mardi 19 juin 2018

User gets Google Play Store working on 2014 Acer Chromebook C720P

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As you may already know, Google’s Chrome OS is a pretty minimalist browser-based operating system with simplicity in mind. They have never been used as powerhouses or for power-intensive tasks. But, installing Android apps via Play Store on Chromebooks has been possible for a while now. Unfortunately, not all Chrome OS devices are supported. Many people have been trying to run the Play Store on unsupported devices here on XDA forums. Today, Junior Member nabil2000 managed to get the Google Play Store on the 2014 Acer Chromebook C720P.

He mentioned in his tweets that he suspected the device was capable of installing Android apps, but Google and Acer were lazy. He did some hacking here and there and finally managed to run Android apps on the 2014 Chromebook. For the trick to work, you need to upgrade a kernel and adjust some things. He also posted a modified image with Play Store built in.

If you have Acer Chromebook C720P and want to run the Play Store and many Android apps with it, just head to the thread and follow the instructions. It may not be the easiest or the most straightforward process, but it’s the only way at this moment. Even Nabil mentioned that “it was convoluted but doable.”

Install Play Store on Acer Chromebook C720P



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Ex-Google & Instagram employees want to make vertical videos the new norm

Ex-Google and Instagram employees have created a new company called “Dreams,” and they have one goal – to make vertical videos the standard for video and film. They’ve already received $5 million worth of investment and have done an immense amount of research on the topic to see if it was deemed profitable. The office of Dreams plays TV shows reformatted for vertical television, according to BusinessInsider. The company has a very strange sales model, but it might just work if their research is correct. Are vertical videos the next big thing for multimedia consumption?

“It’s not comfortable for your wrist to hold a phone on its side,” said Dreams co-founder Tom Bender, a former Google product manager. “When we started thinking about TV for the phone, we decided that it has to be vertical. It has to be formatted for the way that you hold your phone.”

The company is betting that nobody will want to watch shows and movies on large television sets anymore, instead opting to use their smartphones. The Dreams application already has a number of TV shows available in vertical video format from the likes of HGTV, Food Network, and Animal Planet. Simply open the application and tune into any of the available channels.

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How are these shows being remade in a vertical video format? Dreams has a team of video editors who resize all of the content. Creativity is also important, as it can be difficult to deal with certain scenes. How do you show a horizontal plane on a vertical screen? This is the kind of question that Dreams is tackling head-on. The company has developed software which identifies who is talking in a particular scene and will focus on them in the video.

“This is different from YouTube TV or a skinny bundle. We wanted to make new mobile channels for a world where billions of people carry smartphones,” said Bender. “The goal for this is international.”

Dreams - TV For Your Phone (Free, Google Play) →


Source: BusinessInsider



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International LG G7 can now be bootloader unlocked

Unlocking a bootloader, rooting a device, and flashing custom ROMs are popular hobbies here on XDA. Unfortunately, some manufacturers don’t allow those procedures for “security concerns.” Traditionally, if unlocking the bootloader is allowed, you can do so on the manufacturer’s website. Just now, LG’s developer website got updated and added the international version of the LG G7 ThinQ. This is model number LMG710EM for the European market.

The LG G7 ThinQ was released in May. It’s already taken more than a month for LG to support bootloader unlocking for the device, but this is still better than not providing unlocking at all. We even mentioned in our mini review of the LG G7 ThinQ that LG is not one of the best OEMs when it comes to software. They can be slow to update devices when newer Android versions are released. That’s why we believe unlocking the bootloader is still relevant and important. Android enthusiasts who don’t want to wait for major OS updates can flash a custom AOSP-based ROM such as LineageOS if it’s available. An unlockable bootloader opens up a plethora of new capabilities like flashing TWRP, rooting your phone, flashing a custom ROM, flashing custom kernels, and more.

LG has never been super developer-friendly when it comes to unlocking the bootloader, but they haven’t been strict either. You can say that they’ve been inconsistent, usually due to the requirements from carriers. Regardless, it’s always good to see a new addition to the list of bootloader unlockable devices.

