Author: Max Lee

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LineageOS 16 ROM for Xiaomi Mi8!

LineageOS 16 ROM for Xiaomi Mi8 is probably the first custom ROM you want to try on your Mi8, especially if you want to run something more closer to stock Android like Pixel 3 with latest Android 9.0 Pie.  Although MIUI isn’t bad, personally I am more used to stock Android experience and I really hate the iPhone-like MIUI launcher.  Also, menus are way different on MIUI and I wanted to run a software that I am more used to.

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How to Install Android 9.0 Pie ROM on Xiaomi Mi8!

This is a tutorial on how to install Android 9.0 Pie ROM such as the LineageOS 16 ROM, Pixel 3 ROM, or Pixel Experience ROM on your Xiaomi Mi8.  There are several guides floating on the internet but none of them work 100% of the time so I had to figure out exactly how to install Android 9.0 Pie ROMs on my Mi8 and here’s the process I came up with that works everytime so you don’t have to spend 2 days like I did trying to install a ROM and end up in a bootloop.   The Xiaomi Mi8 is slightly complicated beast compared to other Android phones and even as an Android expert, it took me a quite awhile to figure this out so follow the tutorial if you want to save yourself some headache and most importantly spend more time with your family.  Doing it right will only take you 10-20 minutes.

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Pixel 3 Conversion for Galaxy Note 9/S9/S9+!

For those of you who want to convert your Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, or Galaxy S9+ into a Google Pixel 3, you can now do it by installing the Pixel Experience ROM.  Now, you WILL need an Exynos model, if you have any Snapdragon models(U.S. models like AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon), you won’t be able to install this ROM as they have locked bootloaders.(For future reference, please don’t buy Snapdragon models if you want cool mods like this.)

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How to Convert AT&T/Sprint/Verizon LG G6 to Canadian!

In this tutorial, I show you(well more like make a video while doing it) how to convert AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon LG G6 to Canadian. For AT&T & Sprint users, this will also FULLY unlock your SIM. For Verizon, I think it actually unlocks all the GSM bands(not 100% sure yet) and also gets rid of Verizon bloatware/warning messages.  You WILL need a Windows computer as LG tools are only for Windows.

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OnePlus 6T – Things YOU MUST KNOW Before Buying!

Here are a few things YOU MUST KNOW before buying the OnePlus 6T.  First, OnePlus 6T is going to be available from T-Mobile starting on November 1st 2018 in all T-Mobile stores in America.  Now, the T-Mobile version of OnePlus 6T is slightly different from the fully-unlocked version that OnePlus sells in their online store, that it has single SIM instead of dual SIM.  Also, if you need to unlock the bootloader and you are on a payment plan, you will actually have to pay off your ETF AND fill out a form AND wait for permission from T-Mobile to unlock the bootloader, which is a lot of hoops you have to jump through never mind headache and hassel.    Now, you can just simply buy the fully unlocked dual-SIM version from OnePlus website and enjoy dual SIM along with freedom to unlock your bootloader any time you want, and it does not even void the warranty.  (That’s right, you don’t void warranty from OnePlus but the T-Mobile version might.)

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Pixel 3 Camera App on OnePlus 6! – Less Noise and Better Photos in Low Light!

If you want to improve the low-light photography capabilities of your OnePlus 6, you can definitely improve the low-light performance by using the latest Pixel 3 Camera app(modded version).  In my testing, the Pixel 3 Camera app improved low-light photos drastically enough where OnePlus 6 now can take photos with much more clarity, better colors, and most importantly, without noise.  Google has re-engineered their famous Google HDR camera with the Pixel 3 and luckily, you can get it on your OnePlus 6 working flawless.

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Pixel 3 Camera on Pocophone F1 Improves Low-Light Performance by 10X!

For those of you who own a Xiaomi Pocophone F1, you are in luck as XDA user Sreekantt has released a fully-working Pixel 3 Camera APK for the Pocophone F1.  I did a quick test during the day and it didn’t make a huge difference in comparison to native Pocophone camera.  But where it made a HUGE improvement was in low-light situations.  Since the Pocophone F1 does NOT have OIS(Optical Image Stabilization), the camera performance at night is subpar and you will end up with a lot of blurry photos.  Upon trying the Pixel 3 Camera app on my Pocophone F1 using the Google HDR+ Enhanced mode, it made all of my night photos clear and sharp as if the camera had OIS!

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Pixel 3 & Pixel 3XL – STUFF YOU MUST DO After Buying!

If you just bought your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3XL, here’s some stuff YOU MUST DO after buying!  While many of you may know some of these tips, I think a few of them can really help you out in case you have not used a Google Pixel smartphone before.

Learn the new navigation: Swipe up quickly to access your recents panel, swipe up longer to access your app drawer, swipe to the right from your home button to quickly switch between apps. Enable Developer options which gives you more tweaks.  Go to System->About phone, scroll to the bottom, tap on “Build number” 5 times until it says, “Developer mode has been turned on.  Tap the back button once then select Advanced->Developer options. In developer options, Enable File Transfer as Default USB configuration so your Pixel 3/3XL will be connected as a disk drive when you connect to your computer. In developer options, change animation scale values from “1x” to “0.5x” for snappier performance of the UI. Need to quickly copy and paste something from your computer or access a website?  Point your camera at your web browser on your computer and quickly access the website without having to write it down.   You can do this with anything such as business cards or anything with letters that your camera can see.  Whether you need to quickly access a website, copy and paste a phone number, or a specific section of a text, you can now use your camera to do it.  For longer things, just take a photo then hit the Google Lens button. For better photos in low-light, turn on HDR+ Enhanced at all times.  Also works great for daylight but can sometimes be slower than using HDR+.  Go to Camera->Settings->Advanced and turn on HDR+ control.  You can also turn on RAW+JPEG control to take RAW files for advanced photo editing and enable H.265 for videos which will give you smaller video files but same or better quality. Want to get a wider angle camera?  Video stabilization is great for all the cameras and it is on by default but it does crop out your video.   Especially for the front wide angle camera, turn off video stabilization and you will be able to enjoy the widest angle camera as video stabilization isn’t that great anyways. Double-tap your Power button to access your camera anytime. Twist your phone to switch camera from back to front, this is useful when you want to switch your camera but your other hand is busy. There are 3 ways to access Google assistant, just say “Okay Google” whenever you want to use it as it works with the screen off, squeeze the phone to access or hold down the home button.  Choose your favorite and stick with it. Have a lot of spam calls and texts?  Turn on Do Not Disturb and set Calls and messages from your contacts only. Screen call when you receive calls from strangers and reply to them using smart replies without ever picking up your phone. Setup your shortcut togggles.  Save a ton of battery life by running your phone on Grey scale.  I like to also use my hotspot a lot so I put that up at the top. Enable “Flip to Shhh” that automatically puts your Pixel 3/3XL into Do Not Disturb Mode.  Also you can check this menu daily to see what you use your phone most for. Setup Screen Pinning – Go to Settings->Security & location->Screen pinning and set this to ON.   This will allow you to “pin” your windows and can come in handy when you hand your phone to little kids or even strangers so they don’t access other parts of your phone. Learn to use the Multi-window/split-screen when you need to use two apps simultaneously.  Swipe up to access recents panel then press-and-hold the app icon and select “split-screen” for seamless multi-tasking. Setup Night Light – If you use your phone often before going to bed on your bed, setup Night Light which will help you get better sleep and easier on your eyes at night by setting the display to much warmer colors that has scientifically proven to help.  Easy way to setup is to set it to turn on sunset and turn off on sunrise.