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Hi everyone. You can easily add a website shortcut to the home screen through a browser ("add to home screen"). However, if I change browser or if I need to clear the browser data, these links disappear. Maybe I'm using too unstable of a browser, but I'm tired of having to recreate my shortcuts.

Is there any way of adding a website shortcut to the home screen in a browser-agnostic way?

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submitted 2 days ago* (last edited 1 day ago) by MrSoup@lemmy.zip to c/android@lemmy.world

I would like to know if there is something like iPhone "True Tone" or Samsung "Adaptive Color Tone" in AOSP or if there are alternatives to install.
(I'm on GrapheneOS)

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Hide LSPosed (lemm.ee)

Will Zygisk + PIF + Shsmiko hide LSPosed?

Currently I am passing safetynet/integrity checks with root on LineageOS 21, if I install Pixel Xpert and LSPosed_mod will I nerd any thing else to continue to pass the checks?

I used to use Hide My App List to help hide root/LSPosed. Is this still necessary?

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Hello everyone!

A lot has happened since my last post, specifically talking about my LineageOS inquiries. I had a string of bad luck and broke the digitizer but no cracks to my Pixel 7 Pro.

So I ended up "upgrading" to the Pixel 8 Pro because the store I went to only had the 8 Pro and not the 7 Pro in stock and it was dire that I have a phone.

So this leads me to my next questions:

What is your favorite Android spin for your Pixel Device?


I have used GrapheneOS, LineageOS, and Stock Android (of various versions on my Pro 7)

This leads me down the rabbit hole of deciding which experience I want on my Pixel 8 Pro.


I have GrapheneOS on my 8 Pro right now because I wanted to see if I could make it fit my needs, and I am leaning towards it not working for me. Since I switched, android auto is not connecting even following the instructions GrapheneOS has to offer.

AdAway (nonroot) is not working on GrapheneOS, as it just kills any internet connection to everything on GrapheneOS. So that's another point against me wanting to stick with GrapheneOS.

No AFwall+. Another point against it.


It appears that CalyxOS is going to give me a similar experience with issues related to the ones I mentioned with GrapheneOS.

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I had considered trying out LineageOS for microG but unsure if this is the route I want to go because I am unsure if some of the apps I will rely on will work for various reasons. (Mainly unsure if MicroG will suffice for them.)


I am open to other options to, and would love to hear what you are using!


Thank you!

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Google Play System Update (discuss.tchncs.de)

What is exactly Google Play System Update buried deep in the settings that can be manually updated and usually has a date of say, eg, May 1. Is it part of Project Treble from Google to decouple parts of OS from full system upgrades and make more Modular updates possible?

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submitted 5 days ago* (last edited 5 days ago) by Hellmo_Luciferrari@lemm.ee to c/android@lemmy.world

Hello! Longtime Android user here.

I am currently using LineageOS 21 on my Pixel 7 Pro, however after rooting and running a few Magisk modules I have been having issues with overheating.

So what I planned to do is build LineageOS myself, and use a custom kernel.

One of these:


Some follow up questions:

  • Will this break using banking apps because of custom kernel? (even with Chiteroman's PIF, Zygisk, and Shamiko?)

  • However, I am unsure if I build LineageOS 21 with one of these custom kernels if I will be required to build each update with the custom kernel, or if the updater would update my build.


I am open to suggestions on how to solve my thermal issues if anyone has any.

Thank you!

Edit: more questions

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I'm searching an android app to mark the locations of multiple parked cars. It should be possible to mark different cars somehow to identify them. It would also be cool if there is a feature to share the location with someone on another devica (like a sync between users, NOT copy of coordinates or link on maps

In other words, I need an app to tag multiple locations on a map. It doesn't require to be designed for parked car locations. The app must have these features:

  • GPS Tracker with map
  • support to tag multiple locations
    • mark them somehow uniquely (like note, category, color, icon, ...) The following features would be nice to have:
  • sync with other devices, for example family
  • history of locations
  • set date/time since location is active (can be timestamp)

I'm ok with paying/ ads or require to self host.

