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Access Dots now logs when your camera and microphone are accessed

Earlier this month, XDA Recognized Developer jagan2 released Access Dots, an app that alerts users when their phone’s camera or mic is in use. After some feedback, jagan2 has introduced an update that makes Access Dots even better for those who value privacy. The update will now log when your camera and microphone were accessed, and...

Unofficial LineageOS 17.1 brings Android 10 to the 2018 Amazon Fire HD 8

Amazon's Fire series of tablets may provide a lot of value, but the company cut a lot of corners to achieve those price tags. Take for example the Amazon Fire HD 8 - the 2018 edition was launched with Fire OS 6 (based on Android Nougat!), but the tablet has yet to receive a single...

Realme X3 SuperZoom gets unofficial bootloader unlock method, while Realme C3 receives it officially

Realme usually ships their phones with an unlockable bootloader, but you can't simply use a typical Fastboot unlock command to accomplish the task. Unless you're dealing with the Realme 2 or C1, you have to first install a model-specific app known as In-Depth Test to validate the eligibility of bootloader unlocking. The app sends a...

Energy Notch battery indicator adds support for the OnePlus 6/7/7T, POCO F1, Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G, Redmi Note 7/7S, and the Motorola One Power

Android is all about customization, and the aftermarket development community is the driving force behind that liberty. The developers often come up with creative ideas to re-use an existing design component in a completely different way than the one it is intended for. Take the example of Energy Notch by XDA Recognized Developer jagan2 - a...

Developer ports One UI 2.1 and Galaxy S20 features to several Samsung Galaxy phones with the Exynos 7870

Back in April 2020, Samsung delivered the Android 10 update to the Galaxy J6 sans the One UI 2.1-specific software features. The phone is powered by the Exynos 7870 chipset, a 14nm octa-core SoC from 2016 that also powers several mid-range Samsung Galaxy phones. Many of those Exynos 7870-equipped devices are excluded from getting the...

Download the Vivo X50 Pro’s wallpapers and live wallpapers

Vivo recently launched its X50 series in Europe and India, over a month after the devices were first unveiled in China. As part of the series, the company only launched two mid-range devices — the Vivo X50 and X50 Pro — while reserving the flagship X50 Pro+ for its home market. The highlight feature of...

Access Dots brings iOS 14’s camera and mic access indicators to Android

Our phones now have more apps that we can keep count of. As a result, Rogue apps sometimes masquerade as utilities and may misuse the granted permissions to secretly snoop on you. Smartphone manufacturers, as well as Google, have grown wary of the issue and every time an app uses the camera, microphone, or the...

Pterodon Recovery Project is a new custom recovery for Android devices with an optimized GUI and more features

The "recovery" environment on Android-powered devices is a lightweight runtime mode that is usually separate from the actual Android user interface. On most occasions, the recovery is powered by a standalone kernel which means the device can boot to the recovery mode even if the main Android OS is unbootable. Such a design makes the...

Enable NFC SIM support on the OnePlus 8 Pro

NFC, short for Near Field Communication, is a short range wireless communication protocol that is nowadays mostly used at contactless payment terminals. The NFC Forum is also working on a wireless charging solution that will let you charge your devices via NFC chips instead of dedicated wireless coils. However, smartphone manufacturers often drop NFC support...

Native Alpha lets you transform any website into a native fullscreen web app on Android

A native application may offer richer integration with the underlying OS thanks to having access to more APIs, but running a web-based application comes with its own set of benefits. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) can not only improve the mobile experience but can also behave closely to regular Android applications thanks to the WebAPK standard....

Here’s how to unlock the bootloader of the Verizon Google Pixel/Pixel XL running Android 10

Back in 2016, Verizon secured a carrier exclusivity deal with Google for sales of the first-generation Google Pixel and Pixel XL within the United States. Unlike the regular variants of the Pixel/Pixel XL, the devices purchased from the carrier came with a permanently locked bootloader. A free-to-use bootloader unlock exploit named dePixel8 was released rather...

The OnePlus 8 Pro’s color filter camera is still accessible with an ADB command

The OnePlus 8 Pro's color filter camera has been mired in a bubble of controversy ever since the phone launched. First, this auxiliary color filter camera was written off by many for largely being of no real use. Then, news emerged that the color filter camera with the Photochrom mode was capable of seeing through...