Developments

Chainfire Announces Firmware.mobi, a Website Hosting Stock Boot and Recovery Images

If you've ever tried to search for stock images to fastboot flash on your device, it can be pretty annoying. Having to navigate old XDA threads trying to find the right version can be a complete pain as very few companies, other than ones like Google and OnePlus, actually release their stock images. To help...

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Receives Unofficial Port of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ROM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has just been released a few days back, but it's notable in the software department for being the one and only Samsung phone to run Android 7.1.1 out of the box. Samsung's Nougat update rollout has been remarkable for skipping Nougat's maintenance release, Android 7.1, entirely on their device lineup. Those...

Google Nexus 4 Receives a Port of Android 8.0 Oreo

While OEMs ignore some of their older smartphones, the developer community here at XDA continues to work hard to keep them alive. Just yesterday, XDA Recognized Developer Ziyan released their first alpha build of Android Oreo for the Nexus 4. Since this is an alpha release, we should expect some features to not work right now (including NFC,...

Many LG Phones have a Root Checker Tool which Heavily Slows Down Device Performance

LG once had a mixed stance when it came to modifying their devices, though they've opened up in recent years and now most international LG phones have an easy way to unlock the bootloader. In fact, LG devices are now pretty popular among developers in our forums, with flagship lines having solid custom ROM support....

Unofficial TWRP Recovery Released for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Exynos)

TWRP has become an essential tool in the life of an Android enthusiast. It's a must have if you're serious about modifying your device with custom ROMs, kernels, and more. Official and unofficial builds are available for dozens of different devices, but today we are adding another new device to that list: the newly launched...

Speed, Thermal, and Performance Comparison of Fast Charge Standards

One of the most common qualms from smartphone users is how their phones never last through the whole day. Despite all the advances in smartphones in recent years, such as quick charging solutions like Quick Charge, Dash Charge and SuperCharge, batteries feel like they have not evolved quick enough to keep up with our needs. Part...

Kernel Sources for Motorola Devices Appear to Differ from Binaries on Live Devices

Android's foundations are born in open source as it was released as an open source operating system and has grown to be the most used operating system in the world. Without licenses like the General Public License (GPL), open source could not have been enforced in the way that it was. XDA itself has grown...

Try Google Lens out right now with Google Lens Launcher for Google Photos

Last night, Google began rolling out version 3.5.0.168271220 of the Google Photos app. As with any point upgrade to a Google application, we like to perform what's been called an "APK Teardown" of the app. By decompiling the app, we can view hidden strings and assets that are not yet public. These bits of information help...

Google Pixel 2’s Always On Ambient Display can be Enabled Right Now on your Android Oreo ROM

The latest update to Google's Android, the tasty Android Oreo, has a lot to offer to users. From integrating password managers with the new Autofill API to more lower level changes such as Project Treble, this next update has understandable excited many users on our forums. But sometimes, Google likes to withhold certain features from the...

Android Toast Messages can be Abused to Grant Accessibility or Device Admin Privileges

Android is a pretty open platform with a fantastic developer community. Many of these developers will create apps, custom ROMs and more. Some organizations also engage in security testing, such as Palo Alto Networks Unit 42. This group has discovered a vulnerability within the Android Toast Message system, which allows the attacker to create a...

USB Bootable Linux Distro for Android Recovery/Modding Receives Version 2.0 Update

Microsoft Windows has been the dominant desktop/laptop OS for quite a long time, with users being forced to deal with all of the issues which come with it. Dealing with incompatible drivers when trying to connect your Android phone to your PC can be especially frustrating. That's where "Forget Windows Use Linux" (FWUL), by XDA...

iOS 11 and Android Spearhead Universal Support For Opus Audio Codec, MP3’s Overdue Successor

It has been 24 years since MP3 originally released, and despite many efforts by various groups over the years to replace it (with attempts such as Vorbis, AAC, WMA, and others), no one has succeeded yet, but that may be changing. Unlike with video codecs, people are no longer directly searching for a royalty free...