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Jimmy McGee · Jul 31, 2015

OnePlus 2 Teardown, Major Android Vulnerability – XDA TV

The OnePlus 2 has been officially released. 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 a serious security vulnerability on Android and be sure to check out the article talking about how easy it is to make your one Xposed Module. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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Jack Jennings · Jul 30, 2015

Huawei’s Rapid Rise to Third Place in the Smartphone Race

Huawei has quickly grown to become one of the world's biggest telecommunications companies since its inception in 1987, owning huge swathes of network infrastructure across different countries. It looks as if its smartphone sales are really beginning to take hold too - results this year have been great for the Chinese manufacturer, with an increase in global smartphone sales of 39% in the first half of 2015.     Now a new report from Strategy Analytics now states that Huawei has risen to take the title...

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Jack Jennings · Jul 30, 2015

Focus – An Attractive But Raw Gallery Replacement

Focus is an attractive new app built by XDA members Liam Spradlin and Francisco Franco, the latter being well-known in the forums for his kernels. Focus aims to completely replace your gallery app with some neat tricks, but at a potentially risky time considering that Google has thrown its weight into the photo-organization arena. This is a first draft of the app of course, but we'll pitch it against its main rivals here, namely the popular QuickPic and the aforementioned Google Photos.     The first...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 30, 2015

How to Root the LG G4 and Install TWRP Recovery – XDA TV

A rooting method has finally been found for the flagship LG G4. In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK shows you how to root and install TWRP recovery the LG G4. TK just recently reviewed the device.  So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G4 is no exception! TK presents instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G4 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 29, 2015

ZenFone 2 Lolliflash and ZenPower Giveaway!

We recently did an in-depth review of the Asus Zenfone 2 but one of the things people may not be aware of is that ASUS has actually created a line of accessories to compliment the ZenFone, or any other Android device. The Lolliflash is a Lollipop-shaped external flash and the ZenPower is a thin 10,000mAh external battery. In today's video, Jordan shows off the Lolliflash and the ZenPower Accessories. Additionally, ASUS and XDA have teamed up to give away 5...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 28, 2015

How Strong Is Your Connection? – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Everyone is always talking about their bars. How many bars of WiFi do they have? How many bars of 4G? What does a bar really represent? Does it give you any indication of the “strength” of the signal? Does it give you the throughput? If you had this information, you could know more about your data connections. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that gives you the ability to put certain...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 27, 2015

LG G4 Variants Rooted! OnePlus 2 Invites Open! – XDA TV

The LG G4 Carrier Variants have been rooted! 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 opening of the OnePlus 2 invite queue and be sure to check out the article talking about the rooting of the Dell Venue 8 7840. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 24, 2015

OnePlus 2 Pictures & CM12.1 for HTC M9 – XDA TV

Pictures of the up coming OnePlus 2 have been released. 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 CyanogenMod 12.1 for the HTC One M9 and be sure to check out the article talking about the rooting of the Alcatel Idol 3. 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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Jack Jennings · Jul 23, 2015

LG Thinks Flexible Displays Are the Future, Do You?

LG enjoyed moderate success with its flexible 6-inch G Flex, enough to invest in this year's successor, the G Flex 2. This confidence has been reflected in the company's insistence that flexible smartphones will make up 40% of the market share in 2018, and now more firmly in its newly announced flexible display factory. Despite the phone itself initially suffering from issues with performance due to poorly optimized software and its now infamous processor, the design principles of the Flex 2 are logical and have some distinct advantages. These...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 23, 2015

Boldbeast for Your Voice Recording Needs – XDA TV

Many people use their phone to help them keep their life organized. From creating to do lists and setting reminders, we put a lot of information on our phones. Sometimes you want to put a reminder in your phone, but you are on a phone call or don’t have use of both your hands. XDA Senior Member boldbeast offers up an application that will help you record phone calls or voice memos. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 22, 2015

Hound vs Google Now – Digital Assistant Showdown!

