Developments

TWRP 3.2.0 Released with Better Support for Installing Android 8.0 Oreo Zips and More

TWRP is the most popular custom recovery on Android, and its popularity continues to grow as devices need to have TWRP support if users want to flash custom ROMs, kernels, mods, etc. Recently, we have seen TWRP support added to more devices including the Xiaomi Mi A1 and Asus ZenFone 4 variants. The Google Pixel...

Ambient Lock Screen Music is a Root App that Shows any Music on the Pixel 2’s Ambient Display

Google's latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagships have an awesome new feature called "Now Playing." Using a combination of software, hardware, and machine learning, the Pixel 2 uses an offline database to identify tens of thousands of songs playing in the background. It then displays those songs on your device's lock screen, always...

Google Chrome for Android will Soon Support Password Exporting

It's a little hard to believe, but it's been almost five years since Google released Chrome for Android. Since then, the mobile port of Google's popular web browser has replaced the stock Android Open Source Project (AOSP) browser on most Android phones, received countless updates, and become one of the most-downloaded browsers on Android. Now,...

Bootloader Unlock Codes for the LG V30 (H930/H930G Models) are Now Available

The last update to LG's bootloader unlock program added the unlocked US model of the LG G6 (US997). Since then, the LG V30 has been announced, and released in select markets. It still hasn't seen a wider roll-out yet, but it has been available for more than a month in markets such as the US. ...

WireGuard, a Revolutionary VPN Project, Adds Support for Android ROMs

It’s hard to imagine the modern Internet without a VPN. For many years, VPNs have extended private networks across public networks, enabling users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. This consequently has had the effect of allowing users to...

Facebook joins AOMedia to promote Royalty-Free AV1 Video

As Google’s new open source AV1 video standard nears completion, the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) has announced that Facebook will be joining them to promote the AV1 video compression format. Facebook joining AOMedia means that, going forward, they will likely be integrating AV1 video technology into their platforms (including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and Whatsapp) for use...

A Revolution in Custom ROMs: How Project Treble makes Porting Android Oreo a 1 Day Job

The XDA forums have been the central gathering of custom ROM development for years. It's thanks to the hard work of developers on our forums that many older Android smartphones are kept alive by custom ROMS sometimes years after devices were abandoned by the device maker. Though most manufacturers release bootloader unlocking methods these days,...

Developer Brings 64-Bit ROM Support to the Moto G5 Plus

Motorola's software can be considered as a mixed bag. On one side, it's a pretty close to stock Android experience which brings little to no bloatware and only adds useful, non-intrusive features over AOSP Android, also releasing kernel sources when the time comes. On the other side, update support is mediocre at best and utterly ridiculous...

I Booted Stock Android Oreo on the Huawei Mate 9 thanks to Project Treble

Just a week before this year's Google I/O, Google unveiled one of the most fundamental, low-level changes to the Android OS framework: Project Treble. Project Treble modularizes the Android OS framework to separate it from vendor code, allowing OEMs to work on new software updates without having to wait for vendors (like Qualcomm) to update...

Blu_spark Custom Kernel is Now Available for the OnePlus 5T

Sales of the OnePlus 5T began this week, and a few buyers with are seeing estimated ship dates as early as Friday. Lucky for them, they won't have to wait long to start customizing their new smartphones. XDA Recognized Contributor eng.stk ported the popular blu_spark kernel to the OnePlus 5T this past week, and it's packed to the...

Google Dives Deep Into the New Google Play Services APIs

Version 11.6 of the Google Play services SDK -- Google's development kit for the Play Store -- is packed to the brim with new features. In an effort to brace folks for the changes, the search giant published an article on migrating to the new APIs earlier this year. And in a new post on the Android Developers blog,...

Oreo-based AOSPA Build Released for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

The folks at Paranoid Android are fans of the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T, if their most recent project is any indication. On Monday, Team AOSPA released an early port of Android 8.0 Oreo-based Paranoid Android for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T. A lot of the most popular AOSPA features have yet to be...