ANDROID NOUGAT Posts on XDA

Blob emojis are back as sticker packs in Gboard & Android Messages

One of the biggest casualties with the Android Oreo update was Google's infamous blob emoji (a.k.a. "blobmoji"). The update introduced a redesigned emoji pack with more traditional round faces. Many of the fan-favorite critters were updated as well. Some people were happy to see the blobs get the ax, but a lot of Android users are...

The History of Printing on Android and how the Mopria Alliance made it better

Prior to the debut of Android 8.0 Oreo's Default Print Service, printing documents on Android was easier said than done. Google's mobile operating system didn't gain native printer support until Android 4.4 KitKat, and with the exception of third-party solutions from the likes of Samsung, setting up a printer required vendor-specific plugins and drivers. But...

Android P will finally restrict apps from monitoring your network activity

A years-old privacy flaw will finally be coming to an end on Android. It's an issue you've probably never heard of, but one that you should absolutely be concerned about. Currently, apps on Android can gain full access to the network activity on your device—even without asking for any sensitive permissions. These apps can't detect the...

Get a dark theme for Sony devices running Nougat with Substratum

Substratum is the current go-to theme engine of choice for the majority of the Android enthusiasts within the community. It offers a robust platform for designers who want use their talents to customize the look and feel of both the Android operating system as well as individual applications. Different smartphone OEMs implement certain features that...

Google closed Nougat certification in March, all new Play Certified devices must launch with Oreo

A lot of attention has been put on Google's device certification process in light of recent news that the company would begin blocking uncertified devices from accessing Google Play apps and services. This effort was likely intended to prevent companies from pre-loading Google's apps without meeting the requirements to be a Google Mobile Services (GMS)...

Android Oreo is now on 4.6% of all devices while Android Nougat remains on top

After skipping last month, Google has now released the latest statistics for the distribution of Android versions across all devices that have Google Play Services installed. This information is based on data collected over a 7 day period ending today, April 16th, and it's the most accurate information we have regarding the distribution of Android...

Unofficial LineageOS 14.1 now available for the Gemini PDA

It's not often that we see successful crowd-funding campaigns for smartphones. Planet Computers' Gemini PDA is one example of a successful Indiegogo campaign, although it's technically not a smartphone but rather a clamshell mobile device with a fully integrated hardware keyboard. The device has garnered a lot of attention from enthusiasts because it aims to...

Android x86 7.1 R1 Brings Android 7.1 Nougat to Desktop PCs

The Android x86 project aims to port Android to x86-based Windows PCs and Mac computers. It's a full port of Android, instead of being more of an application player like other solutions. The last release of Android x86 brought a stable port of Android 6.0 Marshmallow back in September 2016, letting desktop users experience the...

Nougat Surpasses 20% in Android’s Distribution Numbers for November 2017

We're almost half way into November but it looks like Google has finally gotten around to updating Android's distribution numbers for the 7-day period ending on November 9th, 2017. The big news last month was that Oreo had reached 4 million devices around the world and that both Lollipop as well as Marshmallow had dropped a...

Motorola Starts Rolling Out Android Nougat Update to Moto X Pure Edition in the US

For those still holding onto a Moto X Pure Edition in the US, you will be happy to know that your device won’t be stuck on Android Marshmallow forever. It appears that Motorola is finally rolling out the much-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Moto X Pure Edition in the US. The company hasn't...

Xiaomi Mi A1 Utilizes Android Nougat’s A/B Partitioning to Provide Seamless Updates

The new Xiaomi Android One device, the Mi A1, is turning out to be a very interesting device. This is the first device from Xiaomi that does not run MIUI out of the box. Instead, the device runs stock Android with Google Apps and a few Xiaomi add-ons, providing a Pixel-like experience at a price...

Hide Quick Settings Tiles on the Lock Screen Automatically [App]

Google introduced Quick Settings tiles to Android with Android 5.0 Lollipop (though it should be noted that this feature was available on Samsung phones before it made its way to AOSP). With Quick Settings, users can access many useful system toggles such as a WiFi, Bluetooth, Location, GPS, or Sound toggle without having to navigate...