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Tomek Kondrat · May 23, 2014

Easily Create an Updater-Script using a Windows-Based Tool

To install any ROM through a custom recovery, you need to have an updater-script. It's basically a few lines of commands that tells your Android recovery what to do. These files are also widely used with Aroma Installer and other scripting engines, but of course everyone knows this already. However, a problem arises when you need to create your own updater-script from scratch, as it's not always generated during the build process. For beginners, the updater-script language (Edify) might be like black magic. Thankfully, there are...

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Jimmy McGee · May 23, 2014

Sony 2013 Flagships Get KitKat, OmniROM Alpha for Oppo Find 7A, Motorola Provides Moto E Bootloader Unlock – XDA Developer TV

Official Android 4.4 KitKat is now rolling to the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z! 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 arrival of Official OmniROM alpha builds for the Oppo Find 7a and official KitKat finally arriving on the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer...

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Conan Troutman · May 23, 2014

Need Help Updating Your LG G2 ROM to 4.4.2 Sources?

The LG G2 was always destined to have a difficult time thanks to sibling rivalry with the very similar Nexus 5, which was released shortly after the G2. Unsurprisingly, many consumers opted to wait for the Nexus-branded device over over the G2, despite the latter's slightly better specifications. Despite this, many have chosen the G2, and it has amassed a loyal fanbase and development community. One such G2 user, XDA Recognized Developer dr87, recently received a few requests for help from others in the community regarding the process...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 22, 2014

AcDisplay Now Shows Active Notifications on Jelly Bean

Android notifications can be displayed in a variety of different ways. Of course, you can simply unlock your device and pull down the notification shade. However, there is a more elegant solution: Active Notifications, which was originally seen on the revolutionary Moto X. This was developed to keep you apprised of incoming alerts using the device's AMOLED panel to show incoming SMS messages, Emails, and other notifications. XDA Recognized Developer and Themer AChep recently updated his popular application AcDisplay. For those who don't remember, this brings your notifications directly to your...

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Jimmy McGee · May 22, 2014

Android App Review: Dial Me Maybe – XDA Developer TV

Most of us can remember T9 predictive text, and some of us still wish to use it. Of course we’d like to find contacts to call or email, but perhaps we’d like to be able to launch apps and much, much more. What you need to accomplish this is an all-encompassing application that can let you search with T9 predictive text. XDA Forum Member luciferabby offers up an application that allows you to find, modify, and contact your contact and applications. In...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 22, 2014

Take Charge of Your Music with Floating Music Controls

There are plenty ways of controlling your favorite music player. Probably the most common way is through your standard lock screen widget. These allow you to easily skip, repeat, or pause your songs without unlocking our devices. However, we don't always listen to our music with our screens locked. Of course most media players also allow us to control playback via our notification tray, but that's not always ideal either. XDA Senior Member Flextrick presents Floating Music Widget, which as its name implies, allows users...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 21, 2014

Learn How to Make Your Own Boot Animation

Boot animations are one of the first things that you see after turning on your device. They are in fact just a set of images in the specified PNG format, but they make a ROM seem unique. Sometimes, they are even our favorite part of a particular project. If you are an intermediate Android power user, it's relatively easy for you to create a boot animation, but you need to have the right tools to do it without editing files manually. It's...

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Will Verduzco · May 21, 2014

Google Ups Ante on Enterprise BYOD Adoption Following Divide Acquisition

Although Android currently reigns supreme when it comes to overall, worldwide smartphone market share, this doesn't exactly hold true in all market segments. One key area in which Google's mobile juggernaut is lacking is enterprise. This should come as no surprise, because the nearly limitless diversity available within the Android ecosystem can also lead to nearly limitless support headaches for IT staff. For some time now, Android has been trying to court the enterprise world. Samsung has gained some enterprise market traction, thanks...

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Adam Outler · May 21, 2014

Device Review: Samsung Galaxy NX (or Building the Ultimate Android-Powered Camera Setup)

Picking out a mid- to high-end camera is a bit like picking a phone. Once you've made your decision and plunked down the large investment, you've got a lot of work ahead of you in order to make it your own. A good camera can be accessorized and tailored to your needs, and the Galaxy NX is no exception. While many people prefer a high end "dumb camera," yours truly is content with nothing less than Android Power. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · May 21, 2014

Worldwide Google Play Services 4.4 Rollout Now Complete

Exactly two weeks ago, we talked about the release of Google Play Services 4.4 and the many new features that it brings. Since then, we've seen a few minor bug fixes, culminating in the most recently released 4.4.52 build that we shared last week. Despite all of the minor point revisions that we've seen in the last two weeks, Play Services 4.4 from two weeks ago had not yet made its way out to all devices worldwide. Thankfully, the rollout has now finished, which means...

