How to Unlock and Root a Nexus Device – XDA TV

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It is official–Google has released the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. The Nexus family is growing, and as we all know the great part of a Nexus device is that you can customize it to your heart’s content. While rooting, unlocking, and installing a custom recovery on a Nexus device is easy, sometimes you just want to click and go.

In today’s video,  XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off XDA Recognized Developer WugFresh‘s Nexus Root Toolkit. This kit allows you to to quickly and easily make your desired changes to your Nexus devices. This video gives an overview of the toolkit and shows you how to root, bootloader unlock, and install a custom recovery on your Nexus device. Grab your favorite b. . . READ ON »

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Easily Load Your Favorite Kernels with Kernel Manager

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Custom kernels are designed to make our devices run better, faster, and be more battery friendly than their stock counterparts. Kernel development is definitely not easy, as it requires lots of knowledge about the Linux ecosystem and coding ability. You can find multiple kernels available in basically any device subforum.

Kernel developers often create applications to keep their users on updated versions and to streamline the update process. Users can easily download the kernel and install it without even touching a USB cable, which is surely a convenient way of updating. However, not every developer creates such Android applications, so it might be a bit problematic to keep them up-to-date. XDA Re. . . READ ON »

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Micromax Canvas 5 May Ship with CyanogenMod

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Update: It appears as if the source of our report has been called into question. Cyanogen, Inc. was unable to provide a comment, leading us to question the original sourced report by Droid Goblin.

Two weeks ago, we talked about how Cyanogen, Inc. was entering the Indian market teamed up with Micromax. Users should expect to see the resultant device this year, but the model and hardware specification have remained unknown, until now of course.

According to Droid Goblin, CyanogenMod will be used as a default firmware in the as of yet announced Micromax Canvas 5. The newest 5-inch Full HD smarthone from one of leading Indian vendors will be powered by a new Mediatek MT67xx octa-core SoC. The device will be supplem. . . READ ON »

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Google’s Big Android BBQ Opening Keynote – XDA TV

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To kick off the great presentations at this years Big Android BBQ Googlers Reto Meier, Timothy Jordan and Chet Haase talk about Android’s progression from the beginning to now the time of Android’s version 5 release Lollipop – oddly timed to match the fifth Big Android BBQ. The talk starts with a discussion of Android over the years and the drive to keep innovating.

With speakers like Reto Meier, a manager of Google’s Scalable Developer Advocacy team, and Timothy Jordan, a Senior Developer Advocate at Google for Google Glass and Android Wear, you are going to get more than just a marketing talk. This group spoke more specifically about the many facets of Android and the additional fea. . . READ ON »

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Add Emoji Support to Your Jelly Bean Xperia Device

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Full emoji support was implemented in KitKat. It’s clear that not every device, even with a proper hardware configuration, received an update to this OS. Thus, emoji has been impossible for many to use fully.

Luckily, the community can find a solution for almost everything, and we have seen it so many times through the years. The same applies to emoji on Jelly Bean ROMs. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer niaboc79, users can send emoji smileys on Sony devices with Android 4.1.2 and newer. To make this possible, the famous APKTool and a bit of Smali editing is required.

To apply the changes, you need to decompile the Xperia Keyboard and add a few lines of Smali code that has been provided by niaboc79. The whole pr. . . READ ON »

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Best 3 Pro Camera Apps – XDA TV

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There are many Camera apps available for Android, some free, some not so free. Sometimes though you want more than just a standard camera app. The sensors are good enough on most devices now days that with the right app, you can do some pretty significant adjustments to your photos. The apps we cover today won’t make you Annie Leibovitz or Ansel Adams, but if you know to turn your phone into landscape mode before you take a picture, these may be of interest to you.

In today’s episode, XDA TV Producer Jared shows off the best 3 Pro Camera Apps. He talks about A Better Camera , Camera FV-5 and HD Camera. So if you wanted to use a pro camera for your Android device, check out this video!. . . READ ON »

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Stop Thief! CaughtU Pro brings Photo Based Intruder Identification

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As the digital age takes firm root with the passage of time, our smartphones and tablets grow increasingly important to us. What started out as a simple method of communication, has turned into a warehouse of our digital selves, holding everything from photographs, sensitive text messages, important passwords, crucial financial information and more. As such, the need for protection increases too and security has become one of the top priorities in the digital world.

XDA Senior Member thotran7989 has harnessed this need for increased security in the form of CaughtU. This app works on the intruder angle by allowing you to identify who’s attempting to gain unauthorized access to your device, and thei. . . READ ON »

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New Android Wear Device to Be Unveiled as Well?

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Android Wear is now effectively hidden in the shadows after yesterday’s Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement and today’s updated images and SDK. Android L’s announcement doesn’t mean that Google has ceased work on its wearable operating system–on the contrary, in fact. While we are waiting to see Android 5.0 sources in Google’s repositories, we can spot a new kernel repository for the yet unannounced Android Wear device. This serves as solid evidence confirming said work in progress.

The newly added source code is based on Linux 3.10 and is for a bcm SoC. That name clearly indicates that we are dealing with a Broadcom device. Tetra is its code name (like maguro, mako, . . . READ ON »

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Android L Final API, Updated Preview Images, and Material Design Support Library Now Live!

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It’s the 17th of October and as previously announced, the Android L/5.0 SDK is finally out, in addition to updated preview images for the Nexus 5 “hammerhead” and the Nexus 7 “razor” (2013).

You should be able to get the latest 5.0 SDK from the Android SDK Manager, as usual:

  1. Start the Android SDK Manager.
  2. In the Tools section, select the latest SDK Tools, SDK Platform-tools, and SDK Build-tools.
  3. Select everything under the Android 5.0 section, then click Install packages…
  4. Accept the licensing agreement for the packages, then click Install.
  5. If you previously installed the Android L Preview SDK, select all those packages in the SDK Manager and click Delete packages.

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