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Jimmy McGee · Feb 26, 2014

Mobile World Congress 2014 Announcements – Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5 & More! – XDA Developer TV

Mobile World Congress is happening right now. Chances are your FaceGramTwitterBook Plus feeds are being spammed with all the exciting announcements---everything from Sony's new devices to Samsung and HTC, and that's not all! There's a good chance you missed something or have Kelly Bundyed it. That's when you hear too much stuff and you loose the older information as it falls right out of your brain. There is no need to fear because XDA Developer TV Producer Extraordinaire Jordan has scoured...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 21, 2014

Samsung Devices Get Unified CM11 Builds, Google’s Project Tango Unveiled – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has been leaked! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that Samsung devices are getting unified CyanogenMod 11 builds. Google Project Tango has also been made public, and this project promises Kinect-like abilites for smartphones! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 18, 2014

Samsung Details Which Devices will Receive Official KitKat Lovin’

Before today, Samsung has been very cautious in tempering expectations regarding official Android 4.4 KitKat updates for its recent devices. While certain phones have already received the 4.4.2 goods, much of the rest of the company's lineup is still in Jelly Bean limbo. We've seen leaks fly around left and right for the Galaxy S 4, but official word regarding KitKat for the device has been lacking. And since this is just for their latest and greatest, the future didn't...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 31, 2014

Android 4.4.2 for AT&T Galaxy S4 and Note 3 Leaked, HTC One KitKat US Release Delayed – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2,for the AT&T Galaxy S4 and Note 3 has been leaked! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the Sony Xperia Z1 received a maintenance release and the HTC One KitKat release for the US carrier versions has been delayed! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 12, 2014

International CES 2014 Wrap Up – What Got Announced?

The spectacle that is the International CES show has come to an end for yet another year. While there are bound to be more Android announcements at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, there are still some things announced this week to look forward to---and some things that were announced that you won’t look forward to. Huawei Let’s start with the unexciting. The mobile device manufacturer with a name that is not pronounced how it is spelled, Huawei, released an updated...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 11, 2014

Samsung Note PRO 12.2, Tab PROs and Galaxy Camera 2 Hands On at CES 2014 – XDA Developer TV

Samsung was at this year's CES in a BIG way! They have advertisements on just about any of the many shuttle buses circling the Las Vegas Convention Center, they had ads all over the Convention Center itself, and that got the location into trouble, as the ads announced their releases before the actual press event. At the press event, Samsung announced a new Samsung Note Pro 12.2, three new Galaxy Tab Pros---coming in the sizes of 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 10, 2014

Samsung Responds to KNOX MitM Attack “Vulnerability”

About a month ago, we talked about a recent study (PDF) stating that most security vulnerabilities on Android are ultimately due to OEM customizations. And surprise, surprise---this can even happen on devices with technologies designed to protect users. Late last month, security researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev discovered a security vulnerability that allowed a user-installed application to intercept unencrypted network traffic. Rather than describing this as a flaw or bug, Samsung labels the vulnerability a classic Man in...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 7, 2014

Leaked Screenshots Suggest Dramatic New Direction for Samsung’s TouchWiz UI

Modern Samsung devices generally pack class-leading specifications, great battery life, fantastic screens, and more features than you can shake a stick at. They're also one of the better OEMs for providing somewhat timely firmware updates on at least their flagship devices. Arguably, all of this equates to some of the best devices on the market, and you wouldn't be faulted for thinking that their market share demonstrates this. But one thing that's a bit harder to argue is the aesthetic...

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egzthunder1 · Dec 7, 2013

Has Technology Become a Disposable Commodity?

I am, and have always been, an early adopter of a lot of things, particularly when it comes to technology. My cell phone voyage started back in the year 2000 with a Nokia 5110. Back then, only a handful of people had phones, and seeing someone on the street with one was a somewhat rare sight. Nowadays, the same cannot be said. Cell phones have become a massive commodity---one that gets a lot of attention, and certainly one that is...

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jerdog · Nov 14, 2013

Shock and Awe: OEMs Cause Android Security Issues

It should come as no surprise that here at XDA, we are always calling on the OEMs to do a better job of removing the bloat of their custom UIs (Samsung - we're looking at you and your now insane TouchWiz size) and improving the overall user experience. What may come as a shock to some, though, is that a recent study by researchers at North Carolina State University says that those same OEMs, and their incessant need to have a custom...

