Saturday, July 14, 2018

LG V30+ gets Android Oreo update in India with AI Camera and ThinQ branding

LG V30 Plus India Android Oreo

The LG V30 is LG's 2017 V series flagship. It was announced at IFA 2017 and was launched in a few markets in September. The LG V30+ is a variant of the V30 that comes with 128GB of storage. In India, the company opted to launch the LG V30+ as the only variant of the V30 priced at ₹44,990 ($656). It shipped with Android 7.1 Nougat but is now receiving the Android Oreo update.

The LG V30 first began receiving the stable Android Oreo update in South Korea last year. It has taken LG several months to roll out the update in different markets. In the United States, the carrier variants of the V30 received their Android Oreo updates a few months ago, with the U.S. unlocked variant receiving its update in May.

Now, LG is finally rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the V30+ in India. The update changes the phone's branding to the LG V30 ThinQ with AI Camera. The ThinQ branding was introduced with the LG V30S ThinQ and later carried over to the LG G7 ThinQ. The V30S is a 6GB RAM variant of the V30. All V30 Oreo updates have included the ThinQ branding and the AI Camera feature.

The update comes with build number OPRR1.170623.026 and software version V20b-IND-XX with the June security patches. It brings AI Camera, a feature that analyzes the subjects in a frame and recommends one of four filters. These filters are based on a total of eight categories: people, pets, food, flowers, city, landscape (sea/sky), sunset or sunrise.

The update is now available to most LG V30+ users in India. Users can also manually check for the update in system settings.


Source: LG India Via: FoneArena



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MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.12 now available for 21 Xiaomi devices

Xiaomi has been making good progress when it comes to rolling-out MIUI Beta ROMs for its devices. The company has revealed the roll-out schedule of MIUI 10. The company's popular custom user interface comes in two variants: MIUI 10 China and MIUI 10 Global. The China ROM is intended for Chinese users, whereas the Global Beta ROM is intended for a global audience and comes with Google Play services integration. Xiaomi phones that are sold internationally ship with MIUI Global Stable ROM.

MIUI 10 China was announced at the Xiaomi Mi 8 event in May, while MIUI 10 Global was announced at the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 event in India.

Last week, Xiaomi rolled out MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.5 for eight Xiaomi devices. The Global Beta ROM has a weekly update schedule, and therefore, Xiaomi has released this week's update. MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.12 ROM is now available for 21 Xiaomi devices, which are noted as follows:

The instructions to upgrade to MIUI 10 Global Beta are:

  • Backup your data before upgrading to MIUI 10.
  • Users running MIUI 7 / MIUI 8 / MIUI 9 stable ROM will need to upgrade to MIUI 10 via fastboot method (which requires an unlocked bootloader).
  • Users running MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM can head to the Updater app and check for updates.
  • The Global Beta ROMs can be flashed either via fastboot or recovery. Installation instructions via recovery can be read here.

The changelog for MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.7.12 deals with bug fixes on devices such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Mi 6, and the Xiaomi Mi 5 . The full changelog is noted below:

Changelog

Security
Fix – Security stops working [Redmi Note 4]

Notification
Fix – No notification on lock screen [Mi 6]

Camera
Fix -The video is stuck when taking 1080P video [Mi 5]

Lock screen
Fix – Phone can unlock without password/fingerprint/pattern [Mi 6]

Download links for MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM

Devices Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 4X Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi 5s Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi Max Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi Max Prime Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 4A Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm/Redmi Note 4X Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A/Redmi Y1 Lite Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime/Redmi Y1 Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi 6 Recovery ROM Not available
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi S2/Redmi Y2 Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro/Redmi Note 5 Not available Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi 5 Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM
Xiaomi Mi Mix Recovery ROM Fastboot ROM

Source: MIUI Forums



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Chrome OS may let you resize picture-in-picture windows for Android apps

Google announced in May that Chrome OS would get picture-in-picture mode for Android apps with the Android P update. The company has been testing the Android P update for Chromebooks for a few months. Chromebooks never received the Android Oreo update, as Google intends to jump straight from Android Nougat to Android P.

