In October we got a couple of new scoops from @wongmjane on Twitter about recent internal tests in Facebook app. Revealed screenshots show new UI elements for Stories and Facebook Pay
WhatsApp for Android continues its internal testing of Dark Mode support according to a recent report from @wabetainfo It is important to mention that it is not available to anyone yet and all screenshots were discovered via APK reverse-engineering.
According to shared screenshots, there will be a "Theme" section in settings with 3 options - "Light", "Dark" and "System Default". This looks like a very standard dark mode feature implementation which you can find in many other apps already.
There was a lot of news about different Android browsers during this month. We got Vivaldi Beta, dark mode on Edge and Brave browsers and now we also published a Firefox Preview Nightly beta to our catalogue.
I have a bunch of launcher apps installed because I like testing them. "Internet browsers" is also one of the categories which I usually test but I don't keep them installed. Normally I just use Chrome Beta plus I have a stable Chrome app installed too.
At the beginning I was willing to make a short review about Firefox Preview Nightly but then I realised that there are a lot of interesting things to dig into and I decided to make a review for the Firefox ecosystem in general.
According to the official blog post, this feature is now available to everyone who has Spotify installed on their Android. It allows you to add your favourite podcasts to the playlist. You can either make a playlist with podcasts only, either you can mix podcasts with your favourite music.
This feature went public on 30 of September while it was spotted in testing on May by @wongmjane on Twitter.
Android's open nature allows anyone and everyone, to a degree, to go ahead and modify their smartphones to their heart's content. And thus so, there are a plethora of different custom ROMs, like Lineage OS, Pixel Experience, Resurrection Remix, just to name a few, to choose from for a variety of devices.
When you are looking for a smartphone with healthy indie development support, there are a handful of key factors to consider. One - the bootloader of the device must be easily unlockable. Two - it must have an SOC with loads of open-source development going on, and the one and only silicon manufacturer famous for that at the moment is Qualcomm with their Snapdragon chips. Thanks to their efforts of providing open-source system-on-a-chip specific code, the Code Aurora project on GitHub is the main platform that developers can base their custom ROM development trees of off. And lastly, the phone has to be quite a popular one too, of course. 😜