You may recall that not too long ago, we published an article regarding a few amendments made by the Librarian of Congress to the infamous DMCA. The short summary is that one of the exemptions in DMCA which protected consumers who wanted to keep their handsets if they switched carriers was wiped out by what can only be described as good, quality lobbying courtesy of CTIA, a group formed by most major carriers and manufacturers. The exemption removal essentially results in it becoming illegal to SIM unlock a GSM phone purchased after January 26th, 2013 without carrier’s explicit approval and . . . READ ON »
By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Paranoid Android. In fact, there’s a good chance that if you own the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10; you’re either running the ROM yourself or you’ve given it a try in the past.
For the few unfamiliar, Paranoid Android’s defining characteristic is what they call Hybrid Engine. Contrary to what many believe, this is not “tablet mode,” though that is one of many things that can be accomplished using Hybrid Engine. Rather, Hybrid Engine allows you to select both dpi and layout on a per-app. . . READ ON »
As many of you know by now, last couple of weeks have been quite intense in terms of what is happening in this little underground world of ours. Just as a means of providing you with a brief tl;dr summary, essentially one of our own devs, who goes by the name of XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer jmztaylor was sent a take down request by HTC of North America. The issue/explanation for this request was two-fold. Part A involved the fact that our dev had his own personal website under the address htcruu.com. Now, Unless you have direct, explicit permission . . . READ ON »
While we know that this is a US-specific issue, it also serves as a great opportunity to ensure that the entire world is reading so that they don’t make the same mistakes we do in this country. As many of you are aware, our entire Government seemingly has a bad tendency to listen to extraordinarily greedy people and agree on things that make people wonder what in the world were they thinking? Some of the most notable examples include (but are not limited) the consideration of a small bill that “almost came to be” known as SOPA. Unfortunately (for . . . READ ON »
Here at XDA, we take the responsibility of carriers and OEMs to provide timely updates to their devices (and to honor their GPL requirements) seriously. There are those who do a good job (Samsung is one of them), those who don’t always do a good job (HTC, Motorola, LG), and those who do a terrible job (Huawei, ZTE, Rockchip to name a few). But there is one who right now is doing a terrific job, and that is Sony Mobile.
noun \ˈkrau̇d-ˌsȯr-siŋ\ : the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers
At XDA, you could say we specialize in crowdsourcing. You could even say that we had it perfected before it became hip. Our developers routinely participate in Open Source projects, which epitomize the very definition of crowdsourcing. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that we are seeking your input into something carrying the XDA-Developers brand.
What is ADB?
Most of you reading this will no doubt be aware of the Android Debug Bridge (or ADB for short), and have used it for one thing or another. However, if you are still relatively new to tweaking your device, ADB may seem almost like some kind of intimidating and geeky black art. In reality, it’s actually rather simple and can be an incredibly useful tool to have at your disposal for a variety of reasons. The ADB tool itself is explained by developer.android.com, which is a very handy resource, as;
” a versatile command line tool
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TrustZone (a.k.a. TZ), in conjunction with Secure Element, is becoming more prevalent in modern devices. The TrustZone acts as a buffer between the kernel and the hardware. It prevents the kernel from directly interfacing with the hardware, but it also does so much more.
We all want secure devices for certain things like keypad inputs, payments, secure information transfer, and the TrustZone provides all of this. It does so by operating at a higher privileged level than the operating system, running applications and preventing access to certain information.
Think of a TrustZone like a cloaking shield, when you make certain system calls . . . READ ON »
Another wonderful International CES has passed us by. The event was filled with many exciting displays, like the Intel Ultrabook Tree, but most important were the announcements made by many manufactures. Some announcements are still years out, embodying nothing more than an idea. Other announcements having working prototypes, while still others are in the final stages before release or have been released.
While the exposition portion of CES with flashy booths, models in revealing clothing, and the latest wares on display only occurs Tuesday through Friday, the announcements are often made before. The Monday before the opening of the . . . READ ON »
At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we’ve seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4—but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup.
Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA. Please choose one from the list that you would like to see offered, and we . . . READ ON »
After a record breaking year for attendees, the 2013 International CES event has begun to much fanfare. Sightings of celebrities included Felicia Day of “The Guild” and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. There were a lot of people in attendance, as we were constantly getting bumped into and rolled over by wheelable bags.
We received notice that an Italian company would be talking about their new, improved Android Smartwatch. Being Android fanatics, we went to check it out. The presentation started 20 minutes late, so we are not sure about the reliability of the time telling feature. The device . . . READ ON »
In case you haven’t noticed, the industry event known as International CES is going on this week. Over the past couple of days, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan got a sneak peak on what to expect from some of the industry’s largest players in the television, audio, computing and mobile device segments.
In today’s episode of XDA Developer TV, Jordan talks about what he has seen and what to look out for over the next year from these companies. He talks about what is coming from AudioVoxx, Netgear, and Sony.
Additionally, Jordan had a chance to see some previews of . . . READ ON »
Bootloaders are like locks on a cookie jar: They’re just begging to be unlocked. When users on XDA see a locked bootloader, they immediately start looking for the accomplished developer who is working on hacking the device. It is for this reason that we like to hold Google Nexus devices as the gold standard for how manufacturers (and carriers) should approach their bootloaders, as well as firmware openness.
Nexus devices are easy to unlock: You go into fastboot mode, type ‘fastboot oem unlock’, and you’re done. Easy peasy. Of course, Google’s method involves an automatic wipe . . . READ ON »