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Jimmy McGee · Jan 11, 2015

Razer Forge TV Hands On at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At this year's CES 2015, gaming peripheral company Razer announced a bunch of new products. The product that caught our eye immediately was the Android gaming micro console called the Forge TV. Does the new entrant into the Android gaming field have the power to overcome the adoption issues others have had, like the Mad Catz M.O.J.O.? XDA TV Producer Jordan was on site and got a chance to take a closer look at the Razer Forge TV. Jordan explored the menus, got...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 10, 2015

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 & P7 Hands On at CES 2015 – XDA TV

We will be the first to admit that when it comes to desirable phones for members of XDA, Huawei devices are not on the top of the list. Last year at CES we took a look at the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G and, honestly, we were not impressed. Well at this year's CES, Huawei was showing of the 3 and 6 month old Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend P7. Are these devices any good? XDA TV Producer Jordan was...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 10, 2015

Remove Bloatware from Your Android Device – XDA TV

Carriers and manufacturers sometimes have the nasty habit of installing apps at the factory. These apps are claimed to be useful and helpful. However, why do I need Verizon's Navigation app when Google Maps is already installed? Why do I need Samsung's Mail app to check my Gmail? Android already comes with a much nicer Gmail app. So, you can just ignore some of the apps, but some still run in the background. Also, your app drawer could potentially be...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 9, 2015

The History of Flagships: Part II – Samsung

Recently, we started the History of Flagships series here at XDA. In the first chapter, we took a look at Sony's mobile history and their struggle to carve a niche in the Android world. Sony is just one of the many OEMs battling for a spot in your heart, pocket, and wallet. Today, we would like to walk you through some of the flagships produced by Android's most powerful player: Samsung. Despite growing competition around the globe, Samsung remained the clear...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 9, 2015

HD2 Receives Lollipop Port, CES 2015 Recap – XDA TV

The long lasting HTC HD2 has received a Android 5.0 Lollipop port! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week on XDA. Included in this week's news is the article talking about restoring functionality of Unlocked Xperia Devices, as well as XDA TV Producer TK's review of the must have app Light Flow! Jordan also talks about the other CES videos released this week from XDA. Pull up a chair and check out...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 8, 2015

IntoCircuit Power Castle 11,200 mAh Power Bank Review

Currently, used batteries last for no longer than a couple of days. Processors, graphical units, and the Android OS itself require lots of juice. Simple loading using the AC charger may be not enough, especially while you're traveling. A few years ago, you could have simply swapped the battery and continued to enjoy your phone. However, many current handsets, especially high-end ones, have built-in batteries, so all you can do while traveling is use a portable power bank battery charger. While...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 8, 2015

LG G Flex 2 Hands On at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At this year's CES 2015, LG announced the highly anticipated LG G Flex 2. We were lucky enough to catch the new device on display, so we took a moment to see what the hype was all about. Does the new G Flex 2 add anything to the curved device market or is it just an LG G3 doing sit ups? XDA TV Producer Jordan was on site and got a chance to get his hands on the device and got a walk...

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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 7, 2015

A Look Into Instagram’s Compression Quality

The Instagram application for Android has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world today. With over 300 million monthly users across all platforms, and over 100 million individual downloads on the Google Playstore, you’d expect Facebook’s snapshot-sharing application to boast with quality in both design and functionality. Unfortunately, for a big chunk of its userbase - that is, the Android instagrammers - Instagram falls short in doing a good job at the only thing it...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 7, 2015

Snail Games W3D Hands On at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At this year's CES 2015, we were introduced to a company we haven't heard very much about: Snail Games. The video game development company has created what they call the perfect mix between an Android phone and a handheld gaming device. Their new product aims to be the only device you need in your pocket. XDA TV Producer Jordan was on site and was able to get his hands on the Snail W3D. In this video, he shares what he learned from...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 6, 2015

Must Have App Review: Light Flow – XDA TV

We get a lot of incoming information on our devices every day. To help remind us to check things like email and messaging systems, Android gives us notifications. There are many times when you don’t want it to make a sound. Sometimes, even that horrible vibrating phone on a wooden table noise is too loud. Thus, we have to rely on our visual indicators The creators of Light Flow offer up an app that lets you view and control your...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 5, 2015

