Developments

Enable Google Pixel 2’s Always on Display on the Nexus 6P, Pixel, & Pixel XL without Root

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the newest smartphones in Google's Pixel smartphone series and while the hardware is mostly an incremental improvement over the previous generation Pixel phones, the software has a couple of really nifty new features. There's the new camera technology used in the phone's Portrait Mode feature, the...

Chrome OS Developer Channel Now has a Flag to Enable Split Screen in Tablet Mode

Google's Android and Chrome OS are intended for different form factors and have different use cases, but in recent times, their functionality has started to overlap. At one time, Google had put its energy and resources into ensuring that Android was a great tablet operating system, but the effort failed. So even though Android gained...

Unofficial LineageOS 14.1 Builds Arrive to the Essential Phone

Much of the Android world has decided to give the Essential Phone another shot after its recent $200 price slash, further deals and price reductions, and constant OTA updates improving the overall experience. While it used to sit as a really awkward and lacking flagship at its previous $699 retail price, it can definitely compete with...

Samsung Releases Second Android 8.0 Oreo Beta for Galaxy S8

In 2016, Samsung launched the first version of the company's Android update beta program by providing beta releases of Android 7.0 Nougat to the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. A year later, the company has adopted the same strategy with the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8, releasing the Android 8.0 Oreo beta with Samsung Experience 9.0...

Google Describes How to Migrate to the New Play Games Services APIs

Google is getting ready to introduce version 11.6.0 of the Google Play Services SDK and with the new version of the SDK, they're changing the way APIs are structured. The new update deprecates the GoogleApiClient class and introduces a decoupled collection of feature-specific API clients for the developer. With this change, there is a reduced amount...

How to Unlock Bootloader and Root the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Many enthusiasts expected that achieving root on the first-generation Google Pixel would be just as easy as rooting Google's Nexus devices, but that didn't turn out to be the case. Android Nougat's A/B partition system created a lot of headache for developers in the beginning, and the Pixel's incompatibility with the most common exploits only added to...

Samsung Announces Exynos 9810 SoC and ISOCELL Slim 2XK7 Camera Sensor

With few exceptions, Samsung's flagship Galaxy S smartphones have come in two flavors with two different processors. Take the Galaxy S8, for example: The North American and Chinese variant has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, while the international variant has Samsung's Exynos 8895. If history is any indication, Samsung will adopt the same two-chip strategy for its...

Codeweavers CrossOver for ChromeOS is Now in Open Beta, Lets You Run Windows Apps

ChromeOS has had incredible success in some markets in the US, but for power users, it has still not become a credible Windows competitor. Although many Chromebooks are bestsellers across popular retailers, one of the major complaints users have is that they are not able to run Windows apps on a Chromebook. While users can...

Twitter Introduces Serial: an Open Source Library for Serialization

UI smoothness in Android is something that gets brought up from time to time as it can be really easy for the average user to notice what is commonly referred to as jank. This is quite often noticed when scrolling through a list of items and Twitter noticed that serializing and deserializing data both to and...

Google’s Files Go Smart File Manager has been Accidentally Leaked

One feature which stock Android has always lacked is proper, fleshed-out file manager. OEMs have made it a point to include custom file managers in their ROMs, but with Android 4.4 KitKat, the Documents provider gained basic file management capabilities. However, the functionality was never upgraded into a full file manager. However, this opinion has proved unpopular, as...

Google Launches Resonance Audio SDK for Immersive Virtual Reality Positional Audio

We constantly use sound to help us navigate the world in ways that we often do not even realize, and as a result inaccurate positional audio is often one of the key factors that can break immersion with virtual reality (VR). Today, Google is announcing that they are taking steps to improve the quality and...

Project Treble Brings Extended Linux Kernel Security Support to Combat Fragmentation

One of the major issues for Android over the years has been device fragmentation. The Android version and Linux kernel version a device are on can have a massive impact on the device’s security and usability, and Google is making a concerted effort to improve Android’s update lifecycle with Project Treble. At Linaro Connect San Francisco...