Developments

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...

Password Managers using Android Oreo’s Autofill API are Potentially Vulnerable to Data Leakage

Autofill is one of the biggest, and most publicized new features introduced with the release of Android 8.0 Oreo. Many different password managing apps, like LastPass, have already implemented this new API into their applications. And while it can prove to be quite the improvement over the previous Autofill implementations using Accessibility Services, there's a...

Google is Updating AOSP Dialer with Floating In-Call Buttons and More

Google has been working on adding some more features to the Google Dialer application but hasn't yet decided to flip the switch and make the features public just yet. We covered a way to enable the new floating bubble feature in the application late last month but now it looks like more people will have...

How to Install Custom Themes on Android Oreo with Substratum

After a lot of teasing, Team Substratum and XDA-Developers are proud to announce the release of the Andromeda add-on for Substratum which bringsĀ full custom theme support for any Android 8.0 Oreo device without root. We realize that many people are excited by this project, but there are many people who feel that this news has...

Andromeda Add-on for Substratum Brings Custom Themes to Android Oreo

One of the most commonly requested feature additions to Google's Android operating system is theme support. Custom theme support is available on Android devices from Sony, Huawei, and Samsung among others. However, fans of stock Android on the Google Nexus and Pixel series of devices have not been able to theme their devices, at least...

List of Android 8.0 Oreo Custom ROMs for Popular Devices – Find Your Update! [Updated: 09/20]

Android 8.0 Oreo is more than a week old, and so far, we've really dug into everything we could lay our hands on. This update to Android may be considered incremental in nature, but that in no way diminishes the improvements it brings to the table. But unless you have a Google Pixel device or...

What Project Treble Means for Future Custom ROM Development

Here on XDA, we have previously talked about Project Treble, the largest low-level change introduced to the Android base since the first Android beta was released almost 10 years ago, and how you can tell if your device has it. For those still unaware of what Project Treble is, it modularizes the lower layer of...

OEMs are Required to Not Modify Dumpsys Commands in Android Oreo

Each year, Google releases an updated version of their Compatibility Definition Document. These are the rules which every OEM must follow if they want to ship their own versions of Android with Google Play Services built-in. This means that new restrictions can be put in place but it can also mean that previous limitations can...

OEMs are Required to Implement Android Oreo’s Strict Background App Limitations

The Android Oreo changelogs are out, and there are some interesting additions which many already know about. There's Project Treble, security changes and so on. One of the biggest changes is how background applications behave. They no longer have free reign over the device, and Android System will induce restrictions on anything abusing a background...

OnePlus 3/3T Receive Android Oreo Ports via Unofficial LineageOS 15

The list of devices receiving an unofficial upgrade to Android Oreo is growing daily, and next up on our list to receive the awaited update are the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. These two devices are highly popular on our forums due to their price at launch and their friendliness to modifications, so it's no...