Wednesday, 7 March 2018

How To Download An APPX File From The Microsoft Store On Windows 10

App distribution has changed over the years and the change is mostly attributed to mobile platforms. Mobile apps are generally downloaded from an official app store and for good reason. An app store has its benefits which is why desktop platforms have official app stores as well. 

Apps for Windows are distributed as EXE files but also as packages in the Microsoft Store. The apps that are in the Microsoft Store install automatically. You cannot just download an app and install it later, and you can’t save it as a back-up copy from the Microsoft Store app. What you can do is download an APPX file from the Microsoft store.

An APPX file is the file extension used by Microsoft Store app packages. Think of it as the Microsoft Store app’s equivalent of an EXE file. It’s fairly easy to download an APPX file from the Microsoft Store and sideload it.

In order to download an APPX file from the Microsoft Store you need;
  • A free app called Fiddler
  • Any browser or a download manager
Download An APPX File
Download Fiddler and install it. Run the app and go to File>Capture Traffic and uncheck the option. Fiddler records every single network request that is sent from your system. We will use it to get the download link that the Microsoft Store app uses to download a file. Before you start though, it’s a good idea to disable capturing traffic until you’re ready to download a file. This will make it easier for you to browse the traffic that is captured.
Next, click the WinConfig button. This will open the AppContainer Loopback Exemption Utility.

Store In Microsoft Edge

On the AppContainer Loopback Exemption Utility window, select Microsoft Store, and click Save Changes.
Now, open the Microsoft Store app and navigate to the app you want to download an APPX file for. Don’t click the Install button. First, head back to Fiddler and go to File>Capture Traffic to start capturing network traffic. Now return to the Microsoft Store app and click the Install button. Wait until the app starts downloading. Once it does, you can cancel the download.
Return to Fiddler and again turn off traffic capture. Next, click the Find button. In the Find field, enter appx.
This will highlight the network request for the APPX file that was sent. There will be quite a few matches but we’re only concerned with the very first one.
Right-click it and select Copy>Just Url.
Open your browser or your preferred download manage. Paste the link that you copied and tap the Enter key. When the save file prompt appears, select where you want to save the APPX file.
That’s all you need to do to download an APPX file from the Microsoft Store.

Install APPX File
Now that you have the APPX file, you probably need to know how you can install it. Open PowerShell with admin rights. Paste the following command to install the APPX file.
add-appxpackage -path
add-appxpackage -path C:\Users\fatiw\Desktop\Microsoft.FreshPaint_3.1.10383.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe.Appx

This method has the following exceptions;
  • You cannot download previous versions of an app
  • You cannot pirate apps or get paid apps for free
  • Some apps cannot be downloaded through this method e.g. Microsoft Whiteboard (beta) app
This is a great way to back up an app in case it’s removed from the store later, or discontinued by the developer.

Source: Addictivetips

Facebook Messenger Lite Now Support Video Calling

Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging apps on the planet. Since almost everyone has an account, it’s no surprise that Facebook is an easy way to get in touch with someone. The app used to be a clean and simple, but over the years it has become a bloated mess. They even admitted it’s in need of an overhaul. Until that happens, Messenger Lite has been a great alternative.

Messenger Lite is a stripped down version intended for low-end phones. It doesn’t have photo stickers, GIF search, games, mobile payments, or most of the fluff you’ll find in the full app. The app was originally only available for emerging markets, but it’s now available in most places. Facebook has slowly added more features to the Lite app. The latest addition is video calling.

Video calling was one of the major features not available in Messenger Lite. It has included regular voice calling for a while, but video calls were the last piece of the puzzle. Messenger Lite now has all of the communication options from the full-featured app. For most people, Lite is the vastly superior choice. You get all of the same communication options without the bloat. Hopefully, Facebook can show some restraint and keep the light in Messenger Lite.

Source: xdadeveloper

Google Disable WebUSB in Chrome

Phishing is a major concern if you live a lot of your life on the internet. There are many ways to protect against phishing attacks with software, but one of the best methods is hardware USB keys. An authentication device can protect you even if the attacker has your username and password. At least that’s what they’ll tell you. A pair of researchers proved that these devices are not invincible. A feature in Chrome called WebUSB made it possible to bypass the protections.

WebUSB is a feature that allows websites to directly connect to USB devices; it was added in Chrome 61. Attackers can use the feature with an accompanying website to convince someone to type in their username and password and send it directly to the authentication device to unlock the account. Obviously, which Chrome being the most popular browser on the planet, this is a pretty serious vulnerability.

