Chainfire’s LiveBoot app is now open source and works on Android 11

Chainfire’s LiveBoot app is now open source and works on Android 11

We’ve talked about LiveBoot in the past and how it tweaks the default boot animation of your Android device by adding logcat and dmesg logging (bringing the good old Matrix digital rain vibe). Made by none other than XDA legend Chainfire, the creator of SuperSU, this incredibly innovative app has now received a new update after a brief hiatus. The update bumps the app version to 1.84 and finally makes it compatible with Android 11.

Apart from adding Android 11 support, Chainfire has also made LiveBoot fully open source, including the low-level library named libCFSurface that it makes use of. The library allows direct SurfaceFlinger access as root, which could be useful to get anything on-screen when Android itself isn’t fully loaded.

If you’re interested in trying out the app on your device, you can download the updated version from the Google Play Store or grab the APK from the application thread linked below for manually sideloading. In case you want to take a look at the codebase and play with it, you can visit the project’s GitHub repository.

LiveBoot XDA Thread

[root] LiveBoot
[root] LiveBoot
Developer: Chainfire
Price: Free+

Another one of Chainfire’s popular applications is called CF.lumen, and it too just received a new update with version number 3.74 to add support for Android 11. For those not familiar with CF.lumen, it adapts the colors on your Android device based on the position of the sun or based on your custom configuration. However, according to the developer, only the compatibility mode driver of CF.lumen currently works under Android 11, and that too with the root-only mode.

Here’s the official changelog for CF.lumen v3.74:

  • (c) 2020
  • Remove references to G+
  • Android 11 support
  • Android 10+: Show warning about notification options not working
  • Android 10+: Disable rootless mode
  • Android 10+: Disable advanced/injection/anti-flicker/performance driver (needs further investigation to make work)
  • Add foreground service permission
  • Built for API 29
  • Fix notification spam issue
  • Fix maps crashing

CF.lumen XDA Thread

CF.lumen
CF.lumen
Developer: Chainfire
Price: Free+

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Skanda Hazarika
Skanda Hazarika

DIY enthusiast (i.e. salvager of old PC parts). An avid user of Android since the Eclair days, Skanda also likes to follow the recent development trends in the world of single-board computing.