Google Play Store Payments Available in China

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Google has taken a big step to make its services accessible globally. Since the introduction of paid apps, Google managed to introduce them in over 2/3 countries in the world, but one country was still missing. And as you know by now, this country is China.

Over the past year, Google has extended paid apps to 60 countries across the globe including Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar and Venezuela. China is by far the largest new market, with more than 700 million active smartphone users–and this number is still growing.

Google announcing merchant support in China gives local developers an opportunity to monetize their work directly rather than simply through advertising. Chinese dev. . . READ ON »

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How to Set a Video as Your Boot Animation

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If you wish to make your phone truly unique, you may want to consider adding a nice boot animation. A boot animation is nothing more than a set of PNG files that are played one after another at the desired frame rate, while the operating system loads. Various OEMs put their own animations and often add sound during the boot process to make their devices cooler.

Splitting one video into so many single files reduces fluidity, because device has to proceed every file. The guys from Motorola decided to change that behavior and compiled a new bootanimation binary that uses MP4 video files during the booting process. XDA Senior Member devilex94 noticed that and wrote an interesting guide for the XDA-University exp. . . READ ON »

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TWRP for Nexus 6 and 9 Available, Unofficial CM12 Alpha for HTC Explorer! – XDA TV

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Team Win Recovery Project for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is available now! 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 Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 for the HTC Explorer and be sure the check out the article talking about Android 5.0 Lollipop landing on the Sony Xperia Z3. 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 Statusbar Download Progress. Then Jordan showed you the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. And later, rirozizo showed us t. . . READ ON »

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Jolla Tablet Announced: The Second Sailfish OS Device

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A little over a year ago, Jolla released its first smartphone with the brand new Jolla Sailfish OS. Despite quite a good amount of hype surrounding the phone, its sales were rather low. The Jolla team didn’t give up, and they announced their second device. This time, it’s a tablet that can easily compete with top devices produced by Apple and Google–at least, this appears to be the case, given its hardware specifications.

The 7.85” Jolla Tablet will ship with a 64-bit quad core Intel CPU, 32 GB of internal storage, 2 gigs of RAM and two cameras: 5 MP rear and 2 MP front. Hardware isn’t everything, as Jolla has prepared a second version of its open-source Sailfish OS. It’s a Linux. . . READ ON »

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Android One Devices Get Unofficial CM12 Port

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Android One was initially announced right before Android Lollipop. By releasing these cheap, yet quite powerful smartphones, Google has tried to reach as many users in developing markets such as India and other parts of Asia as possible. Android One was a big hit right from the start, mostly due to its price and direct Google support.

Developers on XDA also noticed that these devices have lots of potential and released a working root, recovery, unofficial CyanogenMod 11, and now CyanogenMod 12. Android One devices will get fully working Lollipop sooner or later directly from Google, but this didn’t stop the XDA Recognized Developer varun.chitre15.

Varun.chitre15’s offering is nearly a . . . READ ON »

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WhatsApp Decides to Protect Your Data

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When Facebook bought WhatsApp for the absurdly large sum of $19bn back in February, they took the tech world by storm. $19bn for a FREE messaging app? A messaging app? Really? Soon afterwards, speculation began to grow about the real reason Facebook, a content marketing company at its core, bought the company and it’s pretty clear: They wanted the wealth of personal information stored about the service subscribers. As it turns out, they weren’t the only ones, as WhatsApp has been the subject of many suspicions of (and attempts at) hackers getting users’ private information.

With the abundance of concerns, Facebook has evidently been listening as they have taken steps to secure your mess. . . READ ON »

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Bring Back LTE on the Google Nexus 4 Running Lollipop

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One of the predecessors of the latest, largest, and greatest Gooogle Nexus 6 (the Google Nexus 4) has a bit of a strange history. When the device was announced, it was an LTE-ready handset (kind of). Unluckily for Google, the company never obtained regulatory approval for its usage on the device, and LTE connectivity quickly became an issue and the Mountain View giant decided to disable it via a radio update starting with Android 4.2.1.

XDA users quickly found this decision to be a total waste of the device’s potential and almost instantly started to work on bringing the LTE connectivity back. As a result, XDA Senior Member morrislee created hybrid images that combined the new radio with the 0.. . . READ ON »

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Google Maps, My Maps, YouTube, Androidify, Slides, Music Updated–Here’s What’s New

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In the last few weeks, Google has been one of the busiest company in tech world. In addition to the floating Android revision releases popping up every couple of days, the developers from Mountain View have also focused on providing updates to proprietary applications commonly known as GApps. You, however, may not be familiar with some of these applications because they aren’t shipped with latest factory images.

The list of updated applications isn’t too long and contains six main entries. Let’s take a closer look on what have changed since the last release.

Androidify :

  • Translated into 13 more languages.
  • Bug fixes
  • Now you can share your Android character with a QR code.

Google Maps:

  • New M
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SuperSU BETA: Root Android Lollipop on Stock Kernel

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Up until now, if you wanted to get root on Android 5.0, you needed to flash a modified kernel onto your device to work around some SELinux restrictions. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire recently released the previously-necessary CF-Auto-Root package, which made the necessary kernel ramdisk modifications to remove SELinux restriction from the install-recovery.sh script on AOSP. This morning, however, Chainfire brought smiles to many faces, as he announced on Twitter that this would no longer be necessary going forward.. . . READ ON »

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