Android Things, a stripped-down version of the Android operating system for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, hasn’t been a huge success for Google. However, there was one area in which it excelled: Google Assistant-powered smart speakers and displays can now be powered up. It is, however, a far cry from normal Android smartphones and tablets when it comes to modding. This is XDA, where we strive to be inclusive. If you have an old Lenovo Smart Display laying around, there’s some good news. Sean Hoyt, alias XDA Recognized Developer deadman96385, has made it possible to run ordinary Android apps on this device in addition to unlocking the bootloader.
As of now, the following Lenovo Smart Display models are compatible: The 7-inch variant (CD-17302F, codename “Ivy”) has a model number of CD-17302F.
The 8-inch variant (SD-8501F, codename “Amber”) has a model number of SD-8501F. In addition to the SD-X701B and SD-X501F (codename “Blueberry”), there is a 10-inch version (SD-X701B).
The Lenovo Smart Display has a few barriers for third-party developers. To begin, the gadget’s USB-C connector is concealed beneath a silicone cover on the bottom right corner of the device (for the 7-inch variant) (for the 8-inch and 10-inch models). Once you’ve exposed the USB-C port and connected the device to a computer, you can unlock the bootloader with the regular fastboot flashing unlock command, but removing the Android Verified Boot protection isn’t a straightforward operation. A specific unlocker tool is needed to perform this procedure, which involves booting the device into bootloader mode and running a command-line script.
As previously announced, Lenovo Smart Displays will be able to run conventional Android apps. It’s a strange method because you have to start with flashing the device-specific debug firmware. Due to internal constraints, ADB is required for installation, and terminal commands are required for operation. Despite its eccentricities, the device’s aftermarket development has gotten off to a good start.
If you want to have some fun for a few hours, you can follow the complete installation instructions found at the following website. Before attempting the procedure, we strongly advise going through the instructions and the first article. The Lenovo Smart Display’s bootloader can be used to unlock and run Android apps. There are models that are 7 inches, 8 inches, and 10 inches in size.
Homebrew enthusiasts may not find much use for Android apps in this form factor, even for those who are enthusiastic. Nevertheless, this is only a first step in enhancing the device’s overall productivity through more intelligent means. With a full version of Android on board, the legacy smart displays may be given a second life rather than being sent to the recycling bin.
It’s a tradition for Google to release a new version of Android every year. After the official release of Android 12 in September, rumours and speculation about Android 13 should begin to emerge.
While Android 12 is in beta, we already know a few things about what to expect when the next version of the operating system is released.
The first Android 13 release won’t be out until the first quarter of 2022, so there’s plenty of time to guess about the new features. It’s not all supposition in this essay, however.
Because of Google’s longer software support window, devices including the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, as well as the more recent Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, are eligible for this upgrade.
If you’re still using an LG phone, you’ve been aware for quite some time that the company is planning to roll out the Android 13 upgrade to a select number of devices.
They may also rest confident that Android 13 will be arriving to the Vivo X60 series. Many Samsung devices will be receiving this update as well, but that is a topic for another day.
We’ll focus more on what Google plans to include in the stock Android 13 version in this piece. For Android 13, we’re considering distributing updates to the Neural Networks API (NNAPI) via Google Play Services.
The XDA Developers community has also lately revealed something new and exciting. Since Android 9 Pie, Google has no longer used desserts to distinguish between different OS versions. However, this tradition has persisted throughout the company. Internally, the Android 12 “S” is known as Snow Cone. “T” stands for Tiramisu, a coffee-flavored dish that originated from Italy, the home of the UEFA Euro 2020 winners, and Android 13 “T.”
They also found that Android 13 may allow qualified Google Pixel devices to allow secondary profiles to conduct NFC payments. The ability to set up NFC payments on secondary profiles has been lacking from multi-user support for quite some time. A new version of Android, version 13, is expected to remedy this, according to the article. Since there’s still a long way to go before Android T is officially released, a lot could change before that point. But don’t worry, we’re keeping a careful eye on everything that’s going on and will update this post as soon as we find anything new and intriguing. Wait and see.