TWRP comes to Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL

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Developers are hard at work preparing custom ROMs for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Unfortunately, you can’t just slap a ROM on your new Pixel phone, as there’s a couple steps to take first. You’ll, of course, need to unlock the bootloader first, but as XDA-Developers points out, the next step is flashing a custom recovery image.

And now that the most popular customer recovery tool is here, TWRP, Pixel owners will be able able to start flashing custom ROMs on their phones.

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OnePlus planning to merge OxygenOS and HydrogenOS

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Smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has found itself in a position where it might have spread itself a bit thin in trying to maintain two separate, major versions of the operating system ROM it provides on its mobile devices. Western market customers are already familiar with the OxygenOS ROM and related user interface that grace devices like the OnePlus 3 with something very close to the Google AOSP. They may not be familiar with HydrogenOS, the variant ROM developed by OnePlus for Eastern market customers, that has a much different look and feel. Despite the divergent nature of the forks, OnePlus is now planning to bring them back together into a unified operating system and user interface. Read more

Cyanogen’s Kondik says company isn’t going anywhere

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Over this past weekend reports surfaced that Cyanogen Inc, the company that was spun off from the CyanogenMod operating system project, was going to stop work on the operating system and pivot to producing standalone apps. Characterizing those reports as a “circus of misinformation” Cyanogen’s Steve Kondik took to the CyanogenMod¬†blog to assure the world that work continues on the CyanogenMod operating system. Read more

Amazon Prime version of Moto G4 comes with locked bootloader

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The Moto G4 is already a device that targets budget-conscious buyers as soon as it ships out of Lenovo’s production facilities. For buyers looking to squeeze even more of a deal out of their purchases, Motorola struck a deal with Amazon to make a variant available through the retailer at an even greater discount at the expense of buyers putting up with advertising and Amazon content and apps. To help ensure that relationship stays the same, it appears Motorola locked the bootloader. Read more