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Reverse Engineering Xiaomi OTA Updates to Find Unreleased Updates

In an attempt to gain access to Xiaomi's nightlies—the unreleased, in-house versions of Xiaomi's MIUI operating system -- XDA Senior Member duraaraa reverse-engineer the China-based company's over-the-air (OTA) update framework. The two work-in-progress exploits force Xiaomi devices to pull a nightly build instead of the latest commercial firmware, which in theory could be installed on off-the-shelf devices if (1) MIUI's OTA...

Enable Night Light and Camera2 API on the Xiaomi Mi A1 with Magisk

Often, a smartphone's hardware is capable of more than just what the software allows by default. This is the case with the Xiaomi Mi A1 as it can support Android's Night Light feature as well as the Camera2 API. Thanks to XDA Senior Member sooti, XDA Senior Member simonsmh, and XDA Senior Member jimmy123322, we now have a Magisk Module for...

Easily Unlock the Bootloader and Root the Pixel 2 with SkipSoft Toolkit

SkipSoft is a unified Android toolkit for Nexus, Pixel, Samsung and OnePlus devices that has the ability to do things like gain root access, backup and store applications, download stock images and much more. SkipSoft has now been released for the Google Pixel 2 courtesy of XDA Retired Senior Moderator mskip and you can download it right...

How to Root the Nokia 6

Some devices are rather easy to root as it just requires you to unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery and then follow that up with your root solution. Others can be more complex and so detailed step by step guides are incredibly helpful. XDA Member hikari_calyx recently took the time to write an entire guide...

Modified Pixel Launcher adds Features to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Modifying the Pixel Launcher, the default home screen on Google's Pixel-branded smartphones, isn't a new idea. Launchers like Lawnchair add custom icon support and other extras to the Google Launcher for the Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched with a newer version of the Google Launcher, though, and crafty...

Get Themes from the Huawei Mate 10 Pro on Any EMUI 5 Device

When Huawei launches a new device, they like to include a unique batch of themes to add uniqueness and freshness to the user interface. These all support Huawei's built-in theme platform within their OEM ROM, EMUI. With the company recently launching the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, XDA Senior Member Jozinek was able to get their hands on the...

OTA Captured for Essential Phone’s New Update With November Security Patch and Fingerprint Gesture Fix

Essential has begun rolling out another update for the Essential Phone. This new update, which carries build number NMJ32F, addresses fingerprint gestures related instabilities which many users have been experiencing after the last update. The new update weighs in at 57.4MB in size and alongside the fingerprint fix, it also brings along the latest security...

Unofficial Factory Images of Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Essential Phone

Essential Products has said they will be releasing official factory images of their build of Android for the Essential Phone. This will likely be similar to how Google releases theirs on their website, but as of yet, the company still hasn't published the files. So, for anyone who has access to Fastboot Mode on their...

Safely Show Pictures to your Friends with Secure Photo Viewer

Depending on what you keep saved on your smartphone, you may find it unnerving to hand the device over to a friend or family member just to show them a picture. Google has tried to solve this with features like App Pinning, but XDA Junior Member GreeTech just released a new application called Secure Photo Viewer to keep you...

Download the Latest HTC U11+ Apps onto the HTC U11

When a smartphone OEM launches a new device, they typically include some new and/or updated applications for their customers. These updates can sometime take a while to get released on older devices from the company (if at all), but there are times when they can easily be installed if you have the APK. Thanks to...

Honor 9 vs. OnePlus 5 Comparison Infographic

The OnePlus 5 and Honor 9 duke it out head to head in the affordable flagship segment, competing in the same price range with similarly spectacular specifications. But which one is the phone for you? This handy infographic by T3 posted on our Honor 9 forums provides an accurate spec-by-spec comparison of both devices. Which device...

Create Custom Voice Activated Hotwords for Tasker with the Hotword Plugin

Many have wondered why Google doesn't allow you to create custom hotwords for its voice assistant when other OEMs like Motorola do. Thankfully, we can handle the issue ourselves with the help of Tasker and this new free plugin called Hotword Plugin. The Tasker plugin is from XDA Senior Member Humpie and it uses Snowboy Hotword to listen to...