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Charts

Conclusion

  • On my Pixel 8, stock seems to offer better battery life compared to GrapheneOS, with a mean SOT of 06:51 on stock, versus a mean SOT of 06:03 on GOS.
  • I can't be sure where the difference in battery life is coming from, but it may be due to stock's adaptive battery function that is not available on GOS.
  • However, the slight increase in battery life on stock is not worth the amazing privacy and security benefits that GOS provides over stock, so I will be sticking to GOS.

Context

  • I wrote a similar post to this one based on the tracking and analysis I did while I tested out stock Android before switching to GrapheneOS (Lemmy), and I wanted to complete my battery tracking by also seeing how GOS battery life compares to stock Android.
  • Similar to my testing while on stock, I used my phone as normal on GOS, with the below configurations:
    • LTE only (I don't have a 5G plan)
    • 120hz refresh rate
    • Owner user, with separate work profile managed by Shelter
    • Sandboxed Google Play Services enabled for both main profile and work profile on the owner account
    • Dark mode
    • Bluetooth on, always connected to my Galaxy Watch 6 Classic and very often connected to other BT audio devices
  • With the above configurations, I used the phone normally, then took screenshots once I got the low battery warning notification at 20%. I started including the screenshots for the per-systems screen after seeing that the SYSTEM (IDLE) stats would be useful to track, but since I only have these datapoints for 11 charging cycles on GOS, I've excluded them from the analysis, although I am including the per-systems battery usage screen for reference.

Personal usage patterns & use-case

  • I try to achieve a balance between privacy and convenience, so I am using Sandboxed Google Play Services and only use one user. However, I minimize unnecessary permissions and try to install only FOSS apps on my main profile while installing as many proprietary apps into my work profile as possible.
  • The way I used my phone across stock Android and GOS was quite similar, although I did try to take advantage of GOS features whenever possible, such as enabling memory tagging, toggling off network permissions for apps that don't need them, etc.
  • Depending on your privacy threat model, you can use a more strict setup without sandboxed Google Play Services, which may actually decrease battery life due to constantly active web sockets, or you may use multiple users to compartmentalize different apps into different profiles, which may save more battery versus my compartmentalization via Shelter.

Notable observations

  • Although I got less SOT in general using GOS, I was still able to push the SOT past 9 hours with an idle time of 26:58 on my heaviest day (link), which is amazing battery life.
  • Streaming music on Spotify seems to be a huge battery hog, and other Pixel users have noticed the same (link). The worst SOT I got, which was 02:13, seems to be largely due to at least an hour of music streaming on Spotify.
  • On a related note, the background time tracking of Spotify is unreliable, as there were days when I was streaming music for about an hour (link), which led to a 10% battery decrease, but the battery usage screen says Spotify was active in the background for less than a minute (link).

Data & screenshots

date OS SOT (h) main full_apps full_systems
2024-02-21 Stock Android 07:26 link link -
2024-02-24 Stock Android 06:59 link - -
2024-02-26 Stock Android 05:07 link - -
2024-02-28 Stock Android 05:22 link link -
2024-03-02 Stock Android 03:56 link - -
2024-03-04 Stock Android 05:10 link - -
2024-03-05 Stock Android 07:16 link link -
2024-03-06 Stock Android 04:56 link link -
2024-03-08 Stock Android 04:31 link link -
2024-03-09 Stock Android 05:26 link link -
2024-03-11 Stock Android 08:06 link link -
2024-03-12 Stock Android 10:24 link album -
2024-03-14 Stock Android 02:33 link link -
2024-03-16 Stock Android 04:28 link link -
2024-03-18 Stock Android 03:55 link link -
2024-03-20 Stock Android 06:34 link link -
2024-03-22 Stock Android 05:41 link link -
2024-03-23 Stock Android 07:35 link link -
2024-04-16 GrapheneOS 04:16 link link -
2024-04-18 GrapheneOS 05:29 link link -
2024-04-19 GrapheneOS 04:20 link link -
2024-04-21 GrapheneOS 03:04 link link -
2024-04-23 GrapheneOS 05:12 link link -
2024-04-24 GrapheneOS 02:13 link link -
2024-04-26 GrapheneOS 04:56 link link link
2024-04-27 GrapheneOS 09:03 link link link
2024-04-29 GrapheneOS 05:56 link link link
2024-05-01 GrapheneOS 04:03 link link link
2024-05-03 GrapheneOS 07:13 link link link
2024-05-05 GrapheneOS 03:20 link link link
2024-05-08 GrapheneOS 08:45 link link link
2024-05-11 GrapheneOS 04:27 link link link
2024-05-13 GrapheneOS 06:09 link link link
2024-05-15 GrapheneOS 02:56 link link link
2024-05-16 GrapheneOS 04:45 link link link

