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Nokia X Rooted and Loaded with Google Apps, Play Store, and Google Now Launcher!

Just a few days ago, we showed you a quick glimpse of what “real” Android looks like on the Nokia X. Unfortunately, this was only a standard replacement launcher, leaving many of us salivating at the prospect of having a Nokia X with full access to Google Apps and Services. Now thanks to a guide by XDA Senior Member Kashamalaga, that time has come.

Kashamalaga’s guide is quite simple. First, you acquire root access using the Galdalf Exploit in Framaroot. From there, you install a root-capable file manager. Then, you copy a Nokia X-specific Gapps package by Kashamalaga . . . READ ON »

Android 4.4 Leaked for the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro

Android 4.4 Leaked for the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro

Ever since its release in late October alongside the highly anticipated Google Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat has been gradually making its way out to various consumer devices—first to modern Nexus and GPe devices, and later to other phones and tablets. While the aftermarket development community here on XDA has largely picked up the slack for the slow pace of OEMs, it’s still quite nice when a manufacturer releases an official build.

Now, we’ve gotten word that the official Android 4.4 update is drawing near for the . This discovery was made by XDA Forum Member . . . READ ON »

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Android 4.4.2 Source Code Released for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3, NB4 OTA Imminent

Official builds of Android 4.4.2 have been making their way to various iterations of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 over the past month. Now, it seems as if the  is next on the list, as the GPL-mandated kernel source code has been posted to Samsung’s Open Source Release Center.

News of the source code release comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member toastido, who first noticed the addition on Samsung’s Open Source Release Center earlier today. This source release corresponds to the yet-to-be-released N900TUVUCNB4 update for the device. And while we don’t know much about this . . . READ ON »

Perform Actions from Sides of Your Screen with Navigation Layer

If you’ve seen the Jolla Sailfish phone at work, you’ve probably noticed its UI interesting navigation. Rather than having set buttons to help you navigate around your phone, as we’ve all probably gotten used to on our Android devices, Sailfish instead has gestures. So, depending how and in which direction you swipe certain parts of the screen, you can go back, home, close the app and more. If you own an Android device and are looking for a navigation method that doesn’t take up screen space, or looking for a unique way of navigating your device, you may want to . . . READ ON »

AT&T Galaxy S4 Gets KitKat, Google Now Launcher in Play Store, Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Incoming – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 has been released! 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 the United Stated House has passed the Consumer Cell Phone Unlocking Bill and the Nokia Store has already been ported to other Android Devices! That’s not all that’s 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 Google Experience . . . READ ON »

Forums Added for the Nokia X, HTC Desire 816, LG G Pro 2, LG G2 Mini, and Xperia M2

Just yesterday, we announced the creation of forums for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. Now, we’ve created quite a few new forums for other devices announced earlier this week at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

First up, we have the highly anticipated Nokia X. While the Finnish OEM’s first entry into the Android world isn’t exactly for everyone, there are quite a few things the budget-friendly X gets right.

Nokia wasn’t the only company to make waves at MWC. HTC announced the mid-range Desire 816, which finally lives up to . . . READ ON »

Set a Custom Background and Screen Timeout for Your S-View Case

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The S View cases for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 are fascinating products, as they not only protect the device and its screen, but they also feature a topside screen that displays your status bar, temperature, caller ID, and date and time. Not only that, but it’s also recognizes S Pen contact on the Note 3, which allows for some simple actions such as taking notes.

What may come as a surprise to some is that the S View cases don’t allow you to change the screen timeout period, and they also offer very few options for backgrounds . . . READ ON »

Nokia Store Ported to Other Android Devices

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The Nokia X family’s fate is not yet set in stone. The first Android-powered device from the legendary OEM might prove to be a great success or even greater failure, as our Editor-in-Chief Will mentioned in his analysis. One thing is certain though: Some Nokia applications are highly anticipated, with Nokia Maps being right at the very top of the list. While Here Maps hasn’t yet been ported to other devices, one Nokia X app has made its way to other devices.

The first application ported from the Nokia X was the Nokia Store, which is a replacement of . . . READ ON »

How to Attach an External Condenser Mic to Your Android Device

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How to Attach an External Condenser Mic to Your Android Device

There are many reasons why one would want to connect a high end microphone to a mobile device. Having a mobile phone that can double as a near-studio quality recording source is not only a really cool novelty, it can be genuinely useful in a pinch. And with the relatively high video quality offered by mobile imaging sensors, decent audio recording capabilities could help bridge the quality gap for budding video producers.

After experimenting with various connection mechanisms, microphones, and adapters, XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler wrote a guide detailing the process of getting various different types of microphones to play nicely . . . READ ON »

Android 4.4.2 for the AT&T Galaxy S 4 is Here, OTA Captured!

Official Android 4.4.2 has been making its way to various variants of the popular Samsung Galaxy S 4 over the past month. Now, the update has arrived for the , coming in the form of build I337UCUFNB1.

Aside from bumping up the Android OS version to 4.4.2, build NB1 also brings Galaxy Gear compatibility, drag-and-drop to uninstall / disable apps, and calling improvements. Furthermore, the update also brings improvements to various of the included apps such as the phone dialer, the stock camera, and the gallery app.

The OTA is making its way to consumer . . . READ ON »

Android App Review: Castaway Your Local Media to Your Chromecast – XDA Developer TV

The Chromecast is perhaps one of the most innovative $35 devices to come out in the last year. Until recently, you couldn’t do much with it except stream Netflix to your TV. But what about local content? I just want to just select some local media and cast away!

XDA Forum Member awjones offers up a way to show your local media on your Chromecast. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Castaway. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

Forums Added for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet

Though Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress has yet to formally come to a close for the year, the majority of significant announcements have already come to light. This year, Sony announced two flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s successor to last year’s Xperia Z1. Building on the strengths of the previous device, the Z2 packs pretty much everything that made the Z1 great. It also brings several key improvements such as a significantly improved display, a slightly speedier quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and 4k video recording. The Z2 Tablet then . . . READ ON »

Nokia VP of Marketing Talks Distribution Plans, Timing, and Goals for the Nokia X Family

The Nokia X is certainly a polarizing device. For ever fan of the device family’s affordable price tag and trademark Nokia build quality, there’s inevitably someone else to blast the company’s entrance into the Android world for not packing a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and WUXGA screen.

While the Nokia X is probably not the right phone for the majority of smartphone buyers, there are certainly a few things that the Finnish company got right in terms of product design and placement. To talk about these things, Nokia VP of Mobile Phone Marketing Jussi Nevanlinna fielded several user-generated questions ranging . . . READ ON »

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