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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Lollipop Leak Available for the Sprint Galaxy S5


Since the Android 5.0 Lollipop’s official release not too long ago, we’ve seen numerous unofficial ports make their way to quite a few devices. Not many OEMs have updated their handsets, and much of this is due to the amount of time required to port their modified UI layers. One such OEM that hasn’t yet updated its fleet is Samsung.

It appears that an official Lollipop for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 is right around the corner. XDA Recognized Developer and Forum Moderator garwynn released a leaked firmware that looks like a release candidate of the Lollipop for SM-G900P. To flash the build, you have to use one of the latest versions of Odin. After extracting the EXE, you need to select the tar. . . READ ON »

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CPU Spy Gets an Android Lollipop Makeover

CPU Spy Material Design

At some point in the distant past, you probably heard of CPU Spy for Android by XDA Retired Recognized Developer storm717. We talked about it back when it was originally released quite a few years ago, and in the time since, the app has become a staple for those looking to fine tune both performance and battery life through kernel and governor tweaks.

Fast forward three years, and we’ve seen quite a lot of change in the Android world. As our devices evolved, so too did the Android OS and its aesthetic. In keeping with Android’s new Material Design UI paradigm, XDA Recognized Developer existz decided to give storm717’s open source app a material design makeover.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Chromecast – XDA TV


There is no doubt that Amazon is a huge player in many markets, and they want to be a huge player in the mobile market as well. From the Kindle hardware and app to the new Amazon Fire TV, Amazon is big enough to play with Google in its own sandbox. But can it outlast Google in its own game?

In this episode of XDA TV, XDA TV Producer TK compares the new Amazon Fire Stick to Google’s Chromecast. Recently TK reviewed Amazon’s newest Fire TV device. How does this compare to the Chromecast? Check out this video to find out!. . . READ ON »

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