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Samantha · Jun 18, 2013

Get the Android 4.2.2 Status Bar on Your Gingerbread-Based Samsung

There are still quite a few of folks who run Gingerbread on their devices---either because their devices have started to age a little bit, or the stability of ports of later versions is just not cutting it. However this doesn't mean that they should be left out in the cold in terms of new functions and features, as XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor SpaceCaker has created a guide to get the Samsung Android 4.2.2 status bar and toggles on your Samsung device...

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Jimmy McGee · May 27, 2013

Flash Galaxy S 4 Custom ROM and Recovery, Testing Android Apps with Robotium – XDA Developer TV

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has worked around Samsung's attempt to block rooting your phone. Therefore, new devices have been added to CF-Auto-Root. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is a tutorial on testing your app with Robotium. And in related news, there is an article on how flash custom ROMs and Recovery to the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Jordan talks about the other...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 24, 2013

Goodbye Samsung! Hello HTC! Steve’s Change in OEMs – XDA Developer TV

If you’ve seen XDA Developer TV Producer Steve’s video on switching from Windows Phone to Android, you know Steve has no problem sharing his thoughts. He has been reviewing apps on the different operating systems. He has been using Samsung Devices to represent Android and Windows Phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung ATIV S, respectively. However, his satisfaction with his Samsung devices has waned and he is switching to HTC. Steve takes the time to explain why Samsung...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Mar 3, 2013

Tizen OS: Brief History, Roots, and Current Status

This year's Mobile World Conference was different from most. There were still all the device presentations, announcements, and revelations that we've come to expect from the biggest tech event of the mobile industry each year. What's different was that this time, the spotlight wasn't taken by hardware, but rather by software---and for good reason. After all, it isn't every day that three upcoming mobile operating systems backed by big names like Samsung, Intel, Mozilla, and Canonical are showcased at the...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 19, 2013

Highlights from This Year’s International CES

Another wonderful International CES has passed us by. The event was filled with many exciting displays, like the Intel Ultrabook Tree, but most important were the announcements made by many manufactures. Some announcements are still years out, embodying nothing more than an idea. Other announcements having working prototypes, while still others are in the final stages before release or have been released. (more…)

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 1, 2013

Add Custom Boot Animation to Any Samsung ROM

Due to the open nature of Android, at times device manufacturers make absolutely ridiculous decisions in an attempt to set their devices apart from those of the competitors. A perfect example of this is Samsung's choice of using a proprietary QMG format for its boot animations, as opposed to the standard bootanimation.zip format used on Android by default. The QMG files need to be created using the expensive Qmage commercial software, thus effectively barring the average consumer from cooking up...

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Former Writer · Dec 30, 2012

External Mics on Galaxy Devices Just One Resistor Away

Android devices support a lot of external devices. From Bluetooth speakers to external hard drives, there really isn't much you can't hook up to an Android device anymore. However, one thing that users may have trouble with is an external microphone. XDA Elite Recognized Developers AdamOutler and Rebellos are at it again. This time with a hardware mod that will allow better external mic support on most Samsung Galaxy devices. This includes the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Camera....

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jerdog · Dec 17, 2012

Dangerous Exynos 4 Security Hole Demoed and Plugged by Chainfire

We recently told you about the Exynos4 security hole found by XDA Member alephzain. This is a security hole in the kernel that allows malicious code full access to all physical memory. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire would have none of it, and not only pointed out the security hole by creating an app that roots your device without ODIN, but also provided a way to plug it. His application, aptly named ExynosAbuse APK, gains root privileges via the ExynosAbuse exploit and...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 5, 2012

Heimdall and USB Logging Tutorial – XDA Developer TV

Today on XDA Developer TV, XDA Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV first timer Benjamin Dobell gives us a tutorial on USB logging. Dobell is responsbile for Heimdall. Heimdall is an open source cross platform flashing utility much like Odin, but better. Heimdall lets you flash ROMs on Samsung devices, only Heimdall runs on Windows, Linux, and OS X. In today's video, Dobell introduces himself and his Heimdall suite. He then he shows you how to log the USB connection...

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Conan Troutman · Nov 18, 2012

Samsung Demands to See Recent Agreement Between HTC & Apple

"Why not upset the Apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway." - Frank A. Clarke The news that Apple and HTC had decided to settle their differences outside of the courtroom in favor of a licensing agreement came as shock to many, not the least of whom was Samsung. Not only are they somewhat surprised at this turn of events, but they are also very, very curious---so curious in fact, that they've asked the courts to force...

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