Developments

Poweramp returns from the grave with a new UI

Most audiophiles around here probably remember Poweramp. The paid ($3.99) music player might not be a winner in the looks department, but it makes up for it by being one of the most feature-rich music players out there. So feature rich and reliable, in fact, that it remained the player of choice for some users...

Xiaomi Mi 6 and Motorola Moto Z receive official LineageOS 15.1

LineageOS 15.1, the popular Android 8.1 Oreo-based custom ROM, was released in late February for a handful of devices. The official roster has since expanded to include devices like the Google Nexus Player, OnePlus 2, Google Nexus 6, and Exynos Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ among others. Starting today, official 15.1 builds for the Xiaomi Mi 6...

How to install LineageOS 15.1 on the Razer Phone

Google's work that was done to create Project Treble has helped to rejuvenate the custom ROM community. Some devices that could take weeks to get working AOSP-based ROMs can run such custom ROM with a lot less effort. XDA Recognized and Social Contributor linuxct has been tinkering with Generic System Images on the Razer Phone since the Android Oreo...

Massive 18.4″ Samsung Galaxy View receives unofficial LineageOS 15.1

Although smartphones have gotten larger and larger, tablets have mostly been pretty consistent with display sizes ranging from 7-inches to 10-inches measured diagonally. The bezel-less trend hasn't caught on with tablets (as it doesn't really make much sense for them), though more devices have shifted to 4:3 displays to match the iPad. In late 2015,...

Magisk v16.4 Released with Improved MagiskHide & Android P Support, and More

When it comes to rooting solutions on Android, there's not a lot that can beat Magisk. Capable of bypassing SafetyNet detection while being lightweight and open source, it's the root solution of choice for most users on our forums. It even has frequent updates which bring better support and more features—despite the fact that XDA...

Developer gets Android P booting on the Motorola Moto Z

We're just 10 days away from Google I/O 2018 where Google is expected to unveil a lot of details about Android P such as the rumored navigation gestures and Material Design revamp. The first Android P Developer Preview is available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL and there's a lot we've already seen in...

Google Pixelbook may support booting Microsoft Windows

A recent commit indicates that the Google Pixelbook could receive support for booting and installing Windows from USB, a functionality previously unavailable due to poor firmware support on Kaby Lake and Skylake devices. This update is related to previous reports of Alt OS functionality,  the addition of an Alt OS [Alternative OS] picker screen that we previously suspected could be...

One month to go until GDPR: What you need to know

General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] is the largest shake-up in consumer data protection law in recent history. If you're a developer, web admin, business owner, or user who operates/resides in the EU, GDPR will affect your digital life in one way or another. Even if you’re based in the U.S. or elsewhere, you’ll feel its...

Android Developers site gets a major redesign ahead of Google I/O

If you're a developer of an Android app, one of the websites you probably have bookmarked is the official Android Developers website. Here you can find the official documentation for all Android APIs, code samples, Android Studio downloads, platform distribution statistics, and much more. Personally, I find using the website a much more pleasant experience than...

Linux apps on Chrome OS – an overview of its biggest feature since Android apps

Here's all you need to know about Google's year-long secretive development of Linux app functionality in Chrome OS, also known as Project Crostini. In a nutshell, it's a way to run regular Linux applications on Chrome OS without compromising security or enabling developer mode. The (not yet available) official setting states that it's to "Run Linux tools,...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro devices made in India are now able to unlock the bootloader

Although Xiaomi has traditionally failed to release kernel source code in a timely manner, they are working on speeding things up as shown by the relatively quick release of kernel source code for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. Fortunately, unlocking the bootloader of Xiaomi devices hasn't usually posed that much of a problem (barring the annoying...

Tegra X1 vulnerability found, affects the Google Pixel C and Nvidia Shield

If you're a gamer, you may have heard the incredible news out yesterday about the Nintendo Switch: It has been cracked wide open. A new vulnerability in the Nvidia Tegra X1, the system-on-chip found in the Nintendo Switch but also devices like the Google Pixel C and Nvidia Shield Android TV, has been discovered. The...