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How to Check if a Phone or Tablet is Certified Android Before Buying

So you want to buy an Android smartphone or tablet. There are so many devices out there that it can be a real headache trying to decide what to get. If you can afford it, you could shell out hundreds of dollars for flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro, or Sony Xperia...

How to get Android P’s Rotation Suggestion feature on any Android device

Even though it's installed on so few devices it doesn't register on Android's latest version distribution statistics, Android P is getting a lot of attention from all Android fans. It'll eventually make its way over to other non-Google Android devices once the full release is available later this year, but that's a long time to...

How to enable 4K UHD video recording on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

The king of budget phones, Xiaomi, released the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro only recently and with it comes a number of features that typically are found in much higher price brackets. The 2160x1080 18:9 screen, Snapdragon 636, 4/6GB of RAM and the 4,000mAh battery are all well above the price range of the device,...

How to check for the latest update available on your Chromebook

One of the best things about Chromebooks is the frequent updates. Google is constantly rolling out updates to Chrome OS. You may not even realize when your Chromebook has been updated. Updates in Chrome OS are much easier than a Windows PC or Mac. However, you may wonder about the latest update for your specific...

How to make Google Chrome Touchscreen Friendly on Tablets & Laptops

Google Chrome is by far the world's most popular Internet browser. There's a version for every major operating system out there, however, the only versions that are best suited for touchscreen devices are the Android and iOS ones. With Chrome OS tablets soon on the way, Google has been working on making the Chrome browser...

How to Fix the Multi-Touch Bug on the Google Pixel 2/2 XL running Android 8.1 Oreo

Do you own the Google Pixel 2 or Google Pixel 2 XL? Are you trying to win some chicken dinners in PUBG Mobile? If so, you may be at a disadvantage. No, I'm not talking about the rampant use of keyboard and mouse users in-game, but rather a bug that may be causing some frustrating...

How to flash a Generic System Image (GSI) on Project Treble supported devices

If you've only heard of Project Treble in passing but haven't looked into it all that much, then you may have heard that it's supposed to help major Android updates roll out more quickly. At XDA, there's another benefit that we've spoken about at length: the ability to boot an AOSP Generic System Image (GSI)...

How to install Android Oreo with the April security patch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Even though Android Oreo for the Qualcomm Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was just released for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, the April security patch version of it has already been released onto Samsung.Firmware.Science. This update is for the Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The update is not certified yet, so you will need to follow this guide...

How to Fix the “Device is not Certified by Google” Error

A few days ago, we reported that Google is starting to block uncertified Android devices from accessing Google Play apps and services. That means that any device that isn't certified by Google will no longer be able to download and use apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play Music, Google Photos, and more. There's a...

How to see what hidden APIs apps are using in Android P

In late February, we spotted commits in the Android Open Source Code suggesting that Google would restrict applications from accessing undocumented/hidden APIs in the Android software development kit (SDK). The search giant later confirmed those changes; in Android P, API restrictions have expanded to cover Java language interfaces of the SDK, starting with rarely-used interfaces...

How to install Android Oreo on the Exynos Samsung Galaxy Note 8

After a long wait, Samsung has finally released its official Android Oreo update for the Exynos Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This was pushed to the French Galaxy Note 8 models. This build is new for the Galaxy Note 8 and has yet to leak like the Snapdragon variant of the phone. The update comes with the...

How to check if your Android device supports Seamless Updates

Android Nougat introduced support for seamless updates with the A/B partition system. Devices that support the new partition system have two sets of partitions, a_slot and b_slot. The term "seamless updates" is used because all updates are now downloaded to the inactive slot. When a user reboots to finish installing, the device seamlessly switches over...