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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 29, 2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 4 Refresh with Super Fast LTE

Samsung is preparing its hardware to get some real LTE speeds. The Korean OEM has announced an improved version of the popular flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which will be shipped with powerful hardware and shouldn't be afraid of an extremely fast LTE connection. The new Note 4 has been armed with LTE Advanced Tri-Band with Carrier Aggregation. This fancy technology allows the phone to download files at speeds upwards of 300 Mb/s. Needless to say, such speed is but...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 29, 2014

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Leak, Failed Find 5 Update – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been leaked! 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 ColorOS KitKat for the Oppo Find 5 and the resulting issues and be sure to check out the article announcing the XDA LG Developer Challenge winners! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 29, 2014

Firefox OS Architecture and Collaboration Opportunities w/ Asa Dotzler – XDA:DevCon 2014

We were privileged to host many presentations on open source at this year's XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK. For those of you who were not able to make it to the sessions, we will be releasing another video for you to enjoy. The event started off with the open source session Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}? w/ Jan Wildeboer. With Alin Jerpelea’s session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future, we found out what a company like Sony is...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 28, 2014

MultiImagePicker Library for Multiple Image Selection

App development can be done in more than a handful of ways. You can write every single library and line of code from scratch, or can start with a repertoire of publicly available projects and libraries. To give users a nice way of sharing the photos, some social networking applications offer the ability to select multiple images and share them with your friends and colleagues. Similar functionality can be achieved with a library developed a while ago, but its developer has now decided to...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 28, 2014

Shoot Troubles, Not Users w/ Alex Boag-Munroe – XDA:DevCon 2014

In presenting the various sessions from XDA:DevCon 2014, we’ve mainly talked about about development. We've done so by covering topics ranging from robotics with Nvidia and Robotics w/ Barrett Williams to open source with Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}? w/ Jan Wildeboer, and even Building Wearable Apps with Android w/ Andreas Göransson. There is, however, one part of developers' lives that not many enjoy: users and troubleshooting. Today’s talk is from Alex Boag-Munroe, and he talks about troubleshooting. Boag-Munroe is...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 27, 2014

XDA LG Development Challenge Winners

Almost 3 months ago, we set out with LG to find two amazing apps that developers could put together using LG’s QPair SDK. That contest came to a close last Friday, and while there were some really great entries that took the QPair SDK and stretched it to its limits, the two winners for the Grand Prize have been selected as explained in the Contest Rules. The XDA LG Developer Challenge was a 8-week competition, and each person had the opportunity to pitch their proposal for the best...

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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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