Posts From Arol Wright

Arol Wright
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Arol has been a diehard Android fan ever since he got his first Gingerbread phone back in 2012. Currently living in Venezuela, where buying a smartphone is a near impossible task for the average Joe, he also likes singing, hitting the gym, and helping people get the most out of their device. Please direct inquiries to [email protected]

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...

Developer turns a wired Android Auto head unit into a wireless one

Although Android Auto is one of the most used software for modern car head units (alongside Apple's CarPlay), it has a lot of shortcomings. One of the biggest ones being that most Android Auto-powered head units don't have the ability to connect to your device wirelessly. This is set to change, but in order to get...

How to immediately get OxygenOS updates for the OnePlus 6/5T/5/3T/3

One of the most annoying parts of over-the-air (OTA) updates is waiting for the update to be delivered on your device. This varies wildly from device to device, and many factors take part while checking if you're eligible: your carrier, your OEM, your current Android version, and your actual geographical location/IP, just to name a...

Microsoft has agreed to buy GitHub for $7.5 billion

You're probably well acquainted with GitHub. After all, it's the go-to place for developers on our forums to upload the source code for their applications, custom kernels, custom AOSP-based ROMs, and much more. On the off-chance that you aren't familiar with GitHub, it's the most popular hosting service for Git repositories where you can upload the...

Huawei announces the EROFS Linux file system intended for Android devices

A file system is a technology that outlines how data is stored and retrieved. There are many different kinds of file systems, each with their own benefits, to pick from. You've probably heard of file systems like exFAT, F2FS, ext4. Choosing one file system over another can have profound impacts on storage performance and stability,...

Xiaomi Mi 8 and Alcatel 1X forums are now open

Earlier this week, we saw a couple of interesting devices get announced. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is Xiaomi's newest flagship phone, bringing a screen notch with infrared face scanning hardware, similar to what we saw in the iPhone X, to their current formula. The device also has as an in-display fingerprint scanner on the higher-end...

Asus is working on a Windows 10 on ARM device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000

The Windows 10 on ARM project is pretty interesting in itself. Microsoft is aiming to bring the full Windows 10 desktop experience—which was, since its initial launch, an x86-only OS—to ARM-based SoCs, including support for full, desktop-grade apps and games. It was initially demoed with last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, and while it worked...

Essential Phone getting new Android P beta with fixes for radio, Bluetooth, and dark mode

We were surprised to see Google open up the Android P Developer Preview program to non-Google devices this time around. While you can run Android P on the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 lineup, you can also get it running on devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, the OnePlus 6, and the Essential Phone...

Unofficial TWRP now available for the OnePlus 6

The latest flagship from OnePlus, the OnePlus 6, is a true powerhouse, and it's finally starting to reach the hands of developers. Custom development for OnePlus devices has always been stellar: Just look at the activity on our OnePlus 3/3T and OnePlus 5/5T forums to see what we're talking about. We don't expect anything different from...

LG is rebranding the LG G6 as the LG G6 ThinQ, for some reason

At Mobile World Congress 2018, LG announced a rather underwhelming revision of the LG V30, dubbed the LG V30S ThinQ. To call it a revision would be a stretch, actually. Internally, it was the same phone as the LG V30 with only minor differences. The greatest difference? The "ThinQ" moniker, which brought LG's set of AI...

Everything New in Android P Developer Preview 2

Google is clearly planning a big shift of direction going forward with Android P. It is, quite obviously, the biggest update to the Android OS in over 4 years, since Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material Design were first introduced to the public. And while the same was said for Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat and Android 8.0/8.1...

Qualcomm will finally release new Snapdragon chips for Wear OS devices, promises smaller smartwatches

It's no secret that Google's smartwatch platform hasn't had a lot of recent success. That's partly why the company decided to re-brand the platform to Wear OS and is offering smarter Google Assistant features. But better software support is only one side of the equation. The hardware inside of Android-based smartwatches hasn't seen much innovation, which gives...