This week we started Actuality ROM with the root of Nokia 6. We will also try to get the Always on for the Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL without root. We will continue with the customized TWRP recovery available for new models, Titanium Backup obtains support for Oreo and more. Let’s start!
Root of the Nokia 6
This week Update ROM comes with how to root Nokia 6. The Nokia 6 has been the first Nokia with Android under the baton of HMD Global. Before proceeding with the root of Nokia 6 we will make a brief summary of its features. In terms of design, this medium range stands out for the use of aluminum of the 6000 series for the manufacture of the housing.
This smartphone has an IPS panel for its 5.5 “screen and has FHD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). Regarding the internal memory can be 32 GB / 64 GB and comes with 3/4 GB of RAM. This phone comes with an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and an Adreno 505 GPU.
The final presentation of this model comes with Nougat Android and will have an update to Oreo.
Now we go with the root of Nokia 6. Some devices are quite easy to root and require:
1. Unlock the boot loader.
2. Put a custom recovery.
3. Apply a solution to get root.
Other cases can be more complex and detailed step-by-step guides are incredibly useful. The member of XDA, hikari_calyx has written a complete guide to put a custom recovery and do the root of the Nokia 6. At the moment it has only tested it in the D1C / TA-1000 model but it says that in theory it should work in any variant.
Here you finally have the instructions to put a custom recovery and root in the Nokia 6.
Always On for the Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL without root
It is now possible to get Always On display on the Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL without root. In case you did not know it with the Always On feature active, we will always have the time and notifications on the screen with very low energy expenditure.
The first step is to have the phones updated to Android 8.1 Oreo, because a change in your code is what allows you to activate the function.
The steps to follow are:
1. Install Substratum and Andromeda. You can follow this XDA-Developers tutorial.
2. Install Always on Enabler.
3. Open Substratum and look for Always on Enabler in the list of topics. Press it.
4. Choose select to toggle all overlays and press the floating button. Select Build & Enable.
5. Restart your smartphone. Go to Settings, display, advanced and look for ambient display. There you can activate this new function.
Here you have a video that shows the process:
Android distribution and security patches in November
Finally, Nougat has exceeded 20% of the Android distribution in November 2017. Here is a graph showing currently how the data are:
Nougat with 20% will continue to grow as more and more devices in Marshmallow are updated. On the other hand Marshmallow has dropped from 32% to 30.9%. Then there is Lollipop which has fallen from 27.7% to 27.2%.
We ended up with Oreo last month; it had 0.2% and now 0.3% of active devices. As you can see, this version is still very minor.
Android security patches in November 2017 say goodbye to KRACK. Google has divided the security patches this month into two parts.
The first resolves a total of 11 vulnerabilities found in the operating system. 6 have been resolved as critical and 5 as high hazard.
The second of the security patches resolves 20 vulnerabilities. Of these, we can say that 3 are critical and the rest is in high danger.
These failures are in their majority in the Android Linux Kernel and in the drivers that are included in the operating system, such as MediaTeck, Nvidia and Qualcomm. Within this second package,
Google has protected its devices from the KRACK security failure of the WPA2 networks. If you do not know, you can allow an attacker to intercept and modify the traffic that travels through Wi-Fi networks with WPA2 encryption.
TWRP available for new models
Now we have the custom TWRP recovery available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the variants of the Asus ZenFone 4.
Those interested can download it from here:
• Asus ZenFone 4.
• Asus ZenFone 4 Pro.
• Xiaomi Mi A1.
• Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
The Titanium Backup application receives an update to v8.1.0 and adds support for Oreo. The Titanium Backup application requires root permissions for proper operation. You will allow us to make backup copies of our applications and configurations in order to restore them when we will need them. For example, in a browser, you would copy the application along with its data such as all options, passwords and favorites.
The news of this week is that we can finally use this app on Android Oreo. If I am a root user, here you have a “Manual of Titanium Backup Pro” published in the MovilZona forum.
On the other hand, the Linux Kernel 4.14 adds support for AMD’s secure memory encryption and more.