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Tracker Discounts Helps You Find Good Deals on Steam

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If you’re a PC gamer, you’re undoubtedly well familiar with Steam. This online game delivery system is designed to bring mangy games, not only to Windows, but even Mac OS X and Linux.

Steam offers some free-to-play games, but most of them are paid. However, you don’t always have to pay the full price since there are occasional seasonal Steam sales and individual game offers. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to find the best deals, so XDA Forum Member drmkz made an application that tracks prices and sales, and shows them on your Android device. You can add games to your cart and buy them using the official Steam client for Android afterwards. You can also share your thoughts with your friend. . . READ ON »

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Sony Extends AOSP Project to the Xperia Z3

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While most OEMs simply don’t care about the custom ROM community, others are doing an amazing job to build their image among developers and end-users. One such OEM is Sony, which hired XDA Senior Recognized Developers jerpelea to serve as Sony Developer Relations Community Manager.

Not too long ago, Sony released a unified kernel that works on all flagship devices starting on Xperia Z1. Recently, the kernel was re-worked and it now supports Sony’s newest flagship, the Xperia Z3. The kernel should work with every Sony device based on the Qualcomm MSM8974 platform. The kernel is based on Qualcomm’s LNX.LA.3.5.2.2-03010-8×74.0 branch and already contains some contributions from XDA u. . . READ ON »

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How Open Source Can Help Your Project w/ Ethan Yonker – BABBQ2014

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People have finally recovered from this year’s Big Android BBQ festivities. After all the fun and merriment, we cannot forget the sessions. We’ve talked about the Opening Keynote, and the User Experience session put on by Kevin Bruckert, technical lead for the user interface area of the NVIDIA SHIELD line of products, and today we have another great presentation for you.

Lead developer for the Team Win Recovery Project for over three years, Ethan Yonker discusses how the topics covered in last year’s speech covering software architecture, can be combined with the idea of Open Source to make your project succeed and grow a strong community around your project. So if you wanted to learn more about the p. . . READ ON »

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Add Frequency Bands to Your Qualcomm Device

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Those of you who travel quite a bit undoubtedly own more than one device due to frequency band restrictions put in place by both carriers / OEMs, as well as local regulatory agencies. It’s common to find regional variants of pretty much the same devices from Sony, LG, Samsung, and other OEMs. And of course, these companies want to turn a profit, so they often sell multiple devices rather than one that can switch between all of its hardware-supported frequency bands. Surprisingly, most phones works pretty well with frequency bands that are not officially supported. In fact, this is often just a software limitation that can be circumvented with tools available on XDA.

You can try to unblock some freque. . . READ ON »

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More Android 5.0 Details Revealed, Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker – XDA TV

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Google talks more about Android 5.0 Lollipop! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the new Mircosoft Band, a fitness tracker and be sure the check out the article talking about sideloading apps to Android TV thanks to Chainfire. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for No Lock Home. Then RootJunky showes us How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360. And later TK showed us how to sync music to your Android Wear devices. Be sure to check out K. . . READ ON »

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Google Allows Search Queries To Interact With Apps

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Android 5.0 Lollipop brings lots of new features that are quite useful for end users and developers. In the interview with Google execs we talked about earlier, they talked about making integration with Ok Google a bit easier. As promised, Google has now provided a method to use the search with external applications.

The solution comes in just six lines of code that can be added to the AndroidManifest.xml file in your app. After adding it, users will be able to say, for example “Ok Google. Search for pizza on Eat24.” This command will search for the term pizza in the Eat24 application. Here’s the required code:

<activity android:name=".SearchableActivity">
    <intent-filter>
        <a
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Lenovo Officially Owns Motorola, Following ~$3 Billion Deal

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Google is now officially no longer the owner of American phone manufacturer Motorola. Earlier today, the $2.91 billion deal finally took place, and now the American company is officially owned by Chinese giant Lenovo. The deal has been confirmed by executives of both parties. This means that Lenovo has full rights to Motorola’s product portfolio and acquires all technologies owned by this OEM.

Motorola’s headquarters are set to remain in Chicago. Lenovo will also keep its newly integrated employees working on their existing projects. It’s likely that we will see new phones featuring different branding, such as what we’ve seen with Microsoft’s Nokia acquisitio. . . READ ON »

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Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker Announced, Available

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The wearable market has been around for a few years, with Pebble and Samsung smartwatches essentially carving out the initial segment. However, only this year have wearables gained so much traction, with a glimpse of the future demonstrated at CES in January, where multiple wearable-focused SoCs were announced. This was further complemented by Google’s Android Wear announcement, followed by smartwatches from Motorola, LG, Samsung, Asus, and even Apple.

With more companies jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, rumors began circulating recently of a Microsoft fitness tracker. True enough, Windows Central confirmed this by pointing out that apps to connect to the device were available on t. . . READ ON »

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Forums Added for the Oppo R5, Oppo N3, and Xiaomi Redmi Note

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Just yesterday, Oppo unveiled a pair of rather unique smartphones, the Oppo R5 and Oppo N3. The R5’s claim to fame is that it’s the world’s thinnest smartphone, whereas the N3 is the first device to feature a motorized camera swivel that lets you automatically and easily take rather high quality selfie shots. Not too long ago, Xiaomi unveiled and released the Xiaomi Redmi Note smartphone. Due to popular demand, we’ve gone ahead and added forums for the devices!

First up, we have the Oppo R5. This device, as mentioned earlier, is officially the world’s thinnest smartphone–for now. Coming in at an anorexic 4.85mm, the device is so thin that it doesn’t even have . . . READ ON »

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