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XDA-Developers is a large community of developers, many of which enjoy Android development and a hobby and contribute their projects with the public. Since the Google Pixel Launcher isn’t available on the app store, both the Pixel and Pixel 2’s Launchers were repacked into APKs that can be installed on any Android device and would work without the need to root, appropriately named “Rootless Pixel Launcher” by AmirZ, and “Rootless Pixel 2 Launcher” by paphonb, both members of XDA. The Rootless Pixel Launcher is also optimized for tablets like the Google Pixel C and comes with various…

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Xiaomi Mi 6 global update brings Oreo, a slew of optimizations, and more

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A long time coming at this point, but Oreo is rolling out to Xiaomi’s early-2017 flagship. In addition to the Android version bump, this update brings along a whole slew of new features, fixes, and optimizations – all under MIUI 9 – for the Mi 6.

Here is the giant changelog:

Highlights

  • Optimization – Android 8.0 update (02-12)
  • Optimization – Protection from unintentional tapping for Dial pad (02-12)

System

  • Optimization – Android 8.0 update (02-12)
  • Fix – Apps changed Wi-Fi connection status without the user’s permission (02-12)
  • Fix – Apps stopped working in the background (02-12)
  • Fix – WhatsApp force closed in Split screen (02-12)

Phone

  • Fix – DTMF issues after pausing VoLTE video calls (02-12)

App Lock

  • New – Added the App lock step before unlocking using a new fingerprint for the first time (02-12)

Contacts

  • New – Improved layout and readability for search results in Contacts (02-12)
  • Optimization – Protection from unintentional tapping for Dial pad (02-12)
  • Fix – Contact search didn’t work properly for Russian and Ukranian (02-12)

Messaging

  • Fix – OTP messages were grouped with notification SMS (02-12)
  • Fix – Time in Messaging didn’t change when the system was switched to 12-hour format (02-12)
  • Fix – Messages with one-time passwords disappeared (02-12)
  • Delete – Adjustments for Messaging: service and promo SMS, scheduled SMS, and group messages.

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Bloomberg: Android P will have notch optimizations and more Assistant integration

We’re expecting Google to drop the first developer preview for Android P in the coming weeks, assuming it holds to the same approximate schedule from the past two years. According to a report from Bloomberg, Android P may include support for a particular hardware feature: the notch. Devices like the Essential Phone with a “notch” missing from the display have some UI peculiarities, and Google may be looking to get ahead of things.

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Safari 11.1 in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 and iOS 11.3 Introduces New Features and Optimizations

Both macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 and iOS 11.3 ship with an updated version of Safari, Safari 11.1. Safari 11.1 incorporates many new features that have been in testing in Apple’s Safari Preview browser, introducing new web APIs, security improvements, media changes, and more.

Details on the Safari 11.1 update were shared by Apple’s Ricky Mondello, and a full change log is available from Apple’s developer website.

Animated GIFs can be replaced with silent videos in Safari 11.1 to result in smaller downloads, more available colors, and better decoding performance.

In iOS 11.3, Password AutoFill for apps works in web views within apps, which will make it easier to log into a site without having to copy and paste your password each time. Web apps that are saved to the Home screen on iOS devices and web pages in SFSafariViewController can also now use the camera to capture images.

A new security change provides a “Website Not Secure” warning when a user clicks a credit card field or password entry box on an insecure page, and

Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which prevents websites from tracking you around the web, has been improved in Safari 11.1, and there’s a new improved Safari Reader extraction engine to improve the Safari Reader experience.

Service Workers, new in Safari 11, are designed to allow background scripts to power offline web applications, and there are several other new APIs including Payment Request API, Directory Upload, Beacon API, HTMLImageElement.decode(), and an updated Clipboard API.

Safari 11.1 is bundled in to iOS 11.3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, both of which are available for developers starting today. Apple plans to release iOS 11.3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 public betas in the near future.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 58 for Mac With Performance Optimizations

Mozilla today announced the launch of Firefox 58, building upon the new “Quantum” features that were introduced in Firefox 57 back in November.

