Ian Stacy

Ian Stacy is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.

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Ian Stacy · Jan 3, 2013 at 05:00 am · 2 comments

Untethered webOS Port Arrives on the Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 is Google's flagship 7 inch tablet. It represents both the ideals behind the Android Open Source Project and the commitment to quality hardware we have come to expect from Google's Nexus line of devices. Being on the forefront of the open source realm, it comes as no surprise that the device has seen a tremendous amount of development and modification. The device has seen ports and ROM's of every type, from Ubuntu to Jelly Bean. The latest...

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Ian Stacy · Nov 1, 2012 at 09:00 pm · 319 comments

Android 4.2 Camera and Gallery Now Available

We all knew it was just a matter of time before bits of software from Android 4.2 showed up on other devices.  It has become customary for devs and power users to immediately swarm to port all the latest and greatest apps from leaked versions of the newest OS, and 4.2 is no exception. After seeing the new AOSP keyboard make it's way to older phones, people have been anxiously awaiting some of the other binary goodies that will come pre-installed on the...

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Ian Stacy · Oct 16, 2012 at 06:00 am · no comments

Paranoid Android with S-Pen Gestures for Galaxy Note i717

When the Samsung Galaxy Note arrived on AT&T, the extra-large capacitive screen and S Pen were its biggest selling points. For many users, the S Pen and its button are integral to the functionality and productivity of the Note. Those who were unwilling to give up that functionality have been forced to stick with stock ROMs. All that has changed with the newest version of ParanoidAndroid for the Samsung Galaxy Note i717, brought to us by XDA Senior Member JamieD81....

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Ian Stacy · Oct 7, 2012 at 04:00 pm · 174 comments

Android 4.2 Incoming? Key Lime Pie Rumors, Specualtion and More

Update: It appears as if these rumors were in fact false. We apologize for getting your hopes up. That said, we can't wait to hear what's actually coming up for Key Lime Pie. For your amusement, you can view the Hoaxer's admission here. Android, as a mobile platform, is more successful than ever before. The combination of a dynamic operating system with a flexible user interface that continues to evolve has kept the Android OS at the top of the mobile...

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Ian Stacy · Sep 1, 2012 at 07:00 pm · 212 comments

Right-Click Android Tools for Ubuntu

It's no secret that Android is a Linux-based operating system. It stands to reason that ADB and the other Android SDK tools just feel more at home running on Linux. Many developers, ROM cooks and power users choose Ubuntu to run these tools because of its ease of use and low learning curve. If you are a developer or power user running Ubuntu, XDA Recognized Developer lithid-cm has created an invaluable collection of Nautilus scripts that allow you to preform...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm · 2 comments

SimplyTapp NFC Payment System Debuts with CyanogenMod 9.1

While CyanogenMod 10 becomes the norm for many cutting-edge device, it appears that CyanogenMod 9.1 still has a trick up its sleeve when it debuts. In an industry first, CyanogenMod (a community-maintained Android ROM that isn't directly affiliated with the AOSP) has partnered with NFC cloud-based payment company SimplyTapp to produce a new method of paying for real goods and services with NFC-capable devices. Much like Google Wallet, Google's NFC payment system, SimplyTapp allows users of NFC capable devices (flashed...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 30, 2012 at 08:00 am · 263 comments

Three HTCs and a Samsung Walk into a (CM10) Bar…

The CyanogenMod crew has added four new devices to their officially supported lineup. This is exciting news, considering the popularity of the devices in question. These four flagship-status devices are some of the most widely-used phones on the market today. The list of devices and maintainers is as follows: HTC One XL (evita) maintained by XDA Recognized Developer h8rift HTC One S (ville) maintained by XDA Forums Member intervigil and XDA Senior Member xkonni HTC EVO 4G LTE (jewel) maintained by XDA...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 22, 2012 at 03:00 pm · 200 comments

