· Feb 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm · 19 comments

Announcing Better Support for Devices from India on XDA

XDA is a huge global community. That makes managing the site a challenge, as everything from monitoring the ads to moderating the forums becomes exponentially more difficult when dealing with different countries, cultures, and belief systems. What many people don't know is that the second largest source of traffic on XDA after the USA is actually India. And until now, we've admittedly done a poor job of supporting these users. We've never had a defined process for adding India-only devices, and...

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· Feb 12, 2014 at 10:30 am · 8 comments

MotoTool All In One Converts Your Moto G Into GPe

One might say that there really aren’t many perks that the Moto G GPe can offer over its regular counterpart. Thanks to Moto G’s timely updates from the previously Google owned Motorola, the near stock Android platform its running, and the uninvasive and minimal additions (or tweaks) Motorola has included with the regular Moto G, this opinion may not be too far from the truth. But the GPe still does has its appeals, with the most obvious being its undisturbed, intact...

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· Feb 12, 2014 at 08:00 am · 5 comments

Android Basics 101: Understanding ART, the Android Runtime – XDA Developer TV

XDA community members are known for boosting the performance of their Android devices in much the same way that baby boomers would modify and improve their hot rod cars. One new feature of KitKat is poised to help improve application performance in Android. This feature is known as ART, though it's still an experimental feature, there is rumor that it will be the default soon. But what is this talk about ART really? And what is ART? In today's video, XDA...

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· Feb 12, 2014 at 05:00 am · 6 comments

XDA-Developers and Piracy

It should come as absolutely no surprise that we at XDA-Developers take piracy very seriously. Not only does pirated content cause our site to face potential legal action, but the developers who create the applications we enjoy deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. It is for this reason that we take a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to willful piracy. You may recall that a few days ago, we talked about a rather innovative application by XDA Senior Recognized...

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· Feb 11, 2014 at 11:30 pm · 3 comments

Easily Get In Touch with Your Icon Pack Creator with Icon Helper

Imagine there’s an icon pack that you’ve downloaded, installed, and absolutely love. After sifting through a whole lot of packs that looked great on paper but turned out otherwise on your home screen, you’ve finally found the one that fits in just right with your theme, wallpaper, and widgets combination. But as to be expected, there are still those couple of apps that went unthemed. With that said, XDA Recognized Themer tung91 developed a mod and app that will help icon...

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· Feb 11, 2014 at 06:30 pm · 3 comments

ARM Cortex-A17 to Bring High-End Performance and big.LITTLE Support to the Mid-Range

The mobile SoC market is highly dynamic and full of quite a few powerful solutions that have made their way into our flagship devices. We recently talked a bit about Nvidia's Kepler-based Tegra K1, which will finally bring much of the company's desktop graphics prowess into the mobile space. Unfortunately, SoCs like the ARM Cortex-A15-based Tegra K1 (or its future 64-bit ARMv8-compatible Denver variant) are aimed squarely at the high-end. And rather than focusing on mid-range devices, most chip manufacturers...

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· Feb 11, 2014 at 04:30 pm · 7 comments

Google Search Now Offers Relationship-Based Voice Recognition and Calling!

Google Search has grown into quite a wonderful tool. Over the course of dozens of application updates and quite a few back-end improvements, Google's virtual assistant has evolved into a solution that simply outclasses Apple's Siri in the vast majority of cases. Despite Google Search's general superiority, there are a few situations here and there where Cupertino's offering is slightly better. One example comes in the form of those cute little Easter Eggs and snarky replies (though we're catching up!)....

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· Feb 11, 2014 at 03:30 pm · 7 comments

[OTA Captured!] Android 4.3 Now Rolling Out to the Sony Xperia SP on Vodaphone AU

A little over a month ago, we first caught wind that an Android 4.3 build was being prepared for release on the Sony Xperia SP. And just one day later, we saw an Android 4.3 leak appear for the device. Then, Sony came clean about its update plans for the popular mid-range device through Twitter. Now, the official Android 4.3 update for the Sony Xperia SP is finally here, although it's currently only being rolled out to devices on Vodafone Australia....

