Magisk 14.1 Adds Official Support for the Google Pixel & Other A/B Partition Devices

Over the past year, Magisk has exploded in popularity as an alternative to SuperSU for users on our forums. It provides many advantages over other root solutions: it’s open source, plays nice with the SafetyNet tamper check, and has an extensive repository of modules that modify your phone without touching your system partition. However, Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL users who wanted to use Magisk on their device were forced to use unofficial ports—until now.

XDA Recognized Developer / Recognized Contributor topjohnwu has released Magisk v14.1 which brings official support for devices with an A/B partitioning scheme. This means the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are now supported as well as the Motorola Moto Z2 Force and the Xiaomi Mi A1. According to the developer, a lot of changes had to be made in order to properly accommodate the Google Pixel devices. The changes made to Magisk also mean that owners of these devices (or the Google Pixels, at least) will be able to take OTA updates seamlessly while preserving Magisk. The instructions for how to apply an OTA update without losing Magisk can be found here.

If you own a Google Pixel or another device with the A/B partition scheme, head on over to the official XDA thread to download Magisk version 14.1. The installation methods remain the same for these devices: either install it through your custom recovery or let Magisk Manager make a custom boot image for you to install.

This is pretty good news for owners of A/B partitioned devices, and as always, we are looking forward to future Magisk releases to see what it brings to the table. Follow the XDA Magisk forums to keep up to date on the latest Magisk Modules as well as any news straight from the main developer, topjohnwu.

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The Essential Phone has reportedly only sold 5,000 units through Sprint – but why?

Update, September 28, 02:40 EST: We’ve updated the post and the headline to reflect the fact that the 5,000 figure mentioned below only covers Sprint sales, and not sales of unlocked units. That said, if the 5,000 units on Sprint estimate is accurate, the unlocked sales are probably not much better either.

Original post: The Essential PH-1 has only sold 5,000 units since through Sprint its launch, according to a new report. The disappointing figure may come as a shock to many Android fans who have been following the company. Essential has had a massive amount of hype behind it since March when its founder tweeted out a picture of a bezel-less display phone. That founder just so happens to be Andy Rubin. He was one of the four founders of Android before Google bought it and continues to be extremely popular in the industry today.

On its face, the sales numbers are disappointing. But when you start to dig into why they’re so low, it begins to make a lot more sense. The Essential Phone has been a long time coming. I don’t mean that in the sense of “we’ve been waiting for a phone like this”, but rather, it was first teased SIX months ago. That’s an eternity in technology.

Teased in March and announced in May, the Essential Phone didn’t hit store shelves until September. In that time, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, HTC U11, Moto Z2 Force, Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have all been released. A strong launch comes down to three factors: availability, quality, and hype. Essential has failed on all three counts.

First off, the phone missed its deadline. Back in May, Rubin said that the phone would ship in 30 days. Then in July, we were told it would be shipping “in a matter of weeks.” Finally, in late August, the phone finally started shipping to customers and it took until mid-September for it to show up in Sprint stores. You should never make it difficult for customers to give you their money and Essential has done just that.

The build of the Essential Phone is excellent. It’s a beautiful ceramic and titanium device with an almost bezel-less design and magnetic modular add-ons. But, the software has left people feeling lacking. The stock build of Android only has one added app, the camera. And, that’s been a big point of contention. Even though Essential has continued to release updates, we were underwhelmed in our review with picture quality. Luckily the camera is something Essential can continue to work on with software updates but any lack of true stand-out features could be hurting sales.

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Essential Phone review: Maximum hardware, minimum software

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Both of those factors have killed a lot of the hype that surrounded the Essential Phone. When it was just a picture on Twitter, we could only dream about what it might be. This led to a lot of speculation about features, price, build, and software. Now that the phone is real and its flaws are laid bare, the hype has significantly died down.

Despite its rocky start, Essential will be fine. The company is valued at more than a billion dollars and has an extremely influential leader in Andy Rubin. And none of this is to say that the Essential Phone is a bad phone. It’s really quite good, but when it’s hard to get, expensive, and lacking any standout features, people look elsewhere.

We’ve reached out to Essential for its comments on these numbers and we’ll update this post as soon as we hear back.

What do you think about these numbers? What are your reasons for passing up the Essential Phone? Let us know down in the comments.

Motorola releases list of devices that will get Android Oreo

Now that Android 8.0 Oreo is out in the wild for Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices, now the attention turns to Android manufacturers to see what devices will get the update and the speed at which they receive the updates. Motorola is one such manufacturer, and with a slew of Android devices under its belt, it’s time to take a look at which will get Oreo.

Taking a look at the list, the more notable omissions are the Moto G4 Play, Moto G4, and Moto G4 Plus, all three of which were released in 2016. Even though they were all upgraded to Nougat, it looks as if that will be the last major Android update they will receive, which is a bit of a letdown but something that has become a trend with budget smartphones.

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This is Motorola’s first Android One phone, likely coming to the US

This is Motorola’s first Android One phone, likely coming to the US

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Also of note is some of the language Motorola uses with certain devices, whose Oreo updates are “pending partner support.” Keep in mind that, even though Motorola is behind the updates, the carriers are the ones that push them out, unless the device is unlocked. As such, you should also pay attention to your carrier if you have any of the Z-branded phones, since they are the ones who set the update timetable for their phones.

Finally, the list does not include the upcoming Moto X4, which looks to be the first Android One phone to launch in the US. Then again, the Moto X4 isn’t even available for purchase in the country or around the world yet, so keep your fingers crossed that an update to Oreo is in the works.

You can see the full list of Motorola devices getting the Oreo update below:

  • Moto Z2 Force – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon
  • Moto Z2 Play – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto Z Force – Verizon
  • Moto Z – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto Z Play – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto G5S Plus – unlocked
  • Moto G5 Plus – unlocked
  • Moto G5 – unlocked

Do you think Motorola has dropped the ball when it comes to the lack of an Oreo update for the Moto G4 family? How long do you think it will take these phones to receive the Oreo update? Let us know in the comments!