Developments

ReadItToMe reads and lets you respond by voice to your Whatsapp, Telegram, and Hangouts messages

Part of the beauty of Android is that you can pretty much make an application for anything, though sometimes that does require root access. ReadItToMe reads your WhatsApp, Telegram, and Hangouts messages out loud for you when enabled, allowing you to respond entirely with your voice as well. It means that you won't have to...

How EAS helps make the Google Pixel the fastest Android phone

Far back in the past when Linux was just an idea in the mind of Linus Torvalds, CPUs were single-core entities which required an immense amount of energy for little power. The first ever commercially available processor, the Intel 4004, ran at a clock-rate of 740kHz on a single core. Back then, there was no need...

Chromebooks with Linux app support will soon be able to install Debian packages

Recent code updates indicate forthcoming support for no-fuss Debian .deb package installation on Chrome OS devices that support Linux apps. The forthcoming feature will bring a new flow for installing Linux applications through .deb packages. A string of commits shows that support isn't simply being turned on, but that all the finicky elements like interacting...

Custom themes now possible on rooted Android P devices with Substratum

Android P's user interface changes were initially met with some controversy (mostly due to perceived similarities with iOS and obvious accommodations for devices with notched displays), but it seems that the criticisms have died down some as people have gotten used to the changes. There's one missing feature that Android enthusiasts have begging for over...

Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and many older Chromebooks may not get Android P

Google may not roll out Android P to the Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and many Chromebooks running kernel 3.14 and older, according to comments on a Chromium Code review. Based on Chromium code reviews over the past several months, testing of Android P on Chrome OS is well underway, and the necessary features and functionality needed...

Developers are facing huge drop in new installs after Play Store algorithm changes

Some Android app and game developers are panicking because their daily installation rates have plummeted in the past week. These developers have noticed new downloads slow down by up to 90%. The affected developers quickly realized they were not alone in these changes to their day-to-day app installation rate with multiple threads on Reddit, a...

Navbar Weather puts the local weather forecast on the navigation bar

What's always on your screen, assuming you don't have hardware keys? The navigation bar, right? Well, have you ever wanted to be able to see, at a glance, what the weather for the day will be like? XDA Member Lorbas has you covered with Navbar Weather, which puts the local weather forecast right on your navigation bar. There...

Android Studio 3.2 Beta adds App Bundle support, Emulator Snapshots, Energy Profiler, and more

Android Studio 3.2 beta is now available. Apart from fixes for some memory leak issues, the new version includes support for App Bundles, Emulator Snapshots, Energy Profiler, and over 450 bug fixes from the previous version. Let's break down the main features of the new release. Android App Bundle support When building an app and uploading it to...

LineageOS 15.1 now supports A/B devices starting with the Motorola Moto Z2 Force

One of the more exciting changes that Android Nougat 7.0 brought was the introduction of A/B dual partition scheme for devices launched with this OS version. This change tackled how Android system updates are applied to devices, with the aim to provide a seamless upgrade experience to the user where a simple and quick reboot...

Flashtool now supports Sony Xperia XZ2 and Sony Xperia XA2

Users who have tried modifying their Sony device in the past will have heard of XDA Recognized Developer Androxyde's Flashtool. It's an open source S1 flashing tool which supports many Sony Xperia devices. It's often used for rooting, bootloader unlocking and, of course, firmware flashing. Back in the day before recoveries were commonplace, it was also a...

CarStream (YouTube for Android Auto) updated to bypass restrictions [Root]

CarStream allows you to watch YouTube videos in your Android Auto-enabled car. It, along with every other custom application, was blocked from installation back in April 2018. Thus, the only way to keep using this app was to keep an older version of Google Play Services and Android Auto installed. This is not only impractical...

MIUI 10 China Beta enables 1080p@60fps video recording on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (device code-name: whyred) was launched in India in February. Its list of specifications includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 system-on-chip, 4GB/6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 6-inch Full HD+ (2160x1080) IPS LCD, dual 12MP + 5MP (depth sensing) rear cameras, 20MP front camera, and a 4000mAh battery. In India,...