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Jimmy McGee · May 14, 2014

How to Root the Oppo Find 7a Quickly – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Oppo Find 7a. We’ve covered the Find 7a a lot recently, from a full review to its XDA unboxing, but there is one more thing left to do. As is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo prequel to the Find 7 is no exception! TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo Find 7a using tools...

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Will Verduzco · May 13, 2014

Researchers at Columbia University Bring iOS Apps to Android

Up until a couple of device generations ago, Apple's iOS held a distinct advantage over Android with regards to both application quality and quantity. But recently, Android apps have caught up, and in many ways surpassed what's available or even possible on iOS. Much of this is due to Android now commanding the vast majority of smartphone market share, which in turn piques third party developer interest. However, a good deal is due to Android giving third party developers significantly more freedom than what is allowed by...

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Jimmy McGee · May 13, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: RAM Usage and Play Store Link – XDA Developer TV

Android allows a lot of flexibility on how you set up your device. If you’ve been following this series for a while, you already know that the Xposed Framework multiplies this functionality exponentially. However, you don’t always need huge and complex modules to get useful features. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews two Xposed Modules---one that lets you see how much RAM you are using from your Recent Tasks screen, and another module that...

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Conan Troutman · May 12, 2014

ZXTune Brings your Favourite 8-Bit Ditties to your Android Device

Chiptune, also known as 8-bit video game music, is a generally a love-it-or-hate-it affair. There's really not much of a middle ground. Those who do listen to the genre tend to take it pretty seriously and aren't content to simply listen to 8-bit compositions in a format like regular old MP3. Hardened fans will usually opt for the classic formats originally used by devices such as Ataris, Amigas, and the ZX Spectrum. Media players that support these particular formats though, are not as...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 12, 2014

Rid Yourself of All Typos with Xposed

The Android OS is fairly inconsistent in certain respects. For example, let's look at its spell check capabilities. This feature is available in places like your SMS app or Google Docs, but it's not present in some games or other applications. But since we're talking about Android, there's undoubtedly a way of changing this behavior. One solution comes in the form of an Xposed Framework module by XDA Senior Member elesbb. This module allows the use of spell check in any text field such as those in games...

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Jimmy McGee · May 12, 2014

CM11 Nightlies for HTC One M8, Oracle Wins Copright Appeal Against Google?!? – XDA Developer TV

KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy International Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S III Mini has been canceled "for now!" 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 the announcement of KitKat for the Droid RAZR HD and that CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies are now available for the HTC ONe M8 and the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 WiFi! That's not all that's covered in today's video!...

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Will Verduzco · May 12, 2014

Add Real-Time CPU Information to Your Status Bar

A few weeks back, we talked about a mod that allows users to stylize their status bars by adding customizable color gradients. While capable of delivering quite a unique and interesting look, this modification was purely for aesthetic purposes. Now, we're here to present yet another status bar tweak, but this one's more than just cosmetic. If you've ever wanted to monitor your device's CPU state from the status bar, you can now do so. This tweak, just like the previous stats bar gradient...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Beat Your Friends with 2 Players Duel

Hotseat Multiplayer: These are two words that make practically any old school gamer excited. Games like Worms or Heroes of Might & Magic are absolute classics of the genre, and Android is the perfect platform to play such exciting titles. Despite this, we haven't seen too many in this category. XDA is a place where tons of indie developers can present their games and applications. One of them, XDA Forum Member coder1cv8, gave us the opportunity to reminisce about hotseat multiplayer gaming from the 90s. As its...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Backup Your Text Messages and Call Logs without Root Using Cleanmaster Backup

Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that the developer of this app was in violation of forum rules. As such, we have removed both the application and its creator from XDA. Every now and then, we migrate from one device to the next. Although contacts are easily synced through our Google accounts, text messages and call logs aren't. To make a backup copy, you need to use an external application like Titanium Backup or Helium. But not every device is rooted, and these applications...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Add Some Aroma Magic to Your Project with Lazy Aroma

With a much certainty, we can say that Aroma is one of the most widely used projects here on XDA. We have talked about it countless times in the past. This system was created by XDA Recognized Developer amarullz, and it has since dramatically changed how we install ROMs, kernels, and flashable modifications by allowing us to select which applications, libraries, and boot animations we would like to have installed. It's almost a given that everyone reading this has already seen a thread with the...

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Will Verduzco · May 10, 2014

[APK Compendium] More Google Updates: Docs Again, Hangouts, and Play Services for All Device Resolutions

Update: Looks like we've gotten our hands on a new build of Google Wallet (2.0-R163-v18). It has been added to the list below. Update 2: And we now have one more application update: Google Play Newsstand 3.2.1. APK added below! Earlier today, we talked about how Google's first party application updates have seemingly been a bit wonky in the last two weeks. Rather than the usual "Google Update Wednesday" we've now grown accustomed to, we saw updates that appeared seemingly...

