Kernel source code for Moto E5 now available

Motorola has already released the kernel source code for most of the Moto E5 variants, including the E5 Plus and E5 Play Android Go Edition. However, the code for the plain E5 has not been available for developers to tinker with — until now.
Motorola just uploaded the Android 8.0 Oreo kernel source code for the regular Moto E5 (codename ‘Nora’) to GitHub. With this, developers can more easily create custom ROMs and recovery partitions for the phone. Read MoreKernel source code for Moto E5 now available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Early unlock news] OnePlus shares details on 6T T-Mobile-version restrictions: bootloader, betas, and more

Update 1: 2018/11/01 11:14am PDT

A previous version of this article stated that the Name ID app was preinstalled and not an optional part of the setup process (as we were first led to believe).

Update 2: 2018/11/05 3:00pm PST

Based on recent reports, some have finagled an early unlock from the carrier, but it appears to be discretionary. T-Mobile’s support is technically able to unlock the phone before

At launch, OnePlus was surprisingly quiet when it came to particulars about the T-Mobile version of its Oneplus 6T, but in a post published late last night to the company’s forums, additional details about both the partnership between the two companies and the differences in the T-Mobile version of the phone were discussed at more length. Read More[Update: Early unlock news] OnePlus shares details on 6T T-Mobile-version restrictions: bootloader, betas, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon Fire TV Cube and 2017 Fire TV Stick rooted using HDMI exploit

Amazon released the Fire TV Cube earlier this year, as a 4K-capable streaming device with far-field microphones (for responding to Alexa responses) and an IR transmitter (for turning devices on/off). Exploitee.rs has now released a root method for the Fire TV Cube and the 2017 Fire TV Stick, which relies on sending commands through the HDMI port and bypassing code verification.
The full exploit details can be found at the source link, but put simply, the rooting method relies on two separate hacks. Read MoreAmazon Fire TV Cube and 2017 Fire TV Stick rooted using HDMI exploit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TWRP now available for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Since the very first Nexus devices, Google’s phones have always been great for modding. If you like custom ROMs or rooting, every Nexus and Pixel phone has been easily unlockable. It’s now a bit easier to install custom system software on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, thanks to an official release of TWRP.
TeamWin Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is a replacement recovery partition developed by the Android community. Read MoreTWRP now available for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Modded Google Camera APK enables Night Sight for all Pixel devices (and it's impressive)

The guys at XDA Developers often like to tinker with APK files to enable hidden features, trigger specific behaviors, or spoil Google’s surprises prematurely. Their latest software shenanigans involve Google’s Camera app and the promised Night Sight feature that is supposed to come next month.

Announced with the Pixel 3, Night Sight is a low-light photography mode that ekes out every wave and particle of light to get clearer, better-lit shots in dark environments. Read MoreModded Google Camera APK enables Night Sight for all Pixel devices (and it’s impressive) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG V40's kernel source code is already available

It’s not unusual for kernel source codes to be published before phones/updates even debut, but just two days after LG took the wraps off of the V40, the kernel source code for various models has already been published.

Five variants of the V40 (LMV405) are listed on LG’s OpenSource Code Distribution site: TA, TAB, TM, TMB, and TS. The file names remind us that this brand-new $1,000 flagship ships with Oreo, which is a shame. Read MoreLG V40’s kernel source code is already available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.