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 Pixel Spot. Android user since Eclair. Direct inquiries to adamconway99@gmail.com.

How to Select a Custom Image Resizing Limit in Snapseed

Snapseed is an app developed by Nik Software, a subsidiary of Google. The app is used for editing photographs on your device which includes processing RAW camera files, one of its biggest appeals. You can edit a RAW .dng file via exposure, highlights, shadows, contrast, structure, saturation, temperature, and tint. You can also perform image resizing before...

Android Oreo Introduces Command Line Interface for Themes

With the launch of Android Oreo comes a lot of time spent searching for hidden goodies within the source code. In the past, the Android engineering team has talked about enabling theming in Android O. We reported in May that the second Developer Preview of Android O may have been a hint of Google supporting...

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 Increase 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...