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Automatically Toggle Samsung’s Always On Display When Charging [App]

Samsung gets a lot of flak for its performance optimization with regards to its software (though how much of that criticism is legitimate and/or accurate is a debate for another time), but it’s hard to deny just how much added value their software brings. I could go on and on about all of the features...

MechDome Exits Beta, Allows any Developer to Port their Android App to iOS

Back in September, we covered a new developer tool that automatically converts existing Android projects into native iOS and OSX applications. This tool, called MechDome, takes an existing Android APK file and turns it into a standalone binary that developers can then distribute on the Apple App Store - all without changing a single line...

Kernel Sources Released for the Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei P10

Under the GNU General Public License (GPL), any modifications made to the Linux kernel must be publicly shared if users have access to the binary. Android itself is licensed under the Apache Software License which doesn't require modifications of AOSP to be open sourced. But because the underlying kernel in Android is Linux-based, all OEMs...

OOS Debloater Helps Remove Unwanted Applications for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

While OxygenOS is one of the cleaner OEM ROMs available, some people still like the idea of only having things they use on their device. OnePlus has been adding more things into OxygenOS that not everyone uses (such as OnePlus Community), so XDA Senior Member SyCreed released a mod called OOS Debloater. This gets flashed in a...

Essential Phone Will have an Unlockable Bootloader

There is a lot of hype surrounding Andy Rubin's Essential Phone. The Essential Phone is priced among the upper echelon of smartphones. It's in the same tier as the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Xiaomi Mi 6, or the Xperia XZ Premium. The Snapdragon 835 SoC or its 128 GBs of internal storage aren't what make this phone...

Magisk Manager Removed from Play Store, Developer Comments on the Future of Magisk

Eagle-eyed community members spotted that one of the community's beloved projects, Magisk, was no longer available on the Google Play Store. The Play Store URL for Magisk Manager would 404, indicating that the project was taken off the primary and most popular source of Android app distribution. Even if you had the app downloaded previously,...

Substratum Theme for the Nexus 6P Lets You Move the Status Bar Clock on Android O

Some custom ROMs let the user customize where the clock in the status bar is, but not everyone wants to install a custom ROM for features like this. So XDA Recognized Contributor AL_IRAQI came up with a Substratum theme that does this for you on the Nexus 6P. Once installed (just like a regular Substratum theme is),...

OmniROM Status Update – Moto G4/G4 Plus and Redmi Note 3 Added, Improved Camera for Xperia X/X Compact

It's been a while since we last talked about OmniROM. The Omni team has been very busy with a number of administrative tasks but found a brief moment to post an update on that they've been working on lately. Omni, just like most Android custom ROM teams, uses Gerrit as its code review portal. The team did...

Google I/O 2017 Showcased a Clearer, More-Focused Agenda for Google Products

Something was different about this year’s Google I/O; something special, perhaps even grounded. Its an event where we have come to expect moonshots and overly idealistic solutions to problems that do not exist or are grossly misrepresented, but that has changed. Last year’s Google I/O was a turning point, moving towards a more mature and grown-up...

Guide Walks You Through Starting Android Development in Visual Studio

We often talk about Android Studio here at XDA because it's a powerful IDE made with Android application development in mind. Google is the company behind Android Studio and they're constantly adding new features that make developing Android applications easier with it. The company also just announced support for Kotlin in Android Studio, and you...

Reviewing App Translation Services: How to Make Your App Truly Global

Developing a unique, interesting Android application is requires one set of skills, but marketing your application requires another set of skills. There are many ways to spread the word about your great app or game, including posting on our very own Apps and Games forum or submitting your app to XDA Labs, but eventually you'll reach...

TWRP 3.1.1 is Out, Brings Minor Fixes

The most famous custom recovery for Android, the TeamWin Recovery Project (or simply TWRP), received an update to version 3.1.1. The new release does not bring many new features, but fixes the most annoying flaws of version 3.1. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy posted a changelog on his Google+ account. It's not long, but gives us...