Tag: ROMs & Modding

European LG V40 model now supported by LG’s bootloader unlock tool

LG’s official bootloader unlock tool makes the company seem developer-friendly on the surface, but very few phone variants actually get added to it. For instance, the last supported US-market variant on the rather short list was the LG G6, a phone that was announced nearly two years ago. LG has just added the V40 to […]

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[Update: New G6 Play release] Motorola releases Oreo kernel source code for Moto G6 Play and E5 Play

Back in April, Motorola introduced six – yes, six – smartphones simultaneously. Three belonged to the Moto G6 line, and the other three were in the Moto E5 family. The company has now published the Oreo source codes for the Moto G6 Play and E5 Play. While six phones were announced at that same time, […]

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[Update: Dev-program quietly rebooted] OnePlus will no longer send free phones to ROM and kernel developers

OnePlus initially found its niche by appealing to hardcore Android enthusiasts. Over the years, the company’s phones have always had a strong ROM/kernel development scene. OnePlus even sent free devices to popular developers — until now, that is. Several notable developers, including John Wu (Creator of Magisk) and Francisco Franco (creator of Franco Kernel), revealed […]

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Stable version of Android x86 8.1 Oreo now available

Porting an operating system to a completely different architecture is a lot of work. As such, it’s not surprising that the Android x86 project ― which aims to get Android running on traditional Intel/AMD x86 computers ― usually lags quite a bit behind mainline releases. The team released its first Oreo build last year, and now a […]

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[Update: Nokia 5.1 Plus too] HMD releases kernel source code for the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus

The Nokia 7.1 and 6.1 Plus are mid-range Android One devices that were recently updated to Android 9.0 Pie. Following the update, HMD Global has published their kernel source code on its website. HMD Global releases the kernel source code for its devices as per the terms of the various open source licenses it uses. Since most Nokia […]

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HMD releases kernel source code for the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus

The Nokia 7.1 and 6.1 Plus are mid-range Android One devices that were recently updated to Android 9.0 Pie. Following the update, HMD Global has published their kernel source code on its website. HMD Global releases the kernel source code for its devices as per the terms of the various open source licenses it uses. Since most Nokia […]

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Paranoid Android announces Pie Beta ROMs, starting with Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi Mix 2S, and Poco F1

Popular custom ROM maker Paranoid Android came back from the dead in 2017 and has just announced its long-awaited first Android 9 Pie beta builds, with initial availability for a handful of Xiaomi devices. PA is also changing the way it develops its ROM to include Generic System Images (GSI) which should allow support for a greater […]

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HMD releases kernel source code for the Nokia 8.1

The recently released Nokia 8.1 (also called Nokia X7 in China) is one of the more powerful Android One devices you can currently buy. HMD Global launched the phone last month with Android Pie and has now published the kernel source code. The smell of a fresh new source code release The Nokia 8.1 is […]

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HMD releases kernel source code for the Nokia 7 Plus

The Nokia 7 Plus is one of the HMD Global’s higher-specced phones, although still technically mid-range with its Snapdragon 660 chip and 6″ IPS LCD display, it’s one of the best Android One phones you can get. The Finnish company has now published the kernel source code. Sadly, as with all Nokia-branded Android devices, the […]

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TWRP now officially available for the Pocophone F1

The Pocophone’s excellent value has made it a prime target for modders, and there are plenty of custom ROMs already available. Unofficial builds of TWRP have been available for months, but now Team Win has officially started supporting the device. TWRP recovery images for the Pocophone can now be downloaded from the project’s official website. […]

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TWRP now available for OnePlus 6T, Moto Z3, and other devices

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is the best custom recovery around for Android devices. It can flash ROMs, backup and restore your entire device, and more. Since we last covered TWRP, it has added official support for nine new devices — including the OnePlus 6T and Moto Z3. Here are all of […]

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LineageOS 15.1 Oreo adds support for Mi Note 3, Xperia Z, LeEco Le 2, and others

LineageOS is the most popular custom Android ROM, with around two million active installations worldwide. The project recently dropped support for 30 unmaintained phones and tablets, but more devices have now been added in their place. Some of the latest additions and upgrades include the Mi Note 3, Xperia XA2 Ultra, LeEco Le 2, and […]

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Android Pie kernel source now available for Moto X4, Moto P30 Play, and Motorola One

Motorola is typically quick at releasing kernel source code for its phones. Now the company has released source packages for Pie on three different devices — the X3, P30 Play, and Motorola One. Motorola has uploaded the kernel source for ‘Payton’ and ‘Deen’ to its public GitHub account. ‘Payton’ is the codename for the Moto […]

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Kernel source codes for Motorola One Power and Moto Z3 Play are now available

The Motorola One Power and Moto Z3 Play are fairly recent releases from Motorola, having debuted earlier this year. Both phones have now had their kernel source codes published on GitHub, meaning that custom development for them can now properly begin. Unlike most Motorola kernel source releases, the Z3 Play’s took a while to arrive. […]

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Razer Phone 2 factory images and kernel source are now available for download

For many, a phone is a black box filled with apps, connectivity, and no small part of modern tech magic. But for the technically inclined (like enthusiasts and developers), the intricate operations that keep us knee-deep in apps and services are well understood, and access to specifics like kernel sources and factory images helps tremendously […]

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Kernel sources for the Moto Z3 are now available

This year’s flagship phone from Motorola, the Moto Z3, was something of a disappointment. Still, if you own one, here’s some good news. Motorola just published kernel sources for the Z3 (codenamed ‘Messi’), so developers can now easily create custom ROMs and recoveries for the phone. Motorola is usually very punctual with kernel source releases, […]

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[Update: Dev-program reboot coming] OnePlus will no longer send free phones to ROM and kernel developers

OnePlus initially found its niche by appealing to hardcore Android enthusiasts. Over the years, the company’s phones have always had a strong ROM/kernel development scene. OnePlus even sent free devices to popular developers — until now, that is. Several notable developers, including John Wu (Creator of Magisk) and Francisco Franco (creator of Franco Kernel), revealed […]

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OnePlus will no longer send free phones to ROM and kernel developers

OnePlus initially found its niche by appealing to hardcore Android enthusiasts. Over the years, the company’s phones have always had a strong ROM/kernel development scene. OnePlus even sent free devices to popular developers — until now, that is. Several notable developers, including John Wu (Creator of Magisk) and Francisco Franco (creator of Franco Kernel), revealed […]

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LineageOS drops support for 30 devices, including the Redmi Note 3 and Moto G4

The LineageOS custom ROM used to support just about every phone imaginable, but lately the project has been going for quality over quantity. Oreo (15.1) builds have to fulfill stricter requirements to receive official status, and now Lineage is dropping support for 30 unmaintained phones and tablets. Lineage recently announced that builds for a given […]

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LineageOS 15.1 Oreo is moving to nightly builds, 14.1 Nougat will switch to monthly releases

Many moons ago, CyanogenMod offered daily builds for supported devices, so you could get the latest and greatest code on your phone instantly. The LineageOS custom ROM has so far stuck to weekly builds, mostly to conserve server space and processing power. According to a GitHub commit, the project has now reversed this decision, and […]

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