Posts From punyavashist

punyavashist
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Designer interested in all things programming. Comp. Sci. student.

Kiwi is a speedy Chrome-based browser with a dark theme & built-in ad blocker

XDA Senior Member arnaud42 released a Chromium-based browser a few months ago. Called Kiwi Browser, it has certain striking features such as a built-in dark theme (or "night mode," as the application calls it), built-in ad blocker, and a cryptocurrency mining blocker as well. This browser includes performance improvements (and believe me, they're noticeable while browsing through...

How to set up ADB & Fastboot on an x86_64 Chromebook running Chrome OS

ADB and Fastboot are tools that every Android developer and power user should be intimately familiar with. They're powerful command line programs that allow you to use your PC to interface with your smartphone, whether it be for app debugging or modifying the software. Setting up ADB/Fastboot is fairly simple if you have a PC running...

Facebook Messenger is testing autoplaying video ads

Facebook has always been infamous for serving loads of advertisements across all of its platforms and applications. In addition to all of the other places Facebook sells advertisements already, about 18 months ago, Facebook Messenger was added to the list. Having to look at static, text-based and/or image-based advertisements right where one would generally converse with...

Android-x86 based on Android 8.1 Oreo now available for your PC

Android x86 is an unofficial attempt at porting Google’s Android OS from Smartphones over to the Personal Computer. Although there are numerous ways to have the Android experience through notebooks and PCs, Android-x86 is free of any form of emulator-spam and/or advertisements creeping into the native experience. The project is completely open-source and has been designed...

Action Launcher v37 brings customizable desktop shortcuts and more

According to Chris Lacy’s post on the Action Launcher blog, the application has received it’s fourth feature update of the year marked as the 37th version. The last update we talked about added a few features from the Android P Pixel Launcher. This update brings customizable desktop shortcuts among other things. Take a look at...

Deep Discharge Protection Tool Prevents Battery Shutdown Bug on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Note 8

If you've browsed the Galaxy Note 8 subreddit lately, you might have noticed a fair number of Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy 8+, and Galaxy Note 8 users complaining about a "deep discharge" issue. We covered it issue a few days ago, and it basically comes down to this: Some Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8...

Tweak the Always On Display, Status Bar, and Nav Bar on the Samsung Galaxy S8 with Substratum

Theming your Android device is one of the primary reasons why people still root their devices, though recently several rootless theme solutions have cropped up. OEMs have started to implement Sony's RRO implementation, and Google officially incorporated RRO's successor, called OMS, into the source code for Android Oreo. Samsung's smartphones have a theme manager powered...

LineageOS 15.1 Brings Android 8.1 to OnePlus 5

Last week, an alpha of LineageOS 15.1 was released by XDA Senior Recognized Developer codeworkx for the OnePlus 5, bringing Android 8.1 Oreo to the OnePlus 5. It's a little unstable, and a clear upgrade path from the 14.1 official to the 15.1 build has yet to be established. But a data wipe followed by a clean...

Telegram 4.7 Adds Multiple Accounts and Quick Replies

Telegram got one more update last week to close out 2017. The new version, Telegram 4.7, adds a quick reply shortcut and support for multiple accounts to the application's roster of features. With the new quick reply feature, swiping left on a message allows you to quickly respond to it, saving you the trouble of tapping on...

Neverware Receives Funding from Google to Bring Chrome OS to Enterprise

The education sector has quietly been experiencing a surge in the use of Chrome OS over the past few years, fueled largely in part by the low price of many Chromebooks. But for those school districts and enterprises that couldn't afford to equip their entire computer stock with brand new Chromebooks, New York-based start-up called...

Google Duo and ViLTE Integration coming to Phone, Contacts, and Messages Apps for Android One, Pixel, and Nexus devices

Google has announced that they are starting to roll out integrated video calling for Android One, Google Pixel, and Google Nexus devices that have the Google dialer application installed. This makes it easier for all users to have a face-to-face chat with their loved ones as Google implemented a new menu option when selecting your contact...

Material Notification Shade Adds Customization Options to your Notification Shade

Material Notification Shade is an application that uses gesture-detection to overlay the generic notification shade with a more configurable one. This app doesn't actually override any parts of the original notification shade implementation so the original is still there—just hidden underneath this app. The application utilizes a notification listener service which lets the app intercept existing...