ANDROID

Fingertouch Turns the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Fingerprint Sensor into a Capacitive Home Button

Not everyone likes a physical home button and would rather it be capacitive so you don't have to press the button all the way down for it to work. Hence, XDA Senior Member ranwej created a small, open-source app that turns the fingerprint sensor of the device into a capacitive home button. Although there are many applications like this...

GSM Check lets you Quickly Check your Balance Without Manually Dialing USSD Codes

Some people need to manually dial USSD codes in order to check the balance of their wireless plan. So XDA Junior Member lspYazan has put together a small application called GSM Check that does this for you. You just need to enter your USSD code once, and the application will keep track of your balance for you....

Android Runtime Optimization Magisk Module Increases the Speed of Apps on First Boot

Since Android Lollipop, Google moved to a new virtual machine called ART which uses AOT (ahead-of-time) compilation. dex2oat offers a number of compiler filter options that one can control, so this Android Runtime Optimization Magisk Module from XDA Senior Member veez21 was made to (theoretically) increase the first boot application speed on Android 5.0+ devices by modifying some of these...

Qualcomm Confirms Adding 600MHz Support to the X16 Modem

T-Mobile spent upwards of $8 billion to purchase 45% of the available 600MHz spectrum earlier this month during an auction for the available spectrum. The company has since been tight-lipped over how it would be utilizing these new airwaves to enhance its network. But recently, the company has hinted in its recent earnings call that...

Linux CLI Launcher Transforms Your Home Screen Into A Terminal

The Google Play Store features many launchers of all kinds ready to make your life easier. Whether it's Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher, or Evie Launcher, there are a ton of third-party launchers out there for you to try out. At the base level, though, these launchers start out thematically quite similar although you can customize...

What Can or Should OnePlus Improve For Their Next Device?

The OnePlus 3T is the most popular device on the XDA forums at the moment and for good reason -- with exceptional dev support and impressive specs the device meets many of our needs/wants but it is still far from perfect. Join us as we look at some of the features we feel OnePlus should...

Google Home Can Finally Read you Step-by-Step Recipe Instructions

When I first purchased my Google Home device, I was initially disappointed by how lacking the official integrations were. Although the list of available services has grown over time, many basic features involving communicating with your smartphone, adding calendar events, or reading recipes were missing. Today, however, the latter of these missing features is finally...

Chrome’s Dev Channel Adds a Hidden “Media-Remoting” Feature for Chromecast

Millions of people use their Chromecast to watch media on their TVs, and many are doing this directly from a tab within Chrome itself. If the video service doesn't support Chromecast directly, you can simply cast the entire tab to the TV and then play the video in full screen mode. Google realizes this isn't...

Samsung Planning to Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7R in South Korea by June

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will go down in the history books as the flagship whose popularity blew up in its face when it hit the market (okay, enough with the exploding jokes!) Despite some impressive hardware, the fatal flaw on the Note 7 was the tendency of some of its units to catch fire, which eventually...

Enabling MultiWindow Mode on Any Huawei Device Running EMUI 4.1

While the MultiWindow mode is officially only available for Huawei devices on Nougat-based EMUI 5, XDA Senior Member #Henkate was able to get the feature working on his device running EMUI 4.1 by simply changing a build.prop line. Needless to say, you will require a rooted device and access to your build.prop file to make this...

Guide to Enable Dual SIM Support on US and European Variants of Moto Z Plus

By default, the Moto Z Play ships with single SIM support here in the US and European markets. But as XDA Member xequtor found out, you can get two SIM cards working on any single SIM Moto Z Play model as long as you have root access and TWRP installed. Head over to the linked thread for...

MultiROM Without Kexec Hardbooting Ported to OnePlus 2

A well-known MultiROM has been ported to OnePlus 2 by XDA Senior Member MZO. Except MultiROM MZO has released a modified version of TWRP 3.1.0.0. With this using the no-kexec workaround, it allows you to use MultiROM without having to flash a kexec enabled kernel. The stock ROM also works on this MultiROM port so you...