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[Update: Still Not Available] Xiaomi Still Hasn’t Released Kernel Sources for the Mi A1

Xiaomi has had a long-standing issue with kernel sources. The Linux kernel's GPLv2 license requires kernel sources to be released in a timely manner, as we have explained many times at XDA. This is precisely where Xiaomi has fallen short in the past, as the Chinese OEM has either failed to release kernel sources at...

Xiaomi May Launch the Snapdragon 845-powered Mi 7 at MWC 2018

Last year, Qualcomm announced its next-generation flagship system-on-chip, the Snapdragon 845. It's is expected to ship in a number of 2018 flagship Android devices, and a Xiaomi phone might beat others to the punch: CEO Lei Jun recently announced that the Xiaomi Mi 7 would sport Qualcomm's new chip. Mr. Jun didn't reveal details about the...

How Android Go Can Help Older Android Phones Run Android 8.1 Oreo

Android Go is Google's stripped down version of Android based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and it aims to be an optimized version of Android for low-end devices with 1GBs of RAM or lower. It was announced last May at the Google I/O Developer conference, and eventually more details were revealed in December later that year. It...

Huawei will Integrate Android Messages with RCS Messaging on All Their Smartphones

In many regions around the world, the popularity of SMS and MMS is declining. That's because they can't match the flexibility of Internet-based over-the-top (OTT) applications such as WhatsApp, Telegram. In countries like India, SMS  has been largely replaced by WhatsApp. SMS has its place -- it's still the default texting tool in the US and other...

This is Google’s Fuchsia OS running on the Pixelbook [Video]

Google is working on a number of operating systems for different hardware platforms. Many of its employees use an in-house Linux distro called Goobuntu (recently replaced with Debian-based gLinux), and there's Android and Chrome OS, of course. A relative newcomer is Fuchsia, a custom-made OS designed for modern PCs and mobile devices. It first appeared on Google's...

Mysterious ZTE Smartphone running Android 8.1 Oreo receives WiFi certification

ZTE is a company that flies under the radar for many Android enthusiasts, but they're actually one of the largest smartphone device makers in the world. Based in China, the company offers a few devices that our readers might have heard of: the Axon 7 and more recently the Axon M. The Axon 7 was...

Nextlit is an App That Uses the Nextbit Robin’s LEDs for Notifications

The Nextbit Robin, a crowdfunded project from hardware startup Nextbit, is a community-driven phone that was competitive in its price bracket. Nextbit was acquired by Razer last year and development on Robin came to a close in January, but that didn't stop the developer community at XDA from doing what it does best. Folks in the...

Get the Latest Nightly Android Oreo/MIUI Builds for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi is going full steam ahead with the latest update to its custom Android skin, MIUI 9, and it's planning to roll it out to dozens of devices. Owners of the Mi Mix 2 will be happy to hear that theirs is one of the lucky phones on the list, but as of right now, the...

How to Change the DPI on Xiaomi Phones Running MIUI 9 Without Root

Being able to adjust the DPI of an Android smartphone or tablet is one of the most useful modifications you can make. It's become so popular, in fact, that Google added a native way to adjust the DPI in Android using a sliding scale -- a "minimum width" option in Android's Developer Options menu that...

Honor 9 Lite Launch Event Recap; Win One of 5 Honor 9 Lites

Honor has officially launched the Honor 9 Lite in India for only ₹10,999. You can watch the event live stream if you missed it, and we'll highlight some of the best moments here. Honor showed off many sample pictures taken on the Honor 9 Lite. With what we saw in the photos, this camera will perform very...

Google Introduces Bill Protection to Project Fi, Offers Unlimited Talk, Text and Data for $80/Month

Google launched Project Fi in April 2015 with the goal of offering a cheap, uncomplicated alternative to incumbent MVNOs like Cricket and MetroPCS. It's simple: $20 per month for talk and text and $10 per month extra for each gigabyte of high-speed 4G LTE data you use, and a partial refund for any fraction of the...

Google Will Use Page Speed as a Ranking Factor for Google Search on Mobile in July 2018

Google understands the importance of web page loading times -- slow websites ruin the user experience. That's why speed factors into how well websites rank in Google Search on the desktop, and the search giant says they'll become a ranking factor in the mobile version of Google Search later this year. The changes will go into...