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Jimmy McGee · Jan 29, 2015

Have Some ‘Quality Time’ – App Review

Our phones are jam packed with features. You can crush candy, you can send emails, you can take photos, you can make phone calls and you can surf the internet. However, sometimes that’s just too much. Sometimes we need to take a break from our device, but it is not always and easy as it seems. The team of developers at ZeroDesktop Inc. offer up an app that gives you some quality time away from the distractions on your phone....

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 28, 2015

Amazon Echo vs Google Now – Digital Assistant Showdown!

Two weeks ago, we talked about the must have item from Amazon, the Echo. In the comments there was a lot of discussion about which digital assistant implementation was actually better: Amazon Echo or, the Android standard, Google Now. Is it dependent on whether you want it to me mobile or not? Is it physical hardware versus software? In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK compares Amazon Echo to Google Now in a Digital Assistant Showdown. In this cage match two will enter, how many will...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 27, 2015

Must Have App Review: AROMA File Manager

Here at XDA we spend a lot of time in our recoveries. Some of our tweaks, hacks, and mods require you to make changes to system files. That requires some pretty deep access. You can get to that access from recovery, like TWRP. However, the recovery file manager doesn’t feel like the Android file managers. XDA Recognized Developer amarullz offers up an app that lets you have a fully functional file manager in your recovery. In this video XDA TV...

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jerdog · Jan 26, 2015

The Androids Are Marching On The UK

XDA has always been about the community, and as such we are constantly on the lookout for ways to bring awareness to events happening around the world. This year Birmingham University, United Kingdom, is the location for the 4th Annual March of the Droids, an Android Enthusiasts dream. For one day only, March 21st, you can join major OEMs from around the world, a major UK network provider, and other companies who support the Android community, in celebrating and learning...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 26, 2015

One M8 Lollipop, Blackberry CEO Net Neutrality – XDA TV

The HTC One M8 has gotten its first Android 5.0 Lollipop based Sense 6 ROM! 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 the Android 5.0 update for the LG G3 and be sure to check out the article talking about the Blackberry CEO demanding equal platform development! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 23, 2015

TWRP for G Watch R, Andromium Mobile Desktop – XDA TV

TWRP is available for the LG G Watch R! 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 Android 5.0.2 OTA for the Google Nexus 10 and be sure to check out the article talking about fixing the Google Nexus 9's volume and power button depression! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 22, 2015

Clear Your Data Skies with Unclouded – XDA App Review

How many times have you tried to upload something to your Google Drive or Dropbox, only to find you have no more space? With all these different services and files the sky is often clouded with cloud storage. It may be helpful to understand which files are using a big portion of your storage and how much storage you have left. XDA Senior Member cgollner offers up an app that allows you to clear the skies in your cloudy data...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 21, 2015

Is Freemium Truly Premium?

Technology is changing at a rapid pace, and this evolution is essentially always paired with changes in business practices. A few years ago, the distribution of games and apps was pretty straightforward. Commercial apps were primarily distributed as paid-only (usually paid once per license), while other applications were distributed as freeware, shareware, or trial. Our favorite open-source mobile operating system, Android, is no exception. A few years ago, Google decided to implement a new method of app distribution. Since 2011,...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 21, 2015

Smart Unlock Your Phone – XDA App Review

There is a lot of value in having even the cursory PIN or Pattern unlock feature enabled on your lock screen. This prevents curious eyes from going through your phone. However, there are some places where the lock screen PIN is more of a nuisance, like in your Bluetooth enabled car or when it is near your Android Wear device. XDA Recognized Developer hazex offers up an app that allows you to disable your lock screen under certain circumstances. In...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 20, 2015

Helium vs Titanium Backup – Backup App Showdown!

