This week’s news ROM comes with the TWRP for Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2. We will also try LineageOS Fork with microG which is an alternative to Google services. Then we will continue with OxygenOS v4.5.14 for the OnePlus 5, Android 8 Oreo Beta for the Galaxy S8 and more. Let’s start!
TWRP for Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2
TWRP Recovery Alpha available for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. Before starting with the TWRP for the Pixel 2 XL we will talk a little about its features. The Pixel 2 XL comes with a six-inch P-OLED display and 18: 9 widescreen format.
Google has opted for the new smartphone concept with the screen without frames. The processor integrated with the Pixel 2 XL is the most powerful registered to date is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
It also has an internal memory of 64 GB, 4 GB of RAM and does not have a slot for Micro SD cards. The new phablet comes with Android 8.0.1 Oreo upgradeable to version 8.1 when available.
The XDA developer, Dees_Troy has announced the support for alpha state of the customized recovery TWRP for the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 and Pixel 2. This is the first step to root and flash a custom ROM although for the moment there are obstacles that must be overcome.
Also, it is important to keep in mind that important functions such as Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) do not work, so you can not transfer files to and from your PC while your phone is using the TWRP.
Here you have the TWRP for the Pixel 2 XL and the Pixel 2:
- TWRP of the Pixel 2 XL.
- TWRP for the Pixel 2.
- LineageOS Fork with microG and more
LineageOS Unofficial Fork built with microG allows you to bypass Google services. MicroG is an alternative to the Google Play services found on almost all Android devices. It allows you to evade the need for Google’s patented software on your device. At the same time, it also retains almost complete functionality through open source software.
Previously, it was somewhat complicated to configure microG since it required the support of the ROM and preparations by the user. Then a Magick module was launched to help facilitate the process but it still required some work.
Now, the XDA member Simon94 has simplified the process for a wide range of devices. For this, he has created an unofficial version that has MicroG together with F-Droid, the Play Store alternative for free software applications.
On the other hand, the application of LineageOS recording is being redesigned.
OxygenOS v4.5.14 for OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5 has received the update of OxygenOS v4.5.14, the KRACK patches, and more. Among the errors it solves, the following stand out:
- WPA2 Wi-Fi security problem resolved.
- Optimized use of the battery in some cases.
- The optimized accuracy of GPS.
- Correction of general errors.
- We also have the Android Oreo Beta filtered and available to download in the OnePlus 5.
Android Oreo 8 Beta for the Galaxy S8
The Android Oreo Beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8 gets a practical treatment.
Regarding Android 8.1 Oreo we have the following news:
Android 8.1 Oreo allows users to restore data after the initial configuration of the device. The new option is visible as a banner in the “Suggestions” section of the Android Settings application. Once users touch the option, they are offered the option to restore from cloud storage or from an iPhone.
Google resolves problems of installation of Developer Preview 1 of Android 8.1. Some users reported that when updating via OTA there was an error at the end of the installation. After that failure, the phone again used Android 8.0. With this new update, the problem has been solved. The good news is that Google has confirmed that an OTA update has been issued that solves installation problems.
A bug in Android 8.1 produces a brick in the devices if users forget their lock screen password after resetting to factory defaults. Google has confirmed the ruling and promises a solution. Therefore for the moment until there is an update it is recommended not to perform this action.
We already have the version of Magick 14.4 that stands out for being able to root the Google Pixel 2 XL. It has been the prestigious topjohnwu developer who has managed to root the new Google phone.
Ttopjohnwu has successfully tested the root of Google Pixel 2 XL on Android 8.0 OPD1.170816..010. He also says that in principle it should work with version 8.1 beta.
Android Development Shell Tools: useful shortcuts for ROM developers. With these tools, the work of the developers is facilitated. In this case, it can be used to build ROM, merge and track changes, or to debug problems etc.
To end this week News ROM we have:
- Replay the Bixby button with bxActions. Eric has a tutorial so that anyone can get more of his Bixby button. In a video shows how to reassign this button to use it with other applications or disable it completely. Bixby is present in the Galaxy S8 and S8 +.
- Get the new Pixel 2 boot animation on any device. A custom recovery is required to flash the file.
- Create personalized keywords activated by voice for Tasker with the Hotword add-on.
- One-Handed Mode App updated with new ways to use your phone with one hand.