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Work on LineageOS 16 (Android 9.0 Pie) has started

Work on LineageOS 16 (Android 9.0 Pie) has started
The Lineage team has already started work on LineageOS 16 (Android 9.0 Pie) although we’re yet to see a working ROM out in the wild for users to try out.

The team posted on Github the Initial manifest files for LineageOS 16 based on Android Pie, although that doesn't mean a LineageOS 16 release date is available.

With Android 9.0 Pie, you'll get new Swipe Gesture navigation, Rotation suggestion, Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness, Smart replies, App actions, Text selection, Redesigned Quick Setting tiles and Notification Panel, Redesigned Volume Options, Brand new Settings, Privacy, Digital Wellbeings (Dashboard) and Winddown Mode, and more...

That said, we'll keep you updated with every news of the LineageOS 16. Stay tuned to our FacebookTwitter, and Telegram to get the first News.


[Download] Android 9.0 Pie Gapps (Gapps For SDK 28)

Google recently launched the Next Iteration of its Android Operating System Android 9.0 Pie. The Tech Giant also pushed Android Pie source code to AOSP, helping the developers develop custom ROMs for their devices based on Pie.

Most of the developers already got working Android 9.0 Pie (AOSP or Lineage OS 16) build on their devices. AOSP based ROMs don’t come with Google services pre-installed, so you'll need to download and install Android Pie based Gapps on your device otherwise, you won’t get Google Play Services on Oreo based ROMs.

For now only Micro Gapps package is available for ARM64 bit processor. Before downloading you'll need to find your device's CPU type. You can install CPU Z that gives you a readout about your device's hardware.

Download Android 9.0 Pie Gapps

Open Gapps (Micro) for ARM 64

How to Install Android 9.0 Pie Gapps

  • Download Gapps from the above link
  • Flash your Custom ROM (LineageOS 15 or AOSP)
  • Install Gapps
  • Reboot
  • EZ?
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Android 9.0 Pie Goes Official!!!

Wait is Over, Android 9.0 Pie is now Official... Sweet

"The latest release of Android is here! And it comes with a heaping helping of artificial intelligence baked in to make your phone smarter, simpler and more tailored to you. Today we’re officially introducing Android 9 Pie."

This release has version PPR1.180610.009, PPR1.180610.011 for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, PPR1.180610.009, PPR1.180610.010 for Pixel and Pixel XL.

You can also grab the new Android Pie images here and OTA files here.


Android 9.0 P is Ready for Pixel Smartphones according to Verizon

Android 9.0 P is Ready for Pixel Smartphones according to Verizon
According to Verizon's Software support page, Stable Android 9.0 P is ready for Google Pixel Smartphones with Software build PPR1.180610.009 and latest August 2018 Security Patch.

Verizon has also mentioned the changes and features you'll be getting along Android 9.0 P including new and simpler UX with gesture navigation, slices, and app actions.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update for your Google Pixel. Android 9.0 P improves your mobile experience with several new features and enhancements. This update also includes the latest Android security updates and bug fixes."

Slices

Slices are dynamic interactive templates that provide a rich UI experience when using Search and Assistant. For quick access to desired actions and apps, click on the Search bar and begin typing in the app name.

App Actions


App Actions help you get to your next task more quickly--playing your favorite Spotify playlist, for example--by predicting what you want to do next. App Actions are arranged throughout Android in places like the Launcher, Smart Text Selection, Play Store, Google Search and Google Assistant. With Android P, we're going beyond simply predicting the next app to predicting the next action you want to take. We call this feature App Actions.

Simple (UI/UX)

We're introducing a new system navigation. The design recognizes a trend towards smaller screen bezels—the borders between a screen and a phone's frame--and places an emphasis on gestures instead of hard to press buttons at the edge of the screen.
  • Swipe up a single clean home button to see an updated Overview, where you can resume recently used apps in a more glanceable view
  • Smart Text Selection works in Overview, so you can tap on some text and get an action to launch relevant apps
  • You can quickly tap one of 5 predicted apps, or continue to swipe up to get to All Apps
So... Stable Android 9.0 P Drops today? 

Source: Verizon | Via: DroidLife

Android 9.0 P and Notches!!!

Android 9.0 P Final Build is due for August and today Google released guidelines on supporting phones with display cutouts on Android P.

Google says that there are currently 16 cutout devices from 11 OEMs, including several Android P beta devices, with more on the way. Basically, Google wants Developers and OEMs to provide great experience across devices with one or maximum two display cutouts.

Great news is, you'll be able to render your application content in the cutout area to provide a more immersive, edge-to-edge experience for users, especially for content like videos, photos, maps, and games.




Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 5 (Beta 4) Released! Download It Now!!!

Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 5 (Beta 4) Released! Download It Now!!!
Google just released the Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 5. According to Google's release schedule, this is the final beta build for Pixel Smartphones.

Android P Developer Preview 5 should be the most stable version available right now. This release is version PPP5.180610.010 for all four phones.

The Android P Developer Preview 5 is available to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. If you want to get a taste, you have a bunch of options. You can either flash Preview 5 Images or OTAs, or just sign-up for the Android Beta and wait for the OTA update.

Here's a link to sign-up for the Android Beta program.You can also grab the new Android P DP5 images here and OTA files here.

Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4 Released! Download It Now!!!

Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4 Released! Download It Now!!!
Google just released the Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4. According to Google's release schedule, this is the candidate builds which includes the final APIs and near-final system images for development and testing.

Android P Developer Preview 4 should be the most stable version available right now. This release is version PPP4.180612.004 for all four phones.

The Android P Developer Preview 4 is available to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. If you want to get a taste, you have a bunch of options. You can either flash Preview 4 Images or OTAs, or just sign-up for the Android Beta and wait for the OTA update.

Here's a link to sign-up for the Android Beta program.You can also grab the new Android P DP4 images here and OTA files here.

Android P Beta available for non-Pixel devices including Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Essential Phone

Android P Beta available for non-Pixel devices including Nokia 7 Plus OnePlus 6, Essential Phone
Google just released new Android P Build (Developer Preview 2) with exciting new features, and also announced a huge expansion of the Android Beta program. The company is now allowing non-Google devices to be a part of the beta program.

You'll be able to install the latest Android P DP2 on OnePlus, Xiaomi, Nokia, Essential, Sony, Vivo, and Oppo Smartphones. Specifically, the phones are:
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Vivo X21UD
  • Vivo X21
  • Essential Phone
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Oppo R15 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
  • OnePlus 6
In case you want to Install it on above mentioned devices, you can do it via downloading files and flashing them manually via adb. You can follow the link below and grab the instructions from OEMs to get Android P.

Note that the OnePlus 6 will get the Android P beta firmware on May 16, the same day the phone is launched.

LineageOS 15.1 Updated with Android P’s Lockdown Feature

LineageOS 15.1 Updated with Android P’s Lockdown Feature
Recently Google unveiled the next iteration of Android OS i.e. Android P (Developer Preview 1) with exciting new features, brand new Settings, Quick Setting Tiles, Notification Panel, and Launcher Design.

Google has also added few security enhancements including a feature with ability to lock your phone down and prevent it from being unlocked with your fingerprint/smart lock/biometrics. Well, the good news is you can still get that Lockdown feature without having the Pixel or Pixel XL.

Lineage Community has added a similar feature to the latest LinageOS 15.1 build which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It is now available for LineageOS users with the most recent weeklies update.


As of now, the Official LineageOS 15.1 is only available for a few Smartphones.

Official LineageOS 15.1 Update List: Which Phones Will Get the ROM?

The Lockdown feature prevent your Smartphone from being unlocked with your fingerprint/smart lock/biometrics and you can only unlock it using the password, PIN or pattern.

Via
LineageOS 15.1 Updated with Android P’s Lockdown Feature



Android 9.0 P is Neat: Screenshots + New Features


Just yesterday, Google announced the first developer preview of the Android 9.0 P with exciting new features and a few user interface changes. The Android P Developer Preview 1 is only available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL and can be flashed via Firmware Images or OTA files.

We tried Android P DP1 on the Pixel XL and below are some videos and screenshots showing off the new UI and Changes in the Android P.

Android P Overview



Android P Animations in Slow Motion



Android P Screenshots








Android P New Features [Developers]

Android P introduces great new features and capabilities for users and developers. This document highlights what's new for developers.

Indoor Positioning with Wi-Fi RT - Android P adds platform support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol—also known as Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT)—to let you take advantage of indoor positioning in your apps.

Display cutout support - Android P offers support for the latest edge-to-edge screens with display cutout for camera and speaker. The new DisplayCutout class lets you find out the location and shape of the non-functional areas where content shouldn't be displayed. To determine the existence and placement of these cutout areas, use the getDisplayCutout() method.

Notifications

Android P introduces several enhancements to notifications, all of which are available to developers targeting Android P and above.

  • Support for images: Android P now displays images in Messaging Notifications on phones.
  • Save replies as drafts: Your app can retrieve the EXTRA_REMOTE_INPUT_DRAFT sent by the system when a user inadvertently closes a messaging notification.
  • Identify if a conversation is a group conversation: You can use setGroupConversation() to purposefully identify a conversation as a group or non-group conversation.
  • SmartReply: Android P supports the same suggested replies available in your messaging app.
Multi-camera support and camera updates - You can now access streams simultaneously from two or more physical cameras on devices running Android P. On devices with either dual-front or dual-back cameras, you can create innovative features not possible with just a single camera, such as seamless zoom, bokeh, and stereo vision. The API also lets you call a logical or fused camera stream that automatically switches between two or more cameras.

