Tutorials

Enable Google Chrome’s new design with one Chrome flag

The Google Chrome browser is open source, so we can track progress on its development quite easily. We've seen how Chrome is getting more optimized for touchscreen devices like the HP Chromebook X2 and the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, how a major Material Design revamp is underway, and how Chrome OS is receiving Android P-esque user interface changes. We cover the most interesting new Chrome flags that we discover, but it can be annoying having...

How to install MIUI 10 on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2/2S, Xiaomi Mi 6/5, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, & Xiaomi Mi Note 2

The Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and the Mi 8 SE were recently launched at an event in China. With the three smartphone announcements came the release of a MIUI 10 China Developer ROM for several devices. The new "AI" features that Xiaomi is highlighting for the release include AI Preload and AI Portrait....

How to flash a monthly security update on Google Pixel without wiping data

One of the biggest reasons why people buy Google Pixel phones is the timely updates, whether it's a monthly security update or a major one that bumps the system’s version. But Google likes to roll out updates in waves, so you may have to wait a couple of days before getting your monthly security update....

How to build LineageOS 15.1 on a Windows 10 PC

LineageOS is the most popular custom AOSP-based ROM out there. The latest version, LineageOS 15.1, is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and the official roster has grown significantly since release. The team is always looking for more help whether it's by adding new features or supporting more devices. If you are interested in contributing to...

How to get Google Pixel’s AR Stickers on the Samsung Galaxy S9

The Google Pixel devices received an update in December allowing for Pixel and Pixel 2 owners to use AR Stickers in the camera app. AR Stickers are 3D augmented reality characters that are able to be placed into the world around you. These stickers included Star Wars characters and some characters from Stranger Things. It...

How to install May security update on the Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been out for a little over a month now. Samsung and the carriers have not released an update for their phones since the day one update. Almost every Snapdragon Galaxy S9 and S9+ are still running the February security patch from launch. The updates in this guide are for...

How to install official Android Oreo on the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge (Exynos)

Official Android Oreo for the Exynos Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge started to roll out yesterday. When Samsung releases updates to devices, they release them by CSC (Country Specific Code). The update has been rolled out to the BTU CSC, which is the United Kingdom unlocked version. XDA Forums member Silver King made...

How to install LineageOS 15.1 on the Razer Phone

Google's work that was done to create Project Treble has helped to rejuvenate the custom ROM community. Some devices that could take weeks to get working AOSP-based ROMs can run such custom ROM with a lot less effort. XDA Recognized and Social Contributor linuxct has been tinkering with Generic System Images on the Razer Phone since the Android Oreo...

One month to go until GDPR: What you need to know

General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] is the largest shake-up in consumer data protection law in recent history. If you're a developer, web admin, business owner, or user who operates/resides in the EU, GDPR will affect your digital life in one way or another. Even if you’re based in the U.S. or elsewhere, you’ll feel its...

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,...