When asked about it, Google’s security product manager said they are aware of the situation. They consider this type of attack to be an edge case, but they are working to fix the problem. For the time being, Google has disabled the WebUSB feature entirely. This was discovered in Chromium just yesterday. Users can apply a command line flag if they really want to re-enable the feature. For now, the problem has been solved by removing the moving parts.

Android P Developer Preview For the Google Pixel/Pixel XL and Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

Android 9.0, also known as Android P, is now available starting today in the form of the first Android P Developer Preview. This won’t give you the full Android P experience as it’s very much a work-in-progress (and won’t be fully unveiled until Google I/O), but for lucky owners of the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, or Google Pixel 2 XL, you’ll be among the first users to see what Android P has to offer.
The update can only be installed via OTA files and factory images. Google will not be providing OTAs via its beta program for now. The instructions on how to install the OTA files or factory images can be found at the source link below the table, but if you have Magisk and/or TWRP installed, then scroll down as we have a tutorial on how to install the Android P update just for you!

Warning: if you are running any Substratum themes on your device, we strongly urge you to disable them before taking the Android 9.0 update. Those themes were designed for Android Oreo and may cause mismatches in the Android P release, so to ensure a smooth upgrade you should disable Substratum themes until the themer has a chance to update them. See part 3 of this post for instructions on how to disable a Substratum theme.
Download Android P Developer Preview for the Google Pixel/XL & Pixel 2/2 XL