Fresh Jelly Bean Ports Arrive on the HTC EVO 3D

Users of the HTC EVO 3D have been rather lucky lately. Despite HTC withholding the Ice Cream Sandwich update and kernel source code until the very last second (and indeed until the next iteration of Android, 4.1 'Jelly Bean', began landing on other devices) clever developers and a dedicated community of ROM cooks have managed to keep the seemingly abandoned device on the bleeding edge. Those of you who have held on to this 4.3 inch, glasses-free 3D, dual-core device,...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 18, 2012 at 07:30 pm · 229 comments

Sony Xperia S Added to AOSP as Experimental Device

Some very exciting news has arrived from the Technical Lead of the Android Open Source Project at Google, Jean-Baptiste Queru. In a Google Groups announcement earlier this week, he revealed that the first-ever experimental device has been added to the AOSP tree---the Sony Xperia S. This could mean great things for Android as an open source platform. For starters, this marks the first time since the release of the Nexus One that a non-Nexus phone (not many people will use...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 18, 2012 at 09:30 am · 203 comments

All-in-One Toolkit for the Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 is quickly becoming the most popular Android tablet. Unsurprisingly, it has amassed a large community of developers who have produced some great tools and utilities for the device. A common utility for popular devices is the 'one-click' root tool. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer mskip has created such a tool for Nexus 7 users that contains one-click root functionality and much more. Some of the notable functions include: Install/Uninstall Google Nexus 7 Drivers Backup/Restore Tablet using...

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Ian Stacy · Jul 16, 2012 at 08:00 am · 232 comments

Stand-Alone Root, Unlock, and Restore Boot Disc for the Galaxy Nexus

Google's current flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, has seen a lot of love from a wide-spread community of developers since its release in November of last year. By now, many Galaxy Nexus users have already unlocked their bootloaders, gained root access, and flashed more than a few ROMs. That doesn't mean that development for the device has slowed down. On the contrary, new developments, mods, and tools show up on a near-daily basis, both in our forums and across...

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Ian Stacy · Jul 12, 2012 at 08:00 am · no comments

Modify Carrier Name on Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean ROMs

The newest iteration of Android has been all over the news lately, with the release of source and as ports of the OS show up on all kinds of devices. While developers cook up better and more complete custom ROMs, those looking to change things on the standard 4.1 builds will surely see many tweaks and mods show up in the coming weeks. One such modification has already hit the Galaxy Nexus forums, thanks to XDA Senior Member spunks3. Using a...

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Ian Stacy · Jul 10, 2012 at 06:00 am · no comments

Connect an HID Bluetooth Mouse to the Nexus Q

The Nexus Q, Google's new cloud-based media center, is one of the most intriguing devices to hit the market this year. Recently, we wrote about unlocking the device and installing Android apps. The latest mod for the device comes to us from XDA Forum Member fredc888, and allows users to connect an HID-compliant mouse to the media player, further enhancing the device's capacity to run apps and games. Since the Q doesn't have a traditional Bluetooth menu to connect to devices other than Android phones...

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Ian Stacy · Jul 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm · 249 comments

Easy-to-Follow Root Guide for the Nexus 7

Google I/O 2012 brought with it a variety of exciting announcements in both software and hardware. Many Android enthusiasts have been drooling over the 7 inch, Tegra 3 powered Nexus tablet since it's unveiling at the kenote of the event. As you are no doubt aware, the tablet is already available for pre-order through the Play Store, where it is listed as  'Ships Soon (2-3 weeks)'. Power users awaiting their pre-orders won't have to wait for a root method, though. In...

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Ian Stacy · Jun 20, 2012 at 05:30 am · 9 comments

Enable WiFi Hotspot and USB / Bluetooth Tethering on the EVO 4G LTE

The brand new EVO 4G LTE is the latest offering by HTC in the EVO line. It stands to reason that one of the most useful and sought-after mods for the EVO line of devices would show up sooner or later. With a simple build.prop edit (or a conveniently flashable update.zip, thanks to XDA Senior Member smw6180) you can now enable native USB and Bluetooth network tethering, as well as unlock the native WiFi hotspot on your device. The edit was...

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