DEVELOPMENTS

Sailfish OS Port for the Lenovo Zuk Z1

Own a Lenovo Zuk Z1 and want something new to try out? Check out this port of Sailfish OS 2.0.5.8 by XDA Member aki237. It's based off of a Cyanogenmod 12.1 base, and is considered in an alpha state due to numerous issues. Still, it's exciting to see new, unique developments for lesser known devices.

Mod to Enable Fingerprint Unlocking after a Reboot on the Moto Z Play

XDA Senior Member S3V3N has posted a guide on how to enable unlocking your device with a fingerprint after a reboot. It involves decompiling your SystemUI.apk file and making a minor edit to KeyguardUpdateMonitor.smali. A flashable zip has been provided for users running on a Deodexed ROM. Remember to backup before messing with a modification like this!

EMUI 5.1 is in Testing Phases for the Huawei Mate 9, Brings Improved Touch Response and Wifi Throughput

Merely a day after the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus with EMUI 5.1 was officially announced, we now have word that EMUI 5.1 is in testing for the Huawei Mate 9. This is not at all surprising given that the Mate 9 is still Huawei's phablet flagship. The internal testing build, labeled MHA-AL00C00B202-log, brings with...

Jolla Collaborates with Sony Open Devices to Bring Sailfish OS to Xperia Devices

Jolla's open source Sailfish OS has been able to grab our attention at XDA over the years. The company's mobile software platform recently received certification for both government and corporate use in Russia. The company may have had a few stumbles when it came to fulfilling orders for their tablet hardware, but at least they stepped up and offered refunds...

Safestrap Recovery for the Verizon Galaxy S5 on Android 6.0.1

Safestrap is a recovery that works on rooted, bootloader locked devices. If you have a rooted Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S5 on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, then you can install this Safestrap build made by XDA Senior Member mohammad.afaneh by using Flashfire. Read the thread for detailed instructions, precautions, and requirements.

HTC 10 Receives a Kernel with Energy Aware Scheduling for LineageOS ROMs

Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS) is one of the major improvements added to the mainline kernel shipped with Android Nougat, and recently XDA Senior Member tabp0le has been able to bring this feature to kernels based off of the LineageOS source for the HTC 10. The source is available for other kernel developers to merge, and for...

Development has begun on Porting Android Wear 2.0 to the Sony Smartwatch 3

Owners of the Sony Smartwatch 3 probably feel a bit let down due to news that their device won't be receiving an official update to Android Wear 2.0. While a major setback in terms of support, this is standard fare for developers on our forums. As such, XDA Recognized Contributor PDesire is taking matters into his...

Compile/Decompile APKtool Scripts Made Available for Windows

XDA Recognized Themer cbucz24 along with the help of XDA Retired Forum Moderator dwitherell has released a few APKtool scripts for Windows. They've been tested on Windows 10 and they come with two registry files to add options to the right-click context menu, and two batch files for quickly compiling and decompiling.

Mod to Swap Back/Recent Buttons on the Xiaomi Mi 5s Running LineageOS

Xiaomi Mi 5s owners that are running a custom ROM based on LineageOS can swap the back and recents button with this mod thanks to XDA Member ru1dev. You can choose to edit the System/usr/keylayout/synaptics_dsx.kl file or flash a zip file in recovery.

TWRP v3.1.0 will Bring Support for Backing up Directly to your PC

If you've come to the XDA forums looking to install mods, ROMs, or kernels onto your device, there's a very high chance that your device has TWRP flashed onto it. TWRP has evolved from being an alternative to ClockworkMod recovery back in the HTC Evo 4G days to becoming the most widely used custom recovery in...

EX Kernel Manager Update Optimizes the Code, Adds Simple/Advanced Modes and More

EX Kernel Manager from XDA Recognized Developer flar2 just received a huge update. It should work on all devices running Android 4.4+, should support any custom kernel, and had lots of changes happen under the hood that optimized the code.

Mod Brings Kali NetHunter to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

XDA Senior Member J0SH1X ports the Kali NetHunter project to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. To install, you'll just want to flash the provided zip file on top of your current stock ROM installation in order to get access to the tools.