Last month, a comment on the Chromium Code Review showed that Google is testing the Android P update only for Chromebooks with kernel version 3.18 and above. This means that Chromebooks with kernel version 3.14 (such as the 2015 Chromebook Pixel) will probably not get the Android P update, which means they won't be receiving the picture-in-picture feature for Android apps. The focus for testing the Android P update is for Linux kernel version 4.4 and 4.14, with support for Linux kernel version 3.18 being the cut off point. Chromebooks with kernel version 3.18 won't get the Android P update until at least Chrome OS 71, which is scheduled for December.

Now, a commit in the Chromium Gerrit indicates that Chrome OS may let users resize picture-in-picture mode for Android apps. The commit is titled: "Allow resizing for PIP windows." It should be noted that it isn't merged yet. When it's merged, users of Chromebooks eligible to receive the Android P update will be able to resize the picture-in-picture windows for Android apps.

Picture-in-picture was one of the major new features of Android Oreo. Picture-in-picture (PIP) mode is a special type of multi-window mode that is mostly used for video playback, as it lets users watch videos in a small window pinned to the corner of a screen while navigating between apps or browsing content on the main screen. App adoption of the new feature was slow at the beginning. This month, picture-in-picture began to work in YouTube for non-Red users in the US.

Chrome OS has also been getting other new features in the past few months, such as app shortcuts. App shortcuts are now available in the developer channel, just like Android. Chrome OS 69 will also include support for Gboard.



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Android Go Moto E5 Play is coming to Europe and Latin America

motorola moto e5 play android go

Android Oreo (Go Edition) is Google's lightweight version of Android 8.1 Oreo aimed primarily for distribution on smartphones in developing nations. It makes better use of low-end hardware thanks to a suite of optimized applications and a number of under-the-hood changes. Motorola is looking to get in on the action and will be releasing the Moto E5 Play with Android Go in Europe and Latin America. Note that this is not the same Moto E5 Play that was announced back in April.

So what can we expect to see from this device? Despite having the same name, it's an entirely different device compared to the device released in April. It sports an 18:9 5.3-inch display, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a selfie flash. That's pretty much all we know about it, though. We don't know the processor, screen resolution, the amount of RAM, and pretty much anything else about the device. If we had to take a guess about the RAM, it's likely 1GB which is typical for Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices.

Design-wise, it's the typical Motorola design language that we've come to see across the majority of their devices. The fingerprint has the Moto logo emblazoned on it, and the bottom bezel has the Motorola logo inscribed on it.

Motorola is the second big player to enter the Android Go market in Europe, with Samsung potentially releasing a device in the future too. In terms of cost, Motorola has announced that it will retail at €109 (~$128). It'll be made available later this month, which is strange since we barely have any information about exactly which European and Latin American countries it will be available in. We've reached out to our Motorola contacts for more information and will update this post if we get any details.


Source: Motorola



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Friday, July 13, 2018

Oppo A3s is official with 4,230 mAh battery and 6.2-inch notched display

oppo a3s

The Oppo A3s is now official, and it sports a 4,230 mAh battery alongside a 6.2-inch notched display. The device and all of its promotional material already leaked earlier this week, but now it's out officially. Oppo is calling the display a FullView display, something that the Oppo Find X also features. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, a lower powered processor which should maximise the battery life. It also has 2GB of RAM and is running on Android 8.1 Oreo. Obviously, it's no flagship, but this device should be great for basic tasks.

The Oppo A3s also has a dual camera system on the back, comprised of a 13MP f/2.2 sensor and a 2MP f/2.4 sensor for depth perception. We have yet to see any photos from this device yet, but it could be a decent shooter on a budget. The front-facing camera is an 8MP f/2.2 sensor which also sports a "speedy facial unlock." How fast that actually is has yet to be seen, as this particular device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor.

