Posts From Jeff McIntire

Jeff McIntire
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<p>Jeff has been an avid Android user since late 2010 (starting with the Samsung Captivate and later the Fascinate). He has been covering Android-related news since early 2012, with a focus on the rooted/development community. He also has been publishing icon packs for Phunktastic Designs since late 2015.</p>

Validus Brings Fling, Pulse, SmartBar, and Built-In Settings Themes to Android Oreo ROMs

The Ground Zero ROMs Android development team has released a new wave of Validus builds, which are among the first publicly-released ROMs to feature the Dirty Unicorns Interface (DUI). Thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Members John Brewer (TheRingMaster_GzR) and Mirko Weser (fraz14) among others in the Ground Zero ROMs team you can run DUI (Fling,...

Dirty Unicorns Brings Fling, Pulse and SmartBar to Android Oreo ROMs

Some of the most popular custom ROM features during the Marshmallow and Nougat eras -- Fling, SmartBar and Pulse -- came from the bright minds at team Dirty Unicorns via the Dirty Unicorns Interface (DUI), and the enterprising team recently ported them to Oreo. If you're a fan of swipe gestures, audio visualizers, and a customizeable...

[Update: Live] Android 8.1 Oreo Final Release is Imminent

Google's pushed the final release of Android 8.1 Oreo live this afternoon. The Android 8.1 Oreo release is available in the form of factory images for supported devices such as the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixel C devices. Over-the-air (OTA) updates will likely follow on Wednesday...

Modify Android Framework Values without needing APKTool using Privset

Have you ever wanted to make changes to your Android device's framework values without having to use APKTool to decompile and recompile framework-res.apk? To bypass the lengthy time that can take, XDA Senior Member sir mordred (Oğuzhan Yiğit) created an application called Privset that allows you to make changes to your system framework with nothing more than...

TWRP Recovery Alpha Available for Pixel 2 and 2 XL

Less than a month after Google's official announcement of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy announced alpha support for the popular TWRP recovery for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL late Monday night. A custom recovery, of course, is the first step towards rooting and flashing a custom ROM,...

Why App Updates Sometimes Break Substratum Themes

It's a common occurrence: users apply Substratum themes to their phones then later update Slack, WhatsApp, Instagram, or any number of other apps from the Play Store. Suddenly they can't even open those apps until their theme overlays are disabled. Plenty of newer Substratum users have voiced their experiences with this issue ever since the...

The Ground Zero Open Source Project (GZOSP): an Android Oreo Base for Custom ROM Development

Ground Zero ROMs, the ROM development team that brought us the popular custom ROMs Tesla, Tipsy, and Validus, has provided a central Android Oreo repository from which custom ROMs can be built without having to start from scratch (meaning straight from AOSP). The idea of the Ground Zero Open Source Project (GZOSP) is to give...