xda-developers https://www.xda-developers.com Android and Windows Phone Development Community Fri, 14 Aug 2020 08:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5 Watch Microsoft’s Panos Panay make a case for the Surface Duo https://www.xda-developers.com/watch-microsoft-panos-panay-make-case-surface-duo/ https://www.xda-developers.com/watch-microsoft-panos-panay-make-case-surface-duo/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 07:33:06 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=324033 At the Surface event in October last year, Microsoft first unveiled the Surface Duo — a dual-screen Android smartphone. The company had originally planned on launching the device during the Holiday season later this year, but the launch timeline was sped up and the device was officially announced earlier this week. The device features flagship

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At the Surface event in October last year, Microsoft first unveiled the Surface Duo — a dual-screen Android smartphone. The company had originally planned on launching the device during the Holiday season later this year, but the launch timeline was sped up and the device was officially announced earlier this week. The device features flagship hardware from early 2019, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, and two 5.6-inch AMOLED displays, which have the chunkiest bezels that I’ve seen in quite a while.

On the surface, Microsoft’s first foldable Android device looks a bit dated and might turn away a lot of potential buyers. This is why Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, has released a new video making a case for the unique software experience offered with the Surface Duo and how it may change the way you use your smartphone.

In the video, Panay highlights all of the unique features that set the Surface Duo apart and how the software experience seamlessly adapts to your needs. The video addresses some of the major customizations Microsoft has made on its Android skin for the Surface Duo, like a gesture which lets you span an app across the two screens, the device’s ability to open links/other apps on the second screen to maintain the flow, app groups that let you open two apps simultaneously, keyboard customizations for different orientations, and much more. Check out the full video linked above to see how the Surface Duo aims to change the game, despite the older hardware.

In case the video manages to convince you to purchase the Microsoft Surface Duo, you can go ahead and pre-order it from the Microsoft Store, Best Buy or AT&T in the US. The device will set you back $1,399 for the 6GB/128GB base variant, and it will go on open sale starting September 10th.

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Civilization VI releases on Android with Gathering Storm and Rise and Fall expansions and a 60-turn free demo https://www.xda-developers.com/civilization-vi-releases-android-gathering-storm-rise-and-fall-expansions-60-turn-free-demo/ https://www.xda-developers.com/civilization-vi-releases-android-gathering-storm-rise-and-fall-expansions-60-turn-free-demo/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 06:31:44 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=324037 Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is a very popular turn-based strategy game that is available on a wide variety of platforms, starting off with Microsoft Windows and macOS back in 2016, and then carrying over to Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and even iOS later on. The game has now finally made its official

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is a very popular turn-based strategy game that is available on a wide variety of platforms, starting off with Microsoft Windows and macOS back in 2016, and then carrying over to Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and even iOS later on. The game has now finally made its official entry onto Android through the Google Play Store. But there’s a catch — the game is not cheap if you ignore the free demo.

Civilization VI, as the name might hint, requires the player to develop a civilization from an early settlement. Winning the game can be done by achieving one of the several victory criteria, such as military domination, technological superiority, or cultural influence. Players explore for resources, establish cities, build up improvements, deploy military, research new technologies, and engage in negotiation with other AI-based leaders. At least on other platforms, the game is praised for its depth and the ability to force players to strategize on their feet.

Civilization VI’s arrival on Android comes about three years after it arrived on iOS. The iOS port was a decent touch conversion of the desktop experience, and the Android port is similar to what you can experience on iOS.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI civ 6

On Android, Civilization VI is adopting a free-to-start model. Players can try out the game for free for 60 turns, after which they can purchase the game for $19.99. Play Store suggests that the game is about 4.22GB in size, so keep that in mind if you want to experience the demo. Further, expansions and scenario packs are sold separately in-game:

  • Rise and Fall expansion – $29.99
  • Gathering Storm expansion – $39.99
  • Civilization and Scenario packs – $4.99-$8.99

If you’re keeping track of the math, the core game and two of its expansions will set you back by $90, and you’d still lack the scenario packs. That is an expensive purchase, but if you have experienced Civilization VI on other platforms, you might not find it all that unreasonable, especially since the core game is pretty fun by itself and does not necessarily need the expansions. You can easily pour in hours with just the core game. If you’re looking for something beyond the usual PUBGM, CODM, and Fortnite, this could be a decent option.

If you do not see yourself spending as much on this game, here is an open-source game with similar mechanics: Unciv (F-Droid/Google Play Store)


Civilization VI (Free+, Google Play) →

Story Via: IGN

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[Update: TENAA] ZTE says their A20 5G will be the first smartphone with an under-screen camera https://www.xda-developers.com/zte-a20-5g-first-smartphone-under-screen-camera/ https://www.xda-developers.com/zte-a20-5g-first-smartphone-under-screen-camera/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 05:35:17 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323409 In the quest to create a completely bezel-less smartphone, manufacturers have been working on under-screen camera tech for the last couple of years. While we’ve already seen prototypes from Samsung Display, OPPO, and Xiaomi, the under-screen camera tech is yet to make its way to consumers. But that might change soon. In a recent post

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Update 1 (08/14/2020 @ 01:35 AM ET): The ZTE A20 5G has made an appearance at TENAA, showing off its design and specifications. Scroll to the bottom for more information. The article as published on August 12, 2020, is preserved below.

In the quest to create a completely bezel-less smartphone, manufacturers have been working on under-screen camera tech for the last couple of years. While we’ve already seen prototypes from Samsung Display, OPPO, and Xiaomi, the under-screen camera tech is yet to make its way to consumers. But that might change soon. In a recent post on Chinese social media platform Weibo, ZTE’s President for Mobile Devices, Ni Fei, has confirmed that the company will be the first to launch a smartphone with an under-screen camera.

ZTE A20 5G under-screen camera (2)

As you can see in the attached screenshot, the post itself doesn’t reveal any details about the upcoming smartphone or its launch date. However, if you look closely, you can see that Fei used a device called ‘ZTE A20 5G under-screen camera’ to make the post. This confirms that the ZTE A20 5G will be the first production smartphone to feature an under-screen camera sensor.

ZTE A20 5G under-screen camera (1)

While the company hasn’t revealed any details about the ZTE A20 5G, a renowned Chinese tipster has managed to unearth the State Radio Regulation of China (SRRC) certification listing for the device. The certification listing reveals that the device will go by the model number ZTE A2121 and it will, most likely, be a successor to the flagship ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G (A2020 SP) which was launched earlier this year.

The publication also speculates that the ZTE A20 5G will make use of the under-screen camera solution from China-based Visionox, which started mass production of the tech last month. Visionox will also be supplying its under-screen camera tech to other Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, OPPO, and Huawei, and we expect to see more smartphones with its under-screen camera solution in the coming months.

Source: Weibo
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Via: Gizmochina


Update: ZTE A20 5G passes through TENAA

The ZTE A20 5G has passed through TENAA, showing off its design and specifications.

In these images, we cannot spot any front camera, which ties in with the earlier details. The TENAA listing also confirms some of the specifications, like the 5G support. The ZTE A20 5G will have a body size of 172.1 × 77.9 × 7.9 mm and a weight of 198g. The display would be a 6.92″ OLED display with a resolution of 2460 x 1080 and will also include an in-display fingerprint sensor. The battery capacity on the device is 4120 mAh. The max CPU clock speed on the SoC would be 2.4GHz, while RAM variants will include 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB, and storage would include 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The front camera is a 32MP shooter, while the rear camera setup includes a 64MP, 8MP, and two 2MP shooters. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the device.

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[Update 4: Epic Sues Google] Fortnite bypasses Google Play, Apple App Store fees with direct payments https://www.xda-developers.com/fortnite-circumvents-google-play-fees-direct-payment-option/ https://www.xda-developers.com/fortnite-circumvents-google-play-fees-direct-payment-option/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 01:33:59 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323901 Epic Games on Thursday announced the Fortnite Mega Drop, a permanent discount on V-bucks and other purchases of up to 20% off. The developer said these changes are permanent and available on every platform where you can download Fortnite. The bigger news, however, is the fact that Epic Games has introduced direct payments on mobile.

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Update 4 (08/13/2020 @ 09:34 PM ET): Epic Games is now suing Google as well, claiming the company is violating antitrust laws.