OTA Factory Image
Google Pixel
OPM1.171019.021 –> PPP1
Google Pixel XL
OPM1.171019.021 –> PPP1
Google Pixel 2
OPM1.171019.021 –> PPP1
Google Pixel 2 XL
OPM1.171019.021 –> PPP1
Unfortunately, it appears that the Google Pixel C will not be receiving an Android P release, nor will the Nexus 5X or 6P (though the Nexus devices were expected to not receive the update.)
If you install the update and notice something new that we haven’t already found, send us a tip and you could get a free month of XDA Ad-Free if we write an article based on your tip! Also if you install the update, be sure to check out the feedback and bug report page.
What’s New in Android P
According to the official page, here is a short-list of what’s new in the first Developer Preview of Android 9.0
  • Display cutout support. Yes, the notches are coming whether or not you like it. Android P will make it easier for developers to test how their app will behave on devices with notches.Android P Developer Preview 1, Android 9.0, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL
  • A new look for notifications. Developers can show images and stickers. They can also show full conversations with contact names, and now support showing smart replies—similar to the Reply app but now more accessible to developers.
  • As we previously reported, Android P restricts access to the microphone and camera for apps that are idle. They are also restricting apps from accessing all SensorManager sensors.
  • More video and image codecs are being supported, such as HDR VP9 Profile 2 and HEIF.
  • Multi-camera API so Android apps can request data from more than one camera sensor at a time.
  • ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables provides a modernized approach for decoding images. Should be favored over BitmapFactory.
  • Wi-Fi RTT (Round-Trip-Time), allowing apps to get indoor positioning data at an accuracy of 1-2 meters.Android P Developer Preview 1, Android 9.0, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Improved performance for Android Runtime (ART) and apps written in Kotlin.
  • Improvements to Doze, Standby, and Background Limits. Job Scheduler also now checks for information regarding the network state to batch apps’ network requests together.
  • Restrictions to non-SDK APIs, as we previously reported.
  • Apps that target at platform earlier than Android 4.2 will show a warning box when installed on Android P. This is to encourage developers to migrate to a more recent SDK version in preparation for the new Google Play restrictions.
  • Unified fingerprint authentication dialog.
  • Client-side encryption of Android data backups. This will now require the user’s PIN/Password/Pattern to be entered in order to restore a device backup.
  • New Neural Networks API version 1.1
  • OpenMobile API (OMAPI) for NFC payments and secure transactions
There is more, of course. We recommend you take a look at the Preview sitetimelinenew features and API overviewAPI reference pageAPI 28 support library.
A Short List of New (Unannounced) Features in Android 9.0
Thanks to the Android Open Source Project, it’s possible to take a glimpse at parts of what Google is working on for the next Android release. While most of the code for Android 9.0 is in Google’s internal gerrit, there have been some interesting things we’ve been able to discover from the public gerrit. Rather than rehash each and every finding, we’ll backlink all of the articles on features that are confirmed to be present in the first Developer Preview.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. As we install the Android 9.0 preview on our own devices, we will dig through it to find more interesting features to share with our readers.
How to Install Android P Developer Preview 1 on Rooted Devices
If you are running Android 8.1 Oreo on your Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, or Google Pixel 2 XL and you are rooted with Magisk, then you may be wondering how you can update to Android 9.0 (Android P). Is it possible to accept the OTA update as a rooted user? Yes, but that depends on several factors. Have you ever modified anything in /system or /vendor? Do you have only Magisk installed and not TWRP? Do you have both Magisk installed and TWRP? Depending on your answer to these questions, it changes what you have to do quite a bit.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about the differences in any of the above scenarios if you update using a factory image. I personally always update my device using the latest factory image, and it’s the fool-proof method that accounts for all variations. You can even update without having to wipe your data so long as you are running stock Android 8.1 Oreo. If you are running a custom ROM, however, then you will have to wipe data—so just keep that in mind and back up the entire contents of /data including /data/media onto your PC before you proceed. Finally, you will also need to be sure that your machine has the ADB/Fastboot binaries installed. We have a tutorial on how to do that here.
Here are the steps you will need to follow to install the Android P Developer Preview 1 update:
  1. Download the latest P Developer Preview factory image from one of the links in the table above or from the full page. Be sure you are downloading the right image for the right device (eg. the Google Pixel 2 XL image won’t work on the Pixel 2)!
  2. Extract the factory image zip file.
  3. In the folder, you will see several files: a bootloader image, a radio image, and another zip file that contains the system, boot, vendor, and other partitions that will be updated. You will also see a flash-all.bat and a
    Android P Developer Preview 1, Android 9.0, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL
    Example: Google Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 Oreo March security patch factory image contents.
  4. Windows: Right-click on flash-all.bat and click edit. (I strongly recommend you use NotePad++.) Look for the “fastboot -w update” line. Remove the -w from this line and save the file. This will allow you to flash a factory image without wiping data. If you are running a custom ROM and want to update, then you must leave the -w in the command.
    Android P Developer Preview 1, Android 9.0, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL
    Example: Contents of flash-all.bat from the Android 8.1 Oreo March security update for the Google Pixel 2 XL.
  5. Windows: Double click on flash-all.bat and let it run. It will flash each partition one at a time. This will take a few minutes so let it run.
  6. Mac/Linux: Edit the script in a text editor and remove the -w from the “fastboot -w update” line. Save the file. This allows you to flash the factory image without losing data. However, if you are running a custom ROM, then you must leave the -w in the command.
    Android P Developer Preview 1, Android 9.0, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL
    Example: Contents of taken from the March security update for the Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 Oreo
  7. Mac/Linux: Open a terminal in the same directory as the script, and make it executable by entering chmod +755
  8. Mac/Linux: Run the script by entering ./ in terminal. It’ll take some time as each partition is overwritten, so just let it sit and do its thing.Android P Developer Preview 1, Android 9.0, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL
  9. You should eventually boot into Android P with all of your data intact if you removed the -w flag!
Enjoy the first taste of Android 9.0 on your Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL thanks to the first Android P Developer Preview! If you are wondering what’s new in the update, stay tuned to our Android P tag as we dive in to the release to find anything new in Android 9!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

EZ Notes Ultimate Mobility For Note Taking - Fast and Easy to Use

EZ Notes is extremely popular for being the Handiest and most Device Efficient Smartphone Organizer. It is optimized for our unique vision of "Ultimate Mobility" for modern Urban Customers who are short on time, and need solutions that can keep pace and help them save tremendous time and dangerous distractions.

We not only help countless World-Wide Android users become most productive on their smartphones, but we are also the Gold Standard at preserving precious RAM, CPU, Storage Space, Battery Charge and Wi-Fi Data Plan charges.

These outstanding efficiency benefits also enable users to be able to install more Apps on their Smartphones for longer than otherwise. We also help them eliminate the strains that similar "Free" organizers place on devices, causing our smartphones to Freeze and Crash.
Our customers are very delighted by our award winning Voice Note Transcription features also. Our "Ultimate Mobility" voice transcription is truly unique in that it enables One-Of-a-Kind ("Hands-Free") instantaneous Pop-Up Notes.

