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Magisk is ending legacy support for some older versions of Android

Magisk is ending legacy support for some older versions of Android

A couple of months back, the popular root solution Magisk picked up a big update that unified the Magisk Manager app and Magisk itself into a single convenient package in v22, which would be the last version to support Android versions prior to 5.0. Ahead of that change, v22 is getting a minor .1 revision with a handful of fixes and improvements, including a brand new log writer.

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How to reliably sideload the latest Google apps on Android 11

How to reliably sideload the latest Google apps on Android 11

Some Google apps are failing to install on Android 11 when you try to sideload the latest versions from a trustworthy source like our sister site APK Mirror. Ever since Google released the new Android OS, an "The new package couldn't be installed because the verification did not succeed" (INSTALL_FAILED_VERIFICATION_FAILURE) error keeps popping up for some people who want to install the most recent version of the Google Camera or the Google Recorder, for example.

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Magisk gets its biggest update in months, bringing features like Android 11 support and a brand new UI to stable

Magisk gets its biggest update in months, bringing features like Android 11 support and a brand new UI to stable

For advanced Android enthusiasts, Magisk is one of the most popular tools for achieving systemless root access to a device. Since each yearly Android release introduces new underlying code changes, there's usually a lot of work to be done before Magisk can be made compatible. Developer John Wu started with the first canary builds back in April, and now it looks like Magisk version 21 is officially ready for Android 11 — as well as a completely rewritten version of Magisk Manager.

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Google's dreaded SafetyNet hardware check has been spotted in the wild

Google's dreaded SafetyNet hardware check has been spotted in the wild

If you're part of the root and ROM Android enthusiast crowd, then you probably freaked out a bit back in March when it was revealed Google's SafetyNet check was getting a hardware-backed component with no easy workaround. Now, these changes have been spotted live in the wild, and some phones are already using hardware-backed SafetyNet attestation. Cue "the end is nigh" wailing.

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How to take a screenshot in Android when an app doesn't want you to

How to take a screenshot in Android when an app doesn't want you to

Android may be a wide-open world compared to iOS, but there are still some things you just can't do on Google's mobile platform. One of them is capturing screenshots within apps that prohibit the act — either because the screen contains sensitive information or content protected by digital rights management. Lucky, then, that we have a trick up our sleeve called rooting! Yes, even in 2020, it still has utility for the people who need it the most. So, if you'd like to grab a freezeframe to meme up or spoil a drama series or keep some backup passcodes where you can easily pull them out, we've got a way (or three) to do that.

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First Magisk canary builds are now available for Android 11

First Magisk canary builds are now available for Android 11

It's the same procedure as every year: Google releases new development builds for the latest version of Android, and the developer community begins digging through the code to see how it can achieve root. That's true for this year, as well, as Magisk developer John Wu has published the first canary builds of his systemless root solution for Android 11's developer preview.

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Latest SafetyNet improvements threaten to finally kill Magisk Hide

Latest SafetyNet improvements threaten to finally kill Magisk Hide

Magisk and Google have been playing a game of cat and mouse for years: Google's SafetyNet technology is supposed to be triggered when it notices a rooted device, but MagiskHide does its best to keep banking apps, Pokémon Go, and other root-despising applications going, no matter what you do with your phone. However, the latest update to SafetyNet, apparently rolling out via the Play Services, seems to put an end to the game permanently. Magisk developer John Wu isn't convinced he'll find a solution that would keep his tool intact once Google fully implements the change.

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Per-app dark mode scheduler DarQ now works without root (APK download)

Per-app dark mode scheduler DarQ now works without root (APK download)

Ahead of Android 10's official launch, developer Kieron Quinn published DarQ, an application that forces the new OS' dark theme on a per-app basis, complete with a scheduling option that's still extremely useful to this day. Until now, the product had exclusively relied on root access, but Quinn shared with us that following a recent update to version 1.2, you can grant the needed permissions via ADB — no root required anymore.

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Magisk Manager starts testing new UI as John Wu prepares to hand manager app over to new developer

Magisk Manager starts testing new UI as John Wu prepares to hand manager app over to new developer

Magisk, the popular root solution, is testing an updated interface for its Magisk Manager app's latest Canary release. It's a pretty drastic redesign, and developer John Wu is clear that this isn't the final look, but we can expect a focus on  "functionality over aesthetics." John Wu has also announced that the developer who did the new redesign will be the "main" maintainer for the app (but presumably not Magisk itself) in the future.

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

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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