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Jimmy McGee · Dec 31, 2014

Sea, Sailfish & Haddock: Shipping Linux to Devices and the Community w/ David Greaves – XDA:DevCon 2014

In his presentation Firefox OS Architecture and Collaboration Opportunities at XDA:DevCon 2014, Asa Dotzler talked about Firefox as a web browser and mobile OS, and how it exists to ensure there is choice in the marketplace. As it stands right now, the big players are Android and iOS, but a little group of hackers has another option for you: SailfishOS. SailfishOS is the topic of today’s talk. David Greaves is one of the co-founders of the Mer Project, where he focuses...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 31, 2014

Nvidia SHIELD Tablet vs the Google Nexus 9 – XDA TV

Almost one year ago, Nvidia announced their latest Tegra system on a chip. The Tegra K1 was a desktop-based fab brought to the mobile arena. While this advancement is great and brings a lot of power to robotics and the like, device adoption has been lackluster. The main recipients of this new chipset are the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet and the Google Nexus 9. In this episode, XDA TV Producer Jordan compares the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet and the Nexus 9. Jordan has...

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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Dec 31, 2014

Android App Review: Simple Explorer Receives Material Design Updates

At XDA we like to highlight projects that are not only from the community, but also open source, and Simple Explorer, a file explorer by XDA Senior Member DF1E, is just such a project. We first mentioned it when it came out and then when it received a root management update soon after. Now DF1E has given it a Material Design facelift. Simple explorer is just what the name explicitly suggests - simple. It is currently on version 2.2.2 and available for devices...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2014

Manage Partitions with UAPM

To flash an image like a kernel or recovery, you usually need to have access to your PC and properly configured fastboot drivers. This isn’t too convenient, especially when you’re traveling and there is a new version of your kernel to try out. Advanced actions on partitions can now be performed directly from your device with a tool written by XDA Forum Member ferreirawax. This tool lets you backup your current partitions without going into recovery. The application can also...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 30, 2014

Beyond Smartphones: How To Get There w/ Troed Sångberg – XDA:DevCon 2014

Today’s XDA:DevCon 2014 session video continues from yesterday’s talk by Andreas Göransson entitled Building Wearable Apps with Android. Today’s talk is from another Sony staff member. Earlier we heard from Sony staffer Alin Jerpelea’s with his session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future. Our presenter Troed Sångberg is a developer advocate with Sony Developer Relations. His many years in technology include a core technical background in the home computer scene of the 80s, professional telecom develoment since the late 90s...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 30, 2014

Must Have App Review: Pushbullet – XDA TV

Every day, we are subject to a barrage of incoming notifications. If you are working on a computer or playing on your tablet and you get an SMS, you have to stop what you are doing and check your phone only to find out that it’s your mom asking you how to use the DVR again. These disruptions can be overwhelming and kill your productivity. The folks over at Pushbullet offer up an app that lets you view and control...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2014

Samsung Allegedly Discontinuing Galaxy Alpha Line

Samsung has been on fire for the last few days. The Korean OEM recently announced a new version of Note 4 phablet able to download big files in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately not all news from this manufacturer is good news. According to the Korean IT news site etnews, this leading OEM plans to cancel the Galaxy Alpha production and focus on its successor: the Samsung Galaxy A5. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is undoubtedly one of the most...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 29, 2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 4 Refresh with Super Fast LTE

Samsung is preparing its hardware to get some real LTE speeds. The Korean OEM has announced an improved version of the popular flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which will be shipped with powerful hardware and shouldn't be afraid of an extremely fast LTE connection. The new Note 4 has been armed with LTE Advanced Tri-Band with Carrier Aggregation. This fancy technology allows the phone to download files at speeds upwards of 300 Mb/s. Needless to say, such speed is but...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 29, 2014

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Leak, Failed Find 5 Update – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been leaked! 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 ColorOS KitKat for the Oppo Find 5 and the resulting issues and be sure to check out the article announcing the XDA LG Developer Challenge winners! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 29, 2014

Firefox OS Architecture and Collaboration Opportunities w/ Asa Dotzler – XDA:DevCon 2014

We were privileged to host many presentations on open source at this year's XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK. For those of you who were not able to make it to the sessions, we will be releasing another video for you to enjoy. The event started off with the open source session Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}? w/ Jan Wildeboer. With Alin Jerpelea’s session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future, we found out what a company like Sony is...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 28, 2014

