The original flagship killer from OnePlus can now run the latest and greatest build of Android. There is now an unofficial build of Android 7.0 Nougat for the device. This is why it is so great to have a phone with an unlocked bootloader if you are going to have a phone for longer than a year and a half or so. OnePlus has received official builds of CyanogenOS, OxygenOS, HydrogenOS, MIUI 7, Sailfish OS and Ubuntu so it was only a matter of time before we saw a build of Android 7 on this phone.
This is an unofficial build so you can expect some bugs. Basic hardware functions are working fine, but some things like video hardware encoding are not working properly which means your camera will crash. The stock keyboard does not work so you would need to install a keyboard through adb. For now I would probably stay away from this rom unless you are looking to provide assistance to the developers with reporting bugs. If you would like to give it a try head to the link below.
Several days ago the Sprint Note 7 was rooted, but thanks to some trickery by the dev community we now have a root method for all carrier versions of the Note 7. Fortunately this does not rely on an engineering boot and is actually stable. The root method for the S7 and S7 Edge Snapdragon versions required this engineering boot which caused the phone to lag, overheat and killed the battery. This root method is not that.
To get your phone rooted you will have to flash the prerooted Sprint build to your device. If you phone is a carrier version other than Sprint you will also need to flash your carrier's radio files. This is done through ODIN. Once the system and radios are flashed you will need to flash antother file through ADB. The full instructions and downloads can be found at the link below.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is expected to be the next flagship released by Xiaomi. Of course the phone is loaded with top notch specs. The specs have been leaked by way of a settings screenshot. It looks like the phone will include the Snapdragon 820 CPU from Qualcomm, 64GB of storage, and the phone will be running Android 7.0 Nougat at release.
Other rumored specs for the device include a 5.7" QHD display, fingerprint scanner behind home button, 3600mah battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and 4GB of RAM with 32GB and 128GB storage options. Leaked images show a dual edge display much like what we have seen on the Note 7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The expected release price is about $375. The phone is expected to be released on September 5th.
SUhide does exactly what you would think it does. It hides Super User from apps that would block you from use like Android Pay. The mod for SuperSU is experimental. It selectively hides root from applications. It can also hide root on a per app basis so you don't need to unroot your phone. You don't need to have xposed framework to install the mod. This won't last long.
To install this you will need to flash the suhide.zip followed by the supersu.zip. If you do not reflash the supersu.zip you will encounter bootloops. To blacklist an app you need its UID. The UID for an app can be tricky to find. You will also need to execute a few commands. This is not for the untrained. Head to the link below for full details.
HTC took a bit of heat when they released the HTC One A9 last year. The device made you do a double take. "Is that an iPhone you have there or an HTC One A9? I can't tell?" The dual white out antenna bands across the top and bottom rear of the device and round camera hole gave the device a brotherly resemblance to Apple's flagship of the day. This was HTC's attempt at a mid range device. All jokes aside the phone had plenty to offer. I have to say it was a great looking phone that had some high quality specs. HTC kind of ruined it though by shipping out pre-orders of the device months later.
It looks like we are getting anther A9 device. This time Apple has decided to borrow the naming practices of Apple. They will simply be adding an S to the the name. So the new device will be the HTC One A9s. Very original guys. The device is expected to arrive in black, gold, silver and white. There will be no HTC branding on the front of the phone the same as the HTC 10. Other than a 13mp rear camera and 5mp front camera specs are unknown on this device. The phone should be announced at IFA on September 1.
We have had the Note 7 for only a few weeks now, but the developer community has already come through with a root method. Team Win Recovery Project was actually released for the device last week, and even a root method was published but SuperSU has not been compatible with the Galaxy Note 7 until today. Chainfire just released a Beta build of SuperSU which addresses a new built in protection method applied directly to the Note 7 kernel by Samsung.
The new measure causes a kernel panic anytime a root request with a value of 1000 or below is processed. This covers just about every root action. The kernel panic causes the device to reboot. This means if you tried a previous version of SuperSU any time an app asked for Super user permission your phone would reboot, and you would not be able to complete the root process. The beta build of SuperSU v2.77 includes a workaround which patches the kernel check. This fix may or may not last for long. Who knows if Samsung will patch this up with the next update. This may also work with the S7 and the S8 later on since these devices are developed so closely together.
Grab this while it still works if you have the Exynos version of the Note 7!...
If you are looking for a new set of quality bluetooth earbuds look no further. iClever currently has their two newest and most popular sets of bluetooth headphones on sale. I had a chance to use the BTH06 BoostRun headphones and was pleasantly surprised by the quality. In my testing I found that these do an excellent job of not slipping out of your ear in the middle of a workout which seemed to be a problem with my JayBird Bluebuds X headphones. I was also very surprised at the sound quality I got from the headphones. You get a full range of sound although the bass leaves a bit to be desired. The headphones also get very loud, loud enough to be heard over my lawn mower while mowing grass. They are super easy to connect to any bluetooth device simply press and hold the center button until the led flashes blue and red then connect. I have really enjoyed my time with these headphones. They normally go for about $28 but are currently on sale.
Rooting Nougat can be a bit confusing. It isn't as simple as just flashing the latest SuperSU in TWRP. If you aren't comfortable with rooting Nougat no worries Wugfresh has got you covered with his latest update to the Nexus Root Toolkit. If you already have the toolkit installed on your PC just open it and it will automatically suggest the update. Once you have updated you will see options for installing TWRP and rooting Nougat on your Nexus device! If you are not yet running Nougat on your device there are also options for installing the official update with a single click. Head to the link below to grab this on your device.
We are only a week past the official launch on the Note 7 and we already have root on the device! TWRP was actually released on this device a few days in. Apparently SuperSU is now working as well. Rooting this phone will require a few more steps than simply flashing SuperSU in TWRP. You will need to flash TWRP in Odin, you will then flash SuperSu, and before exiting you will flash the dm-verity and force encryption disabler. Once you have performed all of these steps your device will be rooted. Head to the link below for full instructions and downloads.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to give your device a fresh new look and feel is to add a theme. You no longer have to be rooted with a custom recovery installed to enjoy a custom look and feel on your device. These days a simple Icon Pack will do the trick. Icon packs have the ability to change not only your icons, but also you wallpaper, and many of your widgets. You can really make your device fit your style and personality.
One of my favorite Icon developers "Drumdestroyer" has released the perfect icon pack for those Tenesse and Texas fans who love Orange! The tang icon pack brings burnt orange and other shades of the citrusy color to your home screen. This icon pack contains more than 2610 hand themed icons. There are also more than 180 matching wallpapers included here. The app also comes with a dashboard that allows you to choose different colors and styles and even request new icons. Even some popular widgets have been themed. Grab this free theme from the link below.