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Paranoid Android Sapphire Alpha based on Android 12 is now available for the OnePlus 8T and POCO X3

One of the most well-known custom ROMs around, Paranoid Android, is back again with a new set of Android 12 builds. It was nearly two months ago when the team released its first Android 12-based "Sapphire" ROM. They’ve been slowly adding more smartphones since then and now it's time for two more devices to get...

Gigabyte Aorus Waterforce X360 AIO cooler review: Impressive cooling performance for Alder Lake

Choosing the best CPU coolers is one of the key decisions you have to make while building a PC or while upgrading and installing a new processor. The launch of Intel's new 12th-gen Alder Lake CPUs has resurfaced a wave of CPU coolers on the market, and the Gigabyte Aorus Waterforce X360 AIO cooler happens...

Phoenix rises from the ashes: The Samsung Galaxy S II gets a taste of Android 12

Just a day ago, we spoke about devices outliving their generation by leaps and bounds, and highlighted the Samsung Galaxy S III's prowess in doing so. Despite a number of devices following similar paths thanks to the dedication of developers on our forums, the undoubted champion that simply refuses to give up, is the second-gen...

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 can now run Android 12, unofficially

The Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 9 were the company’s 2018 flagship smartphones, and the three devices are still poised to receive security updates. While the Korean OEM has committed to deliver up to 3 generations of Android OS updates, the policy only applies to flagship models from the Galaxy S10...

A developer got Android 12 booting on the legendary Samsung Galaxy S III

In recent days, we’ve informed you about a variety of official Android 12 updates. They all had one thing in common: Every update was delivered to devices that are currently supported by the respective OEM. But what happens with much older and unsupported smartphones? Do they gather dust? Not a chance at XDA. When it comes...

Descendant 12 based on Android 12 is here for the POCO F3, POCO X3, and more

The Descendant custom ROM is quite popular in the aftermarket development community, providing an alternative experience to users who want to retain the ability to customize their device and still stick closer to the stock Android look and feel. Over the years, Descendant has managed to create its own loyal fanbase who like the ROM...

XDA forums are now open for the Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and Realme GT Master Edition

Xiaomi's flagships garner a fair bit of attention in the third-party development scene each year and we don't expect things to change in the coming year. While the company's new Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro are yet to make their way to international markets, we're sure a lot of you are looking forward to...

WSA PacMan is a GUI package manager and package installer for Windows Subsystem for Android

The Android compatibility layer of Windows 11, commonly known as Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), comes without the Google Play Store or any kind of Google apps. Instead, you get the Amazon Appstore as the built-in solution for downloading third-party apps. While it is possible to manually sideload apps on WSA, there is no simple...

XDA forums are open for the OPPO Find N, Moto Edge X30, Realme 8i, and Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

OPPO just announced the Find N, the company's first foldable phone to compete against the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. It's a compact foldable that opens up into a tablet and comes with high-end specifications. While the OPPO Find N is unique in its own way, Motorola announced the Moto Edge X30 last week making...

XDA forums are open for the Realme GT Neo 2 and Honor 60

Early last month, Realme launched its affordable flagship phone -- the Realme GT Neo 2 in India. The GT Neo 2 is a well-rounded smartphone with a major emphasis on performance thanks to the very capable Snapdragon 870 SoC. It also comes with a unique design and a colorway that makes it stand out from...

TWRP 3.6.0 released with support for devices that launched with Android 11

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, has been around for several years now and it has grown to become the go-to option for the Android community to replace the stock recovery on their devices with a more advanced and feature-rich substitute. For most users, installing any kind of aftermarket software modification, whether it...

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are seeing work for mainline Linux kernel support

The Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro are the first smartphones powered by the company's in-house Tensor SoC. They also shipped with Android 12 out-of-the-box, and if you take a look at the kernel sources, you can find Linux kernel 5.10 under the hood. If you’ve already bought either device for the sake...