With a little time left before the year is over, OnePlus' engineers and team appear to still be hard at work trying to make Oreo for the OnePlus 5T happen and it looks like they succeeded. The first Open Beta for OxygenOS has rolled for the new 5T and it brings with it the first taste of Oreo on the phone.
If OnePlus' effort with the OP5 is to be taken as a benchmark, the 5T might go from first beta to second beta to release in less than a month, which means we could have stable Oreo on it before the end of January. Read More
The biggest disadvantage to picking up the smaller Pixel 2 on Verizon's network is the locked bootloader. Big Red dictates that the phones it sells have to be locked down tight. That's a problem if you're into ROMs or if you'd like to root without an exploit. However, the folks over in the XDA forums have discovered a trivially simple way of unlocking the bootloader which is every bit as easy as the typical method for non-carrier locked Pixel 2 phones. Read More
The Play Store created some controversy last month after announcing plans to remove apps that used Accessibility Services for any purpose that didn't directly relate to disabled users. While Google is reconsidering the best implementation for the Accessibility Services policy, a separate announcement introduces additional policies intended to help make apps distributed through the Play Store more secure and possibly improve performance. Over the next two years, developers will be required to target a recent SDK version in their app updates and provide 64-bit versions of native apps if they aren't already. The Play Store will also begin adding some new metadata to APKs for verification purposes, but most developers shouldn't need to worry about this. Read More
Back in October, Android Studio 3.0 was set loose to the stable channel with improved support for the Kotlin language, platform technologies like Android Things, and many other new and improved features. At the same time, a major upgrade to the Android Emulator also went out to developers on Android Studio's canary channel. It came with quite a few enhancements, but the the headliner was Quick Boot, which can reportedly achieve startup times of less than 6 seconds. Today, this version of the emulator reaches the stable channel and the Android Tools team posted about many of the other valuable improvements this update brings. Read More
The lifecycle of device modification usually goes a little like this: a phone gets released with an unlockable bootloader -> that phone's kernel source gets released -> the same phone then gets increased developer attention resulting in custom kernels and ROMs. Today the Razer Phone has hit that intermediate milestone, and the source code for its kernel has been released to the public as per the terms of the GPL. Read More
HTC and Motorola are two of the few companies that we often see releasing kernel source codes for their devices in a relatively timely manner. Today is no exception with HTC publishing the kernel code for its forty-two-days old HTC 11+. The code clocks in at 417MB and there are 4 versions for different carriers. It joins the U11 in being the second Oreo 8.0 kernel code from HTC.
If you're wondering why the fuss, the answer is you shouldn't technically care if you keep your phone running stock firmware. But if you're a custom ROM enthusiast, kernel source codes help developers create more stable ROMs in less time. Read More
It took a little longer than usual, but HTC has just posted the RUU for the U11 life's Android 8.0 update. The U11's RUU was released just three days after its Oreo update was pushed, but the U11 life had to wait nearly two weeks. In any case, it's now here and ready for you to download. Read More
The OnePlus 5T is without a doubt an enthusiast phone. And what good would an enthusiast phone be without an available custom recovery? TWRP has just added support for the 5T, as well as the Moto G5 Plus and a few other devices. Read More
Headphone jacks are on the way out, and Qualcomm is looking to cash in on the situation - while also possibly making your headphones sound less bad over USB-C.
As you know, most smartphones shipping without 3.5mm jacks do come with USB-C dongles to act as adapters for the traditional analog port. Most of those phones don't even contain a headphone amplifier at all, though (to save space and money), so those pieces actually go inside the dongle instead of the phone. The problem, unfortunately, is that some of these dongles just don't sound very good. Qualcomm wants to change that, and it's created a part called the AQT1000 to address it. Read More