Android, Firefox OS & Windows Phone on One Alcatel Device – XDA TV

Alcatel released a device that can run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone! 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 Xiaomi releasing the kernel source for the Redmi 1S and bypassing storage restrictions for the Nexus S! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK showed...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 5, 2015

NVIDIA Announces The Powerful Tegra X1 SoC

Ever since the premiere of NVIDIA's Tegra K1, the American company's chips have been considered big contenders to Qualcomm SoCs. Even Google noticed the big potential in the Tegra K1 and used it to power the Nexus 9 tablet. This year's CES brings the new SoC by NVIDIA: the powerful Tegra X1, which brings portable devices into a different level. This chip includes an octa-core 64-bit CPU paired to a 256-core GPU. The latter is based on the Maxwell architecture. The same architecture...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 4, 2015

Android Powered Sony Walkman To Debut At CES

Back in 1979 Sony released one of the weirdest portable devices that conquered the globe instantly. The Walkman allowed anyone to listen to their favorite hits almost everywhere. According to Sony's web page the company sold 385 millions devices branded as “Walkman” until 2009. The Walkman is also available on Android, as Sony (Ericsson) released the Live with Walkman phone back in 2011, with Walkman applications available in almost every major device that Sony releases. To be perfectly frank, Walkman devices are now...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 4, 2015

Create Your Own 2D Game With BobEngine

Making a game is by all means a challenging task. To become successful, a game has to be well written, interesting and fun to play, otherwise it will slowly die buried somewhere in the Google Play Store. If you have an idea how to make an interesting game and would like to find the tool helping you with development, you are certainly in the right place. Almost a decade ago, the GameMaker studio was at its peak. It was quite...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 4, 2015

Easily Edit Classes.dex with Dex Manager

Android applications can be edited in multiple ways. The most convenient way is of course changing the source code in your favorite IDE and compiling it with the provided tools. Unfortunately not every application available for Android is open-source, and therefore easy to edit through Android Studio or Eclipse with ADT. Applications without publicly available source code can also be modified. The well known ApkTool is one option to make some changes, but if you are using Windows as your operating system, XDA Forum...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 3, 2015

Alcatel Announces Phones Able to Run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone

Most personal computers can run multiple operating systems right out of the box. However, things get a bit trickier when considering smartphones. Only a few devices can run more than one OS and this is usually achieved through some really advanced reverse engineering and hacking. Alcatel, which recently acquired the Palm brand, has started the year with a big announcement. The OEM is going to release its new Pixi 3 phone series able to run three operating systems independently: Android, Windows Phone, and...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 3, 2015

Double-Tap to Wake and Swipe to Sleep – Nexus 6 Mods

The Google Nexus 6 has a hidden secret: It can do the double-tap to wake trick just like the LG phones. However, Google didn’t want the Nexus 6 to display this trick, so it was hidden from view. Here at XDA we like to find these hidden things and do what Google (and other OEM's) do not want us to do. In fact we showed you how to root it. For all those who would like to enable double-tap to wake, XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 3, 2015

Protect Your Apps With a Secret Volume Key Combo

Application locking apps have been available for quite a long time. The majority of them usually require a PIN code password or pattern to be entered to unlock an app. While these options may give you some decent protection, you may want to consider spicing things up with a new method using your device's volume rockers. XDA Forum Member fazuvpk decided to take a unique approach and created the Oops! AppLock. This application allows you to unlock the locked app in a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 2, 2015

Tweak Your Kernel Parameters with Kernel Adiutor

The vast majority of custom kernels allow various modifications like selecting your governor, adjusting the maximum clock frequency, and much more. These paramters can be changed by executing commands through ADB or by using one of the kernel control applications created by various kernel developers here on XDA. Applications that let you change kernel settings are often limited to a few basic options or are paid-only. If you are looking for a free app with nice design and a long...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 2, 2015

OnePlus One Lollipop Alpha, Google Fixes Lollipop Memory Leak – XDA TV

OnePlus has realeased an Alpha build of CyanogenMod-Free Lollipop for the One! 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 the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refresh with super fast LTE and be sure to check out the article talking about the latest Android One expansion with the Symphony Roar A50! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks...

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