Samsung Galaxy S4 also Receives Android Lollipop Port

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Once upon a time, when the original Samsung Galaxy S was just a dream for most XDA users, the Korean OEM was considered to be quite developer friendly. Then the their proprietary Exynos processor, which then made it difficult for the custom ROM scene to keep up thanks to its sparse documentation. Statring with the Samsung Galaxy S II, developers have had lots of trouble porting AOSP-based Android to Sammy devices.

A few weeks ago, we showed you Android Lollipop with Touchwiz UI running on Samsung Galaxy S 4. If you can’t wait for Samsung to officially release the latest version of Android for this device, you can try a port made by XDA Recognized Developer frapeti. It’s an unofficial port of Cyanoge. . . READ ON »

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How to Control Both Moto G and Moto E LEDs

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Notification LEDs offer a great way to check for notification at a glance on the Moto G (2013) and Moto E. That being said, you may want greater control over them to check on charging status as well or even your eMMC (internal or external storage) activity. All of this is possible, assuming your device is already rooted.

XDA Recognized Contributor matmutant has written two detailed tutorials on how to control your device’s LEDs for various uses. As it turns out, both the Moto G and Moto E have two white LEDs each (note that both LEDs occupy the same hole; you can check matmutant’s blog post for detailed information on how he found this out). You can control them by writing to the files in the following dire. . . READ ON »

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LG G3 Receives Oversharpening Fix via Modified Kernel

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Nothing is perfect, as they say. No matter how alluring or seemingly perfect, everything has some or the other flaw. When the flagship LG G3 was released earlier this year, it outdid all the company’s previous attempts at far. Cutting edge hardware, narrow bezels, appealing design were expected, but the Quad HD screen made the phone stand out among it’s competitors. Sure, it did take it’s toll on the battery, but that was an arguable sacrifice for the crisp, high resolution display the device packed.

Ultimately, it was this strength that turned out to be the chink in the G3’s armor. Besides the battery consumption, apps on the device that weren’t built for the high resolut. . . READ ON »

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APKTool Updated with Android Lollipop Support

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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