Update 3 (08/13/2020 @ 07:12 PM ET): Google has also removed Fortnite from the Play Store, citing a violation of its policies.

Update 2 (08/13/2020 @ 04:31 PM ET): Epic Games is suing Apple to force them to allow developers to offer their own payment options without app store fees.

Update 1 (08/13/2020 @ 03:05 PM ET): Apple has pulled Fortnite from the App Store. Scroll to the bottom for more information. The article as published earlier today on August 13, 2020, at 1:03 PM ET is preserved below.

Epic Games on Thursday announced the Fortnite Mega Drop, a permanent discount on V-bucks and other purchases of up to 20% off. The developer said these changes are permanent and available on every platform where you can download Fortnite.

The bigger news, however, is the fact that Epic Games has introduced direct payments on mobile. The change means that Fortnite is circumventing the app store fees associated with Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store. If you don’t go with the direct payment option, the newly implemented discounts won’t apply. “Currently, when using Apple and Google payment options, Apple and Google collect a 30% fee, and the up to 20% price drop does not apply,” Epic Games said in a blog post. “If Apple and Google lower their fees on payments in the future, Epic will pass along the savings to you.”

If you choose the direct payment option, you’ll be brought to a screen where you can enter your credit card or PayPal information. With the discount, 1,000 V-bucks cost $7.99 — otherwise, the price is $9.99 due to the fees associated with Google and Apple payment options. If you recently purchased V-bucks in the last 30 days, players will be granted a V-bucks bonus by August 17. Epic also said that all active players will get the Shooting Starstaff Pickaxe for free.

Epic direct payments in Fortnite

Epic Games said that direct payments are perfectly safe and that many commonly used apps, including Grubhub, Fandango, McDonald’s, and many others, accept direct payments. “We think all developers should be free to support direct payments in all apps,” Epic Games said. “In operating Fortnite in open platforms and operating the Epic Games Store, Epic has processed over $1,600,000,000 of direct payments successfully, and uses industry trusted encryption and security measures to protect customer transactions.”

Epic Games has had a fraught relationship with Google Play from the beginning. When Fortnite originally launched on Android, you could only download it from Epic’s website or Samsung’s Galaxy Store. Eventually, however, Fortnite was put on Google Play, but not without Epic first blasting Google, saying the search giant puts software downloaded outside of Google Play at an unfair disadvantage.

Today’s announcement feels almost like a dare to Apple and Google to pull Fortnite from their respective app stores. With both Apple and Google under scrutiny from antitrust regulators and politicians, such a move would bring even more attention to both companies’ app store policies. We will be keeping an eye on this news to see how Apple and Google respond to Epic Games.

Fortnite (Free+, Google Play) →


Update 1: Removed from Apple App Store

Apple has responded to Epic Games by pulling Fortnite from the App Store (archive of the app listing). Here’s what Apple said in a statement to The Verge:

Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store. Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.

Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem – including it’s tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.

As of now, Fortnite is still available on the Google Play Store.


Update 2: Epic Games Sues Apple

It seems that Epic Games had everything planned out for today. The company planned and played an in-game commercial titled “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite” spoofing Apple’s iconic 1984 Super Bowl commercial. During the video, Epic Games showed the following message:

Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming “1984.” #FreeFortnite

Here is a recording of the commercial that was shown in-game:

Since Fortnite is no longer available in the Apple App Store, Epic Games will not be able to deliver the version 14.00 update with the “Chapter 2 – Season 4” content to iOS users. Version 13.40 of the game will still be playable to those users who have already downloaded the game on their devices, though. As the game is still available on the Google Play Store (and can also be downloaded from the Samsung Galaxy Store or sideloaded from Epic’s website), Android users will be able to play the version 14.00 update one way or another.

A daring provocation and a cheeky commercial aren’t all that Epic Games had in mind for today, though. The company filed a Complaint for Injunctive Relief in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Epic seeks to force Apple to relax its app store restrictions and allow developers to offer their own payment options. The complaint is scathing and accuses Apple of not living up to the image it set for itself in its iconic 1984 ad.


Update 3: Removed from Google Play Store

Google has now joined Apple in booting Fortnite from their app store. The game is no longer listed on the Google Play Store. In a statement to The Verge, Google says that the company “can no longer make [Fortnite] available on Play because it violates [their] policies.” The policy in question requires that “developers offering products within a game downloaded on Google Play or providing access to game content must use Google Play In-app Billing as the method of payment.” The use of Google Play In-app Billing is where Google gets its 30% cut of revenue, much like Apple.

Here’s the full statement from Google:

The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores. For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users. While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.

Epic Games’s legal action targets Apple mainly because the company does not allow for alternative app distribution methods on its mobile OS. Google, on the other hand, allows users to install apps from non-Play Store sources. Fortnite, for example, is still available for Android users from Epic Games’s website. Epic Games has not yet responded to the removal of its game from the Google Play Store, but we will update this article if the company responds.


Update 4: Epic Games Sues Google

Epic Games has now enacted a scorched-earth policy against Google, too, by filing a lawsuit against the company. In a filing (via The Verge) with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Epic Games alleges that Google’s restrictions on what payment methods are allowed for apps on the Play Store violates U.S. antitrust regulations. Whereas Epic Games’s lawsuit against Apple began with a reference to the company’s iconic 1984 commercial, the company’s lawsuit against Google opens up with a reference to Google’s old “Don’t Be Evil” mantra.

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Google Search now makes it easier to find live TV shows and sports https://www.xda-developers.com/google-search-live-tv-shows-sports/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-search-live-tv-shows-sports/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 23:24:16 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323971 Performing a Google search can provide you with answers to almost any question, from “who was the first man on the moon?” to “when is Tenet coming out in theaters?”. Now, Google Search results for users in the U.S. can also show you what TV channel is playing NBA and MLB games, as well as

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Performing a Google search can provide you with answers to almost any question, from “who was the first man on the moon?” to “when is Tenet coming out in theaters?”. Now, Google Search results for users in the U.S. can also show you what TV channel is playing NBA and MLB games, as well as where to find live TV shows or movies.

When you search for something like, “Where to watch the Lakers game,” Google Search will display live TV options. The GIF embedded below sums up the new feature pretty well.

If your search is simpler — “Lakers game,” for example — Google Search will show the usual game day features, including live scores, top stories, and standings. You’ll also see a new “Live on” button, which will show you which TV station is playing the game. As of now, Google Search will only display live TV options for NBA and MLB games, but Google said it plans to integrate more leagues in the future. Similarly, only some cable and network channels will be featured in search, but Google said it plans to expand to more digital streaming options soon.

In addition to displaying where to watch live sports, Google is also expanding TV shows and movie recommendations in Search. This week, search results will add carousels of live content from cable and broadcast providers. When you search for something like “what to watch” or “good shows to watch” on your mobile device, you’ll be able to see shows that are streaming and live on certain networks. Google’s “On TV now” carousel shows programs from multiple channels while the “On TV later” carousel shows recommendations for future programs to watch.

The new Search features are available now for users in the U.S., according to a blog post published by the company.

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These are the best Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra screen protectors https://www.xda-developers.com/best-galaxy-note-20-ultra-screen-protectors/ https://www.xda-developers.com/best-galaxy-note-20-ultra-screen-protectors/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 22:04:19 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323055 Picked up a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and want to protect the screen? We picked out a few of the best Galaxy Note 20 screen protectors you can get online.

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Phone screens are fragile, and no matter what, one hard and unlucky fall will smash the screen easily, no matter how drop proof a company claims their glass is. Glass is glass, and glass breaks when impacted. Even if you’re incredibly careful with your smartphone screens, glass can also scratch really easily. Even micro scratches will easily catch your eye if the sun hits them right.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series has just launched, and you wouldn’t want your fancy new phone’s screen to break or be scratched, would you? These are some of our picks of screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series that you can get at the moment. There’s a nice mix of tempered glass and plastic so that you can get exactly what you want.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra screen protectors

    Venoro Tempered Glass

    Reputable but cheap

    Venoro are a reputable brand, and this tempered glass screen protector should protect your Galaxy Note 20 Ultra nicely. It has an oleophobic coating too, so it won't feel different to your normal screen.
    Whitestone Dome Protectors

    Premium-grade protection

    It may seem pricey, but Whitestone Dome is a premium brand. It's built with the fingerprint sensor in mind, and it comes with a special applicator to prevent bubbles too, as we all know how difficult they can be to apply.
    Spigen NeoFlex Protector

    One of the biggest names in protection

    Spigen are one of the biggest names in smartphone protection. The Spigen NeoFlex Protector comes with two protectors so that you can swap them if one breaks. $9.99 is a steal!
    ESR Tempered Glass 2 Pack

    2 tempered glass screen protectors!

