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Hiya, am thinking about removing the stock android launcher on my Pixel 7a, due to a bug causing one of the three navigation buttons to randomly not work, more about the bug here; https://lemmy.world/post/10555733. So was wondering if anyone had any experience regarding this? I know how to remove it, just want to know what the potential consequences would be. I thought of having 2 launchers available, should the main one I use not work (for whatever reason). Please let me know if you have done this before and how it went :)

Poco F6 Pro review (www.gsmarena.com)
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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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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)

Hide LSPosed (lemm.ee)
submitted 3 days ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

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?

submitted 4 days ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

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.


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!

Google Play System Update (discuss.tchncs.de)
submitted 4 days ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

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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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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So I've been messing around with a few phones lately, a nexus 6p, a pixel 3a xl, and a s21 ultra, and I've noticed that on the 6p and 3a xl both sound louder, punchier, and clearer when compared to the s21 ultra. They also both have that thicc notch design with a massive speakerphone which might add to the high volume levels.

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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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Got to agree with the conclusion of the review, while this seems like a decent offering (and I personally like the "retro" look), for Є400, you might as well get a A55 with a much better screen and probably longer security support (Android OS updates aren't that important these days).

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  • 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.


  • 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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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 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 so def on the same lan. And, my phone can connect to 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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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.

submitted 1 week ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

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 )

submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

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?


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.

submitted 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

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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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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