Developments

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro devices made in India are now able to unlock the bootloader

Although Xiaomi has traditionally failed to release kernel source code in a timely manner, they are working on speeding things up as shown by the relatively quick release of kernel source code for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. Fortunately, unlocking the bootloader of Xiaomi devices hasn't usually posed that much of a problem (barring the annoying...

Tegra X1 vulnerability found, affects the Google Pixel C and Nvidia Shield

If you're a gamer, you may have heard the incredible news out yesterday about the Nintendo Switch: It has been cracked wide open. A new vulnerability in the Nvidia Tegra X1, the system-on-chip found in the Nintendo Switch but also devices like the Google Pixel C and Nvidia Shield Android TV, has been discovered. The...

The Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9 has a GPU Stability Bug that can be Exploited to Trigger Remote Reboots

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 includes the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip for several markets, including Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, and parts of Latin America. Samsung has often chosen the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC over their in-house Exynos SoC in some markets. This is usually the case in the United States, with the...

[Update: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 added] Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Motorola Moto E4 Plus, and Telekom Puls now support official TWRP

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) is the most popular custom recovery for Android devices. Having TWRP support (or another comparable custom recovery) is a necessity for the health of a custom ROM scene. Without a custom recovery, it would be risky for users to flash any custom ROMs, acquire root access by modifying the boot...

[Update: Nokia 8 included] HMD Global finally starts to offer kernel source code for some Nokia phones

Last year, HMD Global acquired the rights to use the Nokia brand in smartphones. The company went on to launch its first Nokia-branded Android phones at MWC 2017. The Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 were later followed by the flagship Nokia 8, mid-range Nokia 7, and the low-end Nokia 2. At MWC 2018...

Many Lenovo P2 owners are unable to unlock the bootloader, Lenovo is investigating

The Lenovo P2 was launched near the end of 2016. It featured a 5.5" FHD screen with the power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, but what made the phone most appealing was its massive 5,100mAh battery which is somewhat of a rarity these days. It launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and was officially updated to Android 7.0...

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ (Exynos), Nvidia Shield Android TV, and Xiaomi Mi Note 2 now support LineageOS 15.1

Custom ROMs may not be as popular as they used to be, but that doesn't mean there isn't still a huge audience for them. ROMs such as the popular LineageOS are available for a range of devices such as years-old budget devices and even more recent flagship devices. We've been tracking any new devices that...

Xiaomi releases kernel sources for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

When it comes to releasing kernel source code in a timely manner, few Android device makers are currently doing so. Google, OnePlus, and recently Razer have released kernel sources for their devices fairly quickly compared to the competition. Among those that have failed to abide by the GPL, Xiaomi has been one of the worst offenders. The...

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Review: Improvements In All The Right Places

Last year AMD finally pulled off something that many had, even until the release, believed wasn't possible: They brought back real competition to the CPU marketplace. AMD's Ryzen didn't accomplish that feat by raw performance alone though. It did it by offering a very competitive product in comparison to Intel's CPU lineup. But then Ryzen...

Razer releases kernel source code and factory images for the Razer Phone’s Android Oreo release

The Razer Phone was released in November 2017 as a phone specifically targeted for gamers. It has a high-end list of specifications including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, 8GB of RAM paired with 64GB of storage, 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) IGZO 120Hz IPS LCD, 12MP+12MP dual rear cameras, and a 4000mAh battery. The phone shipped with...

We’ve got Android P running on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Last month, Google announced the first Developer Preview of the next version of Android: Android P. This release is only available on the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL. Since there is no source code available for the release, the developers on our forums, such as those from...

PrivSet updated with Android Oreo support, makes it easy to modify Android Framework-res

One of the most popular uses of Apktool, a tool which allows you to decompile Android applications so you can make modifications, is to modify the Android framework-res.apk. This app, called the Android Framework, is responsible for providing much of the assets, colors, images, and configuration values on your device. For instance, you can modify...