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 arolwright@gmail.com.

Developers: APK Signature Scheme v3 is coming with support for Key Rotation

If you're a developer or you're in any way familiar with decompiling, modifying, and/or installing modified APK files, you're probably familiar with application signatures. To put it simply, Android mandates that an app must be signed with the same key in order for the system to allow updating the app in question. Android verifies this by...

Security-Focused Android Fork CopperheadOS is Coming to the Google Pixel 2/2 XL

Security-minded folks using an Android phone as their daily driver normally take additional measures to toughen up their devices, sometimes by replacing Google apps and services with FOSS alternatives from repositories like F-Droid. CopperheadOS is the perfect Android distribution for those people: It's a security- and privacy-focused custom ROM made by Copperhead, a Toronto-based cybersecurity firm....

You’ll Soon be Able to Sideload Android Apps on your Chromebook Without Developer Mode

Support for application sideloading has been a standard feature of Android since inception, and it's let users install software that isn't available from the Google Play Store. On Chrome OS and Chromebooks, app sideloading's been available since the rollout of Android app support on the platform, but it currently requires enabling Developer mode. However, this...

How to Fix the Lock Screen Swipe Gesture Issue on Android 8.1 Oreo

Android 8.1, the first maintenance release of Android's long-awaited Android Oreo update, has now been released for some time, at least for Google Pixel and Nexus devices. However, some Google Pixel and Nexus owners running Android 8.1 (either the official build or a custom ROM) have noticed that swipe gestures on the lock screen, like...

TWRP Now Available for Xiaomi Redmi 5A, Redmi Y1, and Redmi Y1 Lite

Xiaomi devices are really popular in our forums for a good reason: the company sells smartphones that are fairly affordable without compromising too heavily on hardware specifications. That's why the Xiaomi Mi A1 on the Android One program is so incredibly popular. Unfortunately, Xiaomi's mixed history when it comes to providing timely kernel sources creates...

OnePlus Will Start Talking to US Carriers, Confirms that Next OnePlus Phone will Launch in Q2

In the four years since the launch of the OnePlus One, OnePlus's first smartphone, the startup's managed to amass a following. That's at least in part because OnePlus phones cater to power users and modders, a segment of the market which was pretty much ignored by bigger brands. But the company has its eye on...

AT&T Reportedly Calls Off Deal with Huawei to Sell Phones in the US

Huawei, the third-largest phone manufacturer on the planet, has been trying for years to break into the US smartphone industry, but it hasn't been easy -- Apple and Samsung dominate the market with an estimated 70% combined share. The China-based company was said to be in talks to sell its latest flagship, the Mate 10, through AT&T, the country's...

Honor 7X to Get Face Unlock Feature in Q1 2018

Honor, Huawei's budget-focused sub-brand, stole the spotlight this week with the launch of the affordable, mid-range Honor 7X in a limited-edition red color. In case you haven't been following our coverage, the phone packs a 18:9 display with a FHD+ (2160x1080) resolution, dual rear cameras, and a large battery at the competitively low price of $199.99. Alongside the...

Huawei P20 Schematics Reveal Three Models, Triple Rear Camera Mount

Huawei is one of the biggest and most influential China-based OEMs on the planet, right up there with giants like Samsung and Apple. And while it's looking to expand its global reach with a wireless carrier partnership in the U.S., it's also preparing to launch its first 2018 flagship: The Huawei P20. For the Huawei P20,...

Nokia 5 Camera App Reveals 4 Unreleased Nokia Phones

One of 2017's greatest developments was the comeback of Nokia in the form a licensing agreement with holding company HMD Global. The company's new Android-touting smartphones had solid spec sheets, durable and premium designs, close-to-stock Android firmware, and reasonable price tags. HMD Global established itself as a solid, affordable alternative to Android juggernauts such as Samsung...

Samsung Responds to Alleged Battery Issues on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+

If you have been following various Samsung Galaxy Note 8 communities like /r/GalaxyNote8 on Reddit, you probably know by now of a battery issue which is affecting some users of the latest flagship by Samsung. Unlike battery issues on its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7, this issue doesn't pose a threat to your personal safety, but it...

Magisk v15.2 Brings Minor Fixes for OnePlus and Samsung Devices

Magisk v15.0, the latest major release of the user-acclaimed systemless interface, was introduced back in December 26 -- but not without minor issues that went under the radar during beta testing. XDA Recognized Developer / Recognized Contributor topjohnwu, the lead developer of the project, was quick to address some of these problems with v15.1, released just...