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Chainfire Announces Firmware.mobi, a Website Hosting Stock Boot and Recovery Images

If you've ever tried to search for stock images to fastboot flash on your device, it can be pretty annoying. Having to navigate old XDA threads trying to find the right version can be a complete pain as very few companies, other than ones like Google and OnePlus, actually release their stock images. To help...

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Receives Unofficial Port of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ROM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has just been released a few days back, but it's notable in the software department for being the one and only Samsung phone to run Android 7.1.1 out of the box. Samsung's Nougat update rollout has been remarkable for skipping Nougat's maintenance release, Android 7.1, entirely on their device lineup. Those...

Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL Colors Leak, Prices Start at $649/$849 Respectively

The Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL are finally coming, with the Pixel 2 reportedly manufactured by HTC and the Pixel 2 XL made by LG. They will share the same storage options and both devices will have different colour choices, but they'll be sticking to a similar design language as the original Pixel devices. We have been...

Google Daydream View 2017 Refresh Brings New Colors at a $100 Price Point

We're learning a lot today about the products that Google will allegedly launch this upcoming October 4th. First, we heard additional details of the Google Home Mini. Next up, we're hearing from Droid-Life that the Google Daydream View is allegedly getting a 2017 refresh as well. This is an interesting move from Google since the Daydream View headset is...

Google Home Mini Images Leaked, Will Reportedly Cost $50

Google was late to the market with Google Home (and really Google Assistant in general), but the company has slowly been expanding its feature set and making it available to more countries around the world. However, as the Google Home costs $130 if purchased from the Google Store, it's hard for users to justify purchasing...

Startup Company Wants to Extend Qi Wireless Charging to 12 Inches

Some Android smartphones have had some form of wireless charging for years now. Many have heard of Qi wireless charging, but PMA has been around for a while as well. There was a surge in popularity for wireless charging in Android phones a few years back, but then the trend seemed to die down. Now...

Android Oreo Bug Causes an Issue with Apps that Inject Context Menu Options

A feature that was introduced in Android 6.0 Marshmallow allowed for 3rd-party applications to add an item to a text's context menu. This has become a popular option for applications such as AutoShare, and it's being used by millions of others with those 3rd-party applications which take advantage of it. This feature was brought over...

Google Play Music Adds an Option to Stop Automatic Playback

There are times in which you connect a Bluetooth device to your smartphone or tablet and find out that Google Play Music, Pandora, or Soundcloud automatically starts music playback. This can be annoying for some people so we wrote up a method using ADB or Tasker that would let you disable this automatic playback feature...

Many LG Phones have a Root Checker Tool which Heavily Slows Down Device Performance

LG once had a mixed stance when it came to modifying their devices, though they've opened up in recent years and now most international LG phones have an easy way to unlock the bootloader. In fact, LG devices are now pretty popular among developers in our forums, with flagship lines having solid custom ROM support....

Unofficial TWRP Recovery Released for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Exynos)

TWRP has become an essential tool in the life of an Android enthusiast. It's a must have if you're serious about modifying your device with custom ROMs, kernels, and more. Official and unofficial builds are available for dozens of different devices, but today we are adding another new device to that list: the newly launched...

Amazon’s New Fire HD 10 Tablet has a 1080p Display for $150

Back in 2015, Amazon added a 10" tablet to their Fire HD line called the Amazon Fire HD 10. While many were happy to see the other tablets released in that batch, the 10" model wasn't in line with what people were expecting. The company was trying to charge $230 for a 10" tablet that...

Samsung Likely to Hit Record Profits Due to Increased Demand of DRAM Chips

If you've been following the trends in both the smartphone and personal computer space, then you likely know that there is a supply and demand issue happening in regards to memory chips. Due in part by the demand of smartphone components, the demand of memory chips has been increasing over the last year and that...