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Descendant custom ROM’s latest release brings several new features and adds support for three more devices

Earlier this year in April, the team behind the Descendant custom ROM released Descendant 12.1 — the first stable Android 12L-based build of the ROM. At first, the team released the ROM for a handful of devices and it included several bug fixes. Soon thereafter, the team released the May update with a bunch of...

Ambient Music Mod v2 Hands-on: Google Pixel’s Now Playing feature ported to other Android devices without root

Most people will agree that the software on Pixel smartphones showcase what Google believes Android should be, and as such, the software is often well-received by enthusiasts. Nonetheless, thanks to the dedicated modding community, you don’t necessarily have to own a Pixel device to take advantage of its software features. The "Now Playing" functionality, for...

TWRP adds support for the OnePlus Nord 2, Motorola Moto G40 Fusion, and Moto G60

The Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP for short) is an essential tool for Android enthusiasts who wish to tinker with aftermarket software on their devices. With this custom recovery solution, you can flash new custom ROMs, take full data backups, modify protected files, and open new avenues of device customizations. Last month we saw the...

Magisk v25.0 improves SELinux handling, revises root permission management, and much more

At this point, we at XDA are certain that most of you have at least heard of Magisk. Created by John Wu, aka XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu, the project originally started off as a systemless root method and has gradually evolved into a much more diverse and powerful solution beyond just a plain superuser privilege...

LineageOS 19 is now available for the OnePlus 9/9 Pro, POCO X3 Pro, and Xiaomi Mi A1

The LineageOS team has extended LineageOS 19 support to several devices since debuting the ROM earlier this year in April. Over the last month, devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10, POCO F3, and OnePlus 5/5T received support for the Android 12-based custom ROM. Since our previous coverage, the team has added four new devices to...

Browservio is a speedy WebView-based browser with a built-in ad blocker

One of the great things about Android is the ability to choose a different default browser. You have the most popular option in Google Chrome, along with other Chromium-derived ones like Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave, and more. However, if you have a cheaper (or older) device, you may find the top picks unsatisfactory and memory-hogging. Luckily,...

LineageOS 19 adds support for the OnePlus 5/5T, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite LTE

Want to breathe new life into an old phone you have lying around? Sick of the dated OEM skin on your device and want to try something new? If you have a OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T, or the LTE variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, then you're in luck. The owners of these...

What is LSPosed, and what can you do with it on your Android device?

We've talked about Magisk and its modules in the past, and how they offer a world of modifications to be done in a "systemless" manner. Magisk's overlay-based interface has ballooned in popularity much like Xposed had, and not without good reason too. In addition to all the benefits that going systemless brings to the table,...

Some Vivo devices with Qualcomm processors can now be bootloader unlocked, unofficially

What’s the best modding-friendly Android OEM in the market right now? Depending on who you ask this question to, the answer could range from Google to OnePlus to Xiaomi to something else entirely. And that is perfectly alright, as each of those companies have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to aftermarket development,...

Developer brings Wear OS to the ancient Samsung Gear S3

The skill of aftermarket developers in the Android modding scene is often incredibly impressive, especially when it comes to getting hardware to do things it shouldn’t. This time, one modder managed to get Google's Wear OS booted on the Samsung Gear S3 — a Tizen-based smartwatch released back in 2016! Despite effectively being obsolete at this...

LineageOS 19 builds are here for the Samsung Galaxy S10, POCO F2 Pro, POCO F3, and more

The LineageOS team has been hard at work extending official LineageOS 19 builds based on Android 12 to as many devices as possible. The developers released the first official builds for nearly 40 devices back in April and added some more smartphones to the roster over the next few weeks. Now, the maintainers have extended...

TWRP adds official support for the Samsung Galaxy S20, Note 20, and more

Team Win Recovery Project, more widely known as TWRP, is the most popular custom recovery solution for Android devices. TWRP allows you to do everything from flashing custom ROMs to creating full backups, all in a few taps. But in order to do any of this with full compatibility, you need to have a device...