Honor 8 Pro Gets TWRP And Root

The Honor 8 Pro is one of the newest devices in Huawei’s portfolio. Developers should soon have a chance to create and easily distribute ROMs and kernels for the smartphone, as XDA Recognized Developer OldDroid from Team OpenKirin has provided a working TWRP build for the handset.

This TWRP 3.1.1 build for the device supports all Honor 8 Pro models and is intended to work on stock EMUI 5.x with an unlocked bootloader. You would need to decrypt /data partition to install Magisk and SuperSU as you can not install them on encrypted partition. The forum thread contains instructions on encrypting and decrypting as well, to make it easy for users to follow along whichever way they wish to go.


Get TWRP for the Honor 8 Pro

Make Nova Google Companion App Work On KitKat Devices

Recently, we reported that Nova Launcher developers found a way to add a Google Now Panel in their launcher, without root. With a few simple steps, you can have the same functionality on KitKat devices.

XDA Senior Member Nikhilkumar038 managed to found a workaround to make the Nova Google Companion working on an older version of Android. The method requires you to decompile the app and lower the SDK level from 21 to 19. You can find detailed instructions in the forum thread by clicking the link below.


Make the app compatible with KitKat

How to Get Google Now Cards Without Root

In case you missed it, you can now get those neat Google Now Cards on other devices. Thanks to the Nova Google Companion app, you can get Google Now integration. It is possible all the way from Lollipop and up, if you are using Nova Launcher. Not a fan of Nova? A developer from Reddit, AmirZ, ported the Pixel Launcher over to other devices and called it the Rootless Pixel Launcher 1.0.

This video explains two methods on getting the Google Now Cards onto your phone, without root access needed.

 

Rootless Pixel Launcher 1.0 Nova Google Companion Nova Launcher Beta

Source: Pixel 2 ‘walleye’ and ‘taimen’ Specifications Revealed

The Pixel and Pixel XL were highly anticipated devices, but ultimately they were primarily a first-generation, introductory release for Google, and though they weren’t wholly-spectacular, we regarded them a “foundational release“. What was and remains really exciting, however, is what can be built upon said foundations.

Not long ago, we saw buzz surrounding references to upcoming Pixel devices in AOSP — publications with sources informed on the matter went on to report about the existence of three Pixel devices, respectively equipped with a small screen, a large screen, and of course… an even larger screen. Sadly, the in-between device is said to be cancelled according to Android Police’s sources. That leaves us with “walleye” and “taimen”, the smaller and largest device respectively. A recent report found references to what could be the smaller and bigger Pixel successor in HTC U11 files, but according to 9to5google’s sources, the larger Pixel is actually an LG device, which is consistent with reports earlier this year that suggested LG was a likely candidate for a 2017 Pixel phone, something that was reinforced by a bug report not too long ago.

XDA-Developers has obtained information about both upcoming Google devices, which we’ll detail below, from a source familiar with the matter that spent time with at least one of these phones. We are confident in the validity of the details presented below, given the source’s track record, and since these are seemingly-finalized hardware specifications and features, it’s unlikely that they’ll be subject to change.


Taimen

The larger device coming from Google this year will feature a 5.99-inch display with a 1440p OLED panel provided by LG, which isn’t extraordinary given that earlier this year, Reuters reported about Google investing into LG’s display division for their next phone. The phone will sport a smaller bezel than what we saw in the original Pixel XL, and there is a 128GB storage model, though it might not be the only configuration. The device will indeed pack the expected Snapdragon 835 processor (with the big cluster clocked at the reference 2.45GHz frequency, unlike the original Pixel’s lower frequency in the Snapdragon 821-AB) alongside 4GB of RAM. The back is similar to last year’s with a two-tone glass and metal finish, though the glass window is located near the top and no longer encloses the fingerprint scanner. The device should feature a single camera with dual LED flash.


Walleye

The smaller Pixel device will feature a familiar 4.97-inch display with FHD resolution. While the design remains “almost identical” to last year’s smaller Pixel, with similarly large bezels surrounding the display, Google is planning to include stereo speakers at the expense of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which our source says will not be present in this iteration. The phone will also feature a Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM, and there is a 64GB of storage option, making this one of the few small display handsets with premium specifications.


Pixel vs. Nexus Imprint

An interesting detail we’ve learned about is that the pre-production software our source became familiar with on taimen used the name “Nexus Imprint” when referring to the device’s fingerprint scanner, while walleye’s settings referred to it as “Pixel Imprint”. We don’t know whether this is indicative of a Nexus return, though LG has produced several Nexus devices in the past, and these devices don’t seem to be quite as similar as the Pixel and Pixel XL did. However, this might be something that’ll be addressed in the future, and we have no way of knowing whether it means anything beyond a place-holder or left-over name that’ll be changed as development progresses.


That’s all we’ve learned so far, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated on any new details we get a hold of or any reports that surface on the web. For more Pixel news, stay tuned to the XDA Portal!

Sultanxda’s Unofficial LineageOS 14.1 Lands on the OnePlus One

The OnePlus One is a classic. While the phone has not reached the levels of community excellence that vintage devices like the HTC HD2 did, it is seemingly on track to accomplish that status. The OnePlus One is among one of the few modern Android devices that balances specifications with a very strong developer community presence that refuses to let the phone die.

If you are still rocking the OnePlus One in 2017 and rely on the community work to run your phone, there’s some good news coming your way. XDA Recognized Developer Sultanxda has finally updated his unofficial LineageOS ROM to Android 7.1 Nougat.

Sultanxda is recognized as one of the pioneers of development on the OnePlus One, and especially credited towards unleashing the latent camera capabilities on the device. His work began with unlocking 1080p video recording on the front camera on the OnePlus One, and then moving it up to 1440p. He also brought 4K video recording capabilities to the device on OxygenOS. So Sultanxda’s work is well respected in the OnePlus community in XDA and outside too.

Sultanxda’s unofficial LineageOS 14.1 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat features his custom kernel and camera HAL, similar to previous iterations of his ROM. This allows the OnePlus One to record slow-mo videos as well as timelapses at 1080p 60fps. There’s also 4K video recording capabilities in his ROM. The ROM does feature OxygenOS’s camera libraries with 4K camcorder support through his custom HAL, as this fixes a few issues with Cyanogen/Lineage’s camera libraries.

Since this is the first release, there is no OMS support yet in the ROM as implied in the thread.

For downloads, installation instructions and more information on the features, head on over to the Unofficial LineageOS 14.1 forum thread.

Have you flashed the ROM on your OnePlus One? Have you tried any of Sultanxda’s work in the past? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!