Thanks to XDA developer TopJohnWu, he has released Magisk V16.1 which now is fully-compatible with the latest Android P(9.0) so you can easily root your Pixel phones on latest Android P Preview and should work fine when official Android P comes out.
For those of you who want to get Google Pixel 2’s portrait mode on your Galaxy phone(supports all Galaxy phones including Galaxy S9+, S9, Note 8, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, etc…etc… running Android 7.0 Nougat or 8.0 Oreo), you can now easily get it without having to buy the Pixel 2. While newer Samsung phones like S9+ and Note 8 have live focus feature, Google’s HDR camera does much better job with portrait mode allowing you to be also much closer to your subject. Best of all, you also get front portrait mode working, which I think is the coolest feature.
Here’s how to install Android P developer preview on your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2XL. You can also use the same method to install any stock firmware or unroot your Pixel.
If you are still using an sprinkler controller that is not internet enabled, it may be a great time to upgrade it to the latest Orbit B-Hyve WiFi-enabled sprinkler controller. Over the weekend, I upgraded my mom’s sprinkler controller to the Orbit B-Hyve and now her sprinklers can be controlled from anywhere in the world there is internet. Setup took me about 20 minutes, it was really easy as you simply mount the control unit on the wall and re-connect all the wires from your sprinkler.
If you have ordered your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus, you may want to consider getting cases BEFORE you get your phone and save a bunch of money by buying them online (as you will end up paying twice more at a retail store). Plus, the best S9/S9+ cases are usually found online. For this video overview, Ringke sent me all of their latest cases for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Amazingly, the cases fit perfectly on my Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus as they have exact same outer dimensions as the S9/S9 Plus. Of course, the only real changes this year is the new fingerprint sensor position and you may be able to re-use your older S8/S8+ cases by cutting a hole.
If you are still stuck on older Android OS such as Android 6.0 Marshmallow or even Android 7.1.2 Nougat, you may want to upgrade your OS to the latest Android 8.1 Oreo by using the Lineage OS 15.1 custom ROM for the HTC One M8. This is a full-feature packed custom ROM that will get your aging HTC One M8 to the greatest and latest Android OS. You will get ALL of new Android 8.1 standard features plus couple customization that Lineage OS brings.
About a month ago, I installed a new wireless mesh system using Linksys Velop. Well, I also installed Google Mesh WiFi over at my parent’s house and was surprised by faster setup and very good signals in a house that’s twice bigger than mine. Although Linksys Velop has been working pretty well, I’ve had some issues where it slows down to a crawl at times even though my speed tests are very fast(near 100Mbps).
If the Galaxy S9 and S9+ worth getting over the last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+? Well, if you are undecided, here’s some new features of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus that you may not need.Galaxy S8+ vs S9+ F1.7 dual setup vs. F1.5/F2.4 dual setup (Only S9+ have dual cameras) 240fps vs 960fps slow motion Snapdragon 835 vs. 845 (Exynos 8890 vs. 9810) 4GB vs. 4GB of RAM for S9 but 6GB for S9+ Mono vs. Dual AKG stereo speakers Weird fingerprint sensor location vs. center fingerprint sensor Nougat vs. Oreo