This means that we empower them with the true ability to create "On-the-Fly" Notes unlike any other solution. Download EZ Notes today, to experience the only App setting Gold Standards for "On-the-Fly" Organizing on Mobile devices. Kindly take a moment to read this entire site, to gain as much knowledge about your App so you can inform others as well. At EZ Notes, we are honored and delighted to see so many Mobile Fans preferring EZ Notes as their top Mobility Organizer. Kindly Help share this page with as many of your friends and connections on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, G+ and Email, so that we can help others achieve Ultimate Mobility and Efficiency, and make organizing life Fun and super EZ.

  • EZ Notes is simply the fastest most flexible organizer for Android Smartphones. Simplification of common tasks combined with single tap auto saving features dramatically boost mobility and time savings. For example, our One-of-a-Kind (award winning) Voice Notes pop-up and save instantly, without any Additional Steps or hindrances found in other Apps. Editing can be done at any time of user convenience, but not when the person is rushed and wants to instantly take advantage of our "Hands-Free" voice note features !

  • EZ Notes is an extremely slim and efficient Organizer. We are roughly 5.0 MB in size despite all the features! With minimal reliance on Audio Clip Files, large Photo Captures, Bloatware, and Heavy Cloud Syncing, our App will never act like a Giant wasteful Multi-Media File Storage Facility. Conventional Organizers bloat your life and device, quickly bringing the user's life and their Android Smartphones to a screetching halt ! Resulting from a huge demand for a more logical and sensible Organizing experience, EZ Notes puts absolutely zero strain on Precious Resources (such as CPU, RAM, Battery, Storage Space, and Wi-Fi.) EZ Notes customers not only save tremendous time and resources, but our App enables them to enjoy efficiency and have the necessary space to install many more apps and software with great Ease on their smartphones.

  • EZ Notes is Extremely Reliable. Unnecessary reliance on Conventional bloatware (like Navigation Drawers) and other overcomplicated procedures have been entirely re-designed to be easier. We aimed to deliver the most unencumbered daily Mobility Experience with our concepts. EZ Notes also makes much higher use of Persistent Storage technology (a.k.a "Shared Preferences.") This technology is far less easily corruptible, when compared to Apps that use SQLite Read/Write database Table Records to store data. Using Shared Preferences also enables us to do away with rigid table designs and offer smooth Swipe and Fling Gestures to help you move about the App much faster and more smoothly !

Furthermore, EZ Notes does not rely on heavy background services or other intensive tasks (e.g. Cloud Synchronization); this helps eliminate a lot of bloat and strain on modern smartphones. It also ensures that your personal data, photos, and voice notes stay within your own pockets, and are not sold to advertisers, nor falls into the hands of On-line Hackers (which are a big threat).

EZ Notes is the most non-intrusive App, requiring the fewest number of "dangerous" permissions of any App of its kind.

You can use security apps (like the John McAffee solution called D-Central1, to verify how safe we are). In fact, it's quite amazing that we deliver all the benefits you require, without aquire exclusive control and permission over your Camera, Microphone, Contacts, GPS Location Sensor etc... as the other guys do. These other Apps proclaim to be "Free" but in fact they still have to generate revenue for their respective corporation. And they do this through rampant and reckless collection of your data (called "data mining") and seeling to advertisers and just about any corporation or government agencies that offer the "right price" for your valuable privacy. We do not do this !

  • EZ Notes is a very Feature Rich and well rounded (convenient) Organizer. We have proudly Won Awards for Practicality, Mobility, Innovative Audio Transcription, User-Friendliness, and our brilliant On-the-Fly Note Taking features!

  • Due to the extremely fast and intuitive nature of EZ Notes, our App is enjoyed by users from all walks and backgrounds of life. Our App is aimed to help everyone become productive ! In fact, we are proud to be serving the following types of users: Everyday Mobile users who need On-the-Fly time saving Apps, Students with busy mobile lives and schedules, Lab Technicians requiring miticulous recoding of data, Medical Doctors & Nurses who need to quickly record detailed patient data and other daily care tasks, Diary Note Takers and aspiring Authors, Artists who love to Sketch ideas, and many other people who are served by us !

  • EZ Notes is one of few Organizers that bundles everything in one small package. There are no additional Apps or services that must be activated, to enjoy all features. Everything comes straight out of the box. This way, without any hassle, our customers instantly enjoy State-of-the-Art Voice Note Taking + Typed deatiled Notes + S-pen Sketching To-Do list functionalities, Folders, Rich Text Formatting Markup functionalities and much more !

