Magisk future makes some changes, but will live on

Back in May of this year, famed Android developer John Wu announced that he had been hired by Google to be a part of the Android security team. It was then that fans of his project, Magisk, started wondering what would lie in its future given the obvious conflict of interest. This week, Wu has finally provided some definitive answers.

In a post, Wu explains what the future of Magisk will hold now that he has a conflict of interest at Google. The good news? The project definitely isn’t dead. Magisk will continue to be available. Wu says that

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18 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (8/22/21

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today’s list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you’re looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you’re covered. This week I have a fantastic Norse-themed strategy game, a new free-to-play Marvel brawler, and a fresh robot battler that isn’t stuffed with in-app purchases. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android

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The Death of Android Auto for Phones: Everything You Need to Know

The first of them is Android Auto, an application that requires dedicated hardware support in every car, with the Android smartphone connected to the head unit then mirroring the UI on the larger screen inside the cabin. The full version of Android Auto therefore requires an Android phone and a compatible head unit with support for either wired or wireless connections.

The second is Android Auto for phones, a simplified version of the full app that runs on the phone but offers the same approach, user interface, and app support. In other words, what you typically see on the screen

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Android modding tool Magisk is alive and well, MagiskHide not so much

Magisk is one of the most powerful Android mod tools around, and a godsend to users who buy a phone without a strong custom ROM community. But ever since its creator John Wu was hired by Google itself in May, its future has been somewhat fuzzy. Earlier today Wu updated his Medium site for the Magisk project, stating that the open source tool will continue development … but with some notable changes.

The big news: Wu officially has Google’s blessing to continue managing the Magisk project. That’s a big deal, as certain elements of the program represent a possible

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Android Messages Soundly Beaten As Radical New Update Goes Live

Google versus Apple has been headline news in recent months, with privacy labels and Apple’s crackdown on app tracking and (soon) online fingerprinting and mail tracking. Now just as Apple prepares an overhaul of iMessage in iOS 15, Google’s has launched its own radical update to take on Apple’s stock messenger. But there’s a huge problem—and if you are an Android Messages user, this should give you a reason to quit.

Two parallel developments have catapulted Android Messages from box-standard SMS client to seeming iMessage alternative. First, Google is close to completing the drive to RCS, which it took on

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This app will speed up your Android phone in seconds

The thing that’s responsible for slowing down your Android phone is you.

Yes, you.

All those apps and junk that you downloaded over the months and years are now kludging up your phone.

And once this junk is on your phone, it can be a real pain to weed it out.

Here’s my solution.

Download and install CCleaner.

Must read: Do you trust Apple?

I’m wary of “optimization” apps, so it’s taken a bit of testing for me to feel that not only is CCleaner safe to run but that it also does help speed things up by freeing

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Android 12 tweaks Adaptive Charging, Pixel reaches 100% closer to alarm

With the December 2020 Feature Drop, Google made it so that your Pixel phone charges slowly at night to preserve battery health. Pixel users have had hit or miss experiences with Adaptive Charging, and Google now looks to have tweaked how it works on Android 12.

On Android 11, this overnight adaptive capability fast charges your Pixel to 80% and then slows down, thus preserving the health of the battery. However, for some, the slower speed still gets their phone to 100% several hours before they wake up at the set alarm time. 

It’s clear that Google is being extremely

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Google Phone call recording is available on Pixels in these countries

It’s been nearly a year since Google announced that call recording would be possible on Android, as long as you had a compatible device and lived in a country that legally allows it. The feature first went live on Nokia then Xiaomi phones, and later gained the ability to automatically record calls from unknown numbers. It’s now making its way to the Pixels too.

Two tipsters mentioned that the call recording feature is now live for them

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The Pixel 6 will follow in Apple and Samsung’s footsteps in one important way

Do you really need another power brick with your next phone? Google, following in the footsteps of Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi, thinks that you don’t. The company has announced that the Pixel 5a, just announced (and reviewed!) today, is the last Pixel phone that will come with a charger in the box.

The Verge quotes Google, saying that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro won’t come with chargers. “They’re just trying to save money!” some of you are already typing. And you’re right. Saving a few dollars of wholesale hardware on a million or two phones surely helps the

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What do you think of ads in Android skins and pre-installed apps?

If you’re a Xiaomi or Realme user, you’re probably used to seeing ads on your smartphones. Both firms place advertising into native apps, much to the annoyance of users. These aren’t the only offenders, though. Samsung stuffs ads into its key apps, too, including Pay, Health, and more. However, this could soon come to an end.

Samsung will reportedly remove ads from its default apps in the future, paving the way for a cleaner One UI ecosystem. However, this got us wondering: what do you think of ads in Android skins and pre-installed apps?

Be sure to let us know

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