Developments

Google Pixel 2’s Now Playing feature has been ported to AOSP ROMs

Google's flagship Pixel 2 smartphone series doesn't seem to offer a lot of features when compared to the likes of the Huawei Mate 10 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but there are a few unique features that are grabbing everyone's attention. First, there's the Google Camera with Google's powerful portrait mode technology. Then, there's also the...

TWRP Now Available for Xiaomi Redmi 5A, Redmi Y1, and Redmi Y1 Lite

Xiaomi devices are really popular in our forums for a good reason: the company sells smartphones that are fairly affordable without compromising too heavily on hardware specifications. That's why the Xiaomi Mi A1 on the Android One program is so incredibly popular. Unfortunately, Xiaomi's mixed history when it comes to providing timely kernel sources creates...

Action Launcher v33 Update Adds AdaptiveZoom, Re-enables Use of Android’s Accessibility APIs, and More

One of Android's most useful features is the ability to switch launchers. It differentiates it from competing platforms like Apple's iOS, and it's been wholeheartedly adopted by enthusiasts -- third-party launchers with custom themes, app drawers, and the like remain one of the most popular categories of apps on the Play Store. But while there are many...

Google Postpones Requirement to Ship Android Wear Apps with Multi-APK Support

At the tail end of August 2017, Google announced new policies designed to encourage developers to build standalone Android Wear applications and adopt the Google Play Developer Console's multi-APK delivery feature. They were set to go into effect on January 18, but the search giant's decided to postpone some of these requirements due to unexpected issues...

Magisk Manager v5.5.4 Adds Fingerprint Authentication Support to Superuser Prompt

Magisk has received a number of updates over the past few weeks, each of which has added new features and squashed bugs. The latest version from XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu bumps up Magisk to version 15.3 and upgrades Magisk Manager, its companion application, to 5.5.4. Both are available via the Magisk Manager or from XDA's Magisk forum. Perhaps the most...

Tasker v5.1 is out with Oreo-specific changes and addition of Usage Stats API

Recently, Google threatened to remove applications from the Play Store that "misused" Android's Accessibility Services. We explained how many apps leverage Accessibility Services to perform actions in ways that were not intended by Google. It's at the core of LastPass, AutoInput, Button Mapper, Greenify, and other services, and Google's policy would've broken some or all...

Motorola Releases Android Oreo Kernel Sources for the Moto Z2 Force

When it comes to releasing kernel sources, some manufacturers have a better track record than others. Android's use of the GPLv2 license requires that all sources be released in a timely manner, but we continue to see violations. They're bad for the affected devices because they hinder development, but they also harm Android and the...

Google Camera Port with Portrait Mode now works on Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, and Note 8 (Exynos)

Popular ports of the Pixel 2's Google Camera bring Google's post-processing technologies to a wide range of high-end devices. It took a few iterations, but the most recent releases support lens blur, bokeh adjustment, and high-resolution video recording modes on phones such as the OnePlus 3, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the LG V30. This week,...

Systemless Xposed for Android Oreo Now Available

This week started off with a bang: XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 announced and released Xposed Framework for Android Oreo 8.0 and Android 8.1 in beta. It came as something as a surprise, considering how long it took it took Xposed to hit Android Nougat, and it's not perfect -- some Xposed Modules won't work properly until they're...

Edge Sense Plus Updated with Support for Google Pixel 2 Squeeze Customization

HTC's Edge Sense, which lets you trigger shortcuts and apps by squeezing the HTC U11 and HTC U11+'s edges, was customizable from the start, and only got better with software updates. Google's squeezable Pixel 2 shortcuts, on the other hand -- Active Edge -- is a lot less flexible. Gripping the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL tightly...

Xposed Framework for Android Oreo 8.0/8.1 Now Available in Beta

With the Android Oreo update, Google continues to polish the Android experience for all users. The update notably brings picture-in-picture mode support from Android TV, the Autofill Framework which replaces the need for password managers' laggy accessibility services, and notification channels for more fine-grained control over your notifications. In addition to these changes, some previously...

Deep Discharge Protection Tool Prevents Battery Shutdown Bug on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Note 8

If you've browsed the Galaxy Note 8 subreddit lately, you might have noticed a fair number of Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy 8+, and Galaxy Note 8 users complaining about a "deep discharge" issue. We covered it issue a few days ago, and it basically comes down to this: Some Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8...