Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.

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Will Verduzco · Jan 7, 2015 at 02:00 pm · 4 comments

Forums Added: LG G Flex 2, Asus ZenFone 2, Much More!

Here at XDA-Developers, we continually strive to do everything we can to encourage mobile development. Much of this revolves around providing tools for the third-party developers who call XDA home. To that end, we frequently add forums for new and exciting devices in the hopes of spurring aftermarket development. Today, we're happy to announce the creation of six new device forums here at XDA! First and foremost, we have the LG G Flex 2, which comes as the successor to...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 25, 2014 at 01:00 am · 7 comments

FXP Team Delivers Lollipop to Various Xperia Devices!

From all of us here at XDA-Developers, we'd like to wish you Happy Holidays! If you celebrate Christmas, we hope you found many fun tech-related toys under your tree. And if so, we hope you make your device-specific forum your home away from home. But even if you don't celebrate the holiday or if you didn't receive any new tech toys, there are still quite a few reasons to be happy today--at least 12 of them. Just moments ago, the...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2014 at 05:00 am · 4 comments

Indian OnePlus One to Ship Without Cyanogen OS After All

A little under two weeks ago, we first talked about an unfortunate situation whereby upcoming OnePlus One devices sold in India were rumored to ship without "Cyanogen OS" due to Cyanogen Inc. granting exclusive rights to their proprietary firmware in India to Micromax. Needless to say, this situation is less than ideal both for the Oppo offshoot as well as potential Indian buyers, as one of the main appeals of the OPO is undoubtedly its bloat-free CM11s install. After the...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 9, 2014 at 05:00 pm · 7 comments

Deodex Lollipop System Apps with Ease

Android 5.0 has been publicly available for a little over a month now, and although Lollipop hasn't quite made a significant dent in terms of market penetration, the OS has certainly gained steam among the power user and developer communities. We've seen a rather large spattering of ports to various devices, old and new alike, and this is only going to continue as time goes on. While much of Lollipop's underlying architecture is the same as previous versions, much of...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 1, 2014 at 04:00 am · 4 comments

Spruce up Your Home Screens with Papuh Walls

Update: Links in this article have been temporarily removed while we look into various claims made against its developer. In its nearly six year lifespan, Android has gone from an unpolished mishmash of UI elements to a cohesive, Material Design-flavored sweet treat. And although UX chief Matias Duarte's handiwork has been felt since Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it wasn't until Lollipop that Android design truly came into its own. While having a cohesive OS interface leads to good visuals, it doesn't automatically...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 26, 2014 at 02:00 pm · 1 comment

CPU Spy Gets an Android Lollipop Makeover

At some point in the distant past, you probably heard of CPU Spy for Android by XDA Retired Recognized Developer storm717. We talked about it back when it was originally released quite a few years ago, and in the time since, the app has become a staple for those looking to fine tune both performance and battery life through kernel and governor tweaks. Fast forward three years, and we've seen quite a lot of change in the Android world. As our...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 19, 2014 at 10:00 am · no comments

Toggle Cell Radio 5.0 Micromanages Your Lollipop Connectivity

Not too long ago, we took a look at a handy little widget by XDA Senior Member cygery that let you control your WiFi connectivity status right from your home screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop. While ordinarily not too big of a deal, the previous offering filled a certain void that was created when Lollipop came about since most of the existing data connectivity widgets stopped working with the update. Unfortunately, the same situation holds true for cell radio connectivity widgets,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 17, 2014 at 08:30 pm · 2 comments

Google Play Services 6.5 Updates Fit, Drive, and Wallet APIs

The last time we saw a major update to Google Play Services was back in September with the launch of Play Services 6.1. This update brought new ecommerse analytics tools, a tag manager, and an improved Drive API. Google Play Services 6.1 was then rolled out to all Play-enabled users via the Google Play Store roughly one month later, alongside a revised app settings icon. Now, approximately another month later, Google has yet again updated Play Services, this time to...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 17, 2014 at 02:30 pm · 5 comments

Unlimited Screen Recorder Captures Screencasts on Lollipop

There are plenty of reasons why one would want to capture video from a mobile device. Perhaps you're showing a friend or parent how to perform a certain task on Android, or maybe you're in the mood to show off your skills in Angry Birds. Heck, you could even be a developer trying to educate your users. Whatever the case, creating and capturing screencasts can be quite useful. Unfortunately, most applications that allow users to record a screencast are of...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 16, 2014 at 04:30 pm · 15 comments

Amaze File Manager is a Material-Compliant Root Browser

There are dozens upon dozens of powerful file managers available for Android. There are also quite a few file managers that aren't too painful to look at. Unfortunately, however, there aren't too many Android file managers that fall under both categories by being powerful and also a pleasure to look at. XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 hopes to change this with Amaze File Manager. As its name suggests, Amaze File Manager is an Android file manager. It features an attractive Material Design-compliant...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 16, 2014 at 10:30 am · 6 comments

Toggle Data 5.0 Brings Data Toggle and More to Lollipop

Every time a new version of Android rolls around, there are undoubtedly plenty of applications that for some reason or another simply stop working. While some of these may be minor inconveniences to some, that isn't always the case. If you're a Type-A personality and you like micromanaging exactly when your mobile data is on and off, you most likely noticed that existing mobile data toggle widgets simply stopped working when Android 5.0 Lollipop came around. Luckily, there is now...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 12, 2014 at 01:00 pm · 5 comments

Lollipop Factory Image for Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi Leaked!

It's been a little over a week since Google pushed the full Android 5.0 Lollipop source code to its AOSP servers. While the source code has lead to the rapid release of quite a few source-built ports for existing devices, many users are still eagerly awaiting the official updates. An implicit promise of the Google Nexus line is that device owners will receive updates, and they'll receive them quickly. Now, owners of the WiFi variant of the first generation Nexus 7 are in for a special...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 11, 2014 at 05:30 pm · 3 comments

Groupon Abandons “Gnome” Trademark Filings!

File this under, "well that was fast." Just a few hours ago, we talked about how the folks over at Groupon had applied for a trademark on the name Gnome. The company had previously intended to use this name for its upcoming point-of-sale tablet-based operating system. However unlike what any tech savvy user would reasonably assume, this product has absolutely nothing to do with the open source GNOME project or the GNOME foundation itself. Naturally, the trademark filings made GNOME...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm · 2 comments

Chrome 39 Adds Support for Theme-Color on Android Lollipop

Over the past week, we've seen quite a few devices receive unofficial (and semi-sorta-kinda-official) ports of Android 5.0 Lollipop. There's undoubtedly much to love in this latest version of Android, but one particular feature that hasn't gotten enough attention is the new way in which browser tabs are handled in Chrome. Rather than simply being available for switching via the tab switcher UI, tabs are now visible in the multitasking menu alongside full Android apps. Not only does this add...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 10, 2014 at 10:00 am · no comments

Easily Manage Your Smartwatch with Android Wear Tools

Android 5.0 has undoubtedly been the main topic on every Android fanboy's mind ever since its completed source release just six days ago. That said, there's still quite a bit going on in the Android world aside from Lollipop. Last week, we talked a little bit about the open source CASUALWear watch face tool that lets users customize their Android Wear smartwatches to a great degree. Now, we're here to share another tool for Google's wearables platform. Android Wear APK Tools by...

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