Developments

OnePlus One, Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus, and Oppo Find 7 now support official LineageOS 15.1

LineageOS is the go-to custom ROM for those whose devices have been long forgotten by manufacturers. LineageOS 15.1, which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, adds a lot of customization to the stock Android Oreo experience while maintaining stability for a wide range of devices. Today, the team is rolling out official builds for the OnePlus...

Snap Kit SDK Lets Developers Integrate Snapchat’s Features onto Their Platform

Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, has introduced Snap Kit: a set of developer tools that allows developers to integrate some of Snapchat's best features across the developer's app, and also makes it easy for users to share moments from these apps with the Snapchat community. https://youtu.be/Os_q9z-olHQ Snap Kit also keeps users privacy and security in mind,...

[Update: New launcher in development] Sony Xperia Home launcher will no longer receive new features, beta program will end soon

Xperia Home is the launcher that comes pre-installed on Sony's Xperia phones. It is the first launcher that got Google Feed support (it was called Google Now Cards back then). While on default settings, it is pretty close to stock Android and old-fashioned-looking, to be honest, it is still fairly customizable. You have an ability to...

HP Chromebook X2 is the first Detachable Chromebook with Linux app support

We first heard of Chrome OS gaining Linux app support back in February. Google officially confirmed during Google I/O 2018 that the Pixelbook would be the first Chromebook with Linux app support, but since then the Samsung Chromebook Plus has joined in on the fun. Tonight, a device that we expected to eventually gain Linux...

LineageOS Introduces “Trust” – A Centralized Interface for Security and Privacy

The introduction of monthly security patches for Android was a welcome and much-needed move from Google. At that time, Android was infamous for its fragmentation issues, which negatively impacted how security vulnerabilities could be patched and then quickly distributed to devices. Monthly security patches provided a quick way for concerned users to judge how "secure"...

Partial refunds for IAPs & subscriptions now available on Google Play

The Google Play Developer Console has quietly been getting new features in the past few weeks. Recently, we saw that Google added the ability for developers to restrict their apps from being installed on Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices. Now, it seems that Google is also adding the ability for developers to issue partial refunds...

Unofficial TWRP now available for Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ both shipped with Android 8.0, which means Project Treble support out of the box. This feature has a lot of potential and it's even more exciting when you can unlock the bootloader on the device. After unlocking, you can flash your favorite recovery, such as TWRP, and start flashing...

Rootless custom themes on Android P are over as Google confirms restrictions are intended

Android P (Android 9.0) is an exciting release for Android enthusiasts because of the many changes it's bringing to the user interface and user experience. Thanks to Google's work on Project Treble, the latest Android release is available in beta for not only the Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2 devices but also phones like...

Android Studio Canary 27.3.6 Brings Android Emulator Support to AMD Windows 10 PCs

Android Emulator 27.3.6 was recently released in the Canary and Dev channels alongside the Android Studio release, bringing a long-awaited feature for AMD users on Windows 10. This new build has finally brought support for running the emulator with hardware acceleration on machines with AMD processors. Previously, AMD users on Windows 10 were unable to run...

Google Pixel Launcher will get manual dark theme toggle in future release

The Google Pixel Launcher received automatic dark/light themes with the release of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL back in October of 2017. The feature adjusts the theme of a few elements based on the wallpaper color. Users can't manually choose the theme and it doesn't change the Settings app. People have been begging for a...

Hands-on with Lawnchair v2, a customizable Pixel Launcher

Lawnchair is a launcher based on Google's Pixel Launcher that adds man more customization options. You can change almost everything starting from the icon pack to the app drawer. While it's been in works since June of 2017, the first stable version was just released. Users are already looking forward to version 2 and we're lucky...

Navigation Gestures updated with better Nav Bar hiding, App Launch action, Android P compatibility, & more

We launched our Navigation Gestures app a little over 3 weeks ago, and since our last update, we've been hard at work to address the overwhelming amount of feedback we've received. Our app, which was originally designed to be a simple gesture control app based on the Apple iPhone X's gestures, has since gained a lot of...