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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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Jimmy McGee · Dec 26, 2014

OnePlus Indian Ban Lifted, Android One Expanding – XDA TV

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is available for the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet! 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 TWRP 2.8.3.0 and be sure to check out the article talking about the latest with Cyanogen where the Micromax injunction against OnePlus has been over turned! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 25, 2014

Top 5 Apps for 2014 + Top Xposed Mod of 2014 – XDA TV

It’s that time of year where you look back and remember the things that happened during the year. You learn from the bad things, and celebrate the good things. It’s been a great year here at XDA TV and we are looking back at some of our favorite items from the year. Tuesday we talked about our Favorite Xposed Mods of 2014, and yesterday we talked about the Top 5 stories and videos from 2014. In this episode, XDA TV...

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Samantha · Dec 24, 2014

Turn Your Camera Into a Live Puzzle Game

The classic sliding puzzle game hasn’t changed much, if at all, over the years. Dating all the way back to 1880 with the first sliding puzzle game dubbed the Fifteen puzzle, its only ‘advancement’ has seemingly been making its way onto the computer screen with a convenient reset button. The core mechanic of the game has stayed the same throughout the years, being able to slide tiles along certain routes to end up with a final configuration--perhaps a picture, or a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2014

Samsung Begins Production of 8-Gigabit RAM Chips

With the release of Android 5.0, our favorite mobile operating system has become 64-bit ready. Hardware used in some recently released mid-range devices like the HTC Desire 510 is already capable of processing 64-bit code. One of the main advantages of 64-bit computing is the ability for individual processes to address 4 GB of RAM and more. All top smartphones run 3 GB of RAM, but soon most flagship phones and tablets will have 4 GB of RAM. This will undoubtedly...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2014

The History of Flagships: Part I – Sony

Every OEM aspiring to conquer the mobile world undoubtedly releases its take on the so-called "flagship device". Phones or tablets described as flagship are premium-class devices with top hardware specifications and usually run the newest version of the Android OS and their custom UI modifications. Since the initial version of Android, brands like Sony, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola have released quite a few premium devices. We thought it would be a good to take a moment to review some of them...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 24, 2014

XDA’s Top 5 Stories and Videos for 2014 – XDA TV

Yesterday we talked about our favorite Xposed Mods from 2014 on XDA Xposed Tuesday. Today, we continue by talking about the Top 5 Stories and Videos for 2014 from XDA. Stories include: Open Sourced .NET Framework, Android One, Lollipop and more. Jordan talks about the top five videos released this year on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer Jared showed you his Top 3 OnePlus One ROMs, Adam showed you how to hack an app, TK showed you how to root...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2014

Koala Phone Launcher Helps the Visually Impaired

Smartphones, especially those with smaller screens, aren't always the best option for those among us who hail from an older generation. Small letters and numbers may be an obstacle that is difficult to surmount. People with vision problems often decide to get a classic feature phone with hardware buttons, leaving all of the advanced technology behind. Among the many launchers available for Android, one is quite unusual. XDA Forum Member tomasslavicek created an application whose main goal is making a phone...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 23, 2014

Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My! w/ Shane Francis – XDA:DevCon 2014

This is our second video from this year’s XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK. For those of you who were unable to make it, we are excited to be releasing another session for you to enjoy. In a follow-up to our video from yesterday, Alin Jerpelea’s session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future, we offer up a video of Shane Francis’s session. Francis is an Android and technology fanatic who finished his computer science degree just over a year ago. Having been involved...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 23, 2014

Best Xposed Mods of 2014 – XDA TV

The story of the Xposed Framework has been somewhat of a roller coaster. In the beginning of 2014, everyone was excited and making great modules for the framework. Then, Lollipop came around, and Xposed Framework hasn't yet been updated to be compatible. That said, not everyone is running Lollipop yet, and the framework may one day see compatibility on newer OS builds. In honor of this fantastic framework with almost limitless modification possibilities, we would like to look back over...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 23, 2014

AOSP for Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future w/ Alin Jerpelea – XDA:DevCon 2014

It's Holiday time, and as a gift to those of you who were not able to make it to XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK, we will begin posting our videos from some of the presentations. Over the next 12 days we will be releasing the sessions for you to enjoy. The first video we are posting is a familiar face to xda:devcon, Sony's Alin Jerpelea. At the 2013 xda:devcon Alin talked about Android and Legacy Devices. In 2014 Alin spoke about...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 23, 2014

Smart Unlock Bypasses Lockscreen Security on Trusted Wi-Fi

During this year's Google I/O Keynote, Dave Burke introduced a new concept for handling lock screen security. Lollipop's new API allows using smartwatches or different portable devices as trusted devices to determine whether lock screen security is needed or not. In practice, this works by disabling lock screen protection when your phone is within range of your smartwatch--simple but efficient. Unfortunately for many users, this functionality is only available on Lollipop, so KitKat and Jelly Bean devices have been left...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 22, 2014

TWRP 2.8.3.0 Available for Supported Devices

The TeamWin Recovery Project (or TWRP, for short) has quickly become one of the most popular custom recoveries for Android. Without this fully touch-friendly recovery, it's really hard to imagine flashing custom ROMs, kernels, or mods. Not only does TWRP recovery allow you to flash without using tools like fastboot, but it even gives you a great, skinnable UI and plenty of gratuitous features to make the experience better. Over a month ago, XDA Senior Developer Dees_Troy announced version 2.8.2.0...

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Samantha · Dec 22, 2014

Easily Generate and Export Material Design Palletes

For many people, it can be pretty difficult to create a palette of complementary colors. That said, having one available can be quite useful when creating an application, theme, wallpaper, or any kind of  concept. Choosing the right shades of colors for the different elements of your work isn't easy, so unless you’re a gifted designer, you’re probably going to need a bit of help. This is where Material Palette comes in. Material Palette is a website launched by German coder...

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