Developments

A Revolution in Custom ROMs: How Project Treble makes Porting Android Oreo a 1 Day Job

The XDA forums have been the central gathering of custom ROM development for years. It's thanks to the hard work of developers on our forums that many older Android smartphones are kept alive by custom ROMS sometimes years after devices were abandoned by the device maker. Though most manufacturers release bootloader unlocking methods these days,...

Developer Brings 64-Bit ROM Support to the Moto G5 Plus

Motorola's software can be considered as a mixed bag. On one side, it's a pretty close to stock Android experience which brings little to no bloatware and only adds useful, non-intrusive features over AOSP Android, also releasing kernel sources when the time comes. On the other side, update support is mediocre at best and utterly ridiculous...

I Booted Stock Android Oreo on the Huawei Mate 9 thanks to Project Treble

Just a week before this year's Google I/O, Google unveiled one of the most fundamental, low-level changes to the Android OS framework: Project Treble. Project Treble modularizes the Android OS framework to separate it from vendor code, allowing OEMs to work on new software updates without having to wait for vendors (like Qualcomm) to update...

Blu_spark Custom Kernel is Now Available for the OnePlus 5T

Sales of the OnePlus 5T began this week, and a few buyers with are seeing estimated ship dates as early as Friday. Lucky for them, they won't have to wait long to start customizing their new smartphones. XDA Recognized Contributor eng.stk ported the popular blu_spark kernel to the OnePlus 5T this past week, and it's packed to the...

Google Dives Deep Into the New Google Play Services APIs

Version 11.6 of the Google Play services SDK -- Google's development kit for the Play Store -- is packed to the brim with new features. In an effort to brace folks for the changes, the search giant published an article on migrating to the new APIs earlier this year. And in a new post on the Android Developers blog,...

Oreo-based AOSPA Build Released for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

The folks at Paranoid Android are fans of the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T, if their most recent project is any indication. On Monday, Team AOSPA released an early port of Android 8.0 Oreo-based Paranoid Android for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T. A lot of the most popular AOSPA features have yet to be...

Chrome OS Notifications to Get Inline Reply Support for Messages

Over the last few years, Google has improved the functionality of Chrome OS pretty substantially -- it's hard to believe that at one time, the Chrome-based operating system (OS) was basically contained within a browser window. While Android still has a larger feature set, Google's web-based OS is catching up. Recently, the operating system got support...

Team OpenKirin Brings Android 8.0 Oreo to the Huawei P8 Lite

Android 8.0 Oreo may have finally started to hit some devices, but not many -- some users will have to wait months before they get an official upgrade. But thanks to the wonderful XDA development community, new unofficial Oreo ROMs are constantly popping up on the forums, and one of the latest is Team OpenKirin's Android 8.0 Oreo...

DO Trust OnePlus 5T Benchmarks in Reviews

Earlier this year, we published a report where we found that a couple smartphone vendors, including OnePlus, had begun cheating on benchmarks. This came as a bit of a surprise, as there was a massive backlash in 2013 when smartphone vendors had previously attempted to cheat on benchmarks, and benchmark cheating had fallen to the...

LineageOS is Adding a Quick Settings Tile for LiveDisplay

One of the many features included in LineageOS, one of the most widely used custom ROMs in the Android world, is LiveDisplay. Much like Google's own Night Light feature, LiveDisplay gives the screen a warmer, easier on the eyes look at night. LiveDisplay is enabled by default on all fresh LineageOS 13, 14.1 and 15 installs...

Intel Announces its First Commercial 5G Modem – the XMM 8060

With the roll-out of 4G LTE nearly complete in major markets of the globe, the next major advancement in telecommunication is 5G. As such, leaders in the wireless industry such as Qualcomm and Intel haven't stood still. Qualcomm's X50 5G modem is slated to be released next year, and some 5G networks are slated to...

Update for Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact Brings Image Distortion Fix

The Sony Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia XZ1 Compact were announced in August as the successors to the Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact. The Xperia XZ Premium remains the king of the lineup thanks to a 5.5-inch 4K display, but the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact have respectable hardware of their own,...