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submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by perishthethought@lemm.ee to c/android@lemmy.world

Hi folks, a little troubleshooting help here, please.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S9 with Android 10 rn. I use Firefox as my main browser, but I've tried this on others (Internet from Samsung, DuckDuckGo browser) and get the same result.

When I am at home, connected to my personal wifi network I want to connect to my self-hosted server at 192.168.68.137. In all browsers, just starting this week, I get "Can't connect to the server" or "ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE". This just was working fine the other day, but something (???) has changed and it won't connect. When I am trying this, my phone's IP is 192.168.68.106 so def on the same lan. And, my phone can connect to 192.168.68.100 without error - it's just the .137 address it can't connect to. This isn't a DNS issue; I am trying to reach it only via the IP address.

The server is definitely up and other PCs can connect to it just fine on the same LAN / 192.168 segment. I've tried rebooting the phone, same result. I turned off my pihole ad blocker - same result.

The craziest thing (to me) is that if I disable wifi on my phone, (so now it's on the cellular network) then connect my Wireguard VPN back into my home network, then I can browse to my home server. That should work, of course, but so should it work for me to connect while on the home wifi network without the VPN.

If anyone has any ideas, I would be very grateful.

EDIT: I rebooted the server and voila! The phone is connecting again. No idea why, but sure, OK. Thanks anyway, folks.

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submitted 1 week ago by grid11@lemy.nl to c/android@lemmy.world
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submitted 1 week ago by funn@lemy.lol to c/android@lemmy.world
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In addition to Private Space, Android at I/O 2024 is really working to boost the mobile operating system’s theft, security, and privacy protections.

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submitted 1 week ago by lascapi@jlai.lu to c/android@lemmy.world

Hi, I wonder if there is a setting somewhere to setup the default sharpness for all the android photo app.

As you can see in my example the sharper picture is way too sharp and unnatural and it’s horrible with faces.

With FreeDCam I'm able to set that but this app is too complex to use it in the every day use.

I have a Fairphone3 with /e/os but I don't think that's matter.

Any suggestion?

( and it’s not related with the subjecHorrible Pictures Zenfone 8t: Horrible Pictures Zenfone 8 )

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submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by Buffalox@lemmy.world to c/android@lemmy.world

My old $200 Motorola G9 Power phone lasted almost 4 years with only very minor scratches. Obviously in that period I have dropped it a few times getting out of the car, where the phone sometimes work itself out of my pant pocket while I drive, and then it slips out when I get out of the car. But no problem on my previous phones, despite the Moto had cheap Panda glass front.

Then I bought my $800 glass back Xiaomi 13T Pro in January, and I loved the phone for the camera and good specs. But alas after only 4 months, and single drop of just 30 cm while sitting on the porch, the glass back immediately cracked! The back now looks like an ugly mess, and the high water resistance is very likely gone too.

For sure the last time I buy a phone with a glass back!!!

I wonder why glass back is so popular, and I curse the media for reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S2 as "feeling a bit cheap", because the back was synthetic, and drop tests showed it was 10 times as durable as the iPhone with its glass back.

Samsung did it right in the beginning, glass backs are a curse.

PS: I don't use condoms for my phones, if they need that for daily use, it's an obvious design flaw!!!

The glass back is supposedly there to give a premium feel to the phone. But because it's fragile, people have to use a cover, but with the cover, the premium feel of a glass back is gone anyways?
How is glass back not a design flaw?