    Tempered glass screen protectors are the best protection that you'll get. They're an extra sheet of glass for your phone screen. You even get two of them, just in case one breaks.
    ZAGG InvisibleShield

    Anti-microbial goodness

    The ZAGG InvisibleShield GlassFusion+ may be a little pricey, but it offers an anti-microbial coating to kill the majority of phone-related germs that you get on your screen. Zagg is known for great protection too!
    Olixar Glass Protector

    Reputable without breaking the bank

    Olixar is another reputable brand in screen protectors, and you can pick up one of their tempered glass protectors for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra now!

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 screen protectors

    ESR Tempered Glass 2 Pack

    2 for the price of 1!

    Tempered glass screen protectors are the best protection that you'll get. They're an extra sheet of glass for your phone screen. You even get two of them, just in case one breaks.
    Whitestone Dome Protectors

    Premium-grade protection

    It may seem pricey, but Whitestone Dome is a premium brand. It's built with the fingerprint sensor in mind, and it comes with a special applicator to prevent bubbles too.
    Olixar Glass Protector

    Reputable without breaking the bank

    Olixar is another reputable brand in screen protectors, and you can pick up one of their tempered glass protectors for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 now!

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra are powerful phones, though they’re also expensive. You’ll want to protect their screens with a tempered glass screen protector for sure.

While $70 may seem costly at first in the case of the Whitestone Dome screen protectors, it’s not a lot when you consider that a screen replacement may cost so much more. Spend $70 to protect your screen now, or potentially spend hundreds of dollars down the line to replace the screen itself.

If you want to go really cheap, the Spigen NeoFlex for the Note 20 Ultra is a steal. The ESR package of 2 is also great for the regular Note 20, as you get 2 for the price of 1. If it breaks, just swap it out for another one!

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Signal adds message requests so you learn more about who’s contacting you https://www.xda-developers.com/signal-message-requests/ https://www.xda-developers.com/signal-message-requests/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:10:23 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323939 For a lot of messaging platforms, it can be difficult to screen messages from people not in your contacts list. Signal is making that process safer by allowing users to have more control over who can message you and how a conversation starts. Signal is a popular messaging app for those who value security and

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For a lot of messaging platforms, it can be difficult to screen messages from people not in your contacts list. Signal is making that process safer by allowing users to have more control over who can message you and how a conversation starts.

Signal is a popular messaging app for those who value security and privacy. It’s cross-platform, supports end-to-end encryption for messaging, and retains little information about its users. While it may not be as feature-filled as other messaging platforms like Telegram or WhatsApp, its emphasis on security and privacy has attracted a dedicated base of users who spread the word about the platform to friends and colleagues. Its adherence to maintaining user privacy has also led to backlash when the platform adds new features like Signal PIN, which backs up certain data to the company’s servers and protects it behind a user’s PIN.

Signal’s new message request feature builds off of the private profiles feature they added over 2 and a half years ago. The team says that profiles are end-to-end encrypted and shared “via the same secure Signal Protocol messaging channel that already protects your conversations and calls.” The feature is designed to allow users to see more information about a person before they engage in the conversation.

Signal message requests

Here’s how Signal explains the new feature in their blog post:

Incoming message requests are displayed using the sender’s Signal profile. Support for private profiles was added to Signal over two and a half years ago, but now we’ve cleaned up and simplified how they appear. Signal profiles are end-to-end encrypted and shared via the same secure Signal Protocol messaging channel that already protects your conversations and calls. This means that none of your profile information is ever accessible to the service.

If you’re included in a group conversation, rather than seeing a list of phone numbers, you’ll see the profiles of participants. If you’re chatting with someone already in your system contacts, a new icon in the header of conversations will be displayed. For voice and video chat, users will be required to approve message requests before their phone rings.

To support message requests, users will need to create a new Signal profile. The new features are available in Signal beginning today.

Signal Private Messenger (Free, Google Play) →

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[Update: Launched] Twitter is revamping its API with much-requested features for 3rd-party apps https://www.xda-developers.com/twitter-api-v2-3rd-party-apps/ https://www.xda-developers.com/twitter-api-v2-3rd-party-apps/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:19:32 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=314103 Twitter is having an interesting week, to say the least. A day after numerous high-profile accounts were hijacked to promote cryptocurrency scams, leading to Twitter temporarily halting new tweets from many verified accounts, the social media company is announcing some big changes to its API. Twitter API v2, as they are calling it, is a

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Update 1 (08/13/2020 @ 03:20 PM ET): Twitter initially delayed the public launch of its new API because of the optics of launching it so soon after a big scandal, but the company has now launched the API nearly a month later. Scroll to the bottom for more information. The article as published on July 16, 2020, is preserved below.

Twitter is having an interesting week, to say the least. A day after numerous high-profile accounts were hijacked to promote cryptocurrency scams, leading to Twitter temporarily halting new tweets from many verified accounts, the social media company is announcing some big changes to its API. Twitter API v2, as they are calling it, is a new foundation that has been rebuilt for the first time since 2012. Some important changes will affect 3rd-party apps that we know and love.

As you may know, Twitter’s API has caused a lot of friction for 3rd-party app developers. Numerous popular Twitter clients have been pulled from the Play Store in the past due to reaching the controversial 100,000 token limit. Back in 2018, Twitter made changes that removed key features from 3rd-party developers. Those changes went into effect later that year despite a campaign from the developers of popular apps. Some of those key features will finally be made available to developers again with API v2.

Here’s Twitter’s brief explanation of what’s new in API v2:

  • A cleaner API that’s easier to use, with new developer features like the ability to specify which fields get returned, or retrieve more Tweets from a conversation within the same response
  • Some of the most requested features that were missing from the API, including conversation threading, poll results in Tweets, pinned Tweets on profiles, spam filtering, and a more powerful stream filtering and search query language

The last bullet point is what fans of 3rd-party Twitter apps should be most excited about. It’s pretty crazy to think that a 3rd-party client wasn’t allowed to show polls, thread conversations, or show pinned tweets. These are basic features of the social media platform that anyone would expect to see in a Twitter client, and it only harmed the Twitter experience for users who weren’t using the official app. We’re glad to see Twitter has opened these features up.

Previously, the Twitter API was separated into three tiers: Standard (free), Premium (self-serve paid), and Enterprise. API v2 will replace all three tiers with product tracks designed to fit different groups of developers. Twitter says the new tracks will hopefully have something for everyone. Here’s how the company describes the three product tracks:

  • Standard: Available first, this will be the default product track for most developers, including those just getting started, building something for fun, for a good cause, and to learn or teach. We plan to add Elevated access to this track in the future.
  • Academic ResearchAcademic researchers use the Twitter API to understand what’s happening in the public conversation. In the future, qualified academic researchers will have a way to get Elevated or Custom access to relevant endpoints. We’re also providing tools and guides to make it easier to conduct academic research with the Twitter API.
  • Business: Developers build businesses on the Twitter API, including our Twitter Official Partners and enterprise data customers. We love that their products help other people and businesses better understand and engage with the conversation on Twitter. In the future, this track will include Elevated or Custom access to relevant endpoints.

Twitter realized the older pricing and rate limits were limiting developers, especially those who were just building stuff for fun. With these changes, we could see a resurgence of fun little Twitter tools and bots with the Standard track. Speaking of which, the Standard track is launching today, while the Business and Academic/Research tracks will arrive “soon.” Each track also contains Basic, Elevated, or Custom access levels. Pricing for the tracks has not been announced at this time.

Early access to the initial set of new endpoints will be available to all developers with the free, Basic access level. Developers interested in trying these features can sign up for a developer account and apply here to get started. The public roadmap is available on this Trello board for developers to track the progression of API v2.

