Custom ROM w/ Viper4Android audio mod fixes Google Pixel audio distortion for some [Video]

We told you a couple days ago that some Google Pixel users — including two of us here at 9to5Google — are experiencing a weird audio distortion problem when playing different media at high volumes. Now, it appears that some tinkerers have found a temporary workaround as we wait for Google to fix the issue — and the good news is that it’s solely a software fix…

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Substratum themes coming soon to Android 8.0 Oreo without the need for custom ROMs or root

People choose Android over iOS for a number of reasons, but one of the most common ones is that Android offers greater customization over what Apple allows on its mobile OS. The recent release of Android 8.0 Oreo introduced a lot of new features and smaller tweaks to make the operating system more polished than ever before, but thanks to a recent discovery, it looks like you’ll soon be able to use Oreo to take your customization game to an entirely new level.

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Francisco Franco’s Gratus app updated w/ major performance improvements, custom colors, and more

Last month well-known developer Francisco Franco debuted his latest creation to the world, Gratus. The simple app designed to let you remember what you are grateful for launched with a gorgeous material design look and a handful of features, and today it’s getting its first major update.

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AutoVoice for Google Home brings fully custom commands to your home assistant

Google Home is an excellent device, but it’s obvious that Google could be doing a lot more with it. Tying Google Home with Google’s mobile apps and just Android in general could prove ridiculously powerful, but we’ve only seen that on a minor scale so far. With AutoVoice, though, you can unlock what Google Home is really capable of, and it’s pretty awesome.

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Allo 5.0 rolling out w/ Chrome Custom Tabs, selfie-generated sticker packs on the way [APK Teardown]

With every Allo update has come features that almost no one is asking for, and the latest version of the app, 5.0, isn’t much exception. The new version is rolling out now on the Play Store with one major addition: Chrome Custom Tabs, for viewing web pages without leaving the app. But a quick teardown of the app we did shows that there are other — yep, you guessed it — sticker-related features right around the corner…

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How to use Substratum and Andromeda to install custom themes on Android Oreo devices without root

Last month it was discovered that with the release of Android 8.0 Oreo, users would be able to theme the operating system’s UI without the need to root their handsets. With the use of the Substratum theming engine, users can use Android’s Overlay Manager Service (OMS) to change up the look of almost every aspect of the OS. Here’s a quick look at how to do this…

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Google showcases custom server security chip, Cloud VMs double max CPU core, RAM amount

In the midst of several app and service launches at Cloud Next ’17, Google also announced several hardware-related developments. With Cloud Platform gaining GPUs last month, Compute Engine is doubling the number of CPU cores available to virtual machines, while Google showed off its Titan security chip for data servers.

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Uber now allows you to save custom locations other than home and work

Rolling out today, Uber is making it easier for you to remember destinations other than your home and work addresses with Saved Places. Whether you visit a particular friend or relative’s house, restaurant, or even a park fairly often, it can get annoying trying to remember the exact address when hailing an Uber. Now, these saved locations can be saved as a shortcut…

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How to build custom app icons easily with Adapticons [Video]

One of the best parts of using a third-party launcher (and even some default launchers these days) is getting to use icon packs. With so many options on the Play Store, it’s easy to find great icon packs, but discovering some of your favorite apps missing from the pack is an all-too-common occurrence. Thankfully, Adapticons makes it easier than ever to make your own icons.

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