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POCO X3 gets its first custom ROM: Nitrogen OS based on Android 10

The POCO X3 is one of the newest smartphones from Xiaomi’s spin-off brand POCO and a direct successor to the popular POCO X2. The POCO X3 retains everything that made its predecessor so great while also bringing along some exciting hardware upgrades of its own. It packs a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD 120Hz display, Snapdragon 732G...

OnePlus Nord Custom Developments include Android 11 ROMs, unofficial LineageOS, Google Camera, and more

Our OnePlus Nord forums have been buzzing with activity ever since the device went on sale in August this year. Over the last couple of months, we've highlighted some of the major developments, including a guide to root the OnePlus Nord using Magisk, a couple of custom ROMs, and even an unbrick tool to revive...

Developer brings mainline Linux Kernel support to the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua with unofficial Android 11 custom ROM

In the past few weeks, we’ve made a lot of posts about official Android 11 updates and Android 11-based custom ROMs. There is even a special custom Generic System Image (GSI) build through which anyone can get the taste of Android 11 on their Project Treble compatible devices. However, a similar achievement has yet to...

OAndBackupX is a fork of the popular open source backup app for Android

Here at XDA, we are all huge fans of custom ROMs, themes, and all other sorts of modifications. Some of us switch between different custom ROMs fairly regularly, and thus need to use app data backup solutions such as Migrate or the almighty Titanium Backup. If the closed source nature of these solutions is a...

Forums for the Xiaomi Mi 10T series, Vivo V20 series, Realme 7i, Samsung Galaxy F41, and Galaxy A42 5G are open

If someone is using an Android phone somewhere in the world and they want to mod it, the XDA forums has a home for them. That's why we open up forums for new and upcoming smartphones so new users and potential buyers can find all relevant information specific to their device in one place. Today,...

Unofficial LineageOS 17.1 brings Android 10 to NVIDIA SHIELD TVs

Towards the end of last month, NVIDIA rolled out SHIELD Software Experience 8.2 with several improvements for its SHIELD TV lineup of devices. The update introduced enhancements for the AI upscaler feature on the 2019 SHIELD TVs and new customization options for the SHIELD remote's menu button, along with improved IR and CEC volume control...

Paranoid Android Quartz 5 adds support for the Xiaomi Mi A3 and Mi 6X, adds DC Dimming and other features

Over the last couple of months, the Paranoid Android team has released a couple of Android 10-based builds of the popular custom ROM. With each new build, the team has added new features to the custom ROM and extended support to more devices. With the Quartz 4 release last month, the team added support for...

How to enable ECG on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, Watch Active 2 paired with non-Samsung phones

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 include an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor. The ECG monitor allows users to keep a check on their heart rhythm for irregularities such as Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). But in order to use this feature, you need access to Samsung's ECG monitoring app. Samsung recently received FDA clearance for...

POCO X3, POCO F2 Pro, and Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G receive unofficial TWRP ports

Xiaomi devices are some of the best on the market for aftermarket development. Thanks to the availability of a dedicated kernel source code repository as well as an official bootloader unlock tool, users who wish to achieve more with their Mi, Redmi, or POCO branded smartphones can explore tailored modifications like custom ROMs and kernels....

How to use Samloader to download updates for your Samsung Galaxy device

Despite the fact that Samsung releases a lot of devices every year, the company doesn't offer an official user-friendly firmware download portal for its Galaxy-branded smartphones and tablets. You can either try your luck with the built-in update checker in Settings, or you can use the Samsung Smart Switch app — neither of these options...

Unofficial TWRP and LineageOS 17.1 are now available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung is among the small handful of Android OEMs still betting on the tablet segment. The Korean OEM announced a mid-range tablet – the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – back in April this year, which also made its way to India after a few months. For a budget-friendly tablet that also supports Samsung’s S Pen,...

Tap, Tap lets you do a triple tap gesture on the back of your Android phone

Back in February, we detailed a hidden feature in the Pixel's SystemUI app called "Columbus" — a new gesture mechanism created by Google that utilizes sensor data from the gyroscope and the accelerometer to detect taps on the back of select Pixel phones. Google was working on making it possible to perform actions like launching...