In terms of other extras, you get 16GB of storage that can be expanded with a microSD card. The coveted 3.5mm headphone jack is also present, so you don't need to resort to wireless solutions. Accompanying that massive battery is a microUSB port, though we don't know if it supports fast charging. The regular Oppo A3 supports VOOC fast charging (akin to OnePlus' Dash Charge), so we can hope the Oppo A3s supports it too. The Oppo A3s is going to be available from Amazon.in, Flipkart, and PayTM, as well as offline stores from July 15 at a cost of ₹10,990 (~$160). You can check out the full specifications below.

Oppo A3s Specifications

Specs Oppo A3s
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
RAM 2GB
Camera Rear: 13MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)

Front: 8MP (f/2.2)

Storage 16GB storage + microSD card support
Display 6.2-inch 1520×720 IPS LCD
Audio 3.5mm headphone jack, speaker
Battery 4230mAh
Ports MicroUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack
Miscellaneous OTG supported, Dual Nano-SIM
Price ₹10,990 (~$160)

Via: GSMArena



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[Update: Google’s statement] Pixel 2 owners reporting blurry panoramas compared to the Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL

Update: 7/12: A fix has been found by a user, but it requires root. Instructions here.

Update 7/13: Google has finally released a statement on the issue (below).

The camera is arguably the best feature of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google has consistently received praise for their excellent camera software. In many head-to-head comparisons, the Pixel camera comes out on top. However, not everything is perfect. A bug has been affecting the Pixel 2 camera (not the XL model) since November and Google has yet to fix it.

The problem can be found in panorama photos taken with the Pixel 2. The photos appear to be in focus while taking the panorama, but the resulting photo is out of focus. Many users have been reporting the problem in the Google Product forums and Issue Tracker for the last five months.

User bengrulz was the first to report the problem after doing some research with the Pixel 2, 2 XL, and original Pixel. He shared several comparison photos from the regular camera and a single-shot panorama. The panorama photos look slightly out of focus and have far less detail when you look closer. Here you can see the results from the Pixel 2.

Here are the same photos taken on the XL model.

You can see a drastic difference between the two Pixel models. The panoramas taken with the original Pixel were also fine. I was able to replicate the issue on my device running the Android P developer preview (seen below).

In December, a Google community manager said they would reach out privately to collect bug reports. Later they said the engineering team was aware of the issue and they would share more information when it became available. Users have continued to share reports, but Google has mostly been silent. Finally, last week the @MadebyGoogle Twitter account tweeted that they are aware of the issue and still working on it. The issue is still present in the latest April update.

We're surprised Google is taking so long to address an issue for such an important feature of their phone. The Pixel camera is supposed to be the best in the industry. Panorama photos are a great way to show that off. Let us know if you can replicate this feature on your Pixel device. Add your feedback to the links below to hopefully get Google's attention on this issue.

Thanks cstark27!

Update: Google's Statement

A representative from Google released this short and sweet statement (via Android Police):

We are aware of the issue and expect to release an improvement for panoramas and photo spheres taken on Pixel 2 devices later this year.


Source: Google Product Forum Source: Google Issue tracker



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Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 XL may have a Bixby button like the Galaxy S9/Note 8/S8

Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 FCC

Samsung is preparing to launch three tablets this year: the Samsung Galaxy Tab Advanced 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A2. The most anticipated tablet in this trio is the Galaxy Tab S4 but for those of you on a budget looking to grab a newer Android tablet, then you may be interested in the Tab Advanced 2 or Tab A2. We've seen blurry pictures of both budget tablets appear on regulatory commissions but apart from some networking information, we haven't learned much about these upcoming devices. Now, thanks to firmware files first discovered by XDA Recognized Contributor deadman96385a member of the LineageOS team who maintains several builds for Samsung devices, we have obtained partial specifications for the 10.5″ Samsung Galaxy Tab A2. Interestingly, the firmware suggests the device may sport a dedicated Bixby button like on the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Samsung Galaxy S8.