Source: Twitter | Via: TechCrunch


Update 1: Now Available

Twitter publicly detailed its new API for third-parties last month, but they delayed the release because the company was just recently the victim of a big social engineering attack. Yesterday, though, Twitter updated its official blog post to note that the new API has been launched. Interested developers can visit the new Twitter Developer Portal to get started.

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Google rolls out Google Meet, Chat, and Rooms tabs in Gmail for G Suite customers https://www.xda-developers.com/google-meet-google-chat-google-rooms-gmail-g-suite/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-meet-google-chat-google-rooms-gmail-g-suite/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:55:24 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323919 Google has a lot of different tools for staying productive while working from home, including Meet, Chat, and Rooms. Now, the search giant is adding tabs for each service inside the Gmail app, but only for G Suite customers at this time. Google announced the rollout for the new Meet, Chat, and Rooms tabs in

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Google has a lot of different tools for staying productive while working from home, including Meet, Chat, and Rooms. Now, the search giant is adding tabs for each service inside the Gmail app, but only for G Suite customers at this time.

Google announced the rollout for the new Meet, Chat, and Rooms tabs in a G Suite blog post on Thursday. The company first announced these changes for G Suite customers back in July during Cloud Next ’20.

The company said Gmail will now feature four distinct components for G Suite customers:

  • Mail, which has not changed as is the same Gmail experience users know and love.
  • Chat, which allows users to message individuals and small groups directly.
  • Rooms, which are spaces that include shared chat, files, and tasks to help groups more easily work on projects.
  • Meet, which features upcoming meetings that you can view and join.

Google is also making several quality-of-life changes so that users can more easily get work done. Users can now assign group tasks, get notified about task updates in rooms, pin important rooms, set your availability to “Do not disturb,” and much more.

By consolidating Google’s different services into Gmail, Google is making it easier than ever to stay in touch and on task. If you’re a G Suite user, the integrated experience is getting a gradual rollout and should be available in the next few weeks. Google hasn’t announced plans to enable Chat and Rooms tabs in the Gmail app for regular users, but the company has added a dedicated Meet tab for all users. Regular users can toggle the Meet tab by going to their Google account settings in the Gmail app and then scrolling down until they find the “show the Meet tab for video calling” option.

Gmail (Free, Google Play) →

Google Meet - Secure Video Meetings (Free, Google Play) →

Google Chat (Free, Google Play) →

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live teardown showcases easy repairability and Bean references https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-buds-live-teardown-showcases-easy-repairability-bean-references/ https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-buds-live-teardown-showcases-easy-repairability-bean-references/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:45:47 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323853 Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live have scored an 8 out of 10 for repairability in iFixit’s recent teardown of the TWS earphones, higher than both the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+. Although the new earbuds are smaller and feature an atypical design, the Galaxy Buds Live aren’t difficult to pry open, and their wireless charging

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live have scored an 8 out of 10 for repairability in iFixit’s recent teardown of the TWS earphones, higher than both the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+. Although the new earbuds are smaller and feature an atypical design, the Galaxy Buds Live aren’t difficult to pry open, and their wireless charging case is also easy to repair with the right set of tools.

The teardown reveals that the Galaxy Buds Live are powered by a rechargeable Varta CP1254 A3 battery, which is the same battery found within the original Galaxy Buds. iFixit notes that the button cell battery can be found online if you ever feel the need to replace the ones on your Galaxy Buds Live, however, they’re not as easy to find as they were previously.

The wireless charging case, on the other hand, features a 1.81Wh battery, which is substantially larger than the batteries found in the wireless charging cases for the older Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+. Furthermore, the teardown reveals that most of the internal components are relatively modular and can be replaced independently.

Galaxy Buds Live Teardown

iFixit also found that the ribbon cable connecting the two halves of each earbud states “bean left” and “bean right,” which suggests that Samsung internally referred to the earbuds as Beans before settling with the Galaxy Buds Live moniker. Check out the video linked above for a detailed look at the insides of the Galaxy Buds Live and its wireless charging case. As of now, iFixit hasn’t posted a repair guide for the Galaxy Buds Live, but it should go live on this page in the coming days.

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Google announces a new version of Wear OS based on Android 11 with Snapdragon Wear 4100 support https://www.xda-developers.com/google-announces-wear-os-based-on-android-11-new-version-snapdragon-wear-4100-support/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-announces-wear-os-based-on-android-11-new-version-snapdragon-wear-4100-support/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:00:43 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323755 Wear OS by Google, or Android Wear as some of us still keep calling it despite the rebranding years ago, does not see as much attention in the daily news, but the wearable OS is still alive and kicking. New watches from Suunto, OPPO, and Xiaomi, as well as the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon

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Wear OS by Google, or Android Wear as some of us still keep calling it despite the rebranding years ago, does not see as much attention in the daily news, but the wearable OS is still alive and kicking. New watches from Suunto, OPPO, and Xiaomi, as well as the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 SoC for wearables, have rekindled interest in Wear OS to a degree. Now, as part of its #11WeeksOfAndroid announcements, Google has announced a new version of Wear OS that is based on Android 11 and supports Snapdragon Wear 4100.

Wear OS based on Android 11

Google is not explicitly announcing “Wear OS on Android 11” on their blog post, but they do mention that several Android 11 features will be arriving on Wear OS. We asked Google for a confirmation on this, and a  Google spokesperson has informed us that the new Wear OS version is based on Android 11. For reference, the current version of the wearable OS by Google is still based on Android 9 Pie, so this jump was needed.

The new Wear OS OTA update that will arrive in the fall brings along a fair few changes, which are summarized below:

  • Faster access to info
  • Simplified pairing process to make onboarding easier
  • Improvements to the SysUI for more intuitive controls for managing different watch modes and workouts
  • CPU Core improvements promising up to 20% speed improvements in startup times for apps
  • Improved support for LTE
  • Support for Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ platforms

In addition to these changes, a few more changes are coming, which we have already previewed in the past. For instance, Google has built a handwashing timer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging users to practice good hygiene.

The new update will also come along with the new Weather Tile design that was spotted earlier this month. This new design makes it easier to read information while on the move, and still retains access to an hourly breakdown of the day’s weather to help users plan ahead and provide information about the important weather alerts in the area.

Further, Google is also promising to make it easier for developers to build wearable apps. You can expect to see wearable-focused improvements and changes on Android Studio, Kotlin, and Jetpack libraries. Androidx.wear 1.1.0 Release Candidate build has also been released, making it easier to build and test wearable apps.


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NVIDIA GeForce NOW adds 12 new games and a Founders bundle with Hyper Scape https://www.xda-developers.com/nvidia-geforce-now-adds-11-new-games-hyper-scape-founders-bundle/ https://www.xda-developers.com/nvidia-geforce-now-adds-11-new-games-hyper-scape-founders-bundle/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:00:15 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323841 NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW game-streaming service enjoys its share in the now-crowded game streaming market on the fact that it was one of the first to appear for end consumers. The service started beta testing for Android last year and opened up for everyone in February. NVIDIA had pledged to announce new games for GeForce NOW every week, and

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NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW game-streaming service enjoys its share in the now-crowded game streaming market on the fact that it was one of the first to appear for end consumers. The service started beta testing for Android last year and opened up for everyone in February. NVIDIA had pledged to announce new games for GeForce NOW every week, and over the past months, it has kept to that promise. This week, NVIDIA is giving GeForce NOW 11 new additions, including titles like Hyper Scape, Anno 2205, Neon Abyss, alongside Two Point Hospital as a returning title. Further, GeForce NOW is also adding in a Founders Bundle with Hyper Scape Season 1 battle pass.

These are the titles that have made their way to NVIDIA GeForce NOW this week:

  • Steam:
    • Company of Crime
    • Ageless
    • Granado Espada
    • Neon Abyss
    • STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town
    • The Escapists
    • Warface
  • Uplay:
    • Hyper Scape
    • Anno 2205
  • Epic Games Store:
    • Remnant: From The Ashes
    • South Park: The Fracture But Whole
  • Returning:
    • Two Point Hospital

Of these, Hyper Scape and Company of Crime are new game launches, having launched on August 11 and August 8 respectively on their platforms. Further, Remnant: From The Ashes is also available for free on the Epic Games Store from today till August 19.

