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Sony to Extend its AOSP Program to Other Devices

Sony will be offering its users the possibility to use AOSP ROMs as an alternative to the currently offered, skinned firmware. This is the result of agreement made with FreeXperia group associated with both XDA and the CyanogenMod team, which took place a few years ago. One of the leaders of the project, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea, is heading this operation and was hired by Sony to lead the AOSP program.

AOSP support isn’t something new to Sony. Currently this Japanese OEM supports five devices—mainly flagship devices, but also the Xperia L, which is a popular mid-range device. . . . READ ON »

Project Ara Smartphone Will Run Modified Android L with Hot Swapping

Project Ara is a very exciting topic–both for hardware and software enthusiasts. The modular smartphone idea looks like a mission impossible, but Google is determined to make it a reality pretty soon. Paul Eremenko from Project Ara team has shed some lights on the project’s status and we now know that Ara will have a modified version of Android L on board.

It was pretty easy to predict that Google would select Android as the operating system for Ara. The more interesting part is that users will be able to replace some elements of the device without powering off the phone (i.e.. . . READ ON »

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Streamline Android Theme Customization with Graphic Porter

I don’t have a custom theme on my Android phone, and the reason for this is because I am too busy picky (and perhaps lazy) to go through the countless fantastic custom themes that have been created and made available here on XDA and in the Play Store. And I’m sure that many folks here are in the same situation. Because despite the vast selection of themes, we all find ourselves a little bit too picky about something specific –perhaps it’s the icons, the accent colors, or the switches. And this is where Graphic Porter comes in.

Developed by XDA . . . READ ON »

Boost the Brightness of Your Sony Xperia Z1’s LED

Boost the Brightness of Your Sony Xperia Z1’s LED

I think the last time anyone has ever used a physical torch to find their earphones, keys, or contact lens case was eons ago–before phones with LED flashes were invented. Now if we have to navigate or find something in the dark, we just whip out our phones, turn on their LEDs and sweep the floor with their gloriously powerful light. Of course, we all know that torches are actually better at being torches than our phone’s measly LEDs, but one can dream right?

But rather than dreaming about it, why not try out a mod developed by XDA Recognized Developer olokos. . . READ ON »

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Modify the Look of Your Volume Control – XDA TV

How many screenshots have you seen with a volume status bar in the middle? How often do you wish that your volume statusbar didn’t pop up right in front of your YouTube Video? Well, with the power of the Xposed Module, you have the option of customizing your volume status bar.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you customize the display of your volume statusbar. Xposed Developer niko001 created the StatusbarVolume module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

Prepare Your Nokia X2 for Battle with Nokia X2 Tools

Prepare Your Nokia X2 for Battle with Nokia X2 Tools

Unveiled in June this year, the Nokia X2 is the Finnish company’s second crack at an Android-powered device. With a 4.3 inch IPS display, a dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a price tag under $200, the X2 is a device unique for its dual Windows-Android experience, with Nokia replacing any indication of Android OS with Nokia and Microsoft counterparts. Perhaps not for the wider mainstream market, the Nokia X2 is an interesting device that will definitely perk the interests of some folks. If you happen to be one of these people or have already bought one, you . . . READ ON »

Increase the Speaker Volume of Your Samsung Gear 2 with Tool and Tutorial

I think it’s pretty safe to say that any sound coming out of a wristwatch isn’t exactly going to be audiophile-grade. But then again, smartwatches aren’t meant to serve as standalone music players (for now at least), with their speakers acting as the outlet for notifications you may receive on your watch. However, if you own a Samsung Gear 2 and find yourself needing a bit of musical accompaniment from your watch as you quietly working at the table, you may want to boost its sound with XDA Forum Member tonydav’s tool.

The tool is a .bat file, which . . . READ ON »

Unlock Hidden Camera Settings on Your Moto G

Unlock Hidden Camera Settings on Your Moto G

At one point in time or another, we’ve all gotten very fiddly with the camera settings on our Android devices–maybe it was because you had just discovered that your camera actually had settings, you were playing around with a new mod or port, or perhaps you even thought of yourself as a ‘street photography’ connoisseur. With this said, if you own a Moto G and find yourself simply not satisfied with the customization options for your phone’s camera, you might want to check out XDA Forum Member GodOfPsychos’s tutorial.

GodOfPsychos has written a tutorial which teaches you how to ‘unlock’ . . . READ ON »

XDA Partners with LG for Developer Challenge

XDA Partners with LG for Developer Challenge

Many Android enthusiasts know the name LG. LG is the maker of some Google Nexus devices and some great devices of there own, from the LG G2 and the follow up LG G3. Of course, there are many other great devices that LG makes, including tablets and watches. LG is focusing heavily on user experience. The thought is, if I have a smartphone and a tablet, can I have the same experience on both? Well LG thinks you can, that’s why they’ve developed the LG QPair. With LG QPair, users do not need to be worry about missing calls or SMSs . . . READ ON »

Customizing the OnePlus One, XDA 2015 Forum Redesign Live! – XDA TV

You can now customize your OnePlus One’s boot logo! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of XDA 2015 forum redesign going live and be sure the check out the article showing you how to compile your own Ubuntu kernel! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video reviewing Paranoid Android. Then rirozizo showed you how to . . . READ ON »

Forums Added for US Carrier Variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Fire HD 6 and 7

There’s something to be said for being the first. On the other hand, there’s also something to be said for being the best. Not only did Samsung’s original Galaxy Note kick off a wave of phablets including Cupertino’s latest offering, but the Note product line also managed to do the whole “phablet” thing the best thanks to innovative features like multi-window and the fantastic Wacom-based S Pen technology.

A few weeks back, you may recall that we created forums for the latest members of the Galaxy Note lineup, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Now, we’ve . . . READ ON »

Sony Xperia SP Receives Functional Firefox OS Port

Sony Xperia SP Receives Functional Firefox OS Port

It was recently revealed that the Sony Xperia SP would not be receiving the official Android 4.4 KitKat update from Sony, which expectedly left many owners rather confused and disappointed. Because after all, its specs shows that the Xperia SP is more than capable of running the update, and the fact that it was released last year doesn’t really help explain things. However, not everything is terrible for Xperia SP users at this time, as they have something else to play with on their devices, being Firefox OS.

Ported by XDA Forum Member boylush, the Firefox OS build for . . . READ ON »

Sony Xperia Z3 D6653 and D6603 Get Root and Recovery!

Ever since its unveiling at IFA earlier this year, many users and potential users have been excited for Sony’s latest flagship device, the Sony Xperia Z3. Featuring top of the line specifications, fantastic build quality, a pleasantly skinned UI, and gorgeous industrial design aesthetics, it’s not a struggle to see why. Accordingly, we’ve seen a lot of activity in the time to date, including a system dump as well as a ported launcher and camera app. While these help to bring some of the Z3’s goodies to other devices, they do nothing to bolster the capabilities of the . . . READ ON »

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