  • EZ Notes provides plenty of handy and amazing "side" features including: Setting Reminders, sharing Notes to other Apps and services (Cross-App compatibility), and an extensive list of Web ("cloud") services. For example, our handy "Cloud Functions" help users automate and save time in Searching the Web (using Google search), Sharing Notes, Shopping online for items, Price Comparisons from different online retailers, Looking up precise Medical Terminology, Quick Dictionary Definition Lookups, Travelocity Reservations, Ebay, Searching YouTube for videos, and more. None of these customized features and benefits exist with "Free" Mainstream Apps.

  • EZ Notes provides the easiest and most straightforward User Interface and Navigation possible ! This was deliberately done so we can help the largest number of people from the widest backgrounds of life get up to speed as fast as possible. Our unique and versatile design approach enables EZ Notes to easily empower our users, and cater to the widest audience from the widest range of backgrounds and Mobile Needs (across the Globe.
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Motorola X4 Review

An IP68-rated water-resistant design safeguards moto x4 inside and out, protecting from spills, splashes and even puddles. Plus, enjoy the best of Amazon Alexa, right on your phone.

From wide-angle landscapes to seriously stunning portraits, dual lenses elevate every shot. The 12 MP camera uses Dual Autofocus Pixel technology and 1.4um pixels to deliver crisp results in any light, while the 8 MP camera gives you a 120° field of view.

Show off everyone’s good side with the 16 MP wide-angle front-facing camera. Adaptive low light mode harnesses 2um pixels that let in 300% more light than a standard 16 MP camera.§ Because bad lighting is no excuse for a bad pic.

Give portraits more panache with fun editing tools like selective focus (bokeh) and selective black & white. See something you like? Use the camera to learn more about it. Landmark Detection shows you info about your surroundings. Scan business cards into your contacts, and even scan barcodes to shop on the fly

12 MP + 8 MP rear cameras for brilliant, professional-looking photos, every time. Plus, enhanced real-time controls so you know what you captured is good to go.
Carrier compatibility
Available unlocked for major U.S. networks like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint***, and Project Fi.
Operating system
Android™ 7.1, Nougat
System architecture/Processor
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 630 processor with 2.2 GHz Octa-core CPU and 650 MHz Adreno 508 GPU
Memory (RAM)
3 GB
Storage (ROM)
32 GB with microSD Card support (up to 2 TB)
148.35 x 73.4 x 7.99 mm (9.45 mm at camera bump)
163 g
5.2” FHD (1080×1920)
424 PPI
Corning® Gorilla® Glass
All-day battery
3000mAh, Non-removable
15W TurboPower for 6 hours of power in 15 minutes
Water protection
IP68 Water Resistant*
Network bands (by model)
4G LTE (Cat11 DL, Cat5 UL)
2G: GSM band 2/3/5/8 CDMA BC 0/1/10
3G: WCDMA band 1/2/4/5/8
4G: FDD LTE band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/66
TDD LTE band 38/41
SIM card
Single Nano SIM
Fingerprint Reader
Ambient Light
Sensor Hub
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz + 5GHz, Wi-Fi hotspot
Rear camera
12 MP Dual Autofocus Pixel sensor (f2.0, 1.4um)
8 MP ultra-wide angle with 120° field of view sensor (f2.2, 1.12um)
Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash
Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF)
Ultra-wide angle shot
Professional mode
Depth detection and depth effects
Selective Focus
Selective Black & White (beta)
Background Replacement (beta)
Spot Color
Landmark/Object Recognition
Scan barcodes/QR codes/Business cards
Slo-motion video
Best shot
Front camera
16 MP (f2.0, 1um)
Selfie flash / light
4 MP adaptive low light mode§
Selfie panorama
Face filters
Beautification mode
Professional mode
Video capture
2160P/4K (30fps), 1080P (60fps), 720P (30fps), 480P (30fps)
USB Type-CTM Port, 3.5mm headphone jack
FM radio
Bluetooth® technology
Bluetooth® 4.2 BR/EDR + BLE (Bluetooth® 5.0 after Android O upgrade)
Front-ported speaker
Video playback
720p (120fps), 1080p (60fps), 4K (30fps)
Location services
Super Black, Sterling Blue
moto mods
moto experiences
moto display, moto voice, moto actions, wireless sound system, moto key, one-button navigation

Skype Launched Updated Version of Skype for Low End Android Devices

Skype is rolling out an updated version of Skype for Android, one that’s optimized for devices running older versions of the OS, providing better audio and video quality for lower-end devices.