In addition to the new titles available on GeForce Now, NVIDIA also said that it’s adding Highlights support to Hyper Scape. NVIDIA Highlights allows users to record exciting gameplay moments that can be shared later.

Further, NVIDIA is also offering new as well as existing members to sign up for a limited time, 6-month GeForce NOW Membership for $24.95, packing in additional content for Hyper Scape such as:

  • Season One Battle Pass Token
  • Exclusive Adi Volta Champion Skin (Rare)
  • Exclusive Volta Drop Pod (Rare)
  • Citric Dragonfly Weapon Skin (Rare)
  • Boxer Shuffle Emote (Epic)

Existing Founders members will be able to stack this offer with their existing membership, meaning they will continue to receive their locked-in rate of $4.99 per month for 12 months, plus the 6-month membership from this Hyper Scape Bundle.


NVIDIA GeForce NOW (Free, Google Play) →

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Microsoft Surface Duo will get 3 years of OS and security updates, will have an unlockable bootloader https://www.xda-developers.com/microsoft-surface-duo-3-years-os-security-updates-unlockable-bootloader/ https://www.xda-developers.com/microsoft-surface-duo-3-years-os-security-updates-unlockable-bootloader/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:40:19 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323723 Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced the Surface Duo, their latest attempt at a mobile smartphone. It is a super cool looking dual-screen device running Android, which will also be known as the first Android device from Microsoft. With Android devices, one of the most important questions has been how many years of Android updates the device

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Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced the Surface Duo, their latest attempt at a mobile smartphone. It is a super cool looking dual-screen device running Android, which will also be known as the first Android device from Microsoft. With Android devices, one of the most important questions has been how many years of Android updates the device will receive, as this is crucial to the overall experience. Until recently, most Android OEMs only provided 2 years of updates. Now, Google and Samsung have promised 3 years of Android updates for their flagship devices. Microsoft is now also joining that three-years-of-update group with the Surface Duo.

Microsoft Surface Duo XDA Forums

Earlier today, a Microsoft representative confirmed to us that the Surface Duo would be receiving 3 years of both OS and security updates. The device is launching with Android 10, which means it should receive up to Android 13 in OS updates. Microsoft did not specify the frequency of security updates, but for the first year, they are required to provide quarterly security updates. In comparison, the most competitive dual screen to the Surface Duo is the LG Velvet, and LG has only committed to 2 years of updates which will historically take years to get released.

Further, Microsoft also confirmed to us that the Surface Duo will have an unlockable bootloader. This means you will be able to easily root it, mod it, or throw a custom ROM on there. Personally, I am waiting for a stereo speaker mod since the device only has a mono speaker. The interest from the community will dictate what custom works are available, which is where the $1,399 price tag might hurt a little. There is no information on whether unlocking the bootloader would void the warranty — but if we had to take a guess, we would say that it would not void the warranty. We’ll update the article when we get more information in this regard.

All around, Microsoft is showing it is serious about the Surface Duo and the product line. Committing to three years of updates is a big deal, and is starting to become the standard for flagship Android devices. Hopefully, Microsoft won’t become the next LG in delayed updates Committing to providing the updates is a good first step, and bootloader unlockability will help it gain favor among the enthusiasts and meta-influencers.

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Unofficial Pixel Experience and TWRP are already available for the new OnePlus Nord https://www.xda-developers.com/unofficial-pixel-experience-and-twrp-are-already-available-for-the-new-oneplus-nord/ https://www.xda-developers.com/unofficial-pixel-experience-and-twrp-are-already-available-for-the-new-oneplus-nord/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:33:05 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323811 Third-party development for the OnePlus Nord is on full-swing on our forums, even though it’s just been over a week since the device went on sale. XDA Senior Member Some_Random_Username has already released a guide to root the device using Magisk and now, developers have released unofficial builds of the Pixel Experience custom ROM and TWRP

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Third-party development for the OnePlus Nord is on full-swing on our forums, even though it’s just been over a week since the device went on sale. XDA Senior Member Some_Random_Username has already released a guide to root the device using Magisk and now, developers have released unofficial builds of the Pixel Experience custom ROM and TWRP custom recovery for the device.

OnePlus Nord XDA Forums

How to Root the OnePlus Nord with Magisk

Unofficial TWRP recovery for the OnePlus Nord

XDA Recognized Developer mauronofrio has released an unofficial build of the TWRP custom recovery (v3.4.0-0) for the OnePlus Nord. You can download and flash the custom recovery on your device by following the instruction in the XDA forums thread linked below, after which you’ll be able to flash a custom ROM on the device. However, since this is an early build of the TWRP recovery, some features don’t work as expected. Here’s a list of all the things that you can and can’t do with the current version of TWRP:

  • TWRP boots
  • Decryption works
  • ROM flashing should work
  • Backups are broken
  • Flash partition is broken for system and vendor
  • Don’t wipe or format system and vendor partitions
  • Format/wipe data is broken

Download Unofficial TWRP (v3.4.0-0)

Unofficial Pixel Experience ROM

An unofficial build of the Android 10-based Pixel Experience ROM is now also available for the OnePlus Nord, thanks to XDA Member CryllicBuster273. To install the ROM, you’ll first need to root your OnePlus Nord by following the guide linked above and flash the unofficial TWRP recovery on the device. Then you can follow the instructions in the XDA forum thread linked below to download and flash the ROM. The custom ROM comes with Google apps built-in, so you don’t need to flash a separate GApps package after flashing the ROM.

Download Unofficial Pixel Experience ROM

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Xiaomi finally prepares to roll out Android 9 Pie to the Mi Box 3 https://www.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-finally-prepares-roll-out-android-9-pie-mi-box-3/ https://www.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-finally-prepares-roll-out-android-9-pie-mi-box-3/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:45:43 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323759 Launched back in 2016, the Xiaomi Mi Box 3 was a forerunner of today’s Mi Box 4K or the Mi TV Stick. Matter of fact, the “Mi Box” sold in the U.S. is nothing but a rebranded Mi Box 3. The Chinese OEM shipped the device with Android Marshmallow, skipped the promised Nougat update, and

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Launched back in 2016, the Xiaomi Mi Box 3 was a forerunner of today’s Mi Box 4K or the Mi TV Stick. Matter of fact, the “Mi Box” sold in the U.S. is nothing but a rebranded Mi Box 3. The Chinese OEM shipped the device with Android Marshmallow, skipped the promised Nougat update, and directly jumped to Android Oreo. While its successor, the Mi Box S, did pick up the Android Pie update a few months ago, the owners of the Mi Box 3 are stuck with Android Oreo till date. If you are still holding onto the older Mi Box, you will be excited to know that Xiaomi is now pushing out the long-anticipated Android Pie update for the Mi Box 3 to select beta testers.

The initial public beta build (software version R2810) is meant for the MDZ-16-AB variant of the Mi Box 3 and it is coming in at nearly 620MB. The included changelog is hilariously tiny, thus all we know that the OTA brings in Android Pie to the nifty set-top box alongside the support for the Mi Remote app. Despite there is no ETA on when the stable build will land, it would be the third major Android OS update for the device (counting the unreleased Android Nougat build), which is quite impressive for such an affordable certified Android TV box.

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Thanks to Reddit user u/Askmetech for the screenshot!

Considering the internal similarities between the Mi Box 3 (code-name: once) and the Mi Box S/Mi Box 4K (code-name: oneday), we hope that the aforementioned Android Pie beta firmware comes with most of the bugfix patches from the latter’s stable Android Pie build. Note that the firmware packages for these two streaming devices are not compatible with each other, so do not try to perform a cross-flash.

The Mi Box 3 supports 4K video playback at 60fps, thanks to the quad-core Amlogic SoC with the Mali 450 GPU and 2GB of RAM inside the device. There’s also support for Dolby Digital Plus audio playback, albeit the beta firmware reportedly breaks HD Audio passthrough for some users.

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Download: MIUI 12 Closed Beta for Xiaomi and Redmi devices [Update: August 13 builds] https://www.xda-developers.com/download-miui-12-closed-beta-xiaomi-redmi-devices/ https://www.xda-developers.com/download-miui-12-closed-beta-xiaomi-redmi-devices/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:18:53 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=302695 The latest version of Xiaomi’s custom Android skin – MIUI 12 – is finally here. The company has dropped the curtain yesterday, alongside the Mi 10 Youth Edition launch event in China. Compared to MIUI 11, the stable version of which was released less than six months ago, MIUI 12 brings in a slew of

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Update 34 (08/12/2020 @ 06:18 AM ET): Added download links for MIUI 12 latest beta builds, compiled on August 12, 2020.

