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Chainfire’s Holey Light app gets its biggest update yet with new Samsung and Google device support

XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's Holey Light app is getting its biggest update yet. The app now offers support for a bunch of new Samsung and Google devices, Android 11 compatibility, and much more. Read on to learn more about everything new in the latest Holey Light update. For the unaware, Holey Light is a handy...

LineageOS 18.1 unofficially lands on the Exynos Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Ever since the official arrival of Android 11, developers from all over the world have been hammering away at bugs on their build machines in order to shoehorn the Android OS onto our devices in the form of custom ROMs. As is customary, we have seen unofficial builds of the major releases, including LineageOS 18.1,...

Access Dots brings iOS 14-style privacy dots to any device running Android 7.0+

With Android 6.0, Google introduced a new runtime permission model for sensitive permissions such as external storage, camera, location, and more. This model saw no drastic improvements till Android 9 Pie. But with Android 10, Google finally introduced a special version of runtime permission, allowing users to grant the location permission only while the app...

Universal Android Debloater helps you get rid of unwanted apps and bloatware on your phone

We’ve talked about pre-installed apps AKA "bloatware" on many occasions. It’s not a mystery that shipping such non-essential apps is a crucial part of the carrier/OEM business policy. Considering the amount of diagnostic and usage data these applications can collect on your phone, one can easily deduce that carriers and OEMs do this for both...

It’s now easy to bypass MediaTek’s SP Flash Tool authentication

Devices with MediaTek chipsets have a BROM (boot read-only memory), which typically loads the preloader executable and subsequently boots the Android system, but also houses an alternative boot mode known as Download mode. It is strictly intended for OEM servicing and can be used to unbrick a device, just like Qualcomm’s Emergency Download Mode (EDL). A MediaTek-made...

Bootloader unlock method has been found for the Nokia 8.3 5G

HMD Global's bootloader unlocking policy isn't favorable to users interesting in modding or rooting Nokia smartphones. The company still hasn’t provided a bootloader unlock method for any of its devices (except the Nokia 8) even after initially promising they would allow for unlocking devices “one at a time”, leaving users at the mercy of unofficial...

Give your Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K a taste of Google with this Android TV port

If you own an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K released in 2018 and aren’t satisfied with the out-of-the-box software experience, you can now swap the UI for the Android TV experience. For background, Amazon develops its own fork of Android called Fire OS for its Fire TV and Fire Tablet devices. Fire OS for Fire...

The Nintendo Switch running Android is still ridiculous but I love it

Flagship Android tablets are few and far between, with the best of the best coming from Samsung every year. What if you could pick up another Android tablet instead? Maybe something that doubles up as a serious gaming console too? Meet the Nintendo Switch running Android, which is back and better than ever thanks to...

The Nintendo Switch can now run Android 10, unofficially

Android 10 has just been ported to the Nintendo Switch. Thanks to the hard work of the SwitchRoot team, it’s now possible to enjoy an Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 port on your Nintendo Switch console. This release comes from the same team that originally ported Android 8.1 Oreo to the Nintendo Switch. The Android 10 release...

OmniROM 11 based on Android 11 is here for the ASUS ZenFone 6 and Redmi K20 Pro/Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

As the flood of Android 11 custom ROMs continues to flow through, more and more devices are seeing the fruits of Google’s latest and greatest version of Android. We’ve seen everything from an Android 11 GSI being made available for Project Treble-enabled devices to a device booting Android 11, which was never intended to run Android...

You can now customize your device with the GravityBox Xposed Module on Android 11

If you have ever used the Xposed Framework before, you probably already know about GravityBox. In case you’re unaware, GravityBox is an all-in-one Android customization toolkit that lets you modify the lockscreen, the navigation bar, the status bar, the display, the actions of software and hardware buttons, and much more. It took a long time...

Fresh Paranoid Android 11 builds out for the OnePlus 8 and 8T, Xiaomi Mi A3, and Redmi Note 8/8T

Team Paranoid Android has just released new builds of Android 11 for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, OnePlus 8T, Xiaomi Mi A3, and Redmi Note 8 / 8T. The Paranoid Android Ruby Beta 2 builds are now available for the OnePlus 8 / 8 Pro and Mi A3, while the OnePlus 8T and Redmi...