Early Lollipop Builds for the OnePlus One and HTC Desire 816

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Just yesterday, after quite a long wait, we finally had the pleasure of seeing the Lollipop factory images appear for some Nexus devices. These devices are popular with Android enthusiasts, but make up only a small percentage of phones and tablets released by the various OEMs. While some phones will get official ports of Android 5.0, others will have to rely on custom ROM development.

The Google Nexus 6 is rather expensive piece of hardware, so many of you set your eyes on alternatives like the OnePlus One or HTC Desire 816. If you own one of these, we have some great news for you.

Thanks to XDA Senior Member Nburnes and the CyanogenMod team, OnePlus One users have a chance to test a fairly functional build of Cyanog. . . READ ON »

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet To Receive Lollipop Next Week

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NVIDIA’s latest device in the SHIELD line, the succinctly named NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, is set to beat all other tablet manufacturers that aren’t in the Nexus family to Lollipop. Announced today via their NVIDIA blog, the SHIELD tablet will be receiving the update beginning November 18 and is set to also unveil a new updated Dabbler app all made up with Material Design goodness.

XDA TV Producer Jordan highlighted the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet back in August, and NVIDIA has done a good job of keeping updates coming. In addition they have been increasing their TegraZone library of games designed for the Tegra family of chipsets, like the K1 found in the SHIELD Tablet. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note line of d. . . READ ON »

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Moto G (2014) Gains Root Access on Lolipop

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The Moto G and the Moto G (2014) have proven to be quite successful devices. And for many, these phones have proven that you don’t need to spend flagship dollars in order to get a high quality device. One of the major reasons why people decided to get the Moto G was its vanilla-like Android builds and incredibly low price relative to its specifications.

It didn’t take long for Motorola and Google to provide an official Lollipop update for the 2014 variant of the device. Ever since Android 4.4 KitKat, this American OEM has delivered all possible updates in days rather than weeks or months like other OEMs–even for non-flagship devices. Hopefully now under the ownership of Lenovo, Motorola wil. . . READ ON »

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Chromecast Family Games Launched, More Apps Get Material Design

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“It is the calm before the storm.” Truer words have rarely been spoken. Whether we’re referring to an actual storm or a metaphorical one, the eerie calmness that precedes it does not go unnoticed. Sure enough, the months following Google I/O 2014 had little to no activity in the Android sphere, with Nexus 9 leaks and Nexus 6 references few and far between. But on 15th October, all hell broke loose, and a fair amount of Android activity was seen. The Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 announcements were important in their own right, but they were just a small part of the treats Google had in store for us.

In the time since then, we’ve seen factory image rollouts for the older Nexus dev. . . READ ON »

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Sony Xperia Z3 Added to the AOSP Program

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The Android world has been dominated by Lollipop in the last few weeks. Recently, Google not only released the source code, but they also updated the factory images for various Nexus devices. The release of Android 5.0 differs from previous versions, since various OEM partners had access to the source code much sooner than usual and managed to prepare their modified variants earlier than ever before.

Sony has done a brilliant job to maintain its AOSP projects. Not too long ago, we let you know about some of Sony’s recent AOSP project work. Sony Developer Relations Community Manager Alin Jerpelea has now prepared something else that will undoubtedly please our homegrown XDA developers. Sony added a dev. . . READ ON »

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Google Helpouts on XDA

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We believe in the power of the Internet forum for sharing information. Questions, answers, comments, and discussion on XDA are archived and searchable so future users can locate and learn from them. XDA Developers has become a valuable compendium of data and information, transforming “long-tail” searches to clear, concise answers.

We also know that sometimes users need more advanced assistance—a deeper, real-time discussion—and these types of conversations can be difficult on forums. With that in mind, we’re testing out a new partnership with Google Helpouts that will enable an entirely new type of communication on XDA. Google Helpouts makes it possible for you to connect to experts for on. . . READ ON »

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Android App Review: Control Your Phone from Your Computer with Weak Control – XDA TV

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Our smartphones are great devices, but sometimes their screens are just way too small. What if you are sitting at your computer and you want to chat with your friends via text message? What if you want to show a room full of people a video on your phone? What if you want to control your device with your computer keyboard and mouse?

XDA Forum Member WeakControl offers up a way to connect to your device with a web browser. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Weak Control.  TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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.NET Framework Open Sourced, Available for Other Platforms

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Creating your own Android project is definitely a challenging task. You can of course write the entire application’s code in Notepad or Nano and use some medieval sorcery to compile the APK, but there are other methods such as using IDEs. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, decided to change this and ordered .NET Framework to be open sourced. This is a huge step not only for Android, but development as a whole.

Surprised? You should be. .NET Framework is one of Microsoft’s most precious gems. Now, Microsoft will push its source to Github under the MIT license. This will surely improve compatibility between Windows and Linux applications that were using Mono, a complex open-source replication . . . READ ON »

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Lollipop Factory Images for Nexus 5, 7, 10 Now Live!

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It’s been over a week since Google released the full source code for Android Lollipop. We’ve seen quite a few ports made by the community. However, one thing was still missing: factory images for Nexus 5, 7, and 10. Earlier today, we talked about how the Nexus 7 2012 WiFi images were found a bit early, but the rest were nowhere to be seen.

Finally, after almost two weeks, Google engineers pressed the shiny green button and the factory images are now live. In addition to the factory images, we also have vendor-specific binary files needed to create our favorite custom ROMs. It’s a bit strange to see the release of these factory images come so long after source release, but hopefully they used that t. . . READ ON »

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