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jOnePlus Tools lets you Customize OxygenOS and Unlock Hidden Features [XDA Spotlight]

With the recent release of the open beta of Android Oreo with Oxygen OS, users have had enough time now to play around with it and discover what they like and don't like. If you're looking to discover more hidden features or customize OxygenOS even further, we found an app to do just that. Called JOnePlus...

Everything You Need To Know About the Blackview S8

Blackview has silently introduced the world’s first phone to come with both a full screen bezel-less display and four cameras. They're calling it the Blackview S8. With two cameras on the back and another two cameras for your selfies, the Blackview S8 provides an all-around solid camera experience. This phone will also be running Android...

How to Remap Active Edge/Squeeze on the Google Pixel 2

Since the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL smartphones were announced, we've been looking into ways to customize features on the phone beyond its Google-imposed limitations. One of the first features we started looking into is Active Edge, Google's take on the HTC U11's squeezable frame functions. By default, Active Edge only allows you...

Google Pixel 2’s Squeeze is Hardcoded to Only Launch Assistant, Making Remapping Difficult

When we first learned about the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's squeezable frame, we hoped that it would be customizable. Our own source told us that the squeezable frame would only be able to launch Google Assistant or to silence incoming calls, and unfortunately that's all you can do on the live build that...

Hands-on with the ZTE Axon M – A Compelling Modern Dual Screen Smartphone

In 2017, smartphone companies have had to implement all sorts of gimmicks to differentiate their products. There's the HTC U11 with its squeeze gimmick, the LG V30 with its floating bar gimmick, and the Huawei Mate 10 Lite with quad cameras just to name a few. Some of you may disagree with me labeling these features...

Five More Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy the Note 8

Recently we posted a video on XDA TV where Mark talked about the reasons you should skip out on the Galaxy Note 8. This followup video focuses more on the shortcomings of the Note 8 and why the Note line isn't as exciting as it used to be.

[UPDATED] Google Pixel 2’s “Now Playing” Feature uses AmbientSense to Minimize Battery Drain

UPDATE  10/16/2017: Google has reached out to us to inform us that the 'Now Playing' is not based on AmbientSense. We have responded inquiring for more information about this feature and will update this article with their response. UPDATE 10/19/2017: We have learned more details about how Now Playing works. Please read this follow-up article for more...

Why App Updates Sometimes Break Substratum Themes

It's a common occurrence: users apply Substratum themes to their phones then later update Slack, WhatsApp, Instagram, or any number of other apps from the Play Store. Suddenly they can't even open those apps until their theme overlays are disabled. Plenty of newer Substratum users have voiced their experiences with this issue ever since the...

How Google Camera HDR+ Improves the Image Quality of Xiaomi Budget Phones

Xiaomi is currently the second largest smartphone manufacturer in India, and for good reason. Consistently, the manufacturer has posted class-leading performance and display quality at an exceptional value for its price. One thing, however, that Xiaomi hasn’t yet been able to nail is the camera performance of their budget smartphones. Thankfully, we now have the Google...

[Update: Confirmed] Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Add Bluetooth Battery Level Reporting

Before the first public release of Android Oreo, we spotted something interesting in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). We discovered that Google was working on implementing Bluetooth battery level reporting so you can see the battery level of your connected Bluetooth devices without having to use a third-party application for each and every Bluetooth device....

Project Treble in Action: Google Pixel 2’s Graphics Drivers come Pre-Installed as an App

One of the biggest new Android-related features announced this year wasn't even announced at one of Google's traditional hardware or software events. Called Project Treble, it's the biggest change to Android's low-level system architecture to date. It modularizes the operating system so it is kept separate from vendor components, hopefully reducing the time it takes...

The Google Pixel 2 has a Hidden, but Disabled, Dark Theme

Did you hear? Verizon opened up their stores yesterday to live demos of the new Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. While most people were spending their times getting a feel for the phone (because that's what you're supposed to do with these kinds of promotions), we at XDA have been digging into...