EDIT FOR CLARIFICATION:

I am not clumsy, that's why I believe the phone should be able to last without cover. This was the first time the phone slid out of my packet, and I've NEVER dropped it out of my hands. One 30 cm slip and it's broken. Where for instance my Moto had maybe 4-6 in all over the years, and remained unscathed, apart from some tiny scratches.
The sliding out of pocket does occur maybe a couple of times per year, but it's a low drop, and the phone should absolutely be able to handle that tiny drop, as it's an item for everyday use.
I've also never had problems with scratches on my screen on any phone, which is the reason people use screen protectors I guess, which I don't either, because they are ugly, for instance they create a tiny ring around the camera, and they feel awful IMO, my phone came with it, and it took exactly 10 seconds for me to decide to remove it, because I could feel the edge of the screen protector when using the phone.
But please stop with the dropping my phone regularly comments! Just because I dropped my Moto a few times (slid out of pocket) over almost 4 years! Always from low height, which it should be able to handle a few times.

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submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by CkrnkFrnchMn@lemmy.ca to c/android@lemmy.world

Hey there, I'm trying to figure out what is wrong with my phone (Zenfone8). As you can see, the picture is alright but when I use the zoom the picture goes all pixelated (uploaded in a comment) I change the camera module but it still does the same :(

Any clue/help please...?

EDIT I rebooted the phone to stock settings and the camera is acting the way it ought to...very weird. I guess there was some apps the camera didn't like...

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submitted 1 week ago by RGB3x3@lemmy.world to c/android@lemmy.world

This happens all the time. Happens when I go to the app switcher and resets when I go back home. But as soon as I hear back into the app switcher, it moves to the side.

Here it is as I write this post:

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For a search company I can't believe how terrible the Android app search is. I can't even search "bank" for my banking apps, and there doesn't really seem to be any metadata except for the title that goes into the search. Which is absolutely ridiculous given how many companies name their apps something cReAtIvE like "home" or "Resideo" or "Smart Hq." I just want to search GE for the damn GE app. Or "thermostat" for Resideo. Surely there's something beyond surface level here because obviously this is an extensively solved problem. How is there not metadata or description searching at minimum? My only guess is fear of abuse but Google has definitely dealt with that for their entire existence and up until recently, managed to handle it fine.

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cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/15358017

Google Pay alternative?

Hey there, I'm looking for an alternative to Google pay that'll allow me to use NFC payments etc. Thoughts?

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Google Messages' sent text editing feature has now begun rolling out to beta users, indicating that stable rollout is around the corner.

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Google Messages wants to make sure you don't see texts from blocked contacts anywhere with this upcoming feature.

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In recently purchased Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro with MIUI I see the message app isn't available for many popular apps, those messages usually show when the android version is old but I have android 13 so I don't understand why I see those errors so much in the play store.

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submitted 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by Xirup@yiffit.net to c/android@lemmy.world

So I'm interested in buying a Pixel 8 to install GrapheneOS in it but I'm also interested in rooting it and from what I've read rooting your device with a privacy focused custom ROM like GrapheneOS beats the purpose of installing it, so I don't know if it's actually posible to do it or if it actually has any grace, honestly I just want to be able to install some Xposed modules and be able to auto-update my Droid-ify apps in the backgrounds without user interaction.

Excuse my ignorance in the subject, I have never rooted or installed a custom rom before.

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Option 1: leave everything enabled, & everything works with full spyware enablement too

Option 2: disable everything, but forget basics like mail notifications, yet still resign yourself to invasion from irrevocably disabled services

Option 3: the middle ground. Just kidding, disabling only what you truly don’t need is wildly opaque, and painfully slow: options are split and hidden wherever possible. Forget any “apply to all” graces being given by King Google. Disable the wrong thing, and break a seemingly enabled feature.

Also love how some options are given during setup, while others are only informational: “visit settings later to change this thing - hope you forget!”

So, what’s left: Option 4, root your phone and hope Magisk will work when you need to use your bank app?

I just want my cell provider to spy on me because physics. (Govt banning sale/sharing of that data would be epic, maybe some day in the far future.) Extra spying in the shadiest ways is bad and Google should feel bad.

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