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DSU Loader to get significant performance improvements in Android 13

Dynamic System Update (DSU) is one of the least known features in Android, allowing users to install a Generic System Image (GSI) without unlocking the bootloader or flashing a system update. The feature was first introduced in Android 10 and is one of the easiest ways for developers to test the latest Android versions. And...

Custom AOSP GSI brings Android 12L to any Project Treble-enabled device

After months of thorough beta-testing, Android 12L is now officially available as an interim update before Android 13. The stable release is currently rolling out to select Google Pixel smartphones, while tablets and foldables from Microsoft, Lenovo, and Samsung will get it later this year. The underlying codebase has also become available through the Android...

DSU Sideloader lets you easily boot any custom GSI via Android DSU Loader

Last week, Google released the first Developer Preview build of Android 13. While the current release is only available for a handful of Google Pixel smartphones, the company will likely publish official Generic System Images (GSIs) for the subsequent builds. Apart from manually flashing the GSI, developers can then utilize the Dynamic System Updates (DSU)...

Phh’s custom Android 12 GSI gets updated with February 2022 security patches, OTA update support, and more

Android 12 has been here a while now. Although some OEMs got the update out the door straight away, others have taken their time to roll out the stable build. Besides the official updates, the aftermarket development community has also helped us experience all the new features of the latest iteration of Android through custom...

Android 12 custom GSIs bring the latest Android OS to any Project Treble-supported device

Android 12 is here, albeit the stable version is available only on Google's Pixel lineup — including the newly introduced Pixel 6 series — for now. A handful of OEMs like Samsung and OnePlus are also offering public beta builds of their customized skins based on the stable Android 12 codebase, but the list of...

The first Android 12 custom ROMs are already here

With Android 12's AOSP source drop yesterday, many were left wondering (particularly those with Pixel devices) when they would get to use a fully complete version of the latest and greatest Android experience. We've already seen a number of beta builds from OEMs like OPPO, OnePlus, and Samsung for select devices, but there are no...

Breaking: Android 12 Beta GSI goes live ahead of Google I/O 2021

The first Android 12 Developer Preview was released back in February, followed by Preview 2, and recently, Preview 3. Google is supposed to release the Android 12 Beta 1 today to the Pixel lineup during Google I/O 2021. However, it looks like the official Android 12 Beta 1 Generic System Image (GSI) packages are already...

Descendant XI offers a fresh take on Android 11 with loads of unique features

At XDA, we pride ourselves on the power of the modding community in providing choices — choices that accommodate the wide variety of needs from different users. One of the common products of this choice is the availability of AOSP-based custom ROMs for devices that run on an otherwise heavily customized UI. In fact, many...

An early build of LineageOS 18.0 GSI brings Android 11 to Project Treble compatible devices

Android 11 is the latest Android version out there, albeit it is available officially on only a handful of devices. But since the source code of the new release has already made its way to AOSP, aftermarket developers have helped us experience all the new features on Android through custom ROMs across a growing list...

The Android Generic project aims to bring popular custom ROMs to your PC

Apart from smartphones and tablets, Android is an operating system you can find inside your smart TV, smartwatch, car, and several other devices of all shapes and sizes. When it comes to the world of x86 PCs, however, Google is trying hard to push Chrome OS instead. Thankfully, Android’s open-source nature and versatility allow developers...

Descendant X custom ROM for the Xiaomi Mi A1 and Mi 9 adds “Guardia,” a background permission monitor

The open, no-walled-garden design of Android gives users the freedom of customization. Thanks to the vibrant aftermarket development community, Android users can enjoy plenty of features that are otherwise not implemented by Google or OEMs. Take the example of Android's new advanced permission management control system called Permissions Hub— something that was present in early...

How to enable VoLTE on Qualcomm devices running Generic System Images (GSIs)

Google's Project Treble is undoubtedly the biggest restructuring of the Android OS since its inception. The Mountain View giant completely revamped the way the Android OS framework and vendor drivers/the Linux kernel interact with one another in order to reduce Android platform version fragmentation. On top of that, Project Treble also made it possible to...