Just last week, we talked about the Must Have App for backups known as Helium. In the comments there was a lot of discussion about which app was actually better: Helium or, the gold standard, Titanium Backup? Is it dependent on whether you have root on your device or not? Is it brute force versus finesse? In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK compares Helium to Titanium in a Backup App Showdown. In this cage match two will enter, how many will...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 19, 2015

YU Yureka Rooted! SlimLP Alpha for OnePlus One – XDA TV

The YU Yureka has been rooted! 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 CyanogenMod 12 nightlies for the Droid DNA and be sure to check out the article talking about the unofficial Sense 6.0 Lollipop ROM for the HTC One M7! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 18, 2015

SlimKat Final Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

For the past few months, the team behind SlimROMs has been working hard on finalizing their SlimKat release. If you want a stable build for your supported device, SlimKat may be the daily driver you're looking for. In today's video, XDA TV Producer rirozizo, shows off the SlimKat Final on his Nexus device. The main features covered and talked about in today's video are the quick launcher, Slim Explorer, statusbar and lock screen customizations and more. While we are showing the version on...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 17, 2015

Say ‘Hello Alexa’ to Amazon Echo – XDA TV

For whatever reason, Amazon appears to be continually trying to disrupt the Android and Google services relationship. They want a piece of that action. From the Kindle tablets to the failed Fire Phone, Amazon is certainly running up against Google. Of course, it could be said that Amazon is an idea company in the same way that Google is. And if their engineers come up with something Jeff Bezo thinks is valuable, they will try it in the market. The latest...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 16, 2015

New XDA Home Page, HP Touchpad Lollipop – XDA TV

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the Nexus 10 and 7 is available! 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 new XDA Home. Also, be sure to check out the article talking about TWRP version 2.8.4.0! 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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 15, 2015

Run Two Things at Once with Tiny Apps – XDA App Review

There are a lot of custom ROMs or OEM bloaty skins that allow you to run two (or more) applications on the screen at the same time. But what if you are using AOSP or stock Android on a Nexus device, or your device doesn’t support mutliapps? XDA Senior Member wutk3ksHD offers up an app that allows you to run multiple apps at the same time. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Tiny Apps and shows off its uses, functionality and talks...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 14, 2015

CyanogenMod 12 Overview – XDA TV

Several months ago, we did a bit of an overview of CyanogenMod 11. However, we've since moved on to bigger and better things with the introduction of Google's latest Lollipop update. With Lollipop comes CyanogenMod 12, and another overview from XDA TV! In today's video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx shows off CyanogenMod 12 on his Nexus 6. The main features covered and talked about in today's video are the camera, quick pulldown, and more. While we are showing the version on the...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 13, 2015

Must Have App Review: Helium (Backup without Root)

Our smartphones have advanced tremendously over the last few years, and so have our uses for them. Everything from pictures and videos to emails and notes get stored on our devices. But don't you wish there was an easier way to back it all up? The creators of Helium offer an app that promises to quickly and easily backup your Android device. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the app, and gives us a run down on how it...

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GermainZ · Jan 13, 2015

Google Play Store Policies and Common Mistakes to Avoid

Google is known to accept apps directly without having them go through a review process. However, this does not mean there are no policies you should make sure you're following. Ignoring those policies is actually the best way to get a few warnings (along with your apps being taken down) and your entire account suspended eventually if you don't resolve the issues. If you're interested in publishing your app to Google Play, you'll want to review the policies first. If...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 12, 2015

2015 AT&T Developer Summit and Hackathon [Sponsored]

The AT&T Developer Summit has become the top annual pre-CES event for the mobile community. Held at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, it combines a standard informational expo with a prize-filled Hackathon. This year the dev program team at AT&T was nice enough to invite XDA, including Jordan and I, so we packed our toothbrushes and boarded a plane. When we arrived at The Palms on Saturday morning, there was a long line of eager developers waiting to register. More...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 12, 2015

Google App Update Failure, Kindle Fire HDX Boot Signing Exploited- XDA TV

The latest Google App Update has disabled features for millions of users! 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 an exploit for the Kindle Fire HDX and be sure to check out the article talking about 5 Tweaks for a less annoying Android! Jordan also talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer...

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