is also known as LTE Broadcast. This technology is present in the Snapdragon 800 series and later, and Google is now adding full support for the service. This service is hugely beneficial when many people...

Chrome Receiving Support for EAC-3 (Dolby Digital Plus) Passthrough

Chrome will receive support for Dolby Digital Plus (also known as Enchanced AC-3) passthrough in an upcoming update, as can be seen on the Chromium Gerrit. This is a huge addition for those using Android TVs with a sound system which uses Dolby Digital Plus. Dolby Digital Plus is an advanced surround sound audio technology that has...

Paranoid Android Announces Substratum Partnership

Paranoid Android strives to be a custom ROM on the level of an OEM ROM, providing reliability, stability and improving on existing features on a device with polish and care. Paranoid Android recently came back in May after a few months hiatus, with new features and old favorites including their famous pie controls. They also included...

How to Adjust Gboard’s Keyboard Height Above the Highest Level

Gboard is a re-brand of what used to be called Google Keyboard and it contains more features over its predecessor including in-built Google search, multiple language support, and integrating smart suggestions into your typing. It also has contextual awareness, so if your grammar is incorrect sometimes it will try fix that too. The app is overall...

FX File Explorer 6.0 Released with Major UI Changes, SMB v2, and more

When talking about file explorers, there are a few really big players on the market. There's Solid Explorer, MiXplorer, and FX File Explorer. These applications offer many of the same features, but each with their own UI flavor and their own small merits over their competitors. These apps are neck and neck in functionality, and are...

OnePlus Announces Open Ears Forum in London for Live Feedback, Customer Support

We are no strangers to criticism of OnePlus, and have had to endure their customer support. It isn't terrible as of late, but it wasn't great either. OnePlus are aware that they have room to improve, and now want to hear what you have to say about their support system in person. In a recent post...

How to Access the Facebook Hidden Settings Menu on Android

The Facebook app, much like its counterpart the Facebook Messenger app, also has its own hidden internal menu using by Facebook engineers for debugging and testing. This Facebook hidden settings menu cannot be permanently enabled, unlike the Messenger's internal menu. Much like Messenger you need root access or a modified APK by XDA Senior Member evilwombat to...

How to Remove Points of Interest and Advertisements in Waze

Waze, for those of you who haven't heard of it, is a community driven traffic and navigation app. It is available for both Android and iOS, and is also now out for Android Auto. It uses real-time data from other users to notify users of traffic, better routes to take, and also provides "points of interest"...