There are many great features on our phones. Between Microsoft’s Cortana coming to Android and Google Now getting more and more intelligent, voice control of our searches is not far away. Siri, Cortana and Google Now are not the only ones looking to make a vocal search assistant, as song identification service SoundHound is jumping into the ring with their new Hound app as well. So the question begs to be asked, which digital assistant implementation is actually better: Hound by...

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Jack Jennings · Jul 21, 2015

Root Achieved for the OneTouch Idol 3

The XDA community achieving root on a new device is always cause for a little celebration, and proud owners of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 will be able to do just that now that root access has been confirmed. The 5.5" mid-range handset previously had its bootloader unlocked, but root access was proving tricky due to users having to call a dedicated port to enter fastboot mode. However, yesterday the process was announced and has now got its own thread, after a...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 21, 2015

Take Control with Action Widgets – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Our smart devices do so much, but those awesome features at times come with draw backs. Things like WiFi or Bluetooth eat up your battery.  Other items like flashlight or other neat settings are buried so deep, by the time you find them the desire has passed. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a customizable quick access widget for these actions? In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that gives you...

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Jack Jennings · Jul 20, 2015

Sony Invites Swedish Z3 Users to Test Concept Software

Sony is no stranger to setting up beta testing programs, and generally has a good working relationship with the development community, having previously even released AOSP builds for a few of their flagships. Today however the Japanese manufacturer has invited Swedish Xperia Z3 users to evaluate new 'Android concept' software, starting on July 27th. It's not entirely clear what Sony means with this curious title. One would hope that this is an effort to get on the Android M bandwagon early,...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 20, 2015

S6 Edge+ Dummy, Cortana for Android Leak – XDA TV

The Microsoft personal voice assistant Cortana for Android has leaked. 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 Moonshine icon pack going open source and be sure to check out the article talking about the latest rendering of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 18, 2015

How Have Manufacturing Defects Affected You?

Have you ever ran into manufacturing issues? Not long ago we asked you if you did self-repairs, and while we expected that kind of outlook from our savvy community, sometimes there is no easy work-around for hardware faults. Recurring to warranties is what the brave of us do when all else fails, despite our venturing into the forbidden roots of Android being denied by our phones' manufacturers. And when this is our last option, departing from our favorite device can...

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Jack Jennings · Jul 17, 2015

The Remix Mini Aims to Put Android on Your Desktop

If you've ever felt that your desktop is too big, too complicated or too ugly, and you have $30 burning a hole in your pocket, the Remix Mini might just pique your interest. Ex-Google employees Jide Tech have come up with a very small and attractive Kickstarter project for those looking to experience the of simplicity of Android on a big screen, along with full keyboard and mouse support and PC-class connectivity.   The Remix Mini takes the form of a very minimalist black pebble,...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 17, 2015

Huawei Nexus Specs & XDA mBot Giveaway! – XDA TV

The Huawei made Google Nexus specs have been leaked. 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 a mobile phone by music company Marshall and be sure to check out the article talking about the changes in the OnePlus invite system. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 16, 2015

Customize Your Live Wallpaper – XDA App Review

One feature of Android that doesn’t get a whole lot of love is Live Wallpapers. Oppo has wallpapers that change based on the position of the sun in your region. Other live wallpapers just move around when you switch screens. Most people turn them off to get more battery life. However, what if you could get some useful information out of your live wallpaper? Would it be worth the small battery hit? XDA Senior Member frankmonza offers up an application...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 15, 2015

Huawei P8 Lite Review – XDA TV Device Review

Huawei is the little engine that could. It is perhaps one of the more recognizable Chinese names in the United States. This company with a hard to pronounce name is releasing phones trying to compete with the likes of HTC and Samsung. Their latest entrance into the western market is the P8 Lite. Is the P8 Lite powerful and feature packed enough to be a contender? That is only one of the questions XDA TV Producer Jordan answers when he...

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