Google has launched a new way of updating Android OS(Operating System) starting in 2018 called, “Project Treble”. Although Google uses pure “100%” Android OS on their Nexus/Pixel devices such as the Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones, many manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, and others have added their own UI/skin on top. In extreme cases like Samsung, they have added S-Pen features to their Samsung Galaxy Note series and lots of new hardware features not found in the original Android OS. Due to this reason, whenever Google updates their OS from one iteration to another(such as Android 7.0 Nougat to 8.0 Oreo), manufacturers have to re-build the whole OS from ground up, causing months of delay in updates. For example, Android Oreo update for Galaxy S7 probably took around 8 months. This has been a troubling problem as Android OS updates once a year and by the time manufacturers update their software to the latest, they are already at least 6 months behind.Project Treble mean Faster OTA Updates!
For those of you who have a OnePlus One, Android 9.0 Pie is now available through a custom ROM called PSOP(Potato Open Sauce Project). Now, this ROM has pretty much everything working out of the box including voice calls, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, NFC, etc…etc… Developer says GPS is a bit wonky but seems to work fine for me after using the GPS Fix app on the Play Store. Battery life is excellent(as you will also be able to benefit from Android 9.0 30% improved battery) as the new Android P will prioritize apps and save battery by shutting down apps wasting battery life. Performance is also excellent with Antutu scores of 66,000. For right now, this seems like the best way to experience Android Pie 9.0 on your OnePlus One. I’ve also tested calls both on speakers and bluetooth with my car bluetooth and they seemed to work flawless. While many other Android devices have trouble with bluetooth, OnePlus One does well as it was designed to work well with AOSP(What is AOSP?).
Do you want to get stereo sound out of your OnePlus 6? Well, the dual speaker MOD is finally here for the OnePlus 6 as a Magisk module. Installing this MOD will give you full stereo sound by using your earpiece as additional speaker. This is 100% safe to do as we have dual speaker MOD on many other Android devices including most of previous OnePlus Android smartphones like OnePlus 5, 5T, 3, 3T and most of my Galaxy smartphones have dual speaker mod.
Want the latest and greatest Android 8.1 Oreo with root on your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus without the TouchWiz additives from Sammy? Well, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the best supported devices for AOSP ROMs(What is AOSP?) like LineageOS or Resurrection Remix ROM. I was skeptical myself, as I have been flashing AOSP ROMs for Galaxy devices for over 7 years and most of the time, these custom ROMs are full of bugs in the first few months. Well, I was wrong, EVERYTHING is nearly flawless out of the box with the Resurrection Remix ROM(thanks to flawless LineageOS ROM base). If you don’t like TouchWiz, this is probably the best way to convert your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus into a full-fledged pure Android device like Pixel phones.
In this Android Root 101 tutorial, we are going to learn how to install TWRP recovery & root your Android using Fastboot. This tutorial is a “universal method”, meaning you are going to be able to use on any Android device except the following:Samsung Android devices use ODIN so you will want to follow How to Install TWRP & Root w/ Magisk using ODIN on Samsung Android instead.
For those of you who want to root your OnePlus 6, here is the easiest root method even a 10-year old can follow that works on all Windows, Mac, and Linux. Now, before I begin, you will have to unlock the bootloader. If you have not unlocked your bootloader or don’t know what that is, please follow How to Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 6 first!
For those of you who have rooted your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus using our root guide, you may have rooted with the SuperSU app as Magisk was not compatible with Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus. Well, there is a modified version of Magisk that you can use now which is 100% compatible. If you have not yet rooted your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus, you can follow our existing root guide here but simply use the new modified Magisk instead of SuperSU and you will have Magisk root instead of SuperSU on your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus.