AOSP Posts on XDA

Kernel Sources Released for the Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei P10

Under the GNU General Public License (GPL), any modifications made to the Linux kernel must be publicly shared if users have access to the binary. Android itself is licensed under the Apache Software License which doesn't require modifications of AOSP to be open sourced. But because the underlying kernel in Android is Linux-based, all OEMs...

File-Based Encryption Vulnerability Reported by DeesTroy is Fixed in May’s Security Update

With the introduction of Android 7.0 Nougat, Google switched to a file-based encryption method instead of the full disk encryption that we were using in Marshmallow. There are benefits and drawbacks to each of these methods, but Google's security team felt Android was better suited using file-based encryption due to the level of hardware most...

AOSP Code Commit Suggests Muskie, Walleye and Taimen will Sport the Snapdragon 835

Earlier this year, a rumor started circulating that allegedly revealed what is said to be the codenames for the three upcoming smartphones that Google is currently working on. Muskie and Walleye have been reported to be the successors to the Pixel phones, which will presumably be called the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. This...

XOSP introduces Delta Updates and revamps their Changelog Application

The Xperia Open Source Project (XOSP) is a project based on CyanogenMod which aims to "create a custom minimal Xperia oriented experience" and includes many of the Xperia apps and features that Sony lovers have come to expect. Recently, the team introduced delta update support for XOSP. Instead of downloading approximately 300 megabytes to flash...

It’s still possible to enable the AOSP Lock Screen on HTC Devices

Over the years, the lock screen has evolved with the changing design language of Google's Android. Starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the lock screen developed a Material Design flavor and implemented rich notification support. But apart from Motorola, OnePlus, and a couple of other outliers, most OEMs have opted to use their own lock screen...

Sony publishes instructions on how to build Android 7.1 AOSP for Xperia Devices

Sony is one of the few OEMs that remains a firm believer in AOSP. Most companies do not bother providing necessary firmware binaries to allow developers to port AOSP onto the device. But while some OEMs actually do provide binaries for developers to make AOSP builds, like we saw with the OnePlus 3, Sony takes...

Google Silently Removed Mentions of an “HTC Cerberus” from Pixel XL Source Code [Update: More Evidence]

Update 5:00PM CST: It has been brought to our attention that there is more evidence regarding HTC's involvement in the software development of the Pixel devices, see the addendum at the end of the article. The "Made by Google" motto represents a dramatic shift in Google's attitude towards Android. Rather than cycle through its various OEM...

Sony Posts Guide on Building AOSP 7.0 Nougat for its Xperia Smartphones

If, for some reason, you were still of the opinion that an OEM could never be developer friendly, Sony has given yet another example of being just that. On its official website for all developer resources, Sony has posted a build guide for building Android 7.0 Nougat, the AOSP flavor and not its skinned variant, for its...

First Booting Build of CyanogenMod 13 Shown Off on Exynos-based Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Let us start off by saying that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are remarkable devices by themselves as far as hardware goes. They are among the best Android phones that one can purchase in all major markets of the world. The devices provide a decent user experience for a normal consumer, and the sales...

You Asked, We Answer – AOSP Build Times on AMD Processors

A few months ago I kicked off a series of articles aimed at examining what affects build times when building an Android ROM from open source options such as CyanogenMod or OMNIRom. You showed us you were very interested and then did something else -- started to ask questions. Does Intel or AMD make a difference?...

ROMs Aren’t Built in a Day: The New PA May Be Lacking Now, but What’s There Is Very Promising

Paranoid Android returned in what was probably one of the most exciting moments of the week for XDA users, even amidst new and significant phone releases. After a long hiatus, their newest Marshmallow builds are available to the public. For those who don’t know about Paranoid Android, they had made some excellent ROMs crammed with functionality that...

Stock isn’t Going Anywhere: On the Nexus Identity and Why Stock Android is a Useful Label

At this year's Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke with Walt Mossberg about a few topics, including the company's own Nexus Phones. During the conference, Sundar mentioned that Google will be ‘more opinionated’ with how they look at Nexus Phones. Some news outlets have taken this as meaning that Google will no longer be shipping...