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Jimmy McGee · Jan 7, 2015

Snail Games W3D Hands On at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At this year's CES 2015, we were introduced to a company we haven't heard very much about: Snail Games. The video game development company has created what they call the perfect mix between an Android phone and a handheld gaming device. Their new product aims to be the only device you need in your pocket. XDA TV Producer Jordan was on site and was able to get his hands on the Snail W3D. In this video, he shares what he learned from...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 6, 2015

Must Have App Review: Light Flow – XDA TV

We get a lot of incoming information on our devices every day. To help remind us to check things like email and messaging systems, Android gives us notifications. There are many times when you don’t want it to make a sound. Sometimes, even that horrible vibrating phone on a wooden table noise is too loud. Thus, we have to rely on our visual indicators The creators of Light Flow offer up an app that lets you view and control your...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 5, 2015

Android, Firefox OS & Windows Phone on One Alcatel Device – XDA TV

Alcatel released a device that can run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is Xiaomi releasing the kernel source for the Redmi 1S and bypassing storage restrictions for the Nexus S! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK showed...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 5, 2015

NVIDIA Announces The Powerful Tegra X1 SoC

Ever since the premiere of NVIDIA's Tegra K1, the American company's chips have been considered big contenders to Qualcomm SoCs. Even Google noticed the big potential in the Tegra K1 and used it to power the Nexus 9 tablet. This year's CES brings the new SoC by NVIDIA: the powerful Tegra X1, which brings portable devices into a different level. This chip includes an octa-core 64-bit CPU paired to a 256-core GPU. The latter is based on the Maxwell architecture. The same architecture...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 4, 2015

Android Powered Sony Walkman To Debut At CES

Back in 1979 Sony released one of the weirdest portable devices that conquered the globe instantly. The Walkman allowed anyone to listen to their favorite hits almost everywhere. According to Sony's web page the company sold 385 millions devices branded as “Walkman” until 2009. The Walkman is also available on Android, as Sony (Ericsson) released the Live with Walkman phone back in 2011, with Walkman applications available in almost every major device that Sony releases. To be perfectly frank, Walkman devices are now...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 4, 2015

Create Your Own 2D Game With BobEngine

Making a game is by all means a challenging task. To become successful, a game has to be well written, interesting and fun to play, otherwise it will slowly die buried somewhere in the Google Play Store. If you have an idea how to make an interesting game and would like to find the tool helping you with development, you are certainly in the right place. Almost a decade ago, the GameMaker studio was at its peak. It was quite...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 4, 2015

Easily Edit Classes.dex with Dex Manager

Android applications can be edited in multiple ways. The most convenient way is of course changing the source code in your favorite IDE and compiling it with the provided tools. Unfortunately not every application available for Android is open-source, and therefore easy to edit through Android Studio or Eclipse with ADT. Applications without publicly available source code can also be modified. The well known ApkTool is one option to make some changes, but if you are using Windows as your operating system, XDA Forum...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 3, 2015

Alcatel Announces Phones Able to Run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone

Most personal computers can run multiple operating systems right out of the box. However, things get a bit trickier when considering smartphones. Only a few devices can run more than one OS and this is usually achieved through some really advanced reverse engineering and hacking. Alcatel, which recently acquired the Palm brand, has started the year with a big announcement. The OEM is going to release its new Pixi 3 phone series able to run three operating systems independently: Android, Windows Phone, and...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 3, 2015

Double-Tap to Wake and Swipe to Sleep – Nexus 6 Mods

The Google Nexus 6 has a hidden secret: It can do the double-tap to wake trick just like the LG phones. However, Google didn’t want the Nexus 6 to display this trick, so it was hidden from view. Here at XDA we like to find these hidden things and do what Google (and other OEM's) do not want us to do. In fact we showed you how to root it. For all those who would like to enable double-tap to wake, XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 3, 2015

Protect Your Apps With a Secret Volume Key Combo

Application locking apps have been available for quite a long time. The majority of them usually require a PIN code password or pattern to be entered to unlock an app. While these options may give you some decent protection, you may want to consider spicing things up with a new method using your device's volume rockers. XDA Forum Member fazuvpk decided to take a unique approach and created the Oops! AppLock. This application allows you to unlock the locked app in a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 2, 2015

Tweak Your Kernel Parameters with Kernel Adiutor

The vast majority of custom kernels allow various modifications like selecting your governor, adjusting the maximum clock frequency, and much more. These paramters can be changed by executing commands through ADB or by using one of the kernel control applications created by various kernel developers here on XDA. Applications that let you change kernel settings are often limited to a few basic options or are paid-only. If you are looking for a free app with nice design and a long...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 2, 2015

OnePlus One Lollipop Alpha, Google Fixes Lollipop Memory Leak – XDA TV

OnePlus has realeased an Alpha build of CyanogenMod-Free Lollipop for the One! 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 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refresh with super fast LTE and be sure to check out the article talking about the latest Android One expansion with the Symphony Roar A50! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 1, 2015

Xiaomi Releases Kernel Source for Redmi 1S

In terms of sales, Xiaomi has become one of the leading OEMs in Android ecosystem. Despite its popularity--especially in Asia--Xiaomi isn't a commonly discussed topic on XDA. This is in fact due to the potential negative ramifications of indirectly supporting a company that routinely violates GPL licensing, and in effect violates XDA's rules. In the last few years, we've actually seen quite a few reports of this OEM violating the GPL, as well as using the hard work of third party...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 1, 2015

Snapdragon 810 Powered LG G Flex 2 Launching at CES 2015

The first generation LG G Flex was one of the most interesting devices of 2013. This phablet was one of only a select handful of curved-screened devices, and it featured an innovative “self-healing” rear shell that kept it looking fresh after extended use. LG has released it as one of its most premium handsets. They've also maintained support for the device, bestowing official Lollipop on the LG G Flex. We've been talking about rumors surrounding the G Flex's successor since back...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 1, 2015

Android Security Overview and Safe Practices for Web-Based Android Applications w/ Dario Incalza – XDA:DevCon 2014

So far, we’ve talked about many things while presenting the videos from XDA:DevCon 2014. We’ve talked about robotics with Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My! w/ Shane Francis, open source with AOSP for Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future w/ Alin Jerpelea and supporting users with Shoot Troubles, Not Users w/ Alex Boag-Munroe. However, all of this knowledge needs another piece to make a successful developers, and that is security. As a full-time Master student of engineering at the department of Computer Science at...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 1, 2015

Koala Phone Launcher – XDA App Review

If you're anything like the rest of the XDA community, you are an enthusiast who customizes your phone and uses all sorts of different features. However, that seems to mean to family members and less technical friends that you are their personal technical support network. You may want to know how to easily help them “just make some stinking calls.” XDA Forum Member tomasslavicek offers up a launcher replacement that simplifies the smartphone interface. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK...

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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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