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.

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...

[Update: Launched for $549/€549] 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 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...

How to unlock the Nokia 2.1 bootloader

Nokia 2.1 owners now have a way to unlock their bootloaders thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member hikari_calyx. This, of course, is a required first step towards opening up a world of possibilities in the way of rooting and flashing custom ROMs, kernels, and other mods. The procedure described in the forum post...

MIUI-ify brings a MIUI 10-style quick settings and notification panel to the bottom of your screen

For users of stock Android, HTC Sense, LG UX, Oxygen OS, or One UI, pulling the notification panel up from the bottom of the screen may seem a bit backward, but with the 6-inch-plus screens of many modern flagships, some might actually find it preferable to stretching their fingers to pull the panel down from...

Chrome OS 76 finally moves the “Clear All” notifications button to the top

Chrome OS has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Gone are the days of it being widely labeled as a "glorified web browser." In addition to Progressive Web Apps, modern Chromebooks now support Android apps and Linux apps natively. With each app ecosystem, of course, comes notifications and those can pile up quickly...

How to re-purpose your old Android phone into a high-res dash cam

While there are often trade-in offers and venues where you can sell your old phone when you're ready to upgrade, the notoriously rapid depreciation of smartphones might make it a better idea to simply keep your old handset. This is especially so when you can give it new life as a media player, digital picture...

Pixel Stand can now be used with custom ROMs on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Giuseppe Maggio, more commonly known as Jertlok, has followed up on his reverse-engineering of Active Edge by bringing Google's Pixel Stand functionality to custom ROMs. Owners of the Pixel 3 (Blueline) and Pixel 3 XL (Crosshatch) who also have a Pixel Stand no longer need to hold off on using custom ROMs because they can't...

OPPO’s new Reno smartphone may launch with the Snapdragon 855 and 10x zoom

OPPO announced last month it will release a smartphone this year with 10X lossless zoom, and the company has now announced a new smartphone brand launching next month that'll carry this tech. OPPO took to Chinese social network Weibo to announce a phone brand called "Reno." In a separate post, OPPO VP Shen Yiren shared...

[Discussion] Do you use a Google Camera port?

Google Camera used to be just another Google app used mainly by hard-core enthusiasts who wanted to "Google all the things." Then the first Pixel phone launched in 2016 and the app became the difference between a passable photo and a great photo. Google showed that software can vault an otherwise ordinary 12MP shooter to...