Within the firmware files for the "Samsung Tab A2 XL" code-named gta2xl (which matches a code-name we discovered from our list of unannounced 2018 Samsung devices revealed by the Samsung Galaxy Note 8's Android Oreo framework), the Tab A2 XL is explicitly stated to support a "wink_key." Examining the firmware of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Samsung Galaxy S9 reveal that "wink_key" is the code-name for the Bixby button. Hence, we speculate that the device may sport a dedicated Bixby button like the current and previous generation Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphones. Numerous Samsung devices are compatible with Samsung Bixby, though the available services will vary on the device. We assume that if the device ends up having a dedicated button for the virtual assistant that it'll support at least Bixby Home and Voice but maybe not Bixby Vision like on the flagship Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, or Galaxy S8. Unfortunately, we can neither confirm what Bixby services the device will support nor can we corroborate this finding with the (blurry) regulatory pictures that have appeared online this week.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 FCC Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 FCC Samsung Galaxy Tab A2

Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 XL taken from FCC filings.

The firmware files reveal that the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 system-on-chip like the rumored Samsung Galaxy J6+/Samsung Galaxy On6+. The device will have the TV101WUM display panel, though interestingly information online states that this is a 10.1″ 1920×1200 LCD panel whereas the recent regulatory filings state that the device will have a 10.5″ panel. We aren't entirely sure what's behind the discrepancy, but the official firmware files that'll be available on release should clear up exactly what display panel this device will have.

We have put together a specification table based on our findings from within the firmware files as well as information already revealed via certification filings (via TabletMonkeys). There were mentions of multiple regional models of this device including one for Sprint in the U.S., Verizon Wireless in the U.S., an LTE model for the Middle East, an LTE model for Turkey, an LTE model for Europe, and of course a Wi-Fi only model. We don't know when the device will launch nor do we know what it will cost, but if we learn more information we'll follow up with another article.

Rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 XL (Galaxy Tab A2 10.5″) Specifications

Specification Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 10.5″ (SM-T590 gta2xlwifi/SM-T595 gta2xllte)
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Display 10.5-inch 1920×1200 LCD (TV101WUM)
Battery 7300 mAh. 9000mV, 2500mAh max input voltage/current
Camera 1 rear 5MP camera with flash (S5K5E3YX)

Unknown front-facing camera

Software Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience
Connectivity 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Direct support

Bluetooth 4.2

4G LTE model

Sensors Vibration

NFC

Light sensor (CM3323)

E-Compass (YAS539 3-axis magnetometer)

3D Digital accelerometer and Gyroscope (LSM6DSL)

Grip sensor (SX9320)

Fingerprint scanner (unknown placement)*

Audio amp (TFA9896)

Buttons Bixby button (wink_key)
Ports USB Type-C port

3.5mm headphone jack

Optional charging dock

Storage microSD card support
Expected Models Unlocked European LTE variant
Sprint LTE variant
Verizon LTE variant
Unlocked Middle East LTE variant
Turkey LTE variant
Wi-Fi only version

*The pictures submitted to the FCC clearly show that the device will not have a physical home button. It's unclear where the fingerprint scanner will be placed if it exists. The firmware states that the device has a scanner, but it does not reveal its location.



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HTC U12+ update adds camera auto zoom, improved pressure sensitive buttons, & more

HTC U12+

The HTC U12+ was released just last month, and it brought a lot of controversies. One of the main reasons for that is the buttons, or rather, the lack of buttons. Instead of standard physical ones, HTC went with pressure sensitive buttons. Not many people have been happy with HTC's approach. The good news is the company seems to have listened to its customers and is trying to improve the buttons. The new update just aired in Taiwan, which brought the June security patch as well as some buttons and camera improvements.

