Enable the Hidden Notification LED on the Google Nexus 6!

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LED notification lights have existed on Android devices since the very beginnings of the OS. While most devices feature a hardware LED notification to inform you of notifications such as missed calls, texts, or battery charge level, some devices ship without trace of a physical LED. One such device is the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6, which ditched the LED notification light in favor of an AMOLED panel capable of displaying notifications on the screen itself.

If you’ve been following the XDA Portal for a while, you certainly remember that the Moto X also “didn’t feature” a physical LED–but nevertheless, XDA members managed to find it hidden beneath the front speaker. Su. . . READ ON »

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MX Player Ready to Rock on Lollipop

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A good video player should be reliable and free. One of the XDA Community Apps, MX Player, meets both of these requirements. A few days ago, this application was updated to support Android 5.0 Lollipop. Upon reading this, you may think that you would be greeted with some Material Design eye candy, but you would be wrong. MX Player is still the very same application that we love. Rather, now the application is able to function on Lollipop.

The announcement for the new version was made by one of the project’s developers, XDA Senior Member ktsamy. Here’s a brief list of changes:

  • Supports Android 5.0
  • Added View menu on the media list screen for the selection of view mode, sorting order, display fields.
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How to Disable Data Encryption on Nexus 6

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In late September, Google decided to step on NSA’s toes and turn on encryption by default in Android Lollipop. The Nexus 6 is the first Google Nexus device to ship with data encryption enabled right out of the box. According to AnandTech, the Google Nexus 6 performance decreases significantly because of encryption.

Data encryption is a software layer. This is a well known fact, since encryption has been available to enable for some time. XDA Recognized Developer bbedward noticed that the encryption is enabled with just one flag available in the device’s fstab. Flashing a boot image with modified fstab should disable the data encryption by default. Bbedward prepared such an image, which can be e. . . READ ON »

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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review – XDA TV

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The holidays will be here in no time, so why not start thinking about gifts now? You’ll be ahead of the game. For the Android enthusiast you can get them many things like a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower. If they enjoy their music you can get them a FuGoo Bluetooth Speaker. Perhaps even a WowWee MiP?

In this episode, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision +. We will admit that is isn’t technically an accessory in the strictest sense of the word. But you can watch the camera on the Phantom with your Android phone. Perhaps you. . . READ ON »

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Mozilla Ditches Google, Makes Yahoo Default Search Engine

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Mozilla and Google have had a long-standing relationship of about 10 years. Google was paying hefty sums of money (reportedly around $100 million) every year to be the default search engine in Firefox. Google’s contribution covered something like 85% of the overall Mozilla’s income, and the Mountain View company was one the Mozilla Foundation’s biggest sponsors.

The most recent deal between Mozilla and Google was made in 2011, when Google agreed to pay for its search engine being default in Firefox until 2014. This deal just came to a close, as it was not renewed this year. Mozilla announced that Firefox will be using some smaller search offerings in various regions as their default se. . . READ ON »

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Learn More About Linux with Linux Man Pages

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Linux is quite a powerful and very configurable operating system. Thanks to some user-friendly desktop environments, This operating system can be used by beginners. Unlike Windows, Linux has many distributions that differ in many aspects like user commands, package managers, and so on. Debian, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora, and Gentoo are just a few of the most popular distros that should be on your list to try.

To get the most of Linux, for example to compile an AOSP build or kernel, you need to use terminal. The number of difficult commands can be overwhelming, so it’s good to have a source of knowledge. A book or the Internet can help you to answer all your questions. XDA Senior Member sylsau decid. . . READ ON »

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Detect, Avoid IMSI-Catcher Attacks with Android IMSI-Catcher Detector

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Privacy is always an important topic, as well as a delicate one to cover. Corporations spend millions to provide the best security systems, which are then quite often cracked by hackers or security researchers. You might not be aware that some fake cell towers (a.k.a. IMSI-Catchers, StingRays, GSM Interceptors, Subscriber Trackers) can be used to track and monitor specific groups of users and even remotely manipulate a particular phone. Scary, right? Unfortunately, few parts of the world are free of such unethical practices. There are various conspiracy theories–some credible, others not so much–involving the use of IMSI-Catchers in various contexts such as surveillance/spying and . . . READ ON »

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Materialized LeanDroid Fights Your Poor Battery Life

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Battery life has always been one of the biggest problems facing most Android devices. Phone manufacturers are battling it out putting increasingly powerful CPUs, more RAM, storage–but a bigger battery always seems to be left behind. Even Google noticed that something was wrong and added some battery saving features into Android L.

The large battery drain is often caused by unnecessary services running in the background. 3G/LTE connection uses lots of energy, as well as synchronization and WiFi. Among many applications that can be very helpful in keeping your battery lasting for a long time, LeanDroid seems to be one of the more popular options. We’ve talked about this application a few month. . . READ ON »

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Bump! Workaround for the LG G3 Locked Bootloader – XDA TV

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The LG G3 is a power house device. It’s been a favorite of many people. However, the Bootloader is sticky. If you want to unlock the bootloader so you can flash a custom recovery or ROM, you have your work cut out for you. LG did not make this easy by any means. Of course the brains at XDA have found a way to bump a custom recovery on the LG G3. Even then, the process isn’t the easiest to follow.

There is no need to fear! In today’s video, XDA TV Producer Jared shows you how to Bump! your LG G3 so that you can unlock the bootloader on your LG G3. Jared shows you a way to make the process even easier using Flashify. He gives you a step by step demonstration of how to bump your LG G3. So grab your LG G3 and check out this . . . READ ON »

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