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Will Verduzco · May 10, 2014

[APK] More App Updates: Camera, Docs, Drive, Google Now Launcher, and Google Play Services

The last two weeks have been a bit strange with regards to first party Google application updates. This all started last Thursday with a significant update to Google Play Music, bringing upgraded mobile playlist management. Then one day later, we saw a significant upgrade to Google Drive, which removed the application's native editing capabilities. Things then got really interesting on Tuesday of this week with a major upgrade to Google Maps 8. Of course during this past week, we also got our usual...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 9, 2014

Transfer Your Files Between Cloud Storage Services with Rainbow

Cloud storage has been vital to PC and smartphone users for quite some time. These online storage services allow us to easily store and access our private data, as well as share it with friends and family. The different services vary in terms of aspects such as space, syncing abilities, and speed. But overall, they all serve the same purpose: to keep your files safe. If you use more than one cloud storage service, you may grow confused regarding which file is where. To avoid the confusion of...

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Jimmy McGee · May 9, 2014

Sony Xperia L Gets CM11, Galaxy S3 i9300 KitKat Canceled! Google Glass XE17 OTA Rolls Out – XDA Developer TV

KitKat may not be coming for the International Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-i9300! 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 the Sprint HTC One Max receiving Sense 6 and how the FXP team brought CyangenMod 11 to the Sony Xperia L! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 9, 2014

Disable Connectivity and Enjoy Your Battery Life with LeanData

Android is a great operating system, but even the greatest OSes have a few annoyances. One annoyance that many users experience in Android relates to battery life and network connectivity. Because of this, users experience longer battery life when network connectivity is disabled. Of course, manually switching your connectivity is quite inconvenient. LeanData by XDA Senior Member Flyview is an automatic connectivity manager app that can do this for you. The app can toggle WiFi, Bluetooth and network data after set time...

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Will Verduzco · May 8, 2014

More Evidence Emerges for the HTC Nexus 8 “Flounder;” Google “Molly” Appears!

Earlier today, we talked a bit about how the next Nexus device might be codenamed "Flounder." This code name, which first appeared in the Chromium issue tracker, fits squarely inline with the rest of Google's sea-themed hardware (e.g. Mako, Hammerhead, Steelhead, Flo, Tilapia, Crespo, and so on). At the time of the previous article, we still had quite a few questions about this upcoming "Flounder" device. Sure, we knew the code name, as well as the build number it ran, but many questions were left unanswered. Which OEM...

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Will Verduzco · May 8, 2014

Next Nexus Device to be Codenamed “Flounder?”

It's grown quite commonplace to see unreleased Android-related information unintentionally appear on the Chrome Issue Tracker. Despite this, we've only really seen unreleased Android builds appear on the site---not unreleased hardware. Now thanks to Chromium Issue #371206, it seems like we may be getting our first passing glimpse at Google's next Nexus device. Obviously, Chrome Issue #371206 is of no particular consequence itself---it's just a reproducible crash report. However, the interesting part is in the build fingerprint: Build fingerprint: 'google/volantis/flounder:L/AAV36B/1156106:userdebug/dev-keys' The fine folks...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 8, 2014

Translate Your Favorite Apps without Re-Compiling using Xposed

Here at XDA, English is our primary language. However, English isn't everyone's native tongue. Naturally, not every app that we wish to install is in our language of choice. And unfortunately, decompiling and applying a translated XML is not an option, as many applications are heavily protected from APKTool and you won't be able to build them again. If your favorite application is in a foreign language, fear not. There is now an easy way to translate it without digging into decompiled code. XDA Forum...

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TK · May 8, 2014

Device Review: Oppo Find 7a

The Oppo Find 7a is the successor to Find 5, and the younger brother to the Find 7. The Find 5 was an amazing device with a 5” 1080P display, and the Find 7a is even bigger at 5.5”. The Find 7a was released to international markets in April 2014, and you can only buy the device from Oppo at this point. The Find 7 with the higher specs will be released in June this year. The internal hardware of the Find...

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Will Verduzco · May 7, 2014

[Updated APKs] Google Play Services 4.4 Brings Street View API, Activity Recognition, Game Services Update, Wallet Fragments, and More

Update: Many thanks once again to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai, who has sent in the APKs for all the screen size variants of Google Play Services 4.4. They can be found at the bottom of this post. ______ Today, we've seen a spattering of first-party Android application updates. We first were given a nice update to the Google Camera application, which restored the ability to take still snapshots while recording video. We then saw several minor application updates to Wallet, Search, YouTube, Docs, Sheets, and Cloud...

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