Android Lollipop Confirmed, Nexus 6, 9, and Player Announced! Sony AOSP Extended

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Google Officially Announced Android 5.0 Lollipop! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Google Nexus 6, 9 and Player and be sure the check out the addition of Xperia Z1 and Z2 to Sony’s AOSP Program. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for NoMapTips. Then AdamOutler talked about the Big Android BBQ. And later TK gave us an Android App Review of Noyze. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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RingThru Lets You Silence Your Ringer for All But a Select Few

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Let’s face it–we’re all guilty of screening and selectively answering our phone calls. Heck, most of us have been doing this ever since the advent of caller ID. While some may consider it somewhat disrespectful to only answer calls from a select few, it’s a fact of life that we’re all busy and have limited amounts of time to waste. So why waste it talking to people you would rather avoid?

Luckily, there are plenty of tools available for Android that help keep you free from distractions but allow your most important contacts to reach you when necessary. XDA Forum Member jollz04 recently created one such solution called RingThru, which works by letting you set a default no. . . READ ON »

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XDA at the Big Android BBQ 2014

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jfe935slSo it’s that time of year again–a time when the smell of BBQ and the enthusiasm of Android users from around the world come together in the heart of Texas to form the Big Android BBQ. Year after year, the Big Android BBQ brings together the brightest and hungriest minds in the Android world to learn and share, and this year will be no different.

After just setting up our booth, I am excited to see how this year is shaping up. We have a lot of cool things in store and have partnered with NVIDIA to bring together a great, interactive booth. Make sure to stop by if you’re here.

Follow Twitter hashtag #xdaatbabbq5 to keep up with what’s happening with the booth, our giveaways, quizzes, and any ot. . . READ ON »

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Sony Extends its AOSP Program to the Xperia Z1 and Z2

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Some device OEMs are definitely more developer friendly than others and actively work to support the third party development community. Among the top-tier vendors, only Sony cares about providing the necessary resources to make the Android a better operating system.

Not too long ago, we talked about how Sony launched the new Remote Device Lab, which allows developers to test applications on remote devices through the cloud, without the need to buy anything. That, however, is not everything that Sony has to offer. At xda:devcon ’14, the Sony Developer Relations Community Manager and XDA Senior Recognized Developer Alin Jerpelea mentioned that Sony is about to expand its AOSP program. These word. . . READ ON »

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CyanogenMod and Other ROMs Allegedly Vulnerable to MITM Attacks

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According to an anonymous security researcher and The Register, over 10 million Android users running CyanogenMod and various derivatives are potentially vulnerable to a specific type of man-in-the-middle attack. The main group vulnerable are users running CyanogenMod and CM-based ROMs. The CyanogenMod team has stated that The Register‘s claims are invalid and ensured that CyanogenMod 11 is well protected.

The alleged vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher who works for one of top Android vendors. CyanogenMod developers and other teams had taken the Oracle’s sample code for Java 1.5, which can potentially result in an MitM attack due to invalid SSL hostname veri. . . READ ON »

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Android App Review: Control That ‘Noyze’ – XDA TV

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Recently, we talked about an Xposed Module that allows you to modify the volume bar on your device and put it in the statusbar. However, sometimes you don’t have the Xposed Framework available, or root. Sometimes you want more customization options for your volume control.

XDA Forum Member tombarr offers up a customizable, powerful application that allows you to customize your volume bar. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Noyze.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Forums Also Added for the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player

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Just yesterday, Google unveiled not only Android 5.0 Lollipop, but also three new Nexus devices that collectively serve as the reference platform for the new OS. Before the official unveiling, we announced the creation of a forum for the then-unreleased Google Nexus 6 (as well as the similarly specced Motorola Droid Turbo). Now, we’ve also created two new forums for the Google Nexus 9 and Google Nexus Player.

Just as we wrote yesterday, the HTC-built Google Nexus 9 features an 8.9″ QXGA (2048×1536) display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and double-tap to wake functionality, a speedy 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor (Kepler GPU), 2 gigs of RAM, 16 or 32 gigs of internal storage, an 8 MP rear camera. . . READ ON »

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Androidify Receives a Major Update

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While most of us are super excited about the Android Lollipop and the new Nexus devices, a few of you might have noticed that Google issued a major update to its Androidify app. This small, yet cool application allows you to create funny avatars that are used by many XDA members such as Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD.

With this latest update, Androidify has become quite a different application. There are a sheer number of sharing tools that can be used to promote your avatar. If you are lucky, your small guy can take part in a Google commercial or be a face on a billboard.

Here’s a full changelog of the app:

  • Pick a move and watch your Android character laugh, dance, cheer, rock out, or all sorts of other m
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Check Symlinks in Your Projects with Chklnk

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As is the case with every Unix-based operating system, Android uses symlinks. A symbolic link is a special type of file that contains a reference to another file or directory in the form of an absolute or relative path, which affects pathname resolution. In Android, they are mostly used in the /bin and /xbin folders, where all the executing binaries are kept.

If you want to make your own symlinks or get to know which files are a part of Toolbox or Busybox, you can find out manually by entering some commands in Terminal. You can also use a script written by XDA Senior Member LENAROX. Chklnk is nothing but BASH script that can identify the symlinks easily with just one command. After pushing to selected system folder and . . . READ ON »

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