The new update will optimize the app for Android devices running versions 4.0.3 to 5.1. Microsoft says that this version “is lighter on both disk and memory consumption,” and that it’ll provide better audio and video for those devices, in addition to better performance when the connection isn’t so hot. The update will be rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks.

The approach looks a bit like what Google is doing with Android Go, a stripped down version of Android that doesn’t require as much processing power, RAM, or storage. They’re phones designed to work in areas with limited internet connectivity, and they come with apps that are designed to operate on such limited specs.

This isn’t the first communications app to go this route: Facebook rolled out Messenger Lite for Android last October, which cuts some of the clutter from the regular app, while Twitter introduced a lite version of its mobile site that uses less data in September. The emphasis on apps and sites that require less data and performance power is useful around the world, especially in places where the latest models of phones either aren’t available or affordable.

LineageOS-15.1 Features

We’ve been working hard these months to get this new version available; the changes that were done in upstream (AOSP) are huge: Project Treble changed the way hardware is managed in Android, so all the OEM-abandoned platforms that are supported by Lineage had to be adapted for the new platform. 

Moreover, we’ve taken the time to make the code future-proof by converting a lot of our hardware-related code to make use of the new Treble capabilities: things such as LiveDisplay and lights (leds) control are now up to date with the new Android standards, so we’re going to have an easier time forward-porting stuff whenever a new Android version comes out.

We’ve not spent all the time just forward-porting 14.1 features: the whole platform code has been cleaned up: all the unused and deprecated bits have been removed and the re-brand process has been completed.


You can now style some aspects of your device by selecting a custom accent color and by choosing between a light or dark interface. A really cool feature we’ve added to this is the (optional) integration with LiveDisplay: during the day the device will have a light theme, and at night some of the interface elements will turn dark, so it’s easier on the eyes. What if this isn’t enough? What if you want your device style to match your wallpaper colors? Automagic will propose you the best colors combination based on your current wallpaper. While this is not a full theming replacement, we hope to satisfy users that requested simple theming capabilities.

New Trebuchet launcher

Our homegrown launcher has been rewritten to make it more up to date with Android standards. Some redundant features have been removed and new ones, such as icon packs support, have been added. All our apps have received a new adaptive icon too, thanks to the feedback you provided in the Summer Survey (you can see a sneak peak of them above). Moreover, Trebuchet will allow you to choose the icon shape that suits your liking from circle, super ellipse, squircle and teardrop.

QR support in Snap camera

There’s now a QR reader mode in our camera app, which supports QR-encoded URLs, plain text, SMS, email addresses, contacts cards, events, phone numbers and location coordinates.

Upgrading to 15.1

We’re starting our 15.1 builds with some devices (listed below), with others migrating to 15.1 sooner or later. Note that several older devices are unable to receive official builds at this time due to the lack of support for working HAL1 camera recorder, which was broken by the treble changes, but don’t worry - we’re working on it.

From official LineageOS 14.1

  1. (Optional) Make a backup of your important data
  2. Download the build either from download portal or built in updater app
    • You can export the downloaded package to the sdcard from the Updater app by long-pressing it and then selecting “Export” on the top menu
  3. Download proper addons packages (GApps, su…) for Oreo 8.1 (8.0 packages are not compatible).
  4. Make sure your recovery and firmware are up to date
  5. Boot into recovery mode
  6. Format your system partition
  7. Install the LineageOS 15.1 build, then install all your addons WITHOUT rebooting
  8. When you’re done, reboot the device.
Note that:
  • Wiping data is not needed when upgrading from an official build
  • While you’ll be able to download the update from the updater app, you won’t be allowed to install a 15.1 build on the top of a 14.1 one automatically

From anything else (including unofficial LineageOS builds)

  1. (Optional) Make a backup of your important data
  2. Download the build from download portal
  3. Download proper addons packages (GApps, su…) for Oreo 8.1 (8.0 packages are not compatible)
  4. Make sure your recovery and firmware are up to date
  5. Boot into recovery mode and wipe data
  6. Install the LineageOS 15.1 build, then install all your addons without rebooting
  7. When you’re done, reboot the device
Note that wipe data is always needed when coming from something that’s not an official build, regardless of the Android version

Nightly builds will roll out this Monday

We’ll be testing the infrastructure this weekend (24th and 25th Feb.), you will see some 15.1 builds appear on our download portal marked as EXPERIMENTAL.
The first batch of nightlies builds will roll out on Monday 26th February, while the other days of the week will remain dedicated to 14.1 devices. Keep in mind that if you install an EXPERIMENTAL build you will not receive OTA updates, but you’ll have to manually flash a NIGHTLY build instead.

