Android 5.1 Possibly Coming February 2015

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Google released Android 5.0 just over a month ago, and since then Lollipop has been trying to establish its position in the global smartphone market. Despite its many new features and overall greatness, Android 5.0 has many issues that still need to be addressed. According to our colleagues at AndroidPIT and their two internal sources, Google is working on Android 5.1, which should really come as no surprise because software progress is inevitable. We already know that Google is always looking ahead, but the interesting part is that if rumors are to be believed, we’ll see 5.1 as soon as the end of February.

This information, although plausible, could strike one as a bit odd. After all, usually Google r. . . READ ON »

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Double Tap to Wake on the Nexus 6 Without Root

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A few weeks ago, we featured an app which allowed the Nexus 6 to regain the double tap to wake functionality. Originally planned to have this feature, Google killed it off just before the Nexus 6’s release, as evidenced in its device-specific source code. However, Nexus 6 owners with root access were able to load the aforementioned app and regain the removed functionality. Unfortunately, this meant that folks who hadn’t rooted their devices would miss out. Now, an alternate solution exists for those who have already unlocked their bootloaders (easily possible via fastboot oem unlock) but have chosen not to root their phones.

Thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member qwerp_, non-rooted Nexus 6 owne. . . READ ON »

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Make Your Own Heat Sink for the LG Optimus 4X HD

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It’s not a rare occurrence that performing a resource heavy task on your Android device (e.g. playing a game or multitasking heavily) results in the back of your device getting quite hot due to the heat being generated by the CPU. And without proper or adequate heat distribution, this heat will be most prominent at a certain area of your device’s rear. Strong heat is not the only downside of a hot CPU however, as it can also result in decreased performance due to throttling, less battery life, and a lower overall device longevity.

With this said, XDA Senior Member ottomanhero figured out a very clever way of remedying this issue on his LG Optimus 4X HD after noticing that playing games on this phone results in a ce. . . READ ON »

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Learn How to Create an Old School Dialer

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XDA is not only a great source for custom ROMs, kernels, and various modifications for numerous devices–it’s also a great place to find tutorials and other materials that help you to understand the Android ecosystem better. These resources then help you on your quest of eventually becoming a developer. Every developer started off not knowing how to code, but learning and ambition can work wonders.

Creating your first project can take days or weeks if you are learning just by yourself. You can reduce this time significantly by following the video tutorial by XDA Senior Member sylsau. By following this guide you will become… a time traveler and change your currently used dialer to classic r. . . READ ON »

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USB Desktop Charger Roundup – XDA TV

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Sometimes you learn one way to do something, and that’s the way you do it forever. You never learn another way because you think that’s just the way it is. However, there are many ways to charge your phone. You can struggle with the included charger, trying to find a outlet close enough to a table to rest your device. If you have many devices, they can be strewn around your house. Thankfully, there are other options out there.

In this episode of XDA TV, Producer Jordan reviews and discusses various USB Desktop Charger options. He reviews the RAVPower 50W/10A 6-Port Charging Station, the Anker 60W 6-Port Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ, the Anker 40W 5-Port Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ, the Bolse 2. . . READ ON »

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Receives Early CM12 Port

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Samsung Galaxy Grand is a dual-SIM phone with a 5” screen that was announced two years ago. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, backed by 1 GB of RAM. It also features an 8 MP camera with LED flash at the back and a 2 MP shooter in the front. It’s one of the mid-range phones released by Samsung to conquer Asia. Its low price and more than decent specs made Galaxy Grand Duos a quite popular choice for many users.

This large-screened smartphone ended its Android update schedule on Android 4.2.2. Luckily there are lots of developers who have this phone, and now we are pleased to announce that XDA Recognized Developer pawitp has ported an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 12 to the device.

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Google Adds New Features to Drive, Sheets, Slides and Docs

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In the last few months, Google has been working very hard to adapt all its apps to the new Material Design UI paradigm. Overhauling the UI was a big deal, but one of the main goals in app development is adding new features. Everyone loves features, so Google stepped up and delivered quite a few to several of its first party Android apps.

Google has pushed out updates of the following applications: Docs, Sheets, Drive, and Slides. The first thing you’ll notice are full hamburger menu icons. In addition, Docs now allows users to specify line spacing in the paragraph section, where users select one of the predefined values. Unfortunately, they can’t be edited manually. Sheets also received some tweaks. . . READ ON »

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Get Android Wear Notifications On Your Pebble

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Back in 2012 a new Kickstarter project popped up showing a very unique device at the time: A smartwatch with the ability to properly show your phone’s notifications, the ability to run apps and an open SDK for developers to write their own applications. Over the last two years the Pebble has gotten a lot of new features like support for custom watchfaces, support for the Pebble to cooperate with an application on your phone, the ability to show notifications from every application, and much more.

Earlier this year Android Wear was announced, a native Android API for wearables to make use of, which resulted in the release of a number of Android Wear watches this year. The great thing about devices using t. . . READ ON »

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Record or Broadcast Your Device Screen Using Shou.TV

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In a world where static pictures have become monotonous and GIFs dominate the Internet, this paradigm shift has affected the mobile ecosystem as well, with screenshots slowly but steadily being replaced by screen recordings. Before Android 4.4 KitKat, there was no official solution to record the screens of Android devices, and the few solutions that did exist at the time used rudimentary capturing methods with below-par results. However, Google introduced ADB screen recording functionality in Android 4.4 KitKat, which made a lot of enthusiasts breathe easier.

The catch to the native functionality in KitKat was that the screen could only be recorded via ADB, and needed root to run independently. This . . . READ ON »

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