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Jimmy McGee · Feb 16, 2015

Xposed for Lollipop, Kindle Fire HDX Bootloader Unlocked – XDA TV

Xposed Framework Alpha for Android 5.0 Lollipop has been released! 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 Lenovo upgrading some devices to Lollipop and be sure to check out the article talking about YouTube, and the value of the site! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released earlier this...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 13, 2015

Xposed for Lollipop, CM 11S Brings MaxxAudio – XDA TV

Xposed Framework is getting closer to a Lollipop release! 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 Android 5.0 for the T-Mobile HTC One M8 and be sure to check out the article talking about the new OnePlus OxygenOS! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 12, 2015

Ampere Measures Phone Power – XDA App Review

How many times have you looked at your phone to check the battery level? How many times have you gotten the low battery alert in the middle of the afternoon? Many people deal with this by having an array of power cords and power banks. But what amount of charge is your battery getting? Is it sufficient to overcome your phones draw? XDA Senior Member nihil0 offers up an app that allows you to see how much current is charging or...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 11, 2015

LiquidSmooth Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

Over that past couple of months we have, sort of, reviewed CyanogenMod 12, AOKP and OmniROM. However, there are many great Lollipop based custom ROM options out there. LiquidSmooth has been around for a while. LiquidSmooth is focused on providing users with smooth, stable and fast ROMs. Does their latest Lollipop release stand up? In today's video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off LiquidSmooth on his Google Nexus 6. The main features covered and talked about in today's video are Liquid...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 10, 2015

Must Have App Review: ROM Toolbox

Here on XDA, we love our custom ROMs. Some of us install nightly builds every morning, and some even change ROMs multiple times per day. With all these changes, it is often nice to have a box full of tools to help you out with the minutiae of flashing ROMs. Talented Developer “JRummy” offers up a toolbox for your ROMs and ROM flashing. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews ROM Toolbox.  TK shows off the application and shares...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 9, 2015

First Ubuntu Phone Unveiled – XDA TV

The first ever Ubuntu Phone has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news are Lollipop updates for the Sprint HTC One M8 and T-Mobile HTC One M8. Also be sure to check out the article talking about where CyanogenMod is taking us! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to watch other videos released earlier this week on XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 6, 2015

Game of Quests Start-Up Moves Your Body

A group of Polish developers have just started a Indiegogo campaign with a project named Game of Quests. GOQ is a game and activity tracking app that helps players have fun and develop at the same time. The concept is relatively similar to Ingress, but takes place in a totally different universe. A world is at war between humans, dwarfs, elves and mysterious beings. Each race is divided into classes. Selecting a class is crucial, as the game requires different...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 6, 2015

Android 5.1 Leaked? OxygenOS Shots – XDA TV

Android 5.1 Lollipop leaked! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of Paranoid Android jumping on the Lollipop Train, and MultiROM being ported to the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan also talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an video reviewing StickMount....

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 5, 2015

Play Videos & Record Your Screen w/ VXG Player – XDA TV

There are a lot of video players on the market, and to be completely honest, the default Android video player on our phones are often sufficient. However, sometimes you need to be able to play more formats that the default player doesn’t support. On a separate instance, maybe you need to record your screen, and instead of installing two apps, you can just install one. XDA Forum Member VideoExpertsGroup offers up an app that allows you to play many formats...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 4, 2015

Phobo Juggling – XDA Game Time!

A huge majority of us use our smartphone devices to play games. Whether it’s Plants v. Zombies on the bus or Asphalt 8: AirBorne at home, our devices help us pass the time in a fun way. Some of the best games can be deceptively simple and completely addictive, like Flappy Bird. XDA Forum Member thypham offers up a game that is deceptively simple, yet completely difficult. In this episode of Game Time, XDA TV Producer rirozizo reviews Phobo Juggling.  Rirozizo...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 3, 2015

USB OTG on Nexus w/ StickMount – XDA App Review

Smartphones are revolutionary. You can have apps that do just about anything you can think of. You can get email, text messages, browse the internet and more. However, storing all this data can leave you with a problem, no more storage space. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire offers up an app that allows you to use USB storage with your phone’s USB OTG capabilites. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews StickMount.  TK shows off the application, its uses,...

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GermainZ · Feb 2, 2015

MultiROM Ported to the Z2 and Z3!

Switching between ROMs is very useful to test the newest one out, or to keep a "stable" system for emergencies while you use your favorite ROM at other times. MultiROM has offered to do just that for some time now, on supported devices: it acts as a second recovery of sorts, allowing you to choose which ROM and kernel to boot. Users of the Sony Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia Z3 will be pleased to know that their devices now...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 2, 2015

Lollipop for OnePlus in Testing! Alibaba Invests in OUYA? – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop based CyanogenMod for the OnePlus One has entered the testing stage! 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 factory images for the cellular Nexus 7 and be sure to check out the article talking about Xiaomi releasing the kernel code for the Redmi Note LTE! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure...

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GermainZ · Jan 30, 2015

Send Links to Any Nearby Device with CaastMe

There already are many solutions on the Google Play store if you want to send a link to one of your devices -- but what if you wanted to do it quickly without having to install any software or logging in to a website on the recipient end? Most apps require you to do either or both, which can be a hassle (or even a security risk) in some cases. Luckily, XDA Forum Member wyemun has developed CaastMe. Inspired by...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 30, 2015

Note 4 CM12 Nightlies, Microsoft Investing in Cyanogen – XDA TV

CyanogenMod 12 Nightlies are now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4! 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 factory images for the YU Yureka and be sure to check out the article talking about Microsoft investing in Cyanogen, Inc! 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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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 29, 2015

Microsoft To Invest in Cyanogen’s Future OS War?

Reports indicate that Microsoft is investing in the rogue Android forker Cyanogen. The funding round is said to be upwards of $70 million, and could allow for a cooperation between Cyanogen and the Silicon Valley giant in the ongoing battle of mobile operating systems. This could be a strategic movement in coordination with other investors given Cyanogen's expression of rebellion against Google's tightening control over Android, as the custom ROM maker has recently spoken out against the "tyranny" of Google in regards...

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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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