I'm quite confused about why they included the June security patch instead of the more recent July patch, but receiving a security update is always welcome. The camera application got an "auto zoom" feature, which lets you adjust the zoom by swiping on a gray dot. Not much of an automatic process, as the name implies. It is definitely different from Sonic Zoom, which automatically zooms in on the source of the audio.

As for the buttons, HTC made them more responsive and synchronized with this update. HTC U12+ users also reported that double-tapping on the Edge gesture is more accurate and reliable. As I already mentioned, the update is only rolling out to users in Taiwan at this time. It is only 422MB in size and bumps the system version to 1.21.709.3. The update will roll out in other regions, including Europe and North America, over the next few weeks.


Photos via @ChengmingAlpert



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Official Twitter app for Android adds a new bottom navigation bar

tweet storm Twitter

Twitter's Android app has always offered a navigation bar for switching between the Feed, Search, Notifications, and Direct Messages. Traditionally, like almost every other app, it was placed at the top of the screen. But, after Google introduced a bottom navigation bar in Material Design guidelines, many apps have switched. Today, Twitter joined the party, too. With the latest update, switching between the different activities will take place from the bottom navigation bar.

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Twitter started testing this feature in A/B testing back in May, but they fully rolled it out today. As you can see in the screenshot above, the Notifications tab also got a little update. You can now switch between "All" and only "Mentions" notifications. These tabs are still swipeable, though.

The update made some users angry as you can't swipe between the main tabs anymore. Now, you have to tap on them to see your Notifications, Direct Messages, etc. The reason behind this is that Google's design guidelines don't recommend using swipe gestures on the bottom navigation bar. The company would have to use or create a third-party library for that, and I'm subjectively glad that they didn't.

Twitter announced the update on their own platform this morning. It's a server-side update, so you don't have to manually update or sideload an updated version. If you haven't gotten the update yet, just wait a little bit more and it will be available or restart the application if it's running in the background.

Twitter (Free, Google Play) →



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Live photos of upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 spotted on FCC

Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 FCC

Samsung is developing three Android tablets. The first of the tablets is the flagship Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, which has received FCC certification. Live photos of the Galaxy Tab S4 have been leaked, and Evan Blass has also leaked the tablet's S Pen and keyboard accessory. The tablet will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip. The Galaxy Tab Advanced 2, on the other hand, is a budget Android tablet with a 10.1-inch display and the low-end Exynos 7870 SoC. The third upcoming Samsung tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A2, which was leaked a few days ago alongside the Galaxy Tab Advanced 2.

The Galaxy Tab A2 stepped into the rumor mill a few days ago when live images of the tablet were leaked by TabletMonkeys. Now, more live photos of the device have been spotted on FCC with the model number SM-T590. The live photos show a widescreen aspect ratio display, which is expected to have a 10.5-inch display size and WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution. The absence of the fingerprint sensor and capacitive buttons should also be noted. The tablet will use onscreen navigation just like the Galaxy Tab S4 and the Galaxy Tab Advanced 2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 FCC Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 FCC Samsung Galaxy Tab A2

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 has thin side bezels and thicker bezels on the top and bottom. The tablet may feature dual speakers on the bottom alongside the USB Type-C port. As of now, other specifications about the tablet aren't known yet.

On account of the Galaxy Tab A branding, it's fair to expect the tablet to feature a low-power chipset and be priced affordably. This may be enough to keep Samsung's tablet portfolio running for another year, considering that interest in Android tablets has been consistently declining over the past few years due to various factors. On the other hand, new affordable tablet releases such as the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 — which is powered by the capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC — show that Samsung still faces competition in the affordable Android tablet market.


