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Pixel Experience released for all Treble phones

Pixel Experience released for all Treble phones

If Google's not going to release the Pixel-based Android for the masses, then XDA member jhenrique09 will! This developer created a software build that makes the Pixel phone experience universal. Or at least universal inside the realm of phones that run Project Treble. Is your phone one of the lucky few?

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Paranoid Android custom ROM in financial trouble

Paranoid Android custom ROM in financial trouble

Rooting on Android seems to be slowly falling out of fashion, especially with the recent decline of developers working on rooting methods. One part of Android modding that seems to still be going strong is custom ROM development. It hasn't been a smooth ride and has had its ups and very high-profile downs. It seems that there will be a new "down" is on the horizon with Paranoid Android, perhaps the second most popular custom Android ROM, running out of funds to the point that its developers are now asking for donations.

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Google Play Services start blocking uncertified Android devices

Google Play Services start blocking uncertified Android devices

The Android platform is open source (though more like open source dump) and there’s no way to close that door anymore. Google, however, has found a way around it through its oh so essential Google Play apps and services. While OEMs had to comply with Google’s rules and certification requirements to officially ship with these, some have found ways around that, usually by side-loading GApps, as the bundle is called, themselves or telling users how to do so. Now it seems that Google is closing the door on that method but users of custom ROMs need not be too worried because Google is surprisingly giving them a special pass.

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It’s now Treble time for your smartphone

It’s now Treble time for your smartphone

Project Treble is a feature that's suddenly proven invaluable to the most Android-addicted phone users worldwide. This invaluable state isn't necessarily in play because of the feature's original intent. Instead, Android users found a way to make any Android Oreo device with Project Treble made active can boot two of the most awesome ROMs in the world, with minimal hassle.

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Android-x86 7.1 brings Android Nougat to x86 computers

Android-x86 7.1 brings Android Nougat to x86 computers

Android is almost everywhere today, from the usual mobile devices to wearables to cars and even to some smart appliances. The platform, however, has been conceptualized and designed with ARM-based devices in mind. And while there are indeed some Intel or AMD computers, like the Lenovo Yoga Book, that run Android, they are still far and few in between. Fortunately, there are projects like Android-x86 which has just recently reached an important milestone of bringing Android 7.1 Nougat to any computers running on an Intel or AMD x86 processor.

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Huawei P8 Lite gets unofficial, barely working Android Oreo port

Huawei P8 Lite gets unofficial, barely working Android Oreo port

Huawei might have become one of the world’s top 3 smartphone manufacturers, but there are some things that still haven’t improved over the years. Things like tightly, locked phones, the heavily customized EMUI skin, and the not so global rollout of updates. The latter means that only the latest and greatest, and even then not all, get to enjoy the latest Android releases. That’s the plight owners of the Huawei P8 Lite find themselves in with regards to Android 8.0 Oreo. Fortunately, hope springs eternal. Or rather, trickles, with the new OpenKirin GZOSP Android 8.0 port for the device.

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Galaxy S8, S8+ custom Android ROMs for those who dare to root

Galaxy S8, S8+ custom Android ROMs for those who dare to root

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and its larger Galaxy S8+ sibling are arguably two of the best-looking, and best-performing smartphones this half of the year. But as great as they are, they are by no means perfect. Even the Samsung faithful will admit, sometimes begrudgingly, that the Korean OEM can be a wee too "generous" when it comes to the extras, a.k.a. the cruft and bloat, inside the smartphone user experience or UX. If you're feeling adventurous, there are a couple of Android custom ROMs available for these devices to set you free from the clutches of TouchWiz (or now "Grace") and of Samsung's bloat.

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OXI Android ROM tries to make phones double as desktops

OXI Android ROM tries to make phones double as desktops

Last week Jide made an announcement that had a familiar message. Following the likes of Microsoft Continuum and Ubuntu Convergence, its Remix Singularity project wanted to turn the very same Android smartphone and apps that you keep in your pocket into the PC that you’ll use on your desktop. Jide is hardly the first nor the only one who has made such an attempt. At MWC 2017, French company Auxens has revealed an alpha version of its OXI ROM that does that as well, with a little less polish but a bit more device support.

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LineageOS Gerrit is up: CyanogenMod being written-out

LineageOS Gerrit is up: CyanogenMod being written-out

This morning the official LineageOS Gerrit was published for developers to contribute to, continuing the work of the open source community on CyanogenMod. Cyanogen - the brand-named company - will continue to operate on its own, separate from the Android software that's transforming into LineageOS (or Lineage OS, or just Lineage, if you prefer). Developers are hard at work now turning the next version of CyanogenMod into the first version of LineageOS.

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Nexus 5 gets a taste of Nougat via unofficial Android 7 ROM

Nexus 5 gets a taste of Nougat via unofficial Android 7 ROM

The Nexus 5 isn’t going to receive an official Android 7.0 Nougat update. Whether that’s because the smartphone has reached its end of life or because Qualcomm won’t release updated drivers for its chipset hardly matters for owners of what is perhaps the most loved Nexus smartphone. Hope springs eternal, however, at least for those who are willing to take the plunge and take the necessary steps towards Nougat. An AOSP-based Android 7.0 ROM is now available for the device and it seems that almost everything is working perfectly.

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Google Pixel phones might be able to dual boot Android ROMs

Google Pixel phones might be able to dual boot Android ROMs

The Android OS is known for being very open and flexible to the point that dozens of third-party Android versions, called ROMs, have been developed. That said, Android is setup in such a way that one device can really only boot into one Android system at a time, making it difficult, though not impossible, to juggle different ROMs on a single device. That, however, might be thing of the past as there is a chance that the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can actually dual boot two Android systems with less risk than before.

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CyanogenMod jabs at OnePlus OS closed-source OS

CyanogenMod jabs at OnePlus OS closed-source OS

The official OxygenOS for OnePlus "won't be a community build, it will be a real OS." So says OnePlus ROM team member Helen, an official member of said team. In return, the Android community has been none too kind to the creators of said operating system and said hardware. Cyanogenmod's own Steve Kondik suggested the following: "you can love CM or you can hate us, but we have no plans of taking our toys and going home." This is OnePlus after Cyanogenmod - and it's none too pretty.

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