Animation - Android P introduces a new AnimatedImageDrawable class for drawing and displaying GIF and WebP animated images.

Security enhancements - Android P introduces a number of new security features, including a unified fingerprint authentication dialog and high-assurance user confirmation of sensitive transactions.

You can check for more changes on Android Developer Website

[Download] Android P First Developer Preview

Android 9.0 P first Developer Preview is now available to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

Note that there won't be any OTA beta to join, so you'll need to flash the Developer Preview Images or OTA files manually. Download Android P Factory Images and OTA files from below.

Images | OTA

March 2018 Factory Images and OTA Files are now Available for Nexus and Pixel Devices

February 2018 Factory Images and OTA files are now Available for Nexus and Pixel Devices
Every month, Google posts a new security update for the Nexus and Pixel line of devices. The Android security update for March 2018 are already live for a number of devices.

Google has posted both the OTA’s and the factory images for the selected Nexus or Pixel devices. The supported devices includes Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P,  Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and Pixel XL.


For now, we have March 2018 Security Firmware files based on Android 8.1.0 Oreo for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (OPM1.171019.021), Pixel and Pixel XL (OPM1.171019.021), Nexus 6P (OPM3.171019.016, OPM5.171019.017), and Nexus 5X (OPM3.171019.016, OPM5.171019.017).

March 2018 Security update for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL also brings Performance, Audio improvements, and other fixes.

You can grab Factory Image or OTA file at the links below.

Links: Factory Image | OTA File


Forget Android P: First Android Q Feature Leak

Forget Android P: First Android Q Feature Leak
The Android 9.0 P hasn't even been unveiled yet, and we already have our first feature details for Android Q.

According to the latest AOSP commits, Google is planning to include Assited Dialing feature to Android Q.

Assisted Dialing automatically corrects any phone number you dial out by adding the appropriate country code, helpful for people traveling internationally. Mishaal Rahman, Editor-in-chief at XDA says that this feature is already available for a few smartphones, but it's not a native feature of Android.

Assisted Dialing feature was originally planned for Android P, but due to some reasons, Google is  targeting Android Q for the release of this feature.
That being said, Google is expected to reveal the the first Developer Preview of Android P for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL this month. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.
XDA

Android 9.0 P Release Date Could Be As Early As Mid March

Android 9.0 P Release Date Could Be As Early As Mid March
Waiting for an launch date for the Google Android P DP1? It could come as early as mid of this month, says reputed tipster Evan Blass.

According to earlier rumors, Android P would feature Material Design 2.0 with revamped icons, animations, and colors.

Android P is also going to make it easier for device makers to create and apply their own version of Android skin on their devices with iPhone X-like notch. Apparently, Android P will add support for more unique display types including multiple screens, foldable displays, and displays with notch.

Google is also planning to integrate the Google Assistant even tighter in Android P. With Android 9.0 Pie, third-party developers will be able to integrate the Assistant into their own apps.

Finally, Internally Google is calling Android P as Pistachio Ice Cream which is also called Pistachio Nut Ice Cream. However, Google has a knack of using different official names.

Google is expected to reveal the the first Developer Preview of Android P for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL this month. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Evleaks

Official LineageOS 15.1 Update List: Which Phones Will Get the ROM?

LineageOS 15.1 is now Official with tons of new features and improvements. LineageOS 15.1 nightlies will start this Monday (February 26). Below are the list of devices that will be updated to LineageOS 15.1 as of now.

  • Google Nexus 6P - angler
  • Google Nexus 5X - bullhead
  • LeEco Le Pro3 / Le Pro3 Elite
  • OnePlus 3 / 3T - oneplus3
  • OnePlus 5 - cheeseburger
  • OnePlus 5T - dumpling
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Wi-Fi (2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Wi-Fi (2016)
  • Xiaomi Mi 5 - gemini
  • Xiaomi Mi 5S - capricorn
  • Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus - natrium

While this is already an exciting list of devices that already got Lineage OS nightlies, the developers are planning to bring it to more smartphones. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

LineageOS 15.1 Android Oreo (8.1) Announced! Here's What's New!

Lineage finally today announced the official LineageOS 15.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo with tons of new features and improvements.

Android 8.1 Oreo LineageOS 15.1 comes with numerous enhancements over LineageOS 14 Android Nougat, such as faster booting, new Settings and Quick-Settings UI, Picture in Picture (PIP), Adaptive icons, Autofill, Notification timeout. Lineage has also added several new features to the latest LineageOS 15.1.

