Big Android BBQ 5.0 Recap – XDA TV

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This fifth annual Big Android BBQ has come and gone. The speakers have spoke, the sponsors have sponsored, enthusiasts have enthused, the developers have developed and of course the BBQed meat has been consumed. Did you miss out this year?

In this video, XDA TV Producer TK talks about his experience at this year’s Big Android BBQ event. He talks about the event, shows some pictures and even interviews some attendees, with the help of XDA TV Producer AdamOutler. We’ve already posted the Opening Keynote on the XDA Roundtables channel, and we have more videos from the event to come, so be sure to subscribe. Check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Microsoft to Counter “OK Google” with Bing Torque

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When Microsoft is making apps for Android, users should be aware that something strange is going on. And when these apps have the goal of replacing Google Now’s voice search, we can only say “Oh my!” using our best George Takkei voices. Well, Microsoft decided that they were indeed up for the challenge, and as such, they have released Bing Torque for Android Wear. Whether this application has even a trace of a chance at beating Google Now’s nearly ubiquitous “OK Google” functionality remains uncertain.

Bing Torque lets you search for things by twisting your hand back and forth. After performing this nearly acrobatic maneuver, you can ask your question–and if you̵. . . READ ON »

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Google Confirms “Android Lollipop Day” for November 3rd

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A little over a week ago, Google announced the latest iteration of Android, named Android Lollipop, accompanied with the grand unveiling of the Lollipop lawn statue at its Mountain View campus. The launch was, as usual, accompanied with the unveiling of a Nexus devices, or more accurately, three Nexus devices: the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. Despite the unveiling of Lollipop, Google only updated the preview images last week with no mention of an Over The Air (OTA) update for the previous generations of Nexus devices. That, is, until now.

Earlier today, Google sent out a message to app developer that outlined November 3rd as the date marking the availability of the Nexus 9 and advised developers that it wa. . . READ ON »

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Get Your XDA 2015 Custom Avatar and Signature Images Here

Custom XDA 2015 Avatar and Signature Images

As stated in our motto, XDA Developer is for developers, by developers. The community comes foremost, with contributions made in various forms, such as ROMs, mods, open source apps, and much more. Each user contributes in one way or another–be it in the aforementioned ways or by testing, reporting bugs, flashing unstable builds, and so on.

In the spirit of giving back to the community, XDA Senior Member thenookieforlife3 has consolidated a thread where services such as custom avatar and signature image design are offered at no cost, with a single request being all that’s needed to get such a custom set. The signature and avatar images come in a variety of themes, including light and dark variat. . . READ ON »

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Pin Your Photos on Android Lollipop with Photo Pinner

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In the last few weeks, we have been talking quite a bit about Android 5.0 Lollipop. This imminently upcoming version of Google’s operating system is really innovative and brings lots of interesting features that can soon be enjoyed by many. Google put forth lots of effort to make this version of Android a big step forward comparing to Jelly Bean and KitKat.

One of new features added to Lollipop is screen pinning, which prevents others from looking at your pr0n stash personal data. You can pin the dialer and allow others to make a call. It’s an incredibly handy feature with loads of potential. XDA Recognized Contributor Quinny899 wrote an application that can be used to pin the photos to your scre. . . READ ON »

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Hands On – XDA TV

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Perhaps one of the more peculiar announcements this year was the curved edge-screened Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge has a curved ‘edge’ touchscreen. Many believe this to be an engineering exercise that was released to the public to show off how innovative Samsung is, with many viewing it in a light similar to concept cars from automobile manufacturers.

In this video, XDA TV Producer TK got some Hands On time with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge at this year’s Big Android BBQ. With a Japanese release date on October 23, we think now is the time to examine the device. TK shows off the device, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the device. Check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Nova Launcher Update Brings Lollipop Functionality and Feel

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One of the most popular third party launcher on Android, Nova Launcher, has just received an update to version 3.2. The new stable version of this great and lightweight application brings multiple optimizations and fixes, as well as an Android 5.0 Lollipop overall UI feel.

Many of this update’s changes are hidden deep under the hood, so you need to know where to find them. Kevin Barry, known to many of you as XDA Senior Member kevin@TeslaCoil added a short changelog to his Google+. What’s new in Nova Launcher?

Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation)
Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll Indicator)
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Check Your I/O Usage with Iotop for Android

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Ever needed to check the I/O usage of apps? If so, you probably tried searching for an iotop port, a Python script for Linux–only to find none and either write one in a hurry or manually check /proc/ yourself.

Luckily for you, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer laufersteppenwolf has written a shell script to replicate the original features of iotop. It will allow you to examine I/O loads/usage for every process, see the total amount of read and written bytes or even the current read/write speeds.

Before you use the script, though, you’ll have to make sure you have the following:

  1. A rooted device.
  2. A kernel with I/O accounting enabled. This usually isn’t the case by default, but you can
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T-Mobile HTC One M8 Gets Selfie-Friendly Android 4.4.4 OTA

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The T-Mobie variant of HTC One (M8) just now received an over-the-air update bumping the Android version to 4.4.4, the final revision of KitKat. While this version of Android is overall considered a rather small update, the Taiwanese OEM added the HTC EYE Experience, which is a huge step in pleasing all selfie lovers.

From now on, taking a self-shot photo is extremely easy. You can take a perfect snap by holding the phone still for two seconds or saying, “Say Cheese.” The new firmware will also allow you to use both front and back camera to take a photo at the same time. There are plenty other, photo-related functions that have been introduced with this update. This feature maybe is not too innovative, but s. . . READ ON »

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