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.

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...

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...