Previous Updates

Update 33 (08/12/2020 @ 06:40 AM ET): Added download links for MIUI 12 latest beta builds, compiled on August 11, 2020.

Update 32 (08/11/2020 @ 06:04 AM ET): Added download links for MIUI 12 latest beta builds, compiled on August 11, 2020.

Update 31 (08/10/2020 @ 06:10 AM ET): Added download links for MIUI 12 latest beta builds, compiled on August 10, 2020.

Update 30 (08/07/2020 @ 05:11 AM ET): Added download links for MIUI 12 latest beta builds, compiled on August 6, 2020. Previous links have been moved to our archive page.

The latest version of Xiaomi’s custom Android skin – MIUI 12 – is finally here. The company has dropped the curtain yesterday, alongside the Mi 10 Youth Edition launch event in China. Compared to MIUI 11, the stable version of which was released less than six months ago, MIUI 12 brings in a slew of improvements, visual overhauls, and many new features. We have already extracted the new wallpapers, and now we are presenting the downloading links of the first set of MIUI 12 beta firmware packages for a bunch of Xiaomi and Redmi devices.

It is worth mentioning that these closed beta builds are meant for the Chinese variants, as Xiaomi suspended the rollout of MIUI global beta since last year. As a consequence, you have to flash these recovery ROMs using TWRP to bypass the MIUI beta account whitelisting. Do not expect Google Play Services or any pre-installed Google apps in them. Language options are likely limited to English and Chinese only, too. Xiaomi did launch MIUI 12 globally, and we are waiting for builds to appear for that too. Meanwhile, you can try out the closed betas from China.

The beta MIUI 12 builds listed below are based on either Android 10 or Android 11, depending on the device. If you are looking for MIUI 12 stable releases, you can find those here.

Download: MIUI 12

You can download the latest beta of MIUI 12 for your device from the links below. You can also visit our linked forums in case you need further assistance. While all of these download links are directly from Xiaomi, users are advised to proceed at their own risk. We warn you once again, this is not intended for the average consumer and is recommended only for users comfortable with flashing ROMs.

Sr. No. Device, Device Codename, XDA Forum Link Android Version Download Link (20.8.13)
1. Redmi 10X 5G (atom) Android 10 Download
2. Redmi Note 8 Pro (begonia) Android 10 Download
3. Redmi 10X Pro (bomb) Android 10 Download
4. Mi 9 (cepheus) Android 10
5. Mi 10 Pro (cmi) Android 11 Download
6. Mi 9 Pro 5G (crux) Android 10
7. Redmi K20/Mi 9T (davinci) Android 10 Download
8. Mi 8 (dipper) Android 10 Download
9. Mi 8 Pro (equuleus) Android 10 Download
10. Redmi Note 8 (ginkgo) Android 10 Download
11. Mi 9 SE (grus) Android 10 Download
12. Redmi Note 7/7S (lavender) Android 10 Download
13. Mi CC9e (laurus) Android 10
14. Redmi K30 Pro/POCO F2 Pro (lmi) Android 11 Download
15. Mi Max 3 (nitrogen) Android 10 Download
16. Mi Mix 3 (perseus) Android 10 Download
17. POCO X2/Redmi K30 4G (phoenix) Android 10 Download
18. Redmi K30 5G (picasso) Android 10 Download
19. Mi 8 Lite (platina) Android 10 Download
20. Mi Mix 2S (polaris) Android 10 Download
21. Mi 9 Lite/Mi CC9 (pyxis) Android 10 Download
22. Redmi K20 Pro/Mi 9T Pro (raphael) Android 10
23. Mi 8 SE (sirius) Android 10 Download
24. Mi Note 10/Mi CC9 Pro (tucana) Android 10 Download
25. Mi 10 (umi) Android 11 Download
26. Mi 8 Explorer Edition (ursa) Android 10 Download
27. Mi 10 Youth Edition/Mi 10 Lite Zoom (vangogh) Android 10 Download
28. Mi CC9 Meitu Edition (vela) Android 10 Download
29. Redmi Note 7 Pro (violet) Android 10 Download

Links for the previous beta builds of MIUI 12 are preserved as well:

MIUI 12 (20.8.12) Download Links

Sr. No. Device, Device Codename, XDA Forum Link Android Version Download Link (20.8.12)
1. Redmi 10X 5G (atom) Android 10 Download
2. Redmi Note 8 Pro (begonia) Android 10 Download
3. Redmi 10X Pro (bomb) Android 10 Download
4. Mi 9 (cepheus) Android 10 Download
5. Mi 10 Pro (cmi) Android 11
6. Mi 9 Pro 5G (crux) Android 10 Download
7. Redmi K20/Mi 9T (davinci) Android 10 Download
8. Mi 8 (dipper) Android 10 Download
9. Mi 8 Pro (equuleus) Android 10 Download
10. Redmi Note 8 (ginkgo) Android 10 Download
11. Mi 9 SE (grus) Android 10 Download
12. Redmi Note 7/7S (lavender) Android 10 Download
13. Mi CC9e (laurus) Android 10 Download
14. Redmi K30 Pro/POCO F2 Pro (lmi) Android 11
15. Mi Max 3 (nitrogen) Android 10 Download
16. Mi Mix 3 (perseus) Android 10 Download
17. POCO X2/Redmi K30 4G (phoenix) Android 10 Download
18. Redmi K30 5G (picasso) Android 10 Download
19. Mi 8 Lite (platina) Android 10 Download
20. Mi Mix 2S (polaris) Android 10 Download
21. Mi 9 Lite/Mi CC9 (pyxis) Android 10 Download
22. Redmi K20 Pro/Mi 9T Pro (raphael) Android 10 Download
23. Mi 8 SE (sirius) Android 10 Download
24. Mi Note 10/Mi CC9 Pro (tucana) Android 10 Download
25. Mi 10 (umi) Android 11
26. Mi 8 Explorer Edition (ursa) Android 10 Download
27. Mi 10 Youth Edition/Mi 10 Lite Zoom (vangogh) Android 10 Download
28. Mi CC9 Meitu Edition (vela) Android 10
29. Redmi Note 7 Pro (violet) Android 10 Download

MIUI 12 (20.8.11) Download Links

Sr. No. Device, Device Codename, XDA Forum Link Android Version Download Link (20.8.11)
1. Redmi 10X 5G (atom) Android 10 Download
2. Redmi Note 8 Pro (begonia) Android 10
3. Redmi 10X Pro (bomb) Android 10 Download
4. Mi 9 (cepheus) Android 10 Download
5. Mi 10 Pro (cmi) Android 11
6. Mi 9 Pro 5G (crux) Android 10
7. Redmi K20/Mi 9T (davinci) Android 10 Download
8. Mi 8 (dipper) Android 10 Download
9. Mi 8 Pro (equuleus) Android 10 Download
10. Redmi Note 8 (ginkgo) Android 10 Download
11. Mi 9 SE (grus) Android 10 Download
12. Redmi Note 7/7S (lavender) Android 10
13. Mi CC9e (laurus) Android 10 Download
14. Redmi K30 Pro/POCO F2 Pro (lmi) Android 11
15. Mi Max 3 (nitrogen) Android 10 Download
16. Mi Mix 3 (perseus) Android 10
17. POCO X2/Redmi K30 4G (phoenix) Android 10 Download
18. Redmi K30 5G (picasso) Android 10 Download
19. Mi 8 Lite (platina) Android 10 Download
20. Mi Mix 2S (polaris) Android 10
21. Mi 9 Lite/Mi CC9 (pyxis) Android 10 Download
22. Redmi K20 Pro/Mi 9T Pro (raphael) Android 10 Download
23. Mi 8 SE (sirius) Android 10 Download
24. Mi Note 10/Mi CC9 Pro (tucana) Android 10 Download
25. Mi 10 (umi) Android 11
26. Mi 8 Explorer Edition (ursa) Android 10
27. Mi 10 Youth Edition/Mi 10 Lite Zoom (vangogh) Android 10 Download
28. Mi CC9 Meitu Edition (vela) Android 10
29. Redmi Note 7 Pro (violet) Android 10 Download

