Posts From Max Weinbach

Max Weinbach
Max Weinbach

Contributor to the XDA-Developers Portal. I do some Android stuff, focusing on Samsung phones. My Twitter is @MaxWinebach, Instagram is mweinbach, and my email is [email protected] If you have any questions or want to contact me for whatever reason, use that.

You can enable Snapchat Alpha by going to Bermuda in SnapMap

Snapchat Alpha has been around for a while now. It comes with a refreshed UI that has been optimized for speed. This used to be accessible for rooted users but then was opened up to beta testers in the last beta. Now, Snapchat has changed the way you sign up for the beta: you open SnapMap...

Samsung Foldable Smartphone “Winner” and Snapdragon 8150 appear in Galaxy S9’s Android Pie update

As the largest Android smartphone manufacturer in the world, Samsung is almost always working on several new products at the same time. When the company is producing new hardware, we can sometimes see hints of these devices in the company's existing software builds. For example, we uncovered 4 models of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10...

Lawnchair updated with Android Pie recent apps integration for rooted users

Lawnchair is a great custom launcher for Android. Its based on the popular Google Pixel Launcher, but it is very customizable. The issue with the launcher is that, on Android Pie devices, it can't integrate with the recent apps overview. Normally, only pre-installed system launchers like the Google Pixel Launcher, OnePlus Launcher, etc. get to integrate...

Download Google Camera port for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9/Galaxy S9

The Google Camera ports are becoming more and more popular in the Android community because of the amazing HDR+ feature that works on non-Google Pixel phones. These ports are made mainly for the Snapdragon phones, but with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Google Camera ports caused the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+, and Samsung Galaxy...

How to Download Odin Firmware to Downgrade, Upgrade, or Restore your Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy smartphones are the most popular Android smartphones on the market. They have the highest market share, and in most places, an easily unlockable bootloader. One thing that's not always easy to come by on Samsung Galaxy phones is the stock Odin flashable firmware that you can flash to either downgrade, upgrade, or restore your...

SamFix is a simple tool to fix annoyances on Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung Experience has long been known for its slow UI and annoyances. Over the past couple of years, Samsung has made the experience a lot better. With Samsung Experience 9.0, and the Samsung Experience 10.0 alpha, it has become almost perfect. There are still a lot of little annoyances in the software that could be...

Download: Samsung Experience 10 Launcher for any Samsung Galaxy Smartphones on Android 8.0+

We discovered an early build of Samsung Experience 10 based on Android Pie just last week, and it comes with a new, controversial redesign. Although you can install the build now if you own either a Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9 or Samsung Galaxy S9+,  most of you will want to hold off on installing beta software...

Snapchat’s new, faster Alpha redesign rolling out for some users

Last month, we discovered Snapchat's new Alpha redesign. It's a revamped version of the app that's focused on improving performance on Android. The only way to test the new version of the app was to use a few root-enabled commands to force the app to show the user interface. However, Snap has started to allow...

OnePlus 6 mod brings Lockscreen Weather, AOSP Ambient Display, and more

OnePlus just released the OxygenOS 9.0 stable updated based on Android Pie for the OnePlus 6, and we're already seeing developers making mods for it. Just a few days ago, we saw the stock OnePlus Launcher get modded to add Google Feed support. Now, a new mod adds the weather to the lockscreen of the phone like on...

Nokia Camera port brings 3D Personas (Animojis) to any Android 8.0+ device

The Nokia 6.1 Plus launched with HMD Global's version of Apple's Animojis or Samsung's AR Emojis. It's called 3D Personas and it works similarly to other 3D emoji features by using the front-facing camera to map your facial expressions onto a 3D model. HMD Global only offers a few 3D Personas to play around with,...

Early Android Pie beta now available for the Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9

Yesterday, we published the first hands-on of Samsung Experience 10 for the Samsung Galaxy S9+. After publishing details on how to install the early Android Pie beta on the Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9+, we now have this same build but for the smaller Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9. If you're interested in seeing what's new in the...

The Samsung Galaxy S9 will get the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s Flaw Detection feature in the Android Pie update

Yesterday, we got our hands on the latest version of Samsung Experience, Samsung Experience 10, running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9+. We had a lot to unpack in the latest update, and so far we have seen a completely redesigned user interface, an AMOLED dark mode, and some new gestures. We also found...