Posts From Jeff McIntire

Jeff McIntire
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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.

Google to launch revamped YouTube Music next week, YouTube Premium sometime later

We've been expecting Google's YouTube music and Play Music services to merge for some time now and next week Google will take a major step in that direction. On Tuesday, YouTube Music will launch a revamped mobile app and desktop player with a free ad-supported streaming service and a $9.99/month standalone ad-free subscription service. The primary...

Google Assistant for smartphones to get visual update, food delivery, Maps integration

Among the many updates to Google Assistant announced today at Google I/O is a visual update to the smartphone app, Google Maps integration, and new partnerships with DoorDash, Starbucks, Applebee’s, and other food services, so you can use it to get food delivered or arrange for easy pickup. When the update takes effect “later this year”...

How to integrate OnePlus Face Unlock with App Lock using Xposed

One of the most popular features of the OnePlus 5T is their Face Unlock implementation. The feature was so popular that users' demands for it pushed OnePlus to bring it to the OnePlus 5 and later the OnePlus 3/3T. The main difference between using your face to unlock recent OnePlus phones and the Trusted Face feature that Android has had...

Substratum 953 adds support for Sony Xperia phones running Nougat, new showcase tabs, and more

The Substratum Theme Engine was updated yesterday to version 953, bringing support for Sony Xperia phones running Nougat and revamping the design for the Theme Showcase among other things. Perhaps the most welcome change for Sony Xperia owners still on Nougat is the ability to apply Substratum themes in “legacy mode.” As a reminder, it...

Dirty Unicorns Oreo Release Candidate Builds With New Dirty Tweaks Eye Candy are Now Available

Dirty Unicorns, one of the most popular custom ROMs around, has made the jump to Android Oreo 8.1 with the debut of Release Candidate (RC) 12. Known for such features as Fling, Pulse, and SmartBar, RC DU 12 comes with a new Pixel Blue-themed Dirty Tweaks app. The Dirty Unicorns team has devoted much more...

Substratum Theme Manager Gets a UI Revamp & Performance Improvements

Substratum, a mainstay in Android system theming since the Marshmallow days, received a major design revamp this week along with some security improvements and a new default theme compiler to improve performance. The new design, first teased last month, has been long-anticipated and has finally arrived. The improvements to the user interface (UI) are designed to...

Hands-On Overview of Android Oreo-based OmniROM on the OnePlus 5T

One disappointing aspect of the OnePlus 5T was that it shipped with Android Nougat instead of Oreo. (Even the Oreo beta the company pushed Friday is only 8.0.) But if you're interested in getting Android 8.1 on your 5T and you don't mind going the custom ROM route, there are several options available in our...

OxygenOS Open Oreo Beta Now Available for the OnePlus 5T

An open Oreo beta for OxygenOS was released Friday for the OnePlus 5T, bringing picture-in-picture (PiP) functionality, Smart Text Selection, system-wide autofill, and the December Android security patch to OnePlus's flagship smartphone. Though the open beta has been available for a while now for the OnePlus 5, those who got its newer, 18:9 display-touting sibling...

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...
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