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Xiaomi Mi 3, Xiaomi Mi 4, & Xiaomi Redmi 4X get Android Pie (Android 9) ports

Google released Android 9 Pie for the Google Pixel/XL and the Google Pixel 2/XL last week. The latest version of Android comes with significant improvements including a new gesture navigation system, a new Material Design theme, Digital Well-being, privacy and security improvements, and more. In terms of updates, the Essential Phone is the only third-party...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 gets Android Pie (Android 9) port with everything working

Xiaomi's smartphones are some of the most popular on our forums and for good reason. They're generally affordable but make compromises that people on a budget can live with. The popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with its 5.5-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 625, 4,100 mAh battery, 3/4GB RAM was one of the most popular budget devices...

TWRP now available for the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 and HTC U12+

One of the biggest draws to the XDA forums are the abundance of custom ROMs, kernels, and modifications available for it. With the release of Android Pie, developers are working hard to port the latest Android release from AOSP to their devices. Two major roadblocks must be overcome before custom development can really take off...

Use Google Camera on Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 without root

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 has quickly become one of the most popular mid-range phones in India, and for good reason. With a 6-inch FHD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 system-on-chip, 4 or 6GBs of RAM, stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and a massive 5,000 mAh battery, it's not hard to see why Asus kept selling...

Hands-on with LineageOS 15.1 on an Android Go device

Project Treble has opened many doors in custom ROM development, including allowing obscure, no kernel source devices to run AOSP. All you need is to be able to unlock the bootloader and you can boot a GSI on it. That's exactly what we did with the Blackview A20 Android Go phone. We tried out LineageOS...

Android Pie source code confirms wallpaper support in Always on Display

Earlier this week, Google officially unveiled Android Pie for the Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2. The latest version of Android brings a ton of goodies to Android like gesture navigation, a revamped Material Design theme, Digital Wellbeing, Slices, App Actions, and more. We've covered a few under-the-hood additions such as a new feature to...

Google appoints Jeff Bailey as new head of AOSP

Android P was officially given a version number and tasty nickname this week. To go along with the big announcement of Android 9 Pie, Google pushed the source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). That wasn't the only new thing in AOSP this week. Google also named Jeff Bailey as the new lead...

Moto G6/Moto Z3 Play apps ported to the Moto Z2 Play [Root]

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is one of Motorola's older flagships, and as such may see a delay in receiving the latest Moto app updates. The company's latest devices, such as the Motorola Moto G6 and the Motorola Moto Z3 Play, all have the latest Moto apps. The new versions of these apps offer new...

Get Google Pixel’s Digital Wellbeing on the OnePlus 6/Essential Phone on Android Pie [Root]

Right after Digital Wellbeing, Google's new anti-smartphone addiction feature introduced at Google I/O, started rolling out for the Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2 on the latest Android Pie release, we managed to get the feature up and running on the Essential Phone which also received Android 9 today. Digital Wellbeing is actually quite easy...

Android Oreo’s rollback protection required on phones launching with Android Pie

Android Pie (Android 9) just went live today for the Google Pixel, Google Pixel 2, and even the Essential Phone. We're learning as much as we can about the release from interviews (the Google Pixel 3 will only have gesture navigation!), the AOSP code drop, and lastly the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD). We posted about...

Android Pie adds feature to prevent killing RAM-heavy games if you accidentally exit

Earlier today, Google officially announced Android Pie for the Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2. Immediately afterward, Essential released the Android 9 update for the Essential Phone. Other devices that participated in the Android P beta program should soon receive the update, so users who skipped the Developer Previews now have a lot of catching...

Android Pie (Android 9) source code now uploading to AOSP

Today, Google unwrapped its latest Android dessert: Android Pie (Android 9). Android Pie has been in the Developer Preview state for a few months now and is quite a step up from Android Oreo. It brings a significant UI overhaul based on the latest Material Design guidelines as well as some interesting user-facing features such as gesture...