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.

Underburn is an App that Changes Brightness Level Based on Screen Content [XDA Spotlight]

An automatic brightness feature has been present on nearly every Android device for years now. Before Android 5.0 Lollipop, the auto-brightness feature changed your phone's brightness based on the ambient light sensor readings, but the quick scaling up and down was bothersome. Auto-brightness evolved into adaptive brightness with Android Lollipop, which combines auto-brightness with a...

Action Launcher v29.0 Brings Fully Customizable Pixel 2-Style Dock Search Bar

One of the key changes of the new, renewed Pixel Launcher included with the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL is that the "G" pill on the top of the launcher was swapped for a search bar located under the app dock, while the top now houses an informative widget. This new...

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ (Exynos) Receives Unofficial LineageOS 14.1 Builds

ROM development for phones with Exynos chipsets, like pretty much all recent Samsung flagships (in their international models, of course), has been slowly but steadily growing with time. Bringing up AOSP Android on Samsung devices is way, way harder than Qualcomm-based development because Samsung does not provide public documentation for their chipsets among other reasons,...

Chainfire Releases Source Code for suhide, SuperSU’s SafetyNet-Hiding Addon

These past 2 weeks have been quite a ride for root lovers. First, we got a new Magisk update, which features complete Google Pixel and A/B partition scheme support. Then, we got a minor SuperSU update, which fixes a bug with Android Oreo on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, only to receive sad...

Sonos One Speaker Announced with Alexa Support at Launch and Assistant Support in 2018

Sonos, a small company dedicated to sound and multimedia that has been making waves recently, is the latest big player looking to get into the smart speaker game with their Sonos One smart speaker. This market is currently dominated by Amazon and their Echo line (powered by Amazon Alexa) and Google with their Home line...

Google Home Feature Updates: Phone Calling, Room Assignments, Broadcast Mode, Multi-user Availability, Nest Integration, Find my Phone

At today's Made by Google event, Google made pretty clear that they were completely invested into the Google Assistant and, especially, into the Google Home, which formally became a product lineup today. Aside from the Google Home we got back in 2016, we now also have the Google Home Mini, which offers all the features...

Google is Working on a Chrome OS Emulator for Future Android SDK Release

Android application support on Chromebooks was fairly rudimentary when it was first unveiled, but the company has been working to make the integration better as evidenced by recent Chrome OS commits. The end goal is to flawlessly support Android apps on most Chrome OS devices, though only a handful of Chromebooks are able to use...

Google Contacts 2.2 Redesigns the Contact View, Vastly Improves Suggestions, and More

Google Contacts, Google's own fork of the AOSP Contacts app with added features, has been the default contacts app in Nexus and Pixel devices for quite some time now. Aside from syncing your contacts to the cloud, it allows for things like contact suggestions, duplicate erasing, and a lot more. These extra features have been...

Android Oreo Shows Up at 0.2% in Android’s October Distribution Statistic

The Android version distribution statistics tell us what Android versions are in use in terms of overall percentage of users. This can be helpful for application developers looking to see if supporting a certain API level is worthwhile for them. Said distribution numbers are updated monthly. After releasing their monthly security bulletin, Google has now also...

Google Pixel 2 XL Renders Show Stereo Speakers, Redesigned Pixel Launcher, and Slim Bezels

The second generation Google Pixel phones, the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL, is set to be announced 2 days from now in a big Google event that will also allegedly see the reveal of a new Google Chromebook called the Pixelbook and a 2017 refresh of the Daydream View headset. Google has done a...

Official TWRP for Google Pixel and Pixel XL Updated with Android Oreo Data Decryption Support

TWRP is widely regarded as the Swiss army knife of the Android modding scene, and it's available in a wide array of devices. The world-famous custom recovery distribution was officially released for the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL in November 2016, shortly after its launch, however, the installation process had been kind of wonky...

Upcoming Huawei Mate 10 May Feature a Samsung DeX-like Interface

Integrating a desktop interface in our mobile devices has been attempted many times in the past. Back in 2011, Motorola released a lapdock for their Motorola Atrix device, which turned it into a laptop in order to improve your workflow. With Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft introduced Continuum, which allowed any Windows 10 mobile device to...