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· Feb 11, 2014 at 01:00 pm · 2 comments

Android-Powered Nokia X (Normandy) to Launch at MWC Later this Month?

The Nokia Normandy has been the subject of so much hype, speculation, and controversy over the past few months that you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's actually a shipping product---or at the very least, something that has been officially announced, or even just confirmed by the manufacturer. Nevertheless, leaks and rumors continue pouring in about the device, it's potential specifications, what it will look like, and its user interface. Now, we have one additional tidbit to add to the Nokia Normandy rumor mill,...

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· Feb 11, 2014 at 10:00 am · 8 comments

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Complete Action Plus – XDA Developer TV

The great thing about Android is you have your choice of apps to do just about everything. There are over 9000 different Messaging apps, so you can find the one you like best. There are at least 42 Photo Album apps, so pick the one you like best. But sometimes, apps can do the same thing and you want a way to easily select which will perform a certain task---well now you can. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday,...

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· Feb 11, 2014 at 07:30 am · 2 comments

T-Mobile / Unlocked / Developer Moto X (XT1053) Receives Android 4.4.2, OTA Captured!

Googorola may now be Motonovo, but this hasn't stopped the expedient firmware updates for the critically acclaimed Moto X---at least not yet. Now, a wild update appears for the T-Mobile, unlocked, and GSM developer editions of the device, which brings the Moto X to the very latest flavor of Android KitKat, version 4.4.2. A few days ago, the T-Mobile variant of the Moto X began receiving an incremental OTA to Android 4.4.2 as part of a limited release soak test. Coming...

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· Feb 11, 2014 at 05:30 am · 5 comments

Android 4.4.2 with Sense 5.5 Now Rolling Out to Unlocked and Developer Edition HTC One

In its relatively short lifespan, the highly regarded HTC One has proven to be no stranger to expedient software updates. The device, which initially launched with Android version 4.1, saw a rather expedient update to KitKat on its developer and unlocked editions just one month after the release of Google's latest OS. Naturally, carrier-branded updates are taking a bit longer, but HTC has already owned up to and apologized for this. To that end, we've already seen the update start rolling out to carrier-branded...

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· Feb 11, 2014 at 01:00 am · 8 comments

Play Music on Multiple Android Devices with Chorus

The Samsung Group Play app is pretty sweet in theory. The ability to play your songs on various devices at the same time can be a great social feature, as well as a less awkward alternative to struggling to hear a song your friends ‘must absolutely listen to,’ as it plays from your phone’s pitiful speaker. If this sounds like something you want to try on your unsupported device, you may want to check out Chorus. Developed by XDA Forum...

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· Feb 10, 2014 at 08:00 pm · 4 comments

Set Up ADB and Fastboot on Linux, Mac OS X, and Chrome OS with a Single Command

ADB and Fastboot are invaluable tools for almost every Android user. Without them, flashing a kernel or system image would be much more difficult or even impossible. If you are an experienced user, you can download the Android SDK, click few times, add ADB and Fastboot to $PATH and happily torture your device with latest ROMs and kernels without worry that one small mistake will result as a plastic brick. If you are a Linux, ChromeOS, or Mac user, you...

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· Feb 10, 2014 at 04:30 pm · 1 comment

Enable Glove Mode on Your Samsung Galaxy S 4 Running AOSP-Based ROMs

Having lived somewhere that’s sunny all year round, I still empathize with fellow Android users who live in places where snow exists. I imagine having a device with the ability to detect touches through gloves would be of great benefit, especially considering how capacitive touch screens work. But the unfortunate reality is that only a handful of devices cater to this, such as the Sony Xperia Sola with its unique “floating touch”, the Nokia Lumia 920, and the Samsung Galaxy...

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