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Here’s everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 XL

It's been a crazy week for fans of the Google Pixel smartphone line. After a steady trickle of leaks in the first half of the year originating mainly from industry sources, we've now had three separate instances of the Google Pixel 3 XL appearing in public. The first and second leaks originated on our very...

Google Chrome on Android to disable JavaScript automatically on 2G connections

Google Chrome is a popular browser on all platforms, in fact, it's the most popular on several of them. It comes built-into Android, which makes it even more widely-used. Google is always hard at work making sure that their browser is accessible to everyone with the latest improvements in efficiency and reliability. They have rolled...

Nokia 7 Plus will get stable Android Pie next month

HMD Global is trying to keep their promise of releasing Android Pie to all of their phones. The mid-range Nokia 7 Plus, which comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip, 4 GB of RAM, and fairly large 3,800 mAh battery, was part of the Android P beta program. It recently received Android Pie Beta 4 on...

Tipatch patches TWRP to allow for full data backups

Many of us in the XDA community use the most popular custom recovery, TWRP. It's mainly used for flashing, but some people also use it for backing up data. Sure, you can back up your app data, boot, system, etc. But, it has one problem: you can't back up your entire internal storage (/data/media) by...

Qualcomm begins sampling upcoming 7nm flagship chipset to OEMs

Amidst a myriad of processor-related news and insights courtesy of Gamescom and Hot Chips 2018, Qualcomm is making a quick announcement of its own: the premiere Android chipset provider has begun sampling of its next-gen flagship mobile platform to multiple OEMs. This means just what you think it means: we can certainly expect Qualcomm’s latest...

Xiaomi Poco F1 launches in India with Snapdragon 845 and starting price of Rs. 20,999

We've been hearing rumours about a new Xiaomi smartphone dubbed the "Pocophone F1" for a while now. Under a newly registered brand—"Poco"—we discovered that Xiaomi was planning on launching a new flagship smartphone at a competitive price to take on the Asus ZenFone 5Z and OnePlus 6 in India. This new Xiaomi flagship smartphone would have...

August security update on Nokia phones blocks the only bootloader unlock method

Bootloader unlocking is an essential part of Android modding. Before you can even consider rooting your device or installing a custom ROM on it, you first need to unlock your device's bootloader so you can boot unsigned boot images. Before you can unlock your bootloader, however, you need to manually go through a series of...

Android Pie GSI now available for Project Treble-enabled devices

When Google first announced Project Treble with Android 8.0 Oreo, there was some skepticism among the community about how effective Treble would be at bringing faster updates to Android devices. After seeing how Treble can help kickstart the custom development process by making it possible for supported devices to boot an AOSP Generic System Image (GSI),...

How to enable the new, faster Snapchat Alpha [Root]

Snapchat, one of the most widely used social platforms in the world, is preparing to launch a new, faster version of its Android application. In February of last year, the company's executives internally committed to bettering the experience for Android users. In November, the company made its intentions public: Snapchat will be rebuilt from the...

Huawei P20 will be first to get EMUI 9-based Android Pie update

Huawei still continues to do a pretty good job with software support for their flagship devices. The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro already came with the latest version of Android. Now, they have released their plans for upgrading these devices, including the lite version to Android Pie. The world's second largest smartphone manufacturer told MyBroadband,...

Exclusive: This is the Huawei Mate 20 with a waterdrop notch and triple rear cameras

Huawei is, according to some metrics, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, surpassing even Apple but falling behind Samsung. Although the Chinese company's ambitions were killed in the United States, the company has seen great success in Western Europe, India, and in its home country of China. The company's flagship smartphone line-up, which consists...

Android Pie opens up recent apps customization for third-party launchers

Until Android 9 Pie, Android's stacked card recent apps interface remained largely unchanged since it was first introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop. With the introduction of gesture navigation in Android Pie, Google revamped the recent apps overview screen. The new interface features large overview cards arranged horizontally, but that isn't the biggest change to the...