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Google’s support library for developers, AndroidX, is available on AOSP

Google announced AndroidX as a part of Android Jetpack at Google I/O 2018. This redesign of the Android Support Library helps developers build apps with wide compatibility on different versions of Android. Google decided to make AndroidX open-source. It's available on Android Open-Source Project (a.k.a. AOSP) starting today. The Android Framework Team announced the news via...

Project OpenWatch takes first big step: TWRP now available for Kingwear-based smartwatches

When we talk of modularity, we often visualize multiple hardware components working together harmoniously as a single unit. What often gets overlooked is the important role that software plays in such modular systems. This is where initiatives like Project OpenWatch come in, aiming to provide software that can be used across a wide variety of...

Firefox for Android enters maintenance phase as team prepares entirely new browser

Firefox is one of the many alternative browsers for Android devices available on the Google Play Store. It's a favorite of many, especially the privacy-conscious. On Android, though, it has entered a maintenance phase, meaning there are not going to be many updates for the foreseeable future—barring bug fixes and security updates of course. According...

Kiwi Browser brings back Chrome Home for the bottom address bar

Kiwi Browser is an open source Chromium-based web browser released by XDA Senior Member arnaud42. It has a huge amount of added features over Google Chrome, including ad-blocking, a cryptocurrency mining blocker, night mode, and a few smaller features here and there as well. The latest update, released on July 4th, re-enables Chrome Home which was deprecated...

Google and Tencent become $500,000/year Platinum Level members of the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the world's largest non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of open source projects to help accelerate technological development, as well as commercial and industry adoption. It serves as the home of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and lead maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman, and serves to provide a neutral home where the...

Kiwi is a speedy Chrome-based browser with a dark theme & built-in ad blocker

XDA Senior Member arnaud42 released a Chromium-based browser a few months ago. Called Kiwi Browser, it has certain striking features such as a built-in dark theme (or "night mode," as the application calls it), built-in ad blocker, and a cryptocurrency mining blocker as well. This browser includes performance improvements (and believe me, they're noticeable while browsing through...

Capillary is an open source library to help developers implement end-to-end encryption for push notifications

If you're a developer that implements push notifications in your app and you or your users care about data privacy, then it's important that you transmit these push messages securely. For those of you who are already into data security, then implementing strong encryption measures is a no-brainer. For others, it's a difficult feature to implement....

GitLab Ultimate and GitLab Gold now free for open source projects and education

Nearly every developer will be familiar with GitHub, but slightly fewer may be familiar with its competitor GitLab. Following the purchase of GitHub by Microsoft for $7.5 billion, many are switching over from GitHub. The platform has seen a surge of activity in the past 24 hours. To gain the trust of more users as...

Microsoft has agreed to buy GitHub for $7.5 billion

You're probably well acquainted with GitHub. After all, it's the go-to place for developers on our forums to upload the source code for their applications, custom kernels, custom AOSP-based ROMs, and much more. On the off-chance that you aren't familiar with GitHub, it's the most popular hosting service for Git repositories where you can upload the...

“Seurat”, Google’s tool to create high-fidelity mobile VR scenes, is now open source

Google has announced the open sourcing of its "Seurat" tool, which they revealed at last year's Google I/O. Seurat is a tool which can be used to create high-fidelity mobile virtual reality scenes, while also reducing the complexity and computing power required to run them. This meant that developers could squeeze more performance out of...

Win a device from Sony by becoming a Hero Open Source Developer

Sony is one of the largest contributors to the Android Open Source Project, bringing us RRO themes and more. The company has always been fairly open in development as well, running its Sony Open Devices Program to entice people to contribute to Sony device development and get custom ROMs running. To further entice people into...

Facebook joins AOMedia to promote Royalty-Free AV1 Video

As Google’s new open source AV1 video standard nears completion, the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) has announced that Facebook will be joining them to promote the AV1 video compression format. Facebook joining AOMedia means that, going forward, they will likely be integrating AV1 video technology into their platforms (including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and Whatsapp) for use...