XDA News Articles

jerdog · Mar 20, 2015

Huawei Begins Friendly User Testing Program and Contest

Huawei in recent months has begun to expand their Android marketing and business, from Huawei USA sponsoring the Big Android BBQ to being what looked to be the largest Android OEM sponsor of this year's Mobile World Congress. Even rumors (hardly something to go to the bookies in Vegas about though) have suggested the next Nexus device being made by Huawei. So it comes as no surprise that they are beginning to embrace the community a bit more than they...

Jimmy McGee · Mar 20, 2015

OnePlus Lollipop Release Dates Confirmed! – XDA TV

Microsoft has announced Windows Phone 10 for Xiaomi Mi4! 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 HTC Uh Oh phone protection program and be sure to check out the article talking about iOS handling code in Android 4.4 for Wear! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on...

Jimmy McGee · Mar 19, 2015

What’s on TK’s Android Device? – XDA