If your device qualifies, you can find instructions for getting the unlock code and unlocking the bootloader on the page linked below. Again, this is the LG G7 ThinQ model LMG710EM for the European market.

Unlock bootloader of the LG G7 ThinQ



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lundi 18 juin 2018

Here’s how to try out Android Messages for web right now [Root]

The long-awaited Android Messages for web client has started to roll out today. It lets you send text messages from your PC via a web browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge. It’s totally free to use and supports emojis, sending images, syncing messages, and notifying you of new messages. The web client has a beautiful Google Material Design theme and even a dark theme. We’ve posted a tutorial on how to enable Android Messages for web so you can send SMS from your laptop or desktop, but if you haven’t received the feature yet and are dying to try it out, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to forcefully enable the feature right now on any rooted Android device.

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Screenshots credit: XDA Recognized Developer Quinny899

How to forcefully enable Android Messages for web

Credits for these steps belong to XDA Recognized Developer Quinny899.

Android Messages (Free, Google Play) →

Preferences Manager (Free, Google Play) →

  1. Download the latest Android Messages app (version 3.3.043.) If you aren’t seeing it on the Google Play Store, grab it from here.
  2. Download Preferences Manager from the Google Play Store.
  3. Open Preferences Manager and grant it root access when requested.
  4. If Android Messages was pre-installed as a system app like on the Google Pixel or Android One devices, press the three-dot menu in the top right and select “show system apps.”
  5. Find “Messages.”
  6. Swipe left-right until you find “PhenotypePrefs.xml”
  7. Search for “Multi.”
  8. Change the two preferences highlighted in red in the screenshots below from “false” to “true.”
  9. Search again for “override” and change the two preferences that appear.
  10. Force close Android Messages. DO NOT OPEN THE APP YET!
  11. From ADB shell, enter the following commands:
    1. adb shell
    2. su
    3. am start -n com.google.android.apps.messaging/com.google.android.apps.messaging.ui.ditto.DittoActivity
  12. Alternatively, if you have a terminal emulator app like Material Terminal installed then you can enter these commands:
    1. su
    2. am start -n com.google.android.apps.messaging/com.google.android.apps.messaging.ui.ditto.DittoActivity
  13. Now you can follow these steps to complete setup.
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I’ve had the Android Messages for web client running via my Google Pixel 2 XL on Android P for about an hour now. Quinny899 reported that the connection closed on him, so your mileage may vary. This method is a quick way to try out all of the features in the web client. I’m sure the feature will roll out widely soon, so I wouldn’t rely on this method to access the web client for the future.



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Popular Xposed Module ‘MinMinGuard’ receives its first update in two years

There are many ad-blocking apps and Xposed Modules for Android devices. Some of them block ads by running a VPN service, others via host files. MinMinGuard is one of the most popular ones. It removes ads by blocking certain APIs, names, and URLs of ad providers. The most popular feature of an app is that it also removes blank space left by those removed ads. None of the other ad-blocking apps can do that. You can also toggle ad blocking per-app so you can leave ads as they are in certain applications.

MinMinGuard

Module’s maintainer, Senior Member at XDA Forums, FatMinMin hasn’t updated the app since November of 2016. Just now, he released version 2.0.1. It includes several bug fixes. Here is the official changelog:

  • Fix crashing when saving the settings
  • Fix unstable UI when switching between the tabs
  • Fix Xposed no enabled message not shown problem
  • Only hook into apps when enabled

Some members on the forum reported that new version is unstable, so keep that in mind. But, you can also participate in improving an app by providing feedback in the thread below.

MinMinGuard thread at XDA Forums



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Samsung is working on their own custom GPU for low-end devices

Samsung has been taking matters into its own hands for a while now when it comes to their mobile market. The Exynos line of processors is an example of that, and Samsung only uses Qualcomm in the US because of CDMA patents. While Exynos processors are designed by Samsung themselves, they still use Mali GPUs as part of their System-on-Chip. Mali is designed and sold by ARM. Samsung is looking to change that, and according to a report from WinFuture, the company may soon bring their own in-house GPU designs to lower end devices.

