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Xiaomi promises to change its ways and release kernel source code within 3 months of device launches

Chinese OEM Xiaomi has a poor reputation when it comes to OS updates and the timely release of kernel source code. It took a Twitter backlash and criticism from several tech blogs to get the company to finally release the Nougat source code for the Android One-toting Mi A1. A similarly lengthy wait had to be endured before the Oreo code was be provided last month. Xiaomi has now stated its intention (again) to release kernel source code within three months of a device’s launch. Read More

Xiaomi promises to change its ways and release kernel source code within 3 months of device launches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Web Authentication API aims to make passwords unnecessary

Passwords are kind of a pain. You probably have sign-in credentials for about a million services, and ideally, they’re all different. Password managers can help, but they’re often finicky. A new standard by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) called Web Authentication API could simplify your digital life by allowing for password-free sign-ins across a wide variety of websites.

Instead of entering a password, users use their phone’s registered unlock method, be it PIN, pattern, or fingerprint. Read More

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TWRP now available for Sony Xperia XA2, Verizon Wear24, and more

TWRP is the tool of choice for everything from flashing custom ROMs to backing up your phone. Last time we covered the project, it added support for the Moto X4. Since then, a few more devices have been added, including the Sony Xperia XA2 and Verizon Wear24 smartwatch.

Without further ado, here are the newly-supported phones and watches:

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Razer Releases Oreo preview build for Razer Phone

The Razer Phone was ahead of its time with that neat 120Hz display, but it was behind on software. This phone launched with Nougat after Oreo was already out there, and it’s still running Nougat all these months later. Razer is making progress, though. There’s a preview build of Oreo for the Razer phone available for download. You can install it right now if you’re the adventurous sort.

This first Oreo build has the March 2018 security patches and is based on Android 8.1. Read More

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