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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 27, 2015

Console OS Brings Android to Your PC

Android was always considered as a mobile operating system. While phones and tablets are over 95% of devices running Android, developers put lots of effort to make Google's OS available for other platforms. You've probably heard of Bluestacks, which brings the Android world to PCs, Macs and TVs. The American company is just one of the many brands that ports the Android OS to personal computers. In June 2014, the Console OS team launched its Kickstarter campaign for a system that...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 27, 2015

MWC Announcements, FCC Rules on Net Neutrality – XDA TV

The FCC has ruled on Net Neutrality! 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 the Pebble Time Kickstarter and be sure to stay tuned for even more mobile world congress announcements! 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...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 26, 2015

Lollipop Style Lockscreen for Android 4.1 – XDA App Review

Android 5.x Lollipop has provided many visual updates, including the lockscreen. Unfortunately, some carriers and manufacturers are not offering Lollipop for some recent devices. On the flip side, some Lollipop users still prefer the old style of lockscreen. XDA Senior Member thotran7989 offers up an app that allows you to customize everything about your lockscreen. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Hi Locker.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application....

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 25, 2015

IF by IFTTT, If This Then That App Tutorial & Review – XDA TV

We've talked about using Tasker and other products to automate tasks on your phone. However, Tasker isn't the only option and sometimes can be a little bit confusing to setup. There is finally an Android App for the automation website IFTTT. IFTTT, if you don't know, stands for IF This Then That. In the app you set up some triggers and actions or recipes as they call it. XDA TV Producer RootJunky presents instructions on how to setup some recipes...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 24, 2015

Xposed Modules with Lollipop Support – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Last week we talked about how the day has finally come! Xposed now works on Lollipop. Last week we showed you how to install the new Xposed update. Today we take a look at some modules that are working in some capacity on Lollipop. Whether all the features make a return or if they are even needed depends on the modules and Lollipop itself. On today’s XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the updated Gravitybox LP and the...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 23, 2015

iPhone Notifications on Android Wear – XDA TV

iPhone Notifications are working on Android Wear! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement of GravityBox returning to Lollipop and be sure to check out the article talking about installing Android 5.1 on Android One phones. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released earlier this week on XDA TV. XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 20, 2015

Wear 5.0.2 is Out! SlimLP Alpha Weeklies Released! – XDA TV

The Sprint LG G3 has gotten an Android 5.0 Lollipop update! 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 Android One program expanding into the Philippines and be sure to check out the article talking about SlimLP Alpha Nightlies! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 19, 2015

Call Utils – Floating Call Notes – XDA App Review

Business gets accomplished on the mobile device now. Whether that is through calls, emails, or text messages, somewhere somebody is doing business. It could be that guy rushing through the crowd in a power suit with a Bluetooth in his ear. What happens when he is on the run and needs to make a note about the call or caller? XDA Forum Member Ironsteel offers up an app that allows you to add notes to your callers and manage your...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 18, 2015

Power Button Flashlight or Torch – XDA App Review

How many times have you tried to find something in the dark? Many people will turn on their smart phone and use the luminescence from your screen to light the way. Smarter people start a flashlight or torch app that lights up their phone’s flash. This works better, but you can’t always find that app shortcut XDA Senior Member owenbeals recommends an app that allows you to launch your flashlight with three clicks of the power button. In this video...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 17, 2015

Xposed Framework on Lollipop – XDA Xposed Tuesday

We knew it would happen! The day has finally come! Xposed now works with ART and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Yes, this release is still an Alpha and some bugs need to be worked out, but the arduous task of porting Xposed Framework to the new Android Run Time has largely been completed! Naturally, this means that it's time to return to our XDA Xposed Tuesday video series. For our next installment, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the latest version of Xposed...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 16, 2015

Xposed for Lollipop, Kindle Fire HDX Bootloader Unlocked – XDA TV

Xposed Framework Alpha for Android 5.0 Lollipop has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement of Lenovo upgrading some devices to Lollipop and be sure to check out the article talking about YouTube, and the value of the site! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released earlier this...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 13, 2015

Xposed for Lollipop, CM 11S Brings MaxxAudio – XDA TV

Xposed Framework is getting closer to a Lollipop release! 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 Android 5.0 for the T-Mobile HTC One M8 and be sure to check out the article talking about the new OnePlus OxygenOS! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 12, 2015

Ampere Measures Phone Power – XDA App Review

How many times have you looked at your phone to check the battery level? How many times have you gotten the low battery alert in the middle of the afternoon? Many people deal with this by having an array of power cords and power banks. But what amount of charge is your battery getting? Is it sufficient to overcome your phones draw? XDA Senior Member nihil0 offers up an app that allows you to see how much current is charging or...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 11, 2015

LiquidSmooth Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

Over that past couple of months we have, sort of, reviewed CyanogenMod 12, AOKP and OmniROM. However, there are many great Lollipop based custom ROM options out there. LiquidSmooth has been around for a while. LiquidSmooth is focused on providing users with smooth, stable and fast ROMs. Does their latest Lollipop release stand up? In today's video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off LiquidSmooth on his Google Nexus 6. The main features covered and talked about in today's video are Liquid...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 10, 2015

Must Have App Review: ROM Toolbox

Here on XDA, we love our custom ROMs. Some of us install nightly builds every morning, and some even change ROMs multiple times per day. With all these changes, it is often nice to have a box full of tools to help you out with the minutiae of flashing ROMs. Talented Developer “JRummy” offers up a toolbox for your ROMs and ROM flashing. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews ROM Toolbox.  TK shows off the application and shares...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 9, 2015

First Ubuntu Phone Unveiled – XDA TV

The first ever Ubuntu Phone has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news are Lollipop updates for the Sprint HTC One M8 and T-Mobile HTC One M8. Also be sure to check out the article talking about where CyanogenMod is taking us! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to watch other videos released earlier this week on XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 6, 2015

Game of Quests Start-Up Moves Your Body

A group of Polish developers have just started a Indiegogo campaign with a project named Game of Quests. GOQ is a game and activity tracking app that helps players have fun and develop at the same time. The concept is relatively similar to Ingress, but takes place in a totally different universe. A world is at war between humans, dwarfs, elves and mysterious beings. Each race is divided into classes. Selecting a class is crucial, as the game requires different...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 6, 2015

Android 5.1 Leaked? OxygenOS Shots – XDA TV

Android 5.1 Lollipop 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 of Paranoid Android jumping on the Lollipop Train, and MultiROM being ported to the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan also talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an video reviewing StickMount....

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 5, 2015

Play Videos & Record Your Screen w/ VXG Player – XDA TV

There are a lot of video players on the market, and to be completely honest, the default Android video player on our phones are often sufficient. However, sometimes you need to be able to play more formats that the default player doesn’t support. On a separate instance, maybe you need to record your screen, and instead of installing two apps, you can just install one. XDA Forum Member VideoExpertsGroup offers up an app that allows you to play many formats...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 4, 2015

Phobo Juggling – XDA Game Time!

A huge majority of us use our smartphone devices to play games. Whether it’s Plants v. Zombies on the bus or Asphalt 8: AirBorne at home, our devices help us pass the time in a fun way. Some of the best games can be deceptively simple and completely addictive, like Flappy Bird. XDA Forum Member thypham offers up a game that is deceptively simple, yet completely difficult. In this episode of Game Time, XDA TV Producer rirozizo reviews Phobo Juggling.  Rirozizo...

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