APKTool Updated with Android Lollipop Support

Apktool v2.0.0 RC3

One of the beauties of Android is the level of flexibility we have over our devices. Whether it’s tweaking a kernel or changing the system theme, the possibilities are numerous and often breathtaking. While kernel and framework modification is not for the faint-hearted, visual customization is an area in which every user dabbles to some extent–whether through simple things like changing icons, or through more advanced actions like app modification.

One such tool used widely in this field is the infamous APKTool. This utility allows you to reengineer apps, essentially paving the way for users to decompile an app’s resources, modify them, and put it back together. APKTool also for pr. . . READ ON »


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Lollipop Leak for Sprint Galaxy S5, TWRP for Micromax Canvas Magnus – XDA TV


Android 5.0 Lollipop has been leaked for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5! 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 TWRP for the Micromax Canvas Magnus and be sure the check out the article talking about the hidden Notification LED on the Google Nexus 6. 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 Recent App Cleaner. Then TK referees an Amazon Fire TV Stick versus Chromecast Showdown. And later TK gave us an Android App Review of AutoCon. Pull up a chair and . . . READ ON »

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Velocity is Like OpenTable on Steroids


We all enjoy a night out with friends or our significant other from time to time. However, there is always that one painful step of agreeing on deciding where to go–and this only gets worse with more people in your group. Once a decision is reached, then comes hurdle number two: getting there and hoping they have tables available. Luckily, most restaurants in this day and age will allow you to book a table either by calling or by means of an app called OpenTable, which in essence is an online booking system. Conceptually, the app is great and it saves you a lot of hassle in having to look for contact information, but the app in itself is quite limited in terms of functionality. What if you could do a mash up between Op. . . READ ON »

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Android Lollipop Lands for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra

XZU Lollipop

The undisputed king of the beasts–at least in Sony’s current stable, is the 6.4-inch behemoth known as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The sheer size of this device (and the lack of accessories to carry it outside of pockets) has been a major cause for the not-so-successful life of this phablet. Other than this, the device itself is a powerhouse worthy of carrying the “Z” denomination in its name. One of Sony’s most prominent moves in the past couple of years has been to be more forthcoming and open with the third-party developer community. They are getting faster at delivering updates and are releasing sources for AOSP projects for their hottest devices, so that devs can actually de. . . READ ON »

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Android 5.0 Lollipop in 3D–EVO 3D, That Is!


It is that time of the year once again. Flowers bloom (or snow falls, depending on which side of the world you are on), people are gearing up for the new year, and needless to say, we have a brand new sweet treat courtesy of a small Mountain View based company called Google (you may have heard of it). Ah yes, the release of a new OS always brings new hope to those with Android devices that have met their end-of-life. One such device is the HTC EVO 3D, which has had a rather bumpy life while in the spotlight. The novel concept of the auto-stereoscopic screen coupled with a 3D camera was a unique selling point, but it unfortunately couldn’t help spur the device’s sales or adoption. HTC saw this much and essentia. . . READ ON »

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Gaming Console with Lollipop? Ouya Gets an Android TV Port


Android is a very flexible platform, and it can be used on a large variety of devices. Definitely one of the most unique devices to ever run Android is Ouya, a gaming console that originally shipped with Jelly Bean 4.1 back in 2013. Since its release, Ouya hasn’t become quite the retail hit that its developers would have hoped, but a solid number of XDA members decided to give it a try.

In the last few weeks, we’ve talked about lots of Android Lollipop ports for numerous devices. Ouya is different than all of them, but it still received some custom ROM love. This gaming console received a quite functional version of Android TV thanks to XDA Forum Member cbwlkr, who made a port based on the system dump of . . . READ ON »

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Android App Review: Manage Your Connections Automagically – XDA TV


Material Design is all the buzz in the Android world right now. Android 5.0 Lollipop’s user interface introduced this UI paradigm, and most apps are going Material–even “boring” old file managers.  What was once a standard app that allowed you to browse your device’s file system is now available with Material Design glory thanks to XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 and his application Amaze File Manager.

In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the Material Design-themed Amaze File Manager.  TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Official TWRP Recovery Lands on Micromax Canvas Magnus


With the recent release of Android One, Micromax and MediaTek released fully buildable kernel source code. This wasn’t always the case for a lot of OEMs building devices with MediaTek SOCs, but luckily this is no longer the case as a lack of proper source code often hinders development greatly.

Development for the Micromax Canvas Magnus shouldn’t be slow anymore, as XDA Senior Member Santhosh M released an official version of TWRP for this 5” beast. The Canvas Magnus or Canvas A117 is a first Micromax device that is officially supported by the TWRP team. This means that this phone will receive continued recovery updates straight from TeamWin.

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Update Overload: SuperSU Heavily Updated


There are apps and apps out there. Very few can reach the level of popularity required to stay at the top for long. Due to falling success, lack of support, or people getting overall bored with them, some very successful apps can fall from their pedestals quite easily only to become a smudge in the history of the Play Store. One key concept so this does not happen (and pretty much for everything in life) is that in order to stay on top, you must stay relevant and become irreplaceable. SuperSU by XDA Senior Recognized Developer and Moderator Chainfire is one such app. The need and desire for root level access on Android devices has allowed the app to stay on top of the Android world for a number of years, as one of the m. . . READ ON »

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