Mods

Articles about modifications you can make to your phone such as themes, apps, setting changes, etc. Also includes any apps and games made by developers on our forums.

LineageOS 18.1 unofficially lands on the Exynos Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Ever since the official arrival of Android 11, developers from all over the world have been hammering away at bugs on their build machines in order to shoehorn the Android OS onto our devices in the form of custom ROMs. As is customary, we have seen unofficial builds of the major releases, including LineageOS 18.1,...

DuckStation is the best emulator for your PlayStation 1 games

A testament to how open Android as an operating system can be is the incredible range of software that you can install from the Google Play Store. Emulators are a big part of what makes Android a powerful mobile operating system, as it's possible to play games from pretty much any older console or handheld....

Dozens of Huawei and Honor devices with Kirin processors can now be bootloader unlocked

Back in 2018, Huawei caused a massive uproar in the enthusiast community when the Chinese OEM revealed that there won’t be any official bootloader unlock method for its devices. The policy was a pretty big blow to the aftermarket development and modding scene, as the lack of official support for bootloader unlocking would greatly limit...

Access Dots brings iOS 14-style privacy dots to any device running Android 7.0+

With Android 6.0, Google introduced a new runtime permission model for sensitive permissions such as external storage, camera, location, and more. This model saw no drastic improvements till Android 9 Pie. But with Android 10, Google finally introduced a special version of runtime permission, allowing users to grant the location permission only while the app...

Universal Android Debloater helps you get rid of unwanted apps and bloatware on your phone

We’ve talked about pre-installed apps AKA "bloatware" on many occasions. It’s not a mystery that shipping such non-essential apps is a crucial part of the carrier/OEM business policy. Considering the amount of diagnostic and usage data these applications can collect on your phone, one can easily deduce that carriers and OEMs do this for both...

Wear Installer makes it easy to sideload Wear OS apps again

Every day, independent developers post new apps or games on our forums as well as various other online platforms. In fact, there are so many releases each day that finding a truly unique and fascinating app can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but that’s exactly what we’ve done today. A developer...

GoneMAD Music Player gets a major update with a brand new UI

After spending four years in development, GoneMAD Music Player version 3.0 is out on the Google Play Store in the stable channel. GoneMAD MP 3.0 is a complete rewrite of the old media player and brings with it a brand new UI and many new features. It’s built on top of the same audio engine...

It’s now easy to bypass MediaTek’s SP Flash Tool authentication

Devices with MediaTek chipsets have a BROM (boot read-only memory), which typically loads the preloader executable and subsequently boots the Android system, but also houses an alternative boot mode known as Download mode. It is strictly intended for OEM servicing and can be used to unbrick a device, just like Qualcomm’s Emergency Download Mode (EDL). A MediaTek-made...

SwirlWalls brings fun, interactive spiral live wallpapers to your Android device

Chris Lacy, the developer behind Action Launcher, is back with a new app called SwirlWalls. Described as a “next-gen wallpaper experience,” the app adds handcrafted spiral live wallpapers to your Android device. “SwirlWalls makes the countless home screen page changes, gesture navigation swipes and lock screen interactions you do each day instantly feel more responsive,” the...

Here’s how to get live wallpapers on your Windows PC for just $4

Tired of your boring desktop wallpaper? Want to add a bit of flair to your Windows PC? Then you have to try out Wallpaper Engine. This easy-to-use software offers a variety of dynamic or ‘live’ wallpapers similar to what you get on Android or iOS. Apart from supporting a wide range of screen resolutions, Wallpaper...

Bootloader unlock method has been found for the Nokia 8.3 5G

HMD Global's bootloader unlocking policy isn't favorable to users interesting in modding or rooting Nokia smartphones. The company still hasn’t provided a bootloader unlock method for any of its devices (except the Nokia 8) even after initially promising they would allow for unlocking devices “one at a time”, leaving users at the mercy of unofficial...

Give your Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K a taste of Google with this Android TV port

If you own an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K released in 2018 and aren’t satisfied with the out-of-the-box software experience, you can now swap the UI for the Android TV experience. For background, Amazon develops its own fork of Android called Fire OS for its Fire TV and Fire Tablet devices. Fire OS for Fire...