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Will Verduzco · May 20, 2014

[APK] Chrome 35.0.1916.122 Brings Undo Tab Close and Better Fullscreen Video out of Beta Channel

You may recall that early last month, Chrome Beta for Android gained better fullscreen video support, as well as the ability to undo closed tabs when it was updated to version 35.0.191634. Now one and a half months later, this feature has made it out of beta and into the 35.0.1916.122 stable build. So what does Chrome 35.0.1916.122 stable bring to the table? Just like last month's beta build, we now have undo tab close on the stable Chrome release channel, as well...

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Will Verduzco · May 20, 2014

[Updated APKs] Google+ 4.4 Brings Updated UI, Auto Awesome Stories and Movies, Many More Photo-Related Goodies!

Update: The mirror for API11 (Android 3.0+) is now live, and can be found at the bottom of this post. Just yesterday, we saw Google release Gmail 4.8, which brought many new features such as the ability to save attachments directly to Google Drive. Now, Google has released yet another seemingly out-of-band update to another first party Android app. This time we have Google+, which has been bumped up to version 4.4, from the previously available 4.3 build that we first saw three months ago....

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Jimmy McGee · May 20, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Xposed Framework 2.6 Update – XDA Developer TV

Every week, XDA Developer TV producer TK reviews another Xposed Module---a piece of code, large or small, that helps make transformative changes to your Android device. However, none of this would be possible without the Xposed Framework. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK talks about the latest update to the Xposed Framework. XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89, creator of the Xposed Framework, recently updated it to be even more revolutionary. TK shows off the update and gives his thoughts,...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 19, 2014

CloudAmpz Will Stream Your Favorite Music from the Cloud

Cloud storage is already quite popular. And with each passing year, the number of users continues to grow. Not too long ago, we talked about Rainbow, an application that lets you manage files on multiple cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Box, and so on. Naturally, many choose to store their music libraries in the cloud, enabling all of their devices to have access to one remote music store. Some Android cloud storage apps, such as the official Dropbox client, require you to download a...

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Jimmy McGee · May 19, 2014

Android Silver to Kill Nexus Program? Moto E Gets TWRP and Root! Xposed 2.6 Released – XDA Developer TV

Sense 6 for the unlocked and developer edition HTC One M7 and T-Mobile variant has been released! 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 that Android Silver may possibly replace the Nexus program, as well as the system dump of the Moto E and how it now has TWRP and root! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos...

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Will Verduzco · May 19, 2014

Next Version of Android to Cause Even More Issues for Root App Developers

You may recall that a few months back, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire analyzed some upcoming changes to AOSP that will likely appear in the next publicly available version of Android. As a quick refresher, the two commits in question at the time made life a little more difficult for root app developers by preventing the SU binary from executing files stored on the /data partition. Because of this change, root-enabled applications that extract and execute files from app-specific directories in the /data partition will have...

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Will Verduzco · May 18, 2014

The Dial Becomes Dial’em All, and Finally Takes Care of All Your App, Contact, and Dialing Needs

You may recall that we've talked about XDA Forum Member luciferabby's Dial'em All several times in the past here on the XDA Portal. We first gave mention to the application back in early April as an innovative solution to launch apps using the familiar T9 predictive text algorithm. Then about one month later, the application gained the ability to find, call, and email contacts, as well as uninstall applications. Along with that update, the application underwent a name change from The Dial to Dial an App....

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Tomek Kondrat · May 18, 2014

Potentially Speed up Android with New Compiler Flags

Beginning back in 2007, Android has evolved into quite a mature project. You can learn more about its history by checking out these two articles. Back in 2007, devices weren't anywhere near as powerful as they are now. They were single core, and had only a few megabytes of RAM. Now it's 2014, and we are on the verge of seeing the first 64-bit Android devices. Despite the leaps and bounds that have been made in hardware capabilities, the Android build process has not really...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 18, 2014

Manage Your Files with Tomi File Manager

In many respects, Android is quite the complete OS, but even the most complex and carefully planned projects have weak spots. Stock Android lacks a competent built-in file manager, making it difficult to perform basic operations like moving files as well as more advanced tasks. Luckily, there are a plethora of file managers available for Android. One such offering is Tomi File Manager by XDA Forum Member uuOuu. Tomi File Manager offers everything that would be expected from a solid file manager. It has a nice user interface, and it...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 17, 2014

Add Stickers Support to Your Google Hangouts

Hangouts has changed significantly since the beginnings of Android. Originally known as Google Talk, Hangouts has now evolved into a nearly ubiquitous messaging and calling solution, but there are a few additions that need to happen first. One surprising omission in current Hangouts application is Stickers support. For those who don't know what a "sticker" is, they are small GIF images that can be found in places such as Google+ posts. Although Google hasn't yet added them to Hangouts, XDA Recognized Contributor Quinny899 has, and it comes in the form...

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