MIUI 12 (20.8.10) Download Links

Sr. No. Device, Device Codename, XDA Forum Link Android Version Download Link (20.8.10)
1. Redmi 10X 5G (atom) Android 10
2. Redmi Note 8 Pro (begonia) Android 10 Download
3. Redmi 10X Pro (bomb) Android 10
4. Mi 9 (cepheus) Android 10 Download
5. Mi 10 Pro (cmi) Android 11
6. Mi 9 Pro 5G (crux) Android 10 Download
7. Redmi K20/Mi 9T (davinci) Android 10 Download
8. Mi 8 (dipper) Android 10 Download
9. Mi 8 Pro (equuleus) Android 10 Download
10. Redmi Note 8 (ginkgo) Android 10 Download
11. Mi 9 SE (grus) Android 10 Download
12. Redmi Note 7/7S (lavender) Android 10 Download
13. Mi CC9e (laurus) Android 10 Download
14. Redmi K30 Pro/POCO F2 Pro (lmi) Android 11
15. Mi Max 3 (nitrogen) Android 10 Download
16. Mi Mix 3 (perseus) Android 10 Download
17. Redmi K30 5G (picasso) Android 10 Download
18. Mi 8 Lite (platina) Android 10 Download
19. POCO X2/Redmi K30 4G (phoenix) Android 10 Download
20. Mi Mix 2S (polaris) Android 10 Download
21. Mi 9 Lite/Mi CC9 (pyxis) Android 10 Download
22. Redmi K20 Pro/Mi 9T Pro (raphael) Android 10 Download
23. Mi 8 SE (sirius) Android 10 Download
24. Mi Note 10/Mi CC9 Pro (tucana) Android 10 Download
25. Mi 10 (umi) Android 11
26. Mi 8 Explorer Edition (ursa) Android 10 Download
27. Mi 10 Youth Edition/Mi 10 Lite Zoom (vangogh) Android 10 Download
28. Mi CC9 Meitu Edition (vela) Android 10 Download
29. Redmi Note 7 Pro (violet) Android 10 Download

MIUI 12 (20.8.6) Download Links

Sr. No. Device, Device Codename, XDA Forum Link Android Version Download Link (20.8.6)
1. Redmi 10X 5G (atom) Android 10 Download
2. Redmi Note 8 Pro (begonia) Android 10 Download
3. Redmi 10X Pro (bomb) Android 10 Download
4. Mi 9 (cepheus) Android 10 Download
5. Mi 10 Pro (cmi) Android 11 Download
6. Mi 9 Pro 5G (crux) Android 10 Download
7. Redmi K20/Mi 9T (davinci) Android 10 Download
8. Mi 8 (dipper) Android 10 Download
9. Mi 8 Pro (equuleus) Android 10 Download
10. Redmi Note 8 (ginkgo) Android 10 Download
11. Mi 9 SE (grus) Android 10 Download
12. Redmi Note 7/7S (lavender) Android 10 Download
13. Mi CC9e (laurus) Android 10 Download
14. Redmi K30 Pro/POCO F2 Pro (lmi) Android 11 Download
15. Mi Max 3 (nitrogen) Android 10 Download
16. Mi Mix 3 (perseus) Android 10 Download
17. Redmi K30 5G (picasso) Android 10 Download
18. Mi 8 Lite (platina) Android 10
19. POCO X2/Redmi K30 4G (phoenix) Android 10 Download
20. Mi Mix 2S (polaris) Android 10
21. Mi 9 Lite/Mi CC9 (pyxis) Android 10 Download
22. Redmi K20 Pro/Mi 9T Pro (raphael) Android 10 Download
23. Mi 8 SE (sirius) Android 10 Download
24. Mi Note 10/Mi CC9 Pro (tucana) Android 10 Download
25. Mi 10 (umi) Android 11 Download
26. Mi 8 Explorer Edition (ursa) Android 10
27. Mi 10 Youth Edition/Mi 10 Lite Zoom (vangogh) Android 10 Download
28. Mi CC9 Meitu Edition (vela) Android 10 Download
29. Redmi Note 7 Pro (violet) Android 10

Older builds archive — MIUI 12 China Closed Beta for Xiaomi and Redmi devices


Changelog

The full changelog for MIUI 12 beta, when updating from MIUI 11, is as follows:

MIUI 12 Full Changelog

  • Highlights
    • MIUI 12. Yours alone.
  • System animations
    • New: All-new physically-based animation engine with advanced architecture will refresh your device’s look.
    • New: Dynamic window technology takes switching screen orientation to a new level.
  • System visuals
    • Brand new visual design works for all types of content and languages.
    • Magazine-level layouts bring important things into the spotlight and make the content structure clear.
  • Privacy protection
    • New: MIUI 12 is the first Android-based mobile OS that went through the rigorous enhanced privacy protection testing.
    • New: Reset your device ID and control how it’s used based on virtual ID technology.
    • New: Grant permissions that will be used only while you’re using an app.
    • New: You can also grant permissions just once, and decide again next time a permission is required.
    • New: Restrict access to telephony to third party apps.
    • New: Return blank messages to the apps that require personal information.
    • New: Receive notifications whenever apps record audio, use camera, or access your location.
    • New: Use secure sharing to control what additional data is sent along with shared items.
    • New: Get comprehensive stats on how apps use permissions in app behavior history.
    • New: Visit privacy.miui.com to learn how MIUI protects your privacy.
    • Optimization: Apps aren’t allowed to launch other apps in the background now.
  • AI Call Assistant
    • New: Mi AI can answer your calls now!
    • New: You can record a customized greeting that will be played to the other person during AI calls.
    • New: Customized greetings are also supported for outgoing calls.
  • Xiaomi Health
    • New: All-new Xiaomi Health gives you more options and makes your health stats more accurate.
    • New: Put your device next to you before falling asleep to analyze your sleep cycle and record talking and snoring.
    • New: You can sync data with supported wearable and smart home devices.
    • New: Xiaomi Health can remind you to stand up and move when it detects that you’ve been sitting down for too long.
    • New: The app also analyzes your stats and gives you simple health advice.
  • Control center
    • New: Swipe down from the upper right corner of your screen to open Control center.
    • New: Animated icons are a joy to look at!
  • Accessibility
    • New: Mi Ditto combines dictation and speech output, making mobile devices more convenient for people who have difficulties using conventionally designed smartphones.
  • Trips
    • New: Traffic and suggested routes to airports and train stations.
    • New: You can track your previous trips now.
    • New: Checklists for trips.
    • New: Alarms for train arrivals.
  • Mi Carrier Services
    • New: View your SIM balance and mobile data usage stats.
    • New: Save frequently used phone numbers to top up balance and buy mobile data later.
    • New: Buy SIM cards and services.
  • Messaging
    • New: Promotional messages are grouped according to their content now.
  • Status bar, Notification shade
    • New: All-new design.
  • Weather
    • New: New animations bring the weather from outside directly to your screen.
  • Settings
    • New: Security introduces new comprehensive privacy protection mechanisms.
    • New: Lite mode simplifies your device and brings essential features up front.
  • File Manager
    • New: Use the floating shortcut to filter and sort items, as well as switch view.
  • Calendar
    • New: New layout tailored for landscape orientation is available now.
    • New: We added lots of fresh animations that will accompany your actions.
    • New: Calendar cards will remind you about important events and anniversaries.
  • Notes
    • New: You can create folders with notes now.
    • New: New dynamic backgrounds look gorgeous!
    • New: Tasks are completed with a satisfying animation now.
    • New: Checklists of subtasks make managing your agenda much simpler.
  • Security
    • New: New animations feel natural and refreshing.
    • New: Keep your home safe with smart home device alerts.
    • New: Binging your favorite shows will be more convenient with our new video toolbox.
  • Xiaomi Cloud
    • New: Shared family storage plan is available now.


Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer yshalsager and XDA Member kacskrz for providing these download links!