Via: 91mobiles



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Mopria Print Service 2.5 adds multi-hole punch support and selecting multiple finishing options

mopria

Printing documents from an Android smartphone or tablet hasn't always had the best user experience. Google Cloud Print was introduced back in 2013 and it has helped alleviate the issue with devices that have chosen to support it. Android 4.4 KitKat brought some APIs which were referred to as the Android Print Framework, and that helped the Mopria Alliance to come up with an application to help solve the printer compatibility issue. Their application, the Mopria Print Service, has just received an update to version 2.5 and with it comes support for multi-hole punch, bug fixes, and more.

The Mopria Alliance was founded back in September 2013 by four members of the world's largest printer manufacturers. This includes Canon, HP, Samsung, and Xerox. The alliance is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing simple wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Since its inception, they have brought 20 different companies into the mix including the likes of Adobe, Brother, NEC, Toshiba, Sharp, Epson, and many more.

Android Printing Mopria

Feature difference between Android Oreo's Default Print Service and the Mopria app. Source: Mopria.

The Mopria Print Service application has just received a big update that brings it up to version 2.5. The update brings some new features and enhancements to older features. Support for multi-hole punch is likely the headlining addition with this update but it also includes the ability to select more than one Finishing option. Along with the bug fixes that were mentioned earlier, this latest update also adds automatic caching of printer defaults for both Duplex and Media Size options.

Changelog:

  • Automatic caching of printer defaults for Duplex and Media Size
  • Support for Multiple Hole Punch
  • Ability to select more than one Finishing option
  • Bug fixes

Mopria Print Service (Free, Google Play) →



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Sony Xperia X/X Compact, Moto E4, and Xiaomi Mi Note 3 receive TWRP support

TWRP Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Motorola Moto E4 Plus, and Telekom Puls, Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia X Compact, Moto E4, Xiaomi Mi Note 3

As far as custom recoveries go, TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) currently enjoys the position of being the most popular custom recovery around, surpassing the popularity of ClockworkMod and others. TWRP, like other custom recoveries, makes it easy to tinker with your device, undertake system level modifications with ease, and even restore backups if you do end up messing up your device.

For a handful of devices, official support from TWRP also makes it easier to locate the latest official recovery and expect a generally streamlined experience with installation and bug reporting. The Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact, the Motorola Moto E4, and the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 have now joined the list of devices with official Team Win Recovery support.

Sony Xperia X (suzu) and Sony Xperia X Compact (kugo)

Sony Xperia X (suzu):

Sony Xperia X XDA Forums TWRP for Xperia X XDA support thread for Xperia X

Sony Xperia X Compact (kugo):

Sony Xperia X Compact XDA Forums TWRP for Xperia X Compact XDA support thread for Xperia X Compact

Installation instructions for both the devices are rather straightforward. Firstly, you need a device with an unlocked bootloader. You can then use the fastboot command "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img" to flash it to your device. Alternatively, you can flash the recovery image if you already have an older TeamWin Recovery build installed.

Motorola Moto E4 (woods)

Motorola Moto E4 XDA Forums TWRP for Moto E4 XDA support thread for Moto E4

You can install the custom recovery by either fastboot, or if you have a rooted device, by using the official TWRP app from the Google Play Store. You can also update from an older Team Win Recovery build.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (jason)

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 XDA Forums TWRP for Mi Note 3 XDA support thread for Mi Note 3

Follow along the same standard steps for installation on a device with an unlocked bootloader.


TWRP v3.2.2 brings along some long awaited fixes for adb backup functionality, as well as improving the installation of OTA style updates without needing to decrypt the device. It is generally a good idea to update to the latest stable recovery, but make sure you consult your device specific resources beforehand for instructions and other precautions.

Official TWRP App (Free+, Google Play) →



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Many Android email apps and PayPal are vulnerable to phishing attempts

Google Inbox PayPal email phishing

A couple of months ago, we covered a story about a Google Inbox spoofing bug found by Eli Grey. It would allow for people to send mailto links that would spoof the recipient of the email. This could be used for tricking people to send emails to a different address than shown. The vulnerability is the same as the Inbox by Google vulnerability, but worse because there is no way to see the real recipient. Eli reached out to us again with his findings on a new vulnerability involving this spoofing and the PayPal mobile app.

