Tag: ROMs & Modding

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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Kernel source code for Moto E5 now available

Motorola has already released the kernel source code for most of the Moto E5 variants, including the E5 Plus and E5 Play Android Go Edition. However, the code for the plain E5 has not been available for developers to tinker with — until now. Motorola just uploaded the Android 8.0 Oreo kernel source code for […]

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TWRP comes to Moto G6, Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra, Nokia 6.1, and more

TWRP, short for TeamWin Recovery Project, is the custom recovery of choice for most in the Android modding community. With TWRP, users can do things like install custom ROMs, root their phone, and complete full backups — as long as their device is supported. Luckily, the list includes a broad range of phones and tablets, […]

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[Update: Early unlock news] OnePlus shares details on 6T T-Mobile-version restrictions: bootloader, betas, and more

At launch, OnePlus was surprisingly quiet when it came to particulars about the T-Mobile version of its Oneplus 6T, but in a post published late last night to the company’s forums, additional details about both the partnership between the two companies and the differences in the T-Mobile version of the phone were discussed at more […]

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Amazon Fire TV Cube and 2017 Fire TV Stick rooted using HDMI exploit

Amazon released the Fire TV Cube earlier this year, as a 4K-capable streaming device with far-field microphones (for responding to Alexa responses) and an IR transmitter (for turning devices on/off). Exploitee.rs has now released a root method for the Fire TV Cube and the 2017 Fire TV Stick, which relies on sending commands through the […]

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TWRP now available for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Since the very first Nexus devices, Google’s phones have always been great for modding. If you like custom ROMs or rooting, every Nexus and Pixel phone has been easily unlockable. It’s now a bit easier to install custom system software on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, thanks to an official release of TWRP. TeamWin […]

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OnePlus shares details on 6T T-Mobile-version restrictions: bootloader, betas, and more

At launch, OnePlus was surprisingly quiet when it came to particulars about the T-Mobile version of its Oneplus 6T, but in a post published late last night to the company’s forums, additional details about both the partnership between the two companies and the differences in the T-Mobile version of the phone were discussed at more […]

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Modded Google Camera APK enables Night Sight for all Pixel devices (and it’s impressive)

The guys at XDA Developers often like to tinker with APK files to enable hidden features, trigger specific behaviors, or spoil Google’s surprises prematurely. Their latest software shenanigans involve Google’s Camera app and the promised Night Sight feature that is supposed to come next month. Announced with the Pixel 3, Night Sight is a low-light […]

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Pixel 3’s ‘gesture’ navigation and new multitasking UI can be disabled — but it’ll cost you the Pixel Launcher

Google decided to change things up when it came to navigating around Android, starting with Pie. Although the new “gesture” system was an optional change for updated devices, it’s a mandatory part of the Pixel 3 experience.  Thankfully for those that dislike Google’s forced change to navigation — which has none of the space-saving advantages […]

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OnePlus’s new bootloader unlocking page hints at a carrier 6T variant

OnePlus has always been enthusiast-oriented. Their phones run close-to-stock software, and it’s incredibly easy to get ROMs and custom recoveries onto them. A bootloader unlock request page that just went up on OnePlus’s site indicates that could be about to change with the upcoming 6T, which many have speculated will also be sold by T-Mobile. […]

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Moto G5 kernel source code for Android 8.1 Oreo is out

The non-Plus model of the Moto G5 was never released in the US, but for those of you overseas who have one, here’s some good news for you. The Android 8.1 Oreo-based kernel source code for the Moto G5, codenamed ‘cedric,’ has now been published on GitHub, meaning that developers can start cooking. This news […]

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Motorola releases kernel source for E5 Play Android Go edition

Earlier this year, Motorola released a special Android Go version of its lowest-end phone, the Moto E5 Play. It uses Google’s Android Go platform, and is only available in a handful of European and Latin American countries. The phone might start to receive custom ROMs though, now that Motorola has released the kernel source code. […]

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