Posts From Jeff McIntire

Jeff McIntire
Jeff McIntire

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.

Ground Zero ROMs mourns the loss of one of its own

It was the year Motorola upended the Android world with the introduction of the first Moto X and Moto G, and it was the year that XDA Recognized Developer Martin Coulon (martinusbe) joined the Ground Zero ROMs team and began to establish a legacy that will last long after his recent passing due to cancer....

Dirty Unicorns is back on XDA with ROMs for several Google Pixel phones

In recent years, Dirty Unicorns has been one of the most feature-packed, stable, and popular custom ROMs available for various Pixel phones, but for a long time, it couldn't be found on the XDA forums. That changed with an announcement on the Dirty Unicorns Twitter account on Monday, August 3rd and you can now enjoy...

How to root the OnePlus Nord with Magisk

OnePlus Nord Review: Great Performance at a Great PriceWhy the OnePlus Nord is so familiar, yet so unique: In conversation with Shawn Liu, Head of ProductPreparing your OnePlus NordUpdate OxygenOS to the latest build (currently 10.5.2) using this thread, since there's no publicly available flashable zip of the build the Nord ships with (thus...

AniWeather is a beautiful new weather app for Android focused on animations and simplicity

AniWeather, like its name suggests, is an animated weather app developed by one of our community's legendary Substratum themers, XDA Senior Member llevo3. If by any chance the word "animated" conjures up images of tacky whirling lights or flashing graphics from a 1996 Geocities homepage, there is no need to worry - there is none...

Lockscreen Widgets lets you add widgets to your Android lockscreen

Even in 2020 Android devices running Android 10 can party like it's 1999 2013 with Lockscreen Widgets by XDA Recognized Developer/Contributor Zachary Wander (Zacharee1). As the name suggests, the app restores the ability from Android 4.4 KitKat and before to add widgets to the Android lockscreen. It works on any Android device running Android 5.1...

Wavelet is an Android app that can make your headphones sound much better with automatic EQ

Apps or mods that significantly improve the sound quality of your Android device often require root access, but that is not the case for Wavelet, an app developed by XDA Senior Member pittvandewitt. While the app is designed primarily for headphones, I've found its benefits extend to the phone's speakers and even my car's stereo...

Overdrop Weather App Review – A Promising Alternative to Dark Sky

Apple's surprising move to purchase popular "hyperlocal" weather app Dark Sky and pull it from the Play Store left many Android users scrambling to find a replacement, and Overdrop may be the new app of choice for some. I recently spent some quality time with Overdrop (which incidentally still uses Dark Sky's API as one...

[Update 2: $50 off globally] The Dual-Screen Nubia Z20 launches in North America and Europe next month

ZTE's Nubia sub-brand showed off the dual-screen Nubia Z20 earlier this year, and consumers in the US, Canada, EU, and the UK will soon be able to purchase their own. While other manufacturers have resorted to waterdrop notches, pop-up cameras, "pizza-slice"/"shark-fin" cameras and hole-punch displays to eliminate bezels in the pursuit of touting an all-screen...

OnePlus 6/6T’s latest OxygenOS 10 Open Betas bring bug fixes and camera improvements

While some devices are just now getting an Android 9 Pie update, OnePlus is pushing out another Android 10-based beta update with its OxygenOS 10 skin or the OnePlus 6/6T. This update brings fixes to some minor bugs along with camera improvements. The update is on top of the October 2019 security patch level. One of...

Substratum now supports Android 10 theming

For those of you who find Android 10's built-in theming options and system-wide dark mode a bit bare-bones, the latest beta of Substratum now supports Google's latest and greatest, provided the phone in question is rooted. I've put it through its paces on my backup phone, a OnePlus 5T running Android 10 via AOSiP and using...

OnePlus CEO confirms new 5G smartphone is in the works, possibly a OnePlus 7T

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed his company is preparing to manufacture a second 5G phone before the end of 2019, this time being 5G-capable globally, according to the Financial Times (paywall). This device should pick up the mantle from its predecessor OnePlus 7 Pro, the company's first 5G-capable phone (at least on the UK's EE...

Google Pixel 4 Leaks and Rumors: What We Know So Far

As we enter the hottest months of the year and we start to look forward to the temperature drops and the leaves changing color, we also anticipate the latest premium handset in Google's Pixel series, the Google Pixel 4. Here's a summary of everything we know so far, including the potential launch date and expected...