Developments

The Ground Zero Open Source Project (GZOSP): an Android Oreo Base for Custom ROM Development

Ground Zero ROMs, the ROM development team that brought us the popular custom ROMs Tesla, Tipsy, and Validus, has provided a central Android Oreo repository from which custom ROMs can be built without having to start from scratch (meaning straight from AOSP). The idea of the Ground Zero Open Source Project (GZOSP) is to give...

HMD Global: No Official Bootloader Unlock Method for the Nokia 8

A lot of people have a soft spot for the Nokia brand due to the company's history in the cell phone market. Before smartphones were a thing, Nokia was a big player in the mobile phone business, with millions of devices sold around the world. As smartphones took over, the dominance of Nokia fell to the...

XDA User Turned a Macbook Pro Into a DIY Samsung DeX Laptop

Along with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ announcement earlier this year, we also got to know Samsung DeX. This wireless-charging dock allows you to connect your Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8 as a desktop computer, allowing you to do things you would normally do on a proper desktop platform, like web browsing, sending emails,...

LaunchEnr is a Simple, AOSP-Style Launcher with Many Android Oreo Features

Custom launchers are the first thing that comes to mind when people think about Android customization. After all, the home screen can be considered as the main UX element of your phone and can be customized in many different ways, going from a simple icon change to a complete overhaul of every aspect of the launcher. There...

Google Prepares to Better Integrate Android Things with Chromecast in Android P

Earlier this year, we got our first glimpse at Android Things, previously called Brillo, along with several developer previews to date. Android Things aims to be an Android-based solution for embedded systems. As an OS for the Internet of Things (IoT), it's designed to work on systems with as low as 32 MBs of RAM....

LineageOS Changelog #14 Brings Burn-in Protection and Changes to PrivacyGuard, AudioFX, and More

The LineageOS team has just released a new changelog summarizing the most important changes made to the popular third-party custom ROM in recent weeks. Originally made every two weeks, the changelog is now being released only when the team deems that there has been enough changes to warrant a blog post. That appears to be the case...

Lenovo A6000, Launched in January 2015 with Android KitKat, Receives Unofficial Android 8.0 Oreo Port

The software situation of Lenovo phones has been, to put it in simple words, less than ideal. Putting the whole spyware thing to a side, updates for their smartphone lineup have been really slow and lacing during the past few years, on both their Motorola-branded phones and their own, Lenovo-branded devices. They still produce good...

Paranoid Android 7.3.0 Brings New Camera App, Additional Launcher Customization Features, BlueBorne Patches, and More

It was just around 4 months ago that Paranoid Android came back once again to shake up the custom ROM world with polished and feature-packed Android 7.1.2 Nougat builds. Now, after one major update (7.2), some minor ones, and Android 8.0 Oreo starting to bring the heat for ROM developers, the PA folks are back with...

No, Android Oreo’s Rescue Party is not the bootloop fix you were looking for

At XDA, we've been extensively covering the latest release of Google's Android OS: Android 8.0 Oreo. Android Oreo brings a ton of new features, but the ones we've mostly been excited for are the under-the-hood changes. Things like Project Treble and system-wide custom theme support are two examples of Android Oreo-related changes that interest our readers. Another feature...

Android 8.0 Oreo Unofficially Lands on the LeEco Le Max 2

Ever since the official arrival of Android Oreo, developers worldwide have been hammering away at bugs on their build machines in order to shoehorn the newest Android OS onto our devices. As is customary, we have begun to see AOSP variants of the major release surface across a wide variety of devices, the latest of...

Chainfire Announces Firmware.mobi, a Website Hosting Stock Boot and Recovery Images

If you've ever tried to search for stock images to fastboot flash on your device, it can be pretty annoying. Having to navigate old XDA threads trying to find the right version can be a complete pain as very few companies, other than ones like Google and OnePlus, actually release their stock images. To help...

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Receives Unofficial Port of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ROM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has just been released a few days back, but it's notable in the software department for being the one and only Samsung phone to run Android 7.1.1 out of the box. Samsung's Nougat update rollout has been remarkable for skipping Nougat's maintenance release, Android 7.1, entirely on their device lineup. Those...