This vulnerability allows users to click a link that will open the Android default app selector. You then can select PayPal. This will bring up options for paying the user from the email. The thing is, when you go through PayPal, it will show you the email that will receive the money. But here, PayPal shows the fake email that it is being spoofed instead of the scammer email. This means that if someone sends you a link to donations@unicef.org, for example, the money would actually be sent to scammer@spoofing.net. The link for you to test it yourself is here. Remember, DO NOT SEND MONEY TO THIS EMAIL. This screen is exactly the same as the one to send money to the real email address. It is a fake email but this doesn't actually send money to UNICEF. To actually donate to UNICEF, you can do that at the official UNICEF website.

This can be very hazardous to anyone that is sent an exploit link. Eli Grey sent this vulnerability to PayPal and they claimed it was not a bug, but a social engineering scam to commit fraud. Hearing this could mean PayPal won't fix the error. This is VERY dangerous for anyone that uses the PayPal app. It could be fixed easily by showing the email address it is being sent to instead of the name it is set to send to.

This bug also affects many other apps and operating systems. It affects macOS on the default mailing app, which seems like the type of bug Apple would love to fix. It also affects many Android email apps like Outlook, the default Samsung Email app, Inbox by Google, and Gmail. They all show the same type of vulnerability where it shows an email that it isn't the real recipient. This was fixed on Inbox by Google in May by showing both the email address and the real recipient.

Hopefully, PayPal and all the other companies with apps affected will fix this issue. It seems very widespread and very dangerous. Luckily, Eli Grey found this so he could get the word out that it exists and for users to make sure to not use any links for payments or sending important emails.



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Google Daydream could soon support multiple controllers

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Google Daydream VR is Google's virtual reality solution for mobile devices. What started as more of a cool tech demo has turned into a whole lot more, as it's a somewhat popular gaming platform now, too. Complete with Unity support, developers can develop games for it pretty easily. Interestingly, the changelog for the latest version of the Google Daydream SDK for Unity suggests support for multiple controllers is coming soon. The Daydream VR controller is a small TV remote-shaped device that can fit in one hand. It's effectively a Wii remote for virtual reality. Imagine if you could have two?

 

Support for multiple controllers has been requested many times simply because it could double the number of inputs for a game. Obviously, there aren't any applications that can make use of it yet. It's one for the future that developers can avail of. More inputs mean games and applications making use of Google Daydream can offer more complicated input combinations at a time. Not to mention that it can allow for a more immersive experience. You could have one controller for your left hand and one for your right hand and control those arms independently in-game.

It's unclear if current Google Daydream devices are going to be able to support multiple controllers at this point in time. It could be the case that Google needs to release an updated version of their current headset. Currently, the platform remains somewhat of a gimmick with very few actual games available. The problem lies in that games won't be released on the platform if it's not deemed profitable for companies. If Google is starting to take it seriously, though, then that means we may see a greater uptake in the future. With the likes of the Adreno 630 powering many top flagship phones, the power for virtual reality on our smartphones is here. We just need the applications to utilise it.


Source: Google VR GitHub Via: /r/Daydream



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Snapdragon 845 Chromebook likely has a Wacom pressure sensitive smart stylus

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 powered Chromebook likely has a Wacom pressure sensitive smart stylus, according to a commit made on the Chromium Gerrit. We already knew it was likely going to include a stylus, but this is not your regular stylus. Wacom provides some of the world's leading technology in interactive pen displays and styluses. This could very well be a smart stylus as it requires power to function.

As we've already gathered, it would appear that this particular Chromebook (codenamed "cheza") is going to be an enthusiast's dream. But how does a pressure sensitive stylus add to that? Not only is it great for artists who pick up the device for animation or drawing, but smart features may make it even better. We've already seen that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 likely has something similar. If it can be used for controlling music and other device features as well, cheza may truly hit it off with regular users and enthusiasts alike.