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Files by Google prepares to add a Favorites folder https://www.xda-developers.com/files-by-google-prepares-favorites-folder/ https://www.xda-developers.com/files-by-google-prepares-favorites-folder/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:45:40 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323769 Files by Google was launched in November 2017 as a way to let Android Go users better manage storage space on their phones. Formally known as “Google Files Go”, Google later decided to make the app available for all Android phones through the Google Play Store. Since its inception, Files by Google has gone from

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Files by Google was launched in November 2017 as a way to let Android Go users better manage storage space on their phones. Formally known as “Google Files Go”, Google later decided to make the app available for all Android phones through the Google Play Store. Since its inception, Files by Google has gone from being a barebones storage space organizer to become a better-equipped file manager that comes preinstalled on Google Pixel and Android One smartphones. It has gained several exciting features over time, including a dark theme, built-in media player, faster offline sharing, and more. In its most recent update, the app received the Safe Folder feature, letting users hide their sensitive files behind a 4-digit PIN. Now, the app is preparing for a new feature called Favorites folder to let you organize your favorite files in one place for quick access.

An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by the developers in a future build.

Our Editor-in-Chief, Mishaal Rahman, has discovered some strings for this feature in the Files by Google version 1.0.325710463. He managed to surface the menu options for the Favorites folder and was able to add a file to it, but the folder itself wasn’t viewable.

The Favorites folder will be a useful addition as it would allow you to access all your favorite and most frequently accessed docs, PDFs, and media files in one place. You won’t have to dig deep into a pile of folders and subfolders every time you want to access that specific file. Just adding it to the Favorite folder will ensure you can quickly reach it whenever you need. A lot of file managers offer this function, so this addition inches along feature parity with the competition.

For now, the feature remains a work-in-progress and isn’t available in the most recent version of the Files by Google app. As and when Google will decide to incorporate it into the app, we’ll sure to let you know.


Files by Google: Clean up space on your phone (Free, Google Play) →

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Download MIUI 12’s new Super Saturn Wallpaper from the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra https://www.xda-developers.com/download-miui-12-super-saturn-wallpaper-xiaomi-mi-10-ultra/ https://www.xda-developers.com/download-miui-12-super-saturn-wallpaper-xiaomi-mi-10-ultra/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:20:26 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323765 Xiaomi officially announced its newest Android skin — MIUI 12 — earlier this year in April. As with all previous MIUI releases, the latest software update from the Chinese OEM included a bunch of new static and live wallpapers. Shortly after the official announcement, XDA Recognized Contributor linuxct managed to port the new Super Earth and

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Xiaomi officially announced its newest Android skin — MIUI 12 — earlier this year in April. As with all previous MIUI releases, the latest software update from the Chinese OEM included a bunch of new static and live wallpapers. Shortly after the official announcement, XDA Recognized Contributor linuxct managed to port the new Super Earth and Mars live wallpapers to other devices and later added two more options — Hale crater and Evergreen garden — to the list. Xiaomi recently released another set of live wallpapers with its 10th-anniversary special Mi 10 Ultra and you can now download it for your device.

The new MIUI 12 Super Saturn live wallpapers include two options — Faraway Rings (Horizontal) and Faraway Rings (Vertical) — both of which can now be installed on any Android device running Android 8.0 or newer. As you can see in the embedded tweets, the Faraway Rings (Horizontal) wallpaper gives you a close look at Saturn’s rings in a horizontal orientation, while the Faraway Rings (Vertical) wallpaper aligns the rings in a vertical orientation. Both the wallpapers show a zoomed out version of the ringed planet on the lockscreen and unlocking the device zooms into the rings, with floating asteroids that move when you switch pages.

If you’re interested in trying out MIUI 12’s new Super Saturn live wallpapers on your device, you can download the respective APKs from the download link below. Once you have the APK installed on your device, you can pick the new live wallpapers from the stock wallpaper picker on your device. In case the wallpapers don’t show up in the stock wallpaper picker, you can download the Google Wallpaper app from the Play Store to apply the live wallpapers.

Download MIUI 12 Super Saturn Wallpaper port

MIUI 12 Super Wallpaper — XDA Forum Thread

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Tasker’s latest test hijacks Android 11’s power menu to let you do whatever you want https://www.xda-developers.com/tasker-test-hijacks-android-11-power-menu/ https://www.xda-developers.com/tasker-test-hijacks-android-11-power-menu/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:08:57 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323753 Popular Android automation app Tasker recently received a major update which introduced a ton of new features to the app. The update included a feature that unlocked the app’s ability to read any sensor on your phone to trigger a Task, a feature that will let you automate sending text messages or make calls via

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Popular Android automation app Tasker recently received a major update which introduced a ton of new features to the app. The update included a feature that unlocked the app’s ability to read any sensor on your phone to trigger a Task, a feature that will let you automate sending text messages or make calls via any third-party app, full Do Not Disturb customization, the ability to trigger Tasks via links, and much more. Now, the developer behind Tasker has shared a demo for an experimental plugin which will let you customize Android 11’s power menu to trigger any event in Tasker.

In a recent post on Reddit, Tasker’s developer u/joaomgcd wrote: “I’m going away for about 1 month starting next week and since I’m not going to be releasing any updates this close to leaving I started experimenting with some stuff, so I created this simple plugin…Basically it adds an entry to the power menu items on Android 11 which will trigger an event in Tasker.”

As you can see in the attached video, the experimental plugin creates a Tasker button in Android 11’s power menu which can be customized to trigger any Task within the automation app. In case you wish to try out the plugin, you can download it from the Reddit thread linked below. Do note, however, that the plugin only works on devices running Android 11 and you won’t be able to enable it on older versions of Android. This is due to the fact that it makes use of Android 11’s new Device Controls API which lets developers put home automation shortcuts in the Power Menu.

It’s also worth noting that the plugin is currently just a proof-of-concept, but the developer plans on adding full-fledged Device Controls API support in a future release of Tasker. Once the feature rolls out in a stable release, you will be able to trigger any event from the modded power menu.


Source: Reddit

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Mozilla lays off 250 employees to restructure its business but is reportedly still financially secure https://www.xda-developers.com/mozilla-lays-off-250-employees-restructure-business-reportedly-financially-secure/ https://www.xda-developers.com/mozilla-lays-off-250-employees-restructure-business-reportedly-financially-secure/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:31:12 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=323731 The Mozilla Corporation recently announced that it was laying off approximately 250 employees in an attempt to secure the organization’s financial future. The layoffs were announced by the CEO of Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation Chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, in a public blog post, which also highlighted the company’s plans for the foreseeable future. In the

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The Mozilla Corporation recently announced that it was laying off approximately 250 employees in an attempt to secure the organization’s financial future. The layoffs were announced by the CEO of Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation Chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, in a public blog post, which also highlighted the company’s plans for the foreseeable future.

In the blog post, Baker wrote, “Today we announced a significant restructuring of Mozilla Corporation. This will strengthen our ability to build and invest in products and services that will give people alternatives to conventional Big Tech. Sadly, the changes also include a significant reduction in our workforce by approximately 250 people.”

Baker further revealed that the layoffs and restructuring were a part of the organization’s need to adapt its finances in a post-COVID-19 world and focus on commercially viable products that would help the organization generate revenue in the long term. This led some to speculate that Mozilla was facing financial troubles and had failed to renew its search deal with Google, which has historically accounted for 75-95% of the organization’s annual budget.

However, sources familiar with the matter have confirmed to ZDNet that Mozilla is financially sound and the layoffs were just a result of over-staffing in areas that the organization was not planning on prioritizing going forward. The sources also revealed that Mozilla and Google are expected to extend their current search deal for another three years at an estimated price tag of $400 million-$450 million per year. Details about the extended search deal will, most likely, be revealed later this year in November, when the organization is scheduled to disclose its 2019 financial figures.

In a statement to ZDNet, a Mozilla spokesperson said, “Mozilla’s search partnership with Google is ongoing, with Google as the default search provider in the Firefox browser in many places around the world. We’ve recently extended the partnership, and the relationship isn’t changing.”

Going forward, the Mozilla Corporation will prioritize commercialization efforts in the short-term, while work on open standards and protocols will take a back seat. However, Mozilla doesn’t plan to phase out its work in the web development community and will, most likely, pick up where it left off after its subscription-based services ensure long-term business survivability.


Source: The Mozilla Blog, ZDnet (1,2)

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