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Big Android BBQ 5.0 Recap – XDA TV

Big Android BBQ

This fifth annual Big Android BBQ has come and gone. The speakers have spoke, the sponsors have sponsored, enthusiasts have enthused, the developers have developed and of course the BBQed meat has been consumed. Did you miss out this year?

In this video, XDA TV Producer TK talks about his experience at this year’s Big Android BBQ event. He talks about the event, shows some pictures and even interviews some attendees, with the help of XDA TV Producer AdamOutler. We’ve already posted the Opening Keynote on the XDA Roundtables channel, and we have more videos from the event to come, so be sure to subscribe. Check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Get Your XDA 2015 Custom Avatar and Signature Images Here

Custom XDA 2015 Avatar and Signature Images

As stated in our motto, XDA Developer is for developers, by developers. The community comes foremost, with contributions made in various forms, such as ROMs, mods, open source apps, and much more. Each user contributes in one way or another–be it in the aforementioned ways or by testing, reporting bugs, flashing unstable builds, and so on.

In the spirit of giving back to the community, XDA Senior Member thenookieforlife3 has consolidated a thread where services such as custom avatar and signature image design are offered at no cost, with a single request being all that’s needed to get such a custom set. The signature and avatar images come in a variety of themes, including light and dark variat. . . READ ON »

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Nova Launcher Update Brings Lollipop Functionality and Feel

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One of the most popular third party launcher on Android, Nova Launcher, has just received an update to version 3.2. The new stable version of this great and lightweight application brings multiple optimizations and fixes, as well as an Android 5.0 Lollipop overall UI feel.

Many of this update’s changes are hidden deep under the hood, so you need to know where to find them. Kevin Barry, known to many of you as XDA Senior Member kevin@TeslaCoil added a short changelog to his Google+. What’s new in Nova Launcher?

Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation)
Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll Indicator)
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Check Your I/O Usage with Iotop for Android

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Ever needed to check the I/O usage of apps? If so, you probably tried searching for an iotop port, a Python script for Linux–only to find none and either write one in a hurry or manually check /proc/ yourself.

Luckily for you, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer laufersteppenwolf has written a shell script to replicate the original features of iotop. It will allow you to examine I/O loads/usage for every process, see the total amount of read and written bytes or even the current read/write speeds.

Before you use the script, though, you’ll have to make sure you have the following:

  1. A rooted device.
  2. A kernel with I/O accounting enabled. This usually isn’t the case by default, but you can
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XDA Xposed Tuesday: XHangouts Will Improve Your Hangouts

XHangouts for Hangouts

Ever since Google started supporting text messaging in Hangouts many people have changed over. However, there are many people who still gripe that MMS is a pain at times. Additionally, Hangouts, like most Google apps, tries to tell you which is best, so changing button actions an preferences is not always easy.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change your Hangouts preferences. XDA Senior Member Kevin M created the XHangouts module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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Shattered Screen? Turn Your Broken Device into a Complete Media Center!

XBMC on Android

A cracked screen usually means you’ll have to spend a hefty amount to make your device usable again. For older devices, it might actually be easier to buy a new one. If this situation sounds familiar, or if you simply have an old device with a shattered screen laying around, XDA Forum Member mailme45 has written a guide that may help you make that device useful once again.

The tutorial walks you through turning your phone into a fully fledged media center (running a fork of XBMC/Kodi). Assuming your device supports MHL, you’ll only need a few things to get started:

  1. A USB OTG cable along with a mouse so you can control the phone until it’s fully set up.
  2. An MHL adapter that allows you to display your pho
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Updated Android Lollipop Preview Images – XDA TV

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The Android Lollipop Preview Images are now available! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Android L final API and marterial design support library going live and be sure the check out the article talking about the Micromax Canvas 5 which may ship with CyanogenMod! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer Jared shows off the Best 3 Pro Camera Apps. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video showing you how to unlock and root a Nexus Device. Then XDa TV posted the opening k. . . READ ON »

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Get a Complete Set of Logs with Andy Log

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The importance of proper logging is undeniable. No, we’re not talking about lumberjack work. We’re talking about tools like logcat and kmsg, both of which are used for the most basic debugging purposes, and so many custom ROM users have done at least once. To obtain a log, you don’t even have to use a USB cable, since everything can be done directly from the phone itself.

To obtain a certain type log, usually you have to use one application per one log. It’s a big waste of internal storage and application grid. XDA Senior Member Bassel Bakr gave us the pleasure to meet Andy Log, the logging application to rule them all. The concept of Andy Log is very simple, yet innovative. The applicatio. . . READ ON »

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AutoCon Manages Your Connections to Perserve Battery Life

AutoCon Connection Manager

As we’ve talked about in the past, battery life is still somewhat of a sore spot on most modern day Android devices. While our CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and storage have all received many boosts over the years, battery life on most mainstream devices has not. As such, making it through a full dayu of heavy use is difficult almost no matter what device you run–with the obvious exception of phablets like the Galaxy Note lineup.

Luckily, there are quite a few ways to stretch out your battery so you don’t have to be tethered to a charger all day. Obviously you could replace your kernel with a more battery friendly variant, and you could also mitigate the biggest battery drain culprit: screen brightness. Howev. . . READ ON »

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