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Pixel 4 Live Caption ported to work on some rooted Android 10 phones

Google's new Live Caption near real-time transcription feature was set to be a Pixel 4 exclusive, later coming to the Pixel 3 and 3a by the end of the year. As always in the world of Android features, it was only a matter of time until dissatisfied tinkerers got other phones got in on the fun, with or without official support. Our friends at XDA Developers have managed to get Live Caption working on any Android 10 device, including older Pixels.

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Sony Xperia 5 bootloader becomes unlockable as it joins Open Devices program

Sony has managed to gain a lot of fans among developers thanks to its Open Devices program. It's an initiative that brings Android Open Source Project (AOSP) builds to some of the company's devices and allows developers to adapt and change the code. It also makes it easier to unlock the bootloader and install custom ROMs. Sony has announced that the latest phone to become part of the Open Devices program is the Xperia 5.

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Android x86 project hits 9.0 Pie release candidate

Android's open source nature allows developers to tailor the OS exactly to their needs, and a team of programmers has taken it upon itself to build an Android version for the classic x86 desktop processor environment. The Android x86 project has now hit its next milestone and has published the first Android 9 Pie release candidate that people can run on their virtual machines or desktop computers.

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LineageOS now supports Zenfone 3, Yandex Phone, and other devices

It has been a little while since we've checked in on LineageOS, the super-popular custom ROM that brings new versions of Android to old phones. Last time we covered the project, it fixed an issue that prevented Xiaomi device support, and LineageOS hasn't skipped a beat since then.

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The Google Pixel 4 has a hidden high brightness mode

While we said in our review that the Pixel 4 and 4 XL's displays are perfectly usable outdoors, they're still not emitting as much light as many competing handsets. A hidden high brightness mode fixes this and substantially increases the Pixels' maximum brightness. Root access is required to activate it, though, and your battery life will most likely suffer.

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Pixel 4 Xposed module lets you use face unlock in apps that only support fingerprint authentication

The Pixel 4 is the first Android phone to feature a proper secure face unlock mechanism that can't be easily fooled by pictures or similar looking people. To enable authentication in banking apps or password managers, this technology requires Android 10's new biometrics API. Since it's different from the previous fingerprint API, there are only a handful of applications that already support it. A new Xposed module provides a workaround for unsupported apps that aren't yet compatible with the Pixel 4's face unlock. The only caveat: it requires root access.

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Pixel 4 factory images now available for download

It might seem like Google's Pixel 4 and 4 XL have been around for months, given the volume of leaks and early shipments, but today was actually meant to mark formal availability for the new phones. In addition to the hardware, today also marks availability for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL's software, as Google has just uploaded factory images and full OTA files for both phones.

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Don't hold your breath for Android 10 TWRP on the Pixel 3 and 4

A custom recovery such as TWRP allows you to install custom ROMs and root your devices more easily. Unfortunately, the development of the software for the Pixel 4 and 3 on Android 10 has hit major roadblocks. Some changes in Google's implementation of the recovery and personal circumstances of the main contributor to TWRP could mean that it'll take a while until it's available.

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OnePlus 7T first factory image now available for download

One of the main selling points for all OnePlus phones is the extensive custom ROM community, giving the devices plenty of OS options if the stock OxygenOS software isn't satisfactory. If you've already bought a OnePlus 7T and started experimenting with it, the stock software is now available for download, in the event you mess something up and need to go back to square one.

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Magisk v20 adds support for Android 10

Android root solution Magisk first offered support for Android Q in Beta v19 back in March. Compatibility with the latest version of Android — now known as 10, not Q — has now made its way to the stable release of the utility in version 20.

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