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How to enable hidden Pixel themes on Sony Xperia phones running Android 10

The Pixel Themes app lets you customize the icon shape, font, accent color, etc. on Google Pixel phones running Android 10. We discovered the existence of the app shortly after Google pushed the second Android Q beta, and managed to get an early preview of its capabilities about a month before the public appearance. As...

Modded Google Chrome browser brings Developer Tools to mobile

The open-source Chromium project is the backbone of Google Chrome, thus developers have the freedom to customize the characteristics of the browser and add additional functionalities. The Mountain View giant decided not to include several features from the desktop version of Chrome in the Android build, but thanks to the availability of the Chromium source...

Developers bring Project Treble support to several Samsung Galaxy phones with the Exynos 7870

The Exynos 7870 is one of the most widely used SoCs by Samsung. The OEM had been using this octa-core (8x ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz) system-on-chip in its phones since 2016 and even released the Galaxy M10 in 2019 with the same 14nm processor. Interestingly, some of the newer Exynos 7870-powered devices were...

Amazon Fire Toolbox helps install Google apps, change launchers, and more on Amazon Fire tablets

Amazon's Fire tablets might not give you a true Android experience, but they are enough to satisfy users with basic needs, especially kids. Their dirt-cheap pricing comes at the cost of locked bootloaders, no Google Play certification, and a heavily customized skin (Amazon's Fire OS) that is often based on older Android versions. Fortunately, the...

Energy Ring battery indicator adds support for OPPO Find X2 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro, POCO X2, Redmi Note 9, and more

The hole-punch camera cutout is one of those display design elements that has seen widespread adoption among smartphone makers in the last year. If you're not a fan of mechanical pop-up cameras or notches, the hole-punch cutout layout is indeed a viable alternative. You can even utilize the space around the camera hole(s) as a...

How to add any app to LG UX’s Dual App feature

The LG UX custom Android interface might not be the most popular OEM software out there, but it does pack in some useful features like a desktop mode in its latest iteration. LG also offers its feature to run separate instances of the same app, which is a concept we've come to know as app...

Wavelet’s latest update adds even more features to make your headphones sound better

Last month, we wrote about an app called "Wavelet" that really took off among the community. The app is developed by XDA Senior Member pittvandewitt and it's designed to let you apply an equalizer profile to tune your headphones to the Harman standard. For many users, this improves the sound quality of their headphones, though...

MicroToggles is an open source widget with 30+ toggles for rooted power users

Google introduced Quick Setting tiles in Android Lollipop to allow users to easily toggle certain settings on their devices. However, you still need to pull down the notification shade with one finger at least twice to see the full set of Quick Settings tiles (you only need to pull down once if you use two...

How to force 90Hz mode in every app on the Realme X2 Pro [Root]

The Realme X2 Pro is unquestionably one of the best-priced flagship-tier smartphones you can get, even in 2020. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC, the phone offers an impressive quad-camera setup, insanely fast 50W charging, and a high refresh rate 90Hz display. Users have the freedom to choose between the 60Hz and 90Hz refresh...

Realme 6 Pro bootloader unlock tool and unofficial TWRP are now available

The Realme 6 Pro offers some solid specifications, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and up to 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage at a very attractive price tag. The device packs in a 90Hz hole-punch display while sporting a 4,300mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging. On...

How to build LineageOS on Windows 10 using WSL 2

The second generation of Windows Subsystem for Linux, commonly referred to as WSL 2, was announced during Microsoft’s Build 2019 developer conference. Compared to the legacy WSL implementation, WSL 2 performs substantially better on filesystem-heavy operations due to the major architectural rewrite. Windows 10's latest stable channel build, i.e. Windows 10 May 2020 update, makes...

Unofficial TWRP is now available for the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro

Xiaomi's 2020 Mi series flagships - the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro - are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage. The Mi 10 series also supports dual-mode (SA/NSA) 5G, thanks to the Snapdragon X55 modem. Xiaomi even published the kernel source code for the device...