So what else do we know about cheza? We've gathered quite a lot of information about it from the Chromium Gerrit already.

Apart from that, there isn't much else that we know. It's very likely going to be an extremely appealing tablet for those looking for one, especially those who are more artistically inclined. If you aren't looking for a tablet though, it should still make an incredible laptop. The Snapdragon 845 is no slouch, and UFS technology coupled with it should allow for high-performance. That and it likely being able to make use of mobile data means that you can use it anywhere, making it a truly portable device. In its current state, it's got something for everyone.

Thanks XDA Recognized Contributor deadman96385 for this discovery!



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Spotify Lite ported for use as standalone app on Wear OS

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Spotify is undoubtedly one of the most popular music streaming services on any platform, including Android. They released their first earnings report just two months ago, where they stated that the service crossed 75 million paid users. Spotify's Wear OS application has been available for a while, but it has some limitations. Currently, it can only control what's playing on your phone. So, it's more of a remote than a standalone app. Sure, you can pause, skip, and play tracks, you can also adjust the volume, but everything happens on your phone, which must be connected to the wearable device via Bluetooth. You could just sideload an APK file of a regular Spotify app on your watch, but it's not designed for small wearable devices.

Recognized Developer at XDA forums, moneytoo, decided to fix this problem. He modified the Spotify Lite app so that it's almost fully compatible for Wear OS devices. He basically took the official Spotify Lite APK and divided all the drawable files sizes by two. He also centered the bottom player controls' layout so it's centered instead of filling the width of the device. Then he fixed some little things like the height of actionBarSize and more.

As you can see, the modified version of the Spotify Lite is clearly much better than the official one. After installing the modded APK, you'll have an ability to listen to your favorite songs directly on your Wear OS device while maintaining a somewhat compatible design. At least you won't need to use a microscope to tap on the buttons.

The developer mentioned that the same method can be used on basically any application. He's currently working on a script that will automatically do all the stuff I mentioned above to any APK file. This means that you'll be able to use basically any application on your smartwatch. We'll make sure to let you know when the script becomes available.

You can download the APK file of the modified Spotify Lite from the thread link below.

Modded Spotify Lite APK



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Thursday, July 12, 2018

OnePlus 6’s video editing tools in gallery app now available on OnePlus 5T/5/3T/3

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Recently, OnePlus has been putting a lot of work into bettering the experience on their older devices. With a recently launched Open Beta release for the OnePlus 3/3T, Project Treble support for the OnePlus 5/5T, and a software update plan, the company has been improving leaps and bounds over what they once were. Now, they're doing even more, and have released an updated version of the OnePlus Gallery application for the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5, and OnePlus 5T. It includes all of the video editing tools available on the OnePlus 6. Take a look at the changelog below.

OnePlus Gallery Changelog

The features that have been added are all available on the stock gallery application on the OnePlus 6. This includes the ability to trim videos, add background music, apply filters, and apply a slow-motion effect on a video. The ability to trim videos is incredibly useful, though admittedly the others aren't as much. Still, it's great that OnePlus is updating older devices especially as old as two years in the case of the OnePlus 3.

Screenshots of the updated OnePlus Gallery application

To make use of the feature, you simply need to select a video you want to edit and select the "edit" option. You can then modify the video in a number of different ways that previously required a third-party application. With the OnePlus 3 (and the OnePlus 3T) nearing the end of the road in terms of software updates, the company's dedication to enhancing the user experience can't go unnoticed. You can download the latest version from the Google Play Store down below, as it doesn't seem to be a staged rollout. There are a number of other features that users will certainly request be backported to their devices (such as custom accent colors), but this is a great start if OnePlus intends to continue that trend.

OnePlus Gallery (Free, Google Play) →



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