You can now set custom colors, and change between dark and light User Interface. "Automagic" feature change themes automatically based on your current wallpaper, just like the Android 8.1 on Pixel Smartphones.

Finally, there's new 'Trebuchet' launcher. It now supports icon packs and adaptive icons. You can also change the shapes of icons. Lineage has also added a QR code scanner to its Camera, which helps you to download or open any application. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Read: List of devices getting Official LineageOS 15.1

Dark Mode confirmed for Android 9.0 P

The last time we updated you on the status of the Google's upcoming Android P, we told you that it will get a refreshed design, support for iPhone X-Like notches and unique display type. Additionally, the first developer preview is near finalized and might hit on March 14 (Pie Day).

Now, According to the latest information, Google is finally adding Dark Mode/ Night Mode to Android 9.0 P.  



When a user asked to embed Dark Mode on OLED Screens with Android 9.0, Google's Android Open Source Project (AOSP) moderators said today "our engineering team has added this feature. It will be available in a future Android release." Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Android User:

Reported Issue
Dear Sir/Madam,

Dark Mode / Black displays on OLED Screens vastly improves Battery Life on Android Phones. Please kindly add a Dark Mode or Night Theme in Android 9.0 that we can set under "Settings" in Android 9.0. Currently, only by installing 3rd party apps can we enable this Dark Mode.

Thank You!!!

Google Team: Our engineering team has added this feature. It will be available in a future Android release. //Google


MWC 2018: New Android One Smartphones Incoming!

MWC 2018: New Android One Smartphones Incoming!
In a blog post, Google celebrated the 10 years of the first Android device and talked about Android Oreo (Go Edition) and Android One Smartphones. Google said that Android now powers more than 2 billion active devices from 1,300 brands across 24,000 unique products.

Google also revealed that we're going to see new Android One and Android Oreo (Go) powered Smartphones from popular brands at MWC which is happening 26 Feb 2018 – 1 Mar 2018.

Monday kicks off Mobile World Congress in Barcelona—the mobile industry’s largest trade show. Our partners will be announcing amazing new Android devices, you'll be able to see the growing industry momentum around RCS, and we'll be showcasing the latest from Google including Google Assistant and Lens.

We’re excited about the progress we’ve made with Android One in recent months, and at MWC you’ll see news from our partners about some great new Android One devices.
As per earlier leaks, Nokia is expected to announce the Nokia 7 Plus with Android One and Nokia 1 with Android Go. Indian Telecom giant Reliance Jio is also expected to reveal a new Android Go powered Smartphone in partnership with Mediatek.


Official LineageOS 15.1 Release Imminent! Latest Update

Official LineageOS 15.1 Builds Public Release Imminent! Latest Update
The last time we updated you on the status of LineageOS, we told you that Lineage is skipping LineageOS 15 (Android 8.0 Oreo) in favor of the latest Android 8.1 Oreo LineageOS 15.1.

With Android 8.1 you get a brand new Pixel 2 launcher, Power-Reboot menu, Dim Navbar keys, and my favorite one is Black and White theme depending on the Wallpaper used.

Those of you waiting for the Oreo based Official LineageOS ROM, here's an update for you guys. Lineage is all set to announce the Official builds of LineageOS 15.1 for tons of Smartphones. According to the latest commit, Lineage is done building the LineageOS 15.1. However, the commit is yet to be merged, so it could arrive anytime soon.


We'll notify you guys when there's any new information on LineageOS 15.1. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.
Lineage

Android 9.0 P will get a Refreshed Design, Support for iPhone X-Like notches, and more

Android 9.0 P will get a Refreshed Design, Support for iPhone X-Like notches, and more
Android P is going to make it easier for device makers to create and apply their own version of Android skin on their devices with iPhone X-like notch. Apparently, Android P will add support for more unique display types including multiple screens, foldable displays, and displays with notch.

The report also says that Google is going to integrate the Google Assistant even tighter in Android P. With Android 9.0 Pie, third-party developers will be able to integrate the Assistant into their own apps.

"Developers will be able to integrate Google’s voice-based technology inside of their apps. The company has also weighed integrating the search bar on the Android home screen with its assistant, although neither of these changes are finalized for introduction this year, according to one of the people familiar with the situation."

Bloomberg says that Android P will deliver a “dramatic redesign” to the Android OS. Rumors are that Google may implement "Material Design 2" with Android P.

Finally, Internally Google is calling Android P as Pistachio Ice Cream which is also called Pistachio Nut Ice Cream. However, Google has a knack of using different official names, the report says.

Just like every year, Google is expected to reveal the next version of Android OS, "Android P" followed by Multiple Developer Previews and a Full launch. This latest Android OS will reportedly come with new "smart features." Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

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