Older versions changes

  • LineageOS 14.1
    • Jelly’s favorites management has been improved
    • December 2017, January 2018 and February 2018 security patches have been merged
    • Webview has been updated to Chromium 64.0.3282.137
  • LineageOS 13.0
    • December 2017, January 2018 and February 2018 security patches have been merged

Goodbye LineageOS 13.0

The Marshmallow-based release has been discontinued and the last builds were published on Feb 11th, 2018. The branches will not be locked, so it’ll still be open for contributions such as security patches, like the 11.0 branch which has been getting security patches backported from the community. LineageOS 14.1 will remain under active development, but don’t expect new features to come since the majority of the team has jumped to the Oreo branch.


A couple of our infrastructure repos have been moved from the LineageOS organization to the LineageOS-Infra organization on GitHub. The wiki has also been updated with a focus on device information since a lot of users often check it to look for a suitable device that’s also capable of running LineageOS

Device support: new rules

Beginning with LineageOS 15.1, we’re enforcing a set of rules defined by the LDSR (LineageOS Device Support Requirements). This document defines the requirements that must be met in order for devices to be deemed ship-ready for LineageOS releases to maintain a higher quality standard. These rules, which are not retroactive (14.1 builds won’t be affected), will apply to all the devices that want to ship a LineageOS 15.1 official release regardless of having a 14.1 build. For the end user it means that whenever an official 15.1 build is published, you can expect everything that’s listed in the charter as working.

Device changes

Initial 15.1 devices

Added 14.1 devices

Changes to 14.1 devices

Removed 14.1 devices

Google Working On Updating Android Go Image to the Android Studio Emulator

Android Go is Google’s stripped down version of Android based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and is designed to run on lower-end hardware with low RAM and storage requirements. 

It was announced last year and recently we saw it reach its first devices. While some devices will be launching with Android Go onboard, there’s nothing stopping a custom ROM developer creating their own build of Android Go and running it on any device. I think this is cool, but Google has deemed it necessary to create Android Go specific applications due to the storage and RAM constraints – at least, in the case of YouTube Go and Google Maps Go to name a few. When creating apps, developers can use the Android Studio Emulator to test their applications but this isn’t the case when it comes to Android Go. You can’t test your apps on an Android Go based emulator as Google hasn’t added the image.

According to the Google representative on Reddit, Google is “in the process of providing an official Android Go image” to Android Studio’s Emulator. This means that soon app developers will be able to test how their applications run under the same conditions as a real-world Android Go device.

Obviously, this means that developers will have to wait until the image is available, but if you can’t wait, the same representative gave instructions on how to simulate it yourself for now. Simply fire up Android Studio and set up an Android Studio emulator image at API level 19, then reduce the RAM size to 512MB and lower the JVM heap size. This should suffice as a testing environment until Google supplies official images to be launched within the Android Studio emulator.

Google said that they foresee this variant of Android running on future devices, and the aim of the platform is to make basic online computing available to everyone. Giving developers the tools to make applications for the platform is the first step.

Instagram to Launch Voice and Video Call in Future

Instagram, the popular photo-sharing network owned by Facebook, has been steadily gaining more features over the years.

Instagram is preparing to take a significant step beyond its existing functionality. It will soon launch voice and video calling in an effort to compete with apps such as Snapchat, which remains one of the few competitors to Facebook’s dominance in the social networking space.

It’s worth noting that Facebook’s other social apps, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, already support voice and video calling. They have more than a billion active users as well, which Instagram can’t hope to match because of its niche purpose for photo sharing. However, the addition of voice and video calling is a significant addition.

The strings clearly indicate that Instagram will have a video chat option in the future, similar to Snapchat. There will be standard messages letting the user know that either the video chat has ended or the user has left the chat.