MultiImagePicker Library for Multiple Image Selection

App development can be done in more than a handful of ways. You can write every single library and line of code from scratch, or can start with a repertoire of publicly available projects and libraries. To give users a nice way of sharing the photos, some social networking applications offer the ability to select multiple images and share them with your friends and colleagues. Similar functionality can be achieved with a library developed a while ago, but its developer has now decided to...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 28, 2014

Shoot Troubles, Not Users w/ Alex Boag-Munroe – XDA:DevCon 2014

In presenting the various sessions from XDA:DevCon 2014, we’ve mainly talked about about development. We've done so by covering topics ranging from robotics with Nvidia and Robotics w/ Barrett Williams to open source with Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}? w/ Jan Wildeboer, and even Building Wearable Apps with Android w/ Andreas Göransson. There is, however, one part of developers' lives that not many enjoy: users and troubleshooting. Today’s talk is from Alex Boag-Munroe, and he talks about troubleshooting. Boag-Munroe is...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 27, 2014

XDA LG Development Challenge Winners

Almost 3 months ago, we set out with LG to find two amazing apps that developers could put together using LG’s QPair SDK. That contest came to a close last Friday, and while there were some really great entries that took the QPair SDK and stretched it to its limits, the two winners for the Grand Prize have been selected as explained in the Contest Rules. The XDA LG Developer Challenge was a 8-week competition, and each person had the opportunity to pitch their proposal for the best...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 27, 2014

Wearable Apps w/ Andreas Göransson – XDA:DevCon 2014

XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK featured quite a few interesting topics as sessions. For those not able to make it, we will be releasing another session for you to enjoy. We’ve had topics on Open Source with Alin Jerpelea’s session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future, Jan Wildeboer’s session Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}?, and robotics with Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My! w/ Shane Francis and Nvidia and Robotics w/ Barrett Williams. Today’s topic a little closer...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 27, 2014

Browse Your Files with Ease using MK Explorer

Google has made quite an effort in perfecting the powerful and multi-faceted OS that we know as Android. Despite its overall greatness, Google's mobile operating system lacks two things: a built-in FM Radio and a simple file manager. That said, there are plenty of third party applications that can fill the gap. One interesting file floating around the Internet is MK Explorer by XDA Forum Member kormateusz. This application is a lightweight, simple and elegant manager that can perform most...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 27, 2014

How to Fix the Nexus Available Storage Bug – XDA TV

Is your Nexus device only showing half of the available storage as it should? Many people are reporting a bug where if you flash a factory image to your Nexus device, the bigger storage variant appears as the lower variant. This is frustrating and that storage was paid for, so people want their storage! In this episode of XDA TV, Producer rirozizo shows you how to fix the Nexus available storage bug. Using ADB and some tools from XDA Developers you...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 27, 2014

Don’t Forget About Birthdays with Birthday Reminder

A person's birthday is, without a doubt, one of the most important days in his or her life. In our fast-paced lives, we often forget about calling our loved ones and friends to wish them a happy birthday. Google Calendar in Android is quite helpful in letting us know about scheduled meetings and tasks. Unfortunately, the calendar isn't that good at notifying us about upcoming birthdays. Every tool that can help with our ability to remember is definitely worth a shot....

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 27, 2014

Don’t Fear Flashing with I Don’t Want You!

The XDA message boards are full of various modifications, with many of these helping you change the look of your favorite apps and add some features to stock-based ROMs. Mods such as these are generally fairly easy to install, but sometimes things go not as we had planned, and our device ends up soft-bricked. Modifying the /system partition is always inherently risky, and it is imperative that you make a backup of your valuable data before flashing. Unfortunately, making a...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 26, 2014

Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}? w/ Jan Wildeboer – XDA:DevCon 2014

Open Source was a big topic at this year’s XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK. For those who were not able to make it, we will be releasing another session for you to enjoy. Today, we offer a video talking about Open Source from Jan Wildeboer. This topic was also covered by Alin Jerpelea’s session: AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future Wildeboer is an Open Source veteran since 1993, developer, tinkerer, society hacker and Red Hat’s EMEA Evangelist. A...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 26, 2014

Learn to Sync Files Between Android And PC with Unison

Dropbox and similar cloud services are great if you’re planning to keep your files synchronized across your devices. Like almost everything, cloud syncing has its pros and cons. One major disadvantage h0wever is speed, because you're using Web protocols and transfers to keep your files up to date. One of the greatest alternatives to cloud is SSH, which allows you to manage your files on many devices within your WI-Fi network (or almost any device running with an SSH client installed)....

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