Posts From Zachary Wander

Zachary Wander
18 posts

I write articles and develop apps for XDA. I'm also the developer of SystemUI Tuner.

Tronsmart Spunky Pro Review — Weird Name, Good Bluetooth Earbuds

Thanks to Apple's 2016 decision to remove the headphone jack, omitting the beloved port is now standard practice. That's great for some manufacturers since they can charge extra for dongles and first-party Bluetooth earbuds. Coincidentally, OEMs have introduced their own wireless buds at the same time they release smartphones without a headphone jack (I'm looking...

Developers: It’s super easy to bypass Android’s hidden API restrictions

Flashback to over a year ago, and we're all excited about seeing what's to come in the Android P betas. Users are looking forward to new features, and developers are looking forward to some new tools to make their apps better. Unfortunately for some of those developers, the first Android P beta came with a...

Google is deprecating Android’s AsyncTask API in Android 11

For years now, Android's AsyncTask has been a staple tool for beginner and expert developers alike. If you've ever Googled a tutorial for any sort of asynchronous logic in Android, chances are that the first few results suggest using AsyncTask. It's not like this is a random choice, either. AsyncTask was originally created to simplify...

OPPO Reno Z Review – Great, Despite the Software

Strap in everyone, it's time for another wall of text—I mean, review. This time around, we're taking a look at the OPPO Reno Z. It's a solidly mid-range device released earlier this year and I've got to say, it's definitely interesting. On paper, it's not really something to write home about, but OPPO has followed...

Navigation Gestures 1.20.16 released with even more bug fixes and features

It's been less than a month (barely) and we're back with another Navigation Gestures update. Just like with the release of 1.18.4, the focus here is primarily on stability and performance. That doesn't mean there aren't new features, though. We've spent a while making sure this release is as stable as we can get it...

Google previews Android Studio 4.0 and releases new Jetpack libraries at Android Dev Summit

Google is back for more, and this time that doesn't mean yet another Play Store or API restriction. Instead, Google's announced a whole bunch of stuff at the Android Dev Summit to help Android developers. It seems the effects of Project Marble are still around since Google's doing more to improve app performance. We're even...

Navigation Gestures 1.18.4 released to stable with new features and bug fixes

It's been a while since the last stable update of Navigation Gestures (1.15.10), and even longer since we've posted about an update. We're here to change that. This post marks the release of Navigation Gestures 1.18.4 to stable. You might be wondering: what happened to 1.16 and 1.17? Well, we can assure you we know...

Nokia 3.2/4.2 bootloader unlock method has been found, but it requires disassembly

As many people in the comments are quick to point out, XDA is a site with a strong focus on customizing (read: "rooting") Android devices. Many people find the idea of rooting their devices attractive, since it allows them to do quite a few things they normally couldn't, such as fully removing bloatware and installing...

Android Studio 3.5 goes stable with all fixes and enhancements from Project Marble

All the way back in November of 2018, Google introduced something called "Project Marble" to the Android Studio. This isn't another messaging app, though. Instead, Google did something unprecedented by improving the Android app development workflow. In case you missed it, Project Marble isn't really a single product or service. Rather, it's an umbrella term referring...

Skip the wait: The T-Mobile OnePlus 7 Pro’s bootloader can be unlocked by flashing Android Q

Last fall, OnePlus made its official debut into the US market with the T-Mobile-branded OnePlus 6T. It was essentially the same as the international variant, save for a few defining differences. The most notable changes were the SIM tray which only held one nanoSIM card and the lack of an immediate bootloader unlock option. Customers...

Honor 20 Review — A Fairly Decent Budget Flagship Behind A Flashy Exterior

If you've been following the smartphone industry for a while, chances are you've heard of Honor, the online sub-brand of Huawei that aims to compete in the mid-range and budget flagship segments. The brand released the flashy Honor View20 smartphone at the beginning of this year, boasting that they were among the first with a...

Navigation Gestures 1.11.7 adds Anchored Pill, pill fade, crash handler, and more

Another day, another update. Actually, It's been a while since the last stable update of Navigation Gestures, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy. On the beta channel, there have been quite a few new features, changes, and fixes. There's a full list of changes below, but long story short, performance has been greatly improved...
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