These GPUs are described as “flagship,” which implies that the South Korean giant wants to bring flagship level graphics processing performance to lower-end devices. The company isn’t hiding it either, as they posted the job listing on LinkedIn. The company aims to be the sole designer of these GPUs, meaning they would own the architecture, design, and instruction sets. Samsung could even take full control over the production of these chips, meaning that every aspect of them would be in-house.

The company also aims to produce these GPUs for more advanced purposes in the future. The aim is that these GPUs will eventually be used to power autonomous cars, while also providing a distinct advantage for machine learning and deep learning algorithms. They’re one of the first phone manufacturers to design their own graphics processing units. Even Huawei still uses the Mali design specifications outlined by ARM. What’s interesting is that Samsung only intends to produce these GPUs for low-end devices, and it may possibly be a cost-cutting measure so that they can offer their budget devices at an even lower price. It’ll be hard to compete with the market, especially with the first generation they release. If anybody can pull off a new mobile phone GPU design it will be Samsung.


Source: WinFuture (in German)



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How to send text messages from your PC with Android Messages for web

Have you ever wanted to send text messages from the comfort of your desktop or laptop computer? Well if you’re on Android, now you can thanks to the latest update of the Android Messages app. Android Messages is Google’s SMS/RCS chat client on Android devices. It’s pre-installed on millions of devices worldwide and thanks to the update, you can now access all of your messages from a web client that works on browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, and more. The best part? It’s totally free!

Earlier today, Google started to roll out the web client for Android Messages. We knew this was coming since an earlier APK Teardown in February and early April. In mid-April, Google officially announced the feature. The company hasn’t yet announced it yet, but there’s reason to believe deeper integration between Chromebooks and Android Messages will arrive as will a beautiful new Google Material Design theme. If that doesn’t convince you to switch over to Android Messages from Pushbullet, Textra, or whatever other chat/PC sync client you’re using already, then check out the Messages for Web client below.

Android Messages for Web User Interface

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Screenshots credit: XDA Recognized Developer Quinny899

As you can see, the web client is pretty minimalist but packs a lot of features on top of a beautiful Google Material Theme. The web client matches the new design language that Google touted at Google I/O 2018. All of your existing conversation histories are accessible in the app so you won’t miss out on anything by connecting your Android phone to your laptop or desktop PC. You can send emojis, upload images, and more just like you can on the Android app. That’s not surprising considering the web client basically just acts as a front-end to the Android app—your phone is still doing the heavy lifting here.

Android Messages for Web Features

  • Works on most desktop browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, and Opera
  • Send text messages to all of your existing contacts
  • Get alert for new messages
  • See message content in notifications on your PC
  • Dark theme & high contrast modes are available
  • Keep the PC synced with your phone so you won’t have to scan a QR code every time
  • If the phone is using mobile data, the web client can warn you
  • Keyboard shortcuts are available for ease of use

How to setup and use Android Messages for Web

Android Messages (Free, Google Play) →

  1. You need to download the latest version of the Android Messages application on your Android device. This is version 3.3.043 that’s rolling out on the Play Store today. We’ve embedded a link to the app on the Play Store above.
  2. Open the app and tap on the three-dot menu located in the top right. You may also see a popup telling you about the feature. Tapping “try it” will also work.
  3. Select “Messages for web.” Android Messages for Web Android Messages for Web
  4. Tap “Scan QR code.” See the screenshot below.
  5. On your web browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc., go to this web page.
  6. On the web page, toggle “remember this computer” if the computer you are using is one you will use frequently. Otherwise, disable it for security.
  7. Using the QR code scanner on your phone, scan the QR code that appears on your PC. See the screenshot below.
  8. After scanning the code, you should successfully connect to your laptop or desktop PC. You should see a notification that says “Connected to Messages for web” if successful. And if you go back to the app, you’ll see a list of signed-in computers in the “Messages for web” settings. See the screenshots below.
  9. Enjoy sending text messages from your desktop or laptop PC!
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Screenshots credit: XDA Recognized Developer Quinny899

If any new features become available or if anything changes in the setup process, we’ll let you all know.



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