Posts From George Burduli

George Burduli
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Love everything about Android. I'm an enthusiast, blogger and a future developer.

Google Play Store will authenticate peer-to-peer app downloads and add to your Library

People often equate sharing APK files with piracy, but there are many situations where it's perfectly legal and acceptable. In those cases, you still want the APK to retain its authenticity so the Play Store recognizes it as a legit application. Google is introducing a new system for marking "apps obtained through Play-approved distribution channels" as...

Microsoft Edge on Android gets Adblock Plus integration and intelligent visual search

Microsoft Edge's first beta version was made available back in October of 2017. Users had to sign up for a beta to be able to download the app. It was eventually made public just a month later. Since then, it has continued to get updates and new features. Today, Microsoft Edge has received four new features....

Budget Nokia 2 gets an Android 8.1 Oreo beta

HMD Global unleashed a storm of new smartphones last year. This year, they continue releasing new phones for different price categories. Just last week, the Nokia 5.1 Plus got leaked. They're popular on the market because they're available everywhere at any price category and they get a lot of updates. Nokia even has a beta program...

User gets Google Play Store working on 2014 Acer Chromebook C720P

As you may already know, Google's Chrome OS is a pretty minimalist browser-based operating system with simplicity in mind. They have never been used as powerhouses or for power-intensive tasks. But, installing Android apps via Play Store on Chromebooks has been possible for a while now. Unfortunately, not all Chrome OS devices are supported. Many...

International LG G7 can now be bootloader unlocked

Unlocking a bootloader, rooting a device, and flashing custom ROMs are popular hobbies here on XDA. Unfortunately, some manufacturers don't allow those procedures for "security concerns." Traditionally, if unlocking the bootloader is allowed, you can do so on the manufacturer's website. Just now, LG's developer website got updated and added the international version of the...

OnePlus One, Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus, and Oppo Find 7 now support official LineageOS 15.1

LineageOS is the go-to custom ROM for those whose devices have been long forgotten by manufacturers. LineageOS 15.1, which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, adds a lot of customization to the stock Android Oreo experience while maintaining stability for a wide range of devices. Today, the team is rolling out official builds for the OnePlus...

Popular Xposed Module ‘MinMinGuard’ receives its first update in two years

There are many ad-blocking apps and Xposed Modules for Android devices. Some of them block ads by running a VPN service, others via host files. MinMinGuard is one of the most popular ones. It removes ads by blocking certain APIs, names, and URLs of ad providers. The most popular feature of an app is that...

Datally gets 4 new data saving tools including “Guest Mode” and daily limits

Google launched Datally, an app for saving and control mobile data, in November of last year. The application helps you track your mobile data, control which apps use it, and find high-quality Wi-Fi networks. It uses VPN service to restrict mobile data usage. According to Google, an average user saves 21% of data by using this...

Cancelled Samsung Galaxy foldable phone prototype resembling the ZTE Axon M appears online

We've seen a few reports about the Samsung Galaxy foldable phone that is said to be in production this year. It was rumored to be under the Note branding. A few months after the initial reports, we're getting some new intel about the device. Just a couple of days ago, we learned that it could cost nearly...

Google Home/Google Assistant now gives more details about when it’ll rain

I'm sure most of you already use Google Assistant as your personal assistant. It has an ability to talk to you about football, weather, games, and pretty much everything. Artificial intelligence in mobile phones and apps has gotten to the level where they can feed you any type of information in an instant. Want to know...

[Update: New launcher in development] Sony Xperia Home launcher will no longer receive new features, beta program will end soon

Xperia Home is the launcher that comes pre-installed on Sony's Xperia phones. It is the first launcher that got Google Feed support (it was called Google Now Cards back then). While on default settings, it is pretty close to stock Android and old-fashioned-looking, to be honest, it is still fairly customizable. You have an ability to...

OnePlus 6 announced to feature Dirac Power Sound and Dirac HD Sound

Dirac is a Swedish audio firm that specializes in sound optimization. They are partnered with manufacturers like BMW, Bentley, Rolls Royce and a lot more. Some smartphone OEMs, like Xiaomi, OPPO, Huawei and OnePlus have already used their technologies plenty of times. As it turns out, the later one is going to use them one...