The addition of voice and video calling to Instagram will significantly enhance the app’s feature set. It will be on par with WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger in this regard and it will bring the network to feature parity with Snapchat. As of now, there are no indications about the time frame for the feature’s launch, but it’s reasonable to expect an official announcement soon.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Sony Xperia Review

The Xperia XZ2 is packed with the latest Sony technologies to deliver an entertainment experience that touches your senses in a whole new way. Whether you’re lost in an HDR movie or capturing hidden details with the new advanced Motion Eye™ camera.

With Sony’s Dynamic Vibration System, a Full HD+ HDR display and Sony's BRAVIA® TV technology, all your movies and videos become a new, uniquely stimulating experience. Plus, with powerful stereo speakers, you get fully immersive audio.

Discover the world’s first 4K HDR Movie recording in a smartphone2. With more contrast, colour and detail in every scene, your videos will be closer to cinema quality.

Enjoy superior sound with the Xperia XZ2. High-Resolution Audio3 gives you the best possible quality and LDAC means everything sounds great even if you’re listening wirelessly. Plus, the powerful stereo speakers let you share your music and movies with friends.

The new Xperia XZ2 design packs cutting edge technology comfortably into your hand. The unique 3D glass look is inspired by the movement of light and the smooth surface creates a natural flow with a beautiful, seamless finish.

Capture breathtaking still images and film in stunning 4K HDR1 with the next generation Motion Eye™ camera.  

Enjoy movies and more in exceptional contrast, colour and clarity with a large High Dynamic Range (HDR) display. And the Dynamic Vibration System lets you feel the action in the palm of your hand.

Featuring sound enhancing technologies such as High-Resolution Audio1 and LDAC, the Xperia XZ2 always gives you an exceptional music experience.

The new Xperia XZ2 has cutting edge technology packed into a fluid and elegant design. The ultimate in Sony craftsmanship, it looks beautiful and feels comfortable in your hand.

With Sony’s technology and design innovations working together, the Xperia XZ2 is beautiful both inside and out.

See beautiful reflection, ambient colours and shine from every angle thanks to the beautiful glass and flow of light.

Enjoy industry-leading performance with a cutting-edge Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform and a 3180mAh battery for the best entertainment experience that lasts all day.  

The Xperia XZ2 has a 3180mAh battery – and on those days when you’re using extra energy, Smart Stamina works ahead of time to keep you powered up for longer.

64GB UFS internal memory1
microSDXC support (up to 400GB)
Single SIM
Dual SIM
Nano SIM
Google Android™ O2
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform3
3180 mAh
Smart Stamina
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
Battery Care
Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.03
USB power delivery
Wireless charging (Qi)
Water resistant (IP65/68)4
Corning® Gorilla®Glass 5
153 x 72 x 11.1 mm
Liquid Black
Liquid Silver
Deep Green
Ash Pink
5.7", 18:9 Full HD+ (1080 x 2160) HDR display5
TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile
X-Reality™ for mobile
Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
19MP Motion Eye™ camera
1/ 2.3” Exmor RS™ for mobile memory-stacked sensor
Pixel Pitch 1.22μm
25 mm wide Sony’s award-winning G Lens F2.0
BIONZ™ for mobile image-processing engine
960 fps Super slow motion video (FHD/HD)
Predictive Capture (motion / smile)
Autofocus burst
x8 Digital Zoom
HDR Photo
4K HDR Movie recording6
Quick Launch & Capture
Low-light photo: ISO 12800
Low-light video: ISO 4000
Predictive Hybrid Autofocus
Anti-distortion shutter
Triple image sensing technology
SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stablization)7
1/ 5” Exmor RS™ for mobile
23mm wide angle lens F2.2
Low-light photo: ISO 1600
Low-light video: ISO 1000
SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stablization)
LTE (4G) Cat18 with up to 1,2Gbps8
WiFi Miracast
Bluetooth® 5.0 wireless technology
DLNA Certified®
Google Cast
USB 3.1 Gen1 (5Gbps)9
Fast and secure unlock
High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD)10
Clear Audio+
Stereo speaker with S-Force Front Surround
Stereo Recording
Qualcomm® aptX™ HD audio3
Automatic Headphone Optimisation
Virtual Phones Technology
USB Type-C™ to 3.5mm Audio Jack Adapter
PS4 Remote Play
3D Creator
Movie Creator
AR effect
What's New
Xperia Lounge
Xperia XZ2 Style Cover Stand SCSH40
Xperia XZ2 Style Cover Touch SCTH40
Wireless Charging Dock WCH20