Firefox 57 introduced a redesigned interface, new UI features, speeds twice as fast as Firefox 52, and an engine that uses 30 percent less memory than Google Chrome, and Mozilla is continuing to introduce additional improvements in Firefox 58.

Firefox 58 includes updates to Gecko, Firefox’s rendering engine, which are designed to streamline and speed up the browsing experience. Specific new additions include background tab throttling, a WebAssembly Streaming Compiler, and Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP) for a “significantly better” rendering process, with full details on the speed improvements available on the Firefox blog.

Improvements have also been made to the way CSS fonts are displayed for shorter loading times, there’s a new Promise feature to reduce redundant code, and functional and privacy improvements have been made to Firefox Screenshots. Full release notes for the update are available from the Firefox website.

With this release, we’re building on the great foundation provided by our all-new Firefox Quantum browser. We’re optimizing the performance gains we released in 57 by improving the way we render graphics and cache JavaScript. We also made functional and privacy improvements to Firefox Screenshots. On Firefox for Android, we’ve added support for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) so you can add websites to your home screen and use them like native apps.

Existing Firefox users will be able to upgrade to Firefox 58 automatically by restarting the browser. Non-Firefox users can download Firefox 58 for macOS for free from the Mozilla website.

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Android 8.1 update confirmed for Nokia 2, with some Android Go optimizations included

HMD Global confirmed in September that the entire line of Nokia phones would be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. The confirmation didn’t explicitly mention the Nokia 2, because it hadn’t been officially announced at that point, leaving some to wonder if HMD’s super-budget model would be left on Nougat. Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, has confirmed on Twitter that the Nokia 2 will actually jump straight to Android 8.1.

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New OnePlus 5T update brings camera UI optimizations, photo quality improvements

The OnePlus 5T has started receiving a new update. Arriving as OxygenOS 4.7.4, the update weighs in at 285MB and brings along a couple of camera-related changes as well as some system-related optimizations and improvements. To begin with, the photo quality has been improved. Also, the UI of the camera has been optimized. System changes include optimizations related to audio, vibration, face unlock, and WiFi battery usage. Then there are improvements related to fingerprint and GPS. Finally, some usual bug fixes and stability improvements are included as well. Source

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Launch of Android Go brings Oreo optimizations and features to low-end phones for developing markets

Google has made public the first release of Android Go—the optimized version of Android for low-end phones targeted toward developing markets, which was announced in May at I/O 2017. Rather than let OEMs stick to outdated Android versions when shipping budget phones, Android Go brings a full, up-to-date experience for devices which ship with 512MB or 1GB RAM.

According to the release announcement, Android Go is centered around three pillars for improving usability for low-end devices.

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New Samsung Gear S2 update brings battery life-related optimizations

Samsung has started pushing out a new update to its Gear S2 smartwatch. Arriving as build number XXU2EQJ2 and weighing in at 22MB, it’s not a big update, but does bring along some optimizations aimed at increasing the battery life. In addition, the update also includes some security enhancements. Currently, units in Europe (the Netherlands to be specific) are getting the update, although other regions should get it soon as well. As is usually the case with OTA updates, it may take time for the update notification to pop up on your device’s screen, so be patient. Via

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OnePlus 5T gets first update, KRACK fix and fingerprint/face unlock optimizations included

Just days after it went on sale, the OnePlus 5T has started receiving its first update. Weighing in at 107MB and arriving as Oxygen OS 4.7.2, the update brings along fix for the Wi-Fi WPA2 security issue (a.k.a the KRACK vulnerability). Multiple other changes are also included, like optimizations related to fingerprint and face unlock and improvements related to EIS during 4K recording as well as accuracy for screen off gestures. Of course, some usual stability and bug fixes are there as well. Via

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