VZW Moto X Gets Android 4.4, OmniROM Out for Nexus 5, Motorola Restores Developer Edition Warranties! – XDA Developer TV

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In an interesting twist, the Verizon Moto X is among the first to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that there is a KitKat-based OmniROM available for the Google Nexus 5. And in another unexpected move, Motorola has reinstated warranties on developer devices. That’s not all that is covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for XuiMod, Jordan gave a device review of the Google Nexus 5, and TK gave us an app review of CloudMag. . . READ ON »

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TWRP Ported to the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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We try not to feature too much in the way of unofficial ports here on the XDA Portal. But sometimes, something special comes along that prompts us to make an exception. Recently, we saw the first custom ROM pop up for the  smartwatch thanks to XDA Senior Member fOmey. Now, another development milestone has been crossed on the device, once again thanks to fOmey.

This time, fOmey has ported the awesome TWRP recovery to Samsung’s smartwatch, bringing touch-friendly and powerful recovery software to the device. Installation involves first entering download mode by powering on and holding a certain key combination. Once in download mode, you use Odin on your Windows-based co. . . READ ON »

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New Apex Launcher Beta Brings KitKat Style

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apexA good launcher can often be one of the best pieces of customization on our mobile devices. The newly released KitKat Google Experience Launcher makes your home screens beautiful, with various effects and animations. Unfortunately, it lacks some of the functionality and customization seen in other alternatives. Apex Launcher is one of the most popular alternatives launchers, and now there is a new update to Apex to bring it inline with KitKat.

XDA Senior Member dennisxl, creator of Apex, announced that his application now supports more and more of KitKat goodies such as the transparent system bars and KitKat-styled folder backgrounds. Version 2.2 is still in an early beta stage, but it’s only a ma. . . READ ON »

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Google Play Update Places Tablet Apps Front and Center

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About a month and a half ago, Google shared some future plans on better highlighting tablet-specific apps within the Google Play Store. Along with that announcement, Google also shared some Tablet Optimization Tips to make sure that your apps play nicely on larger screens.

Now, the update is here, and the Google Play Store defaults to show only applications specifically designed for tablets when accessing the Play Store from a tablet. And as an incentive to make applications tablet-friendly, applications that meet the tablet optimization requirements are then shown in this tablet-specific list. Of course, you can still view phone-optimized apps by switching the view from “Designed for Ta. . . READ ON »

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T-Mobile Moto X Joins Verizon Model with KitKat OTA, AT&T Coming Soon

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Well, hello there, Moto! It seems like we’re seeing quite a new Motorola as of late, and we can’t help but think that this may largely be due to Google’s influence. First, we saw the Verizon variant of the Moto X become one of the first non-Nexus devices to receive Android 4.4 KitKat. Next we saw Motorola promise to deliver the 4.4 update to some of its older devices. And just yesterday, we saw the company revisit some of its questionable warranty policies.

Now, Motorola is continuing this trend by extending the KitKat love to the T-Mobile variant of the Moto X. Just like what we saw before on the Verizon update, Motorola wants to keep the update relatively close to stock Android. In other words, . . . READ ON »

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TWRP Now Available for the Oppo N1

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Earlier today, we gave the  a place in our forum. That’s with good reason, as the company has continually demonstrated a rather healthy willingness to work with the aftermarket development community. This has lead to impressive early work by developers such as XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. And now, another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place.

Earlier today, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and Recognized Developer bigbiff released TWRP for the Oppo N1. The release for the N1 comes with all of the trademark, user-friendly features that you’ve come to expect from TWRP2 such as a completely touch-based menu interface, a fully skinnable GUI. . . READ ON »

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Motorola Becomes Developer Friendly, Warranties on Developer Devices Reinstated

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Motorola is on fire, seemingly copying the ways of Sony in becoming a developer-friendly OEM. Everything seems to be perfect, but wait, Motorola? Do I have to mention that our Recognized Developers spent countless hours developing toolkits to crack your bootloader? Perhaps thanks to Google’s influence, the new Motorola has become one of the good guys in the Android OEM scene.

Earlier today, we talked a little about the Moto G, a relatively powerful phone with an unlocked bootloader aimed at dominating the mid-range arena at just $179. Motorola has gone even further. Now, requesting an unlock code for developer edition devices will no longer result in a voided warranty. Moreover, all developer devic. . . READ ON »

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Google Wallet Updated with KitKat NFC Host Card Emulation

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One of the most highly anticipated user-facing features in Android 4.4 KitKat is NFC Host Card Emulation. What makes this important is that up until very recently, only devices with NFC Secure Element hardware could access the tap-to-pay functionality in Google Wallet. Host Card Emulation lifts this requirement by emulating the ISO/IEC 7816-based smart cards that use the contactless ISO/IEC 14443-4 (ISO-DEP) protocol for transmission. This allows any device running Android 4.4 KitKat (with a US SIM card) to use Google Wallet’s tap-to-pay feature.

Now, we’re seeing the first fruits of KitKat’s software additions. Previously seen only on the Nexus 5, the new Google Wallet allo. . . READ ON »

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Forums Added for the Moto G and Oppo N1

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We added a couple of new forums today for a pair of very intriguing devices. First up is the Moto G. This recently released device doesn’t exactly have flagship aspirations. Its $179 off-contract asking price isn’t really targeting the midrange either. Rather, this is meant to be a phone for the masses. But unlike most other devices in its price range, the Moto G actually packs some relatively healthy specs. The device features a 4.5-inch 720p LCD panel. Powering the screen, we have a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, which is backed by a 2070 mAh battery. The device features 1 gig of RAM and either 8 or 16 gigs of internal storage. It lacks LTE and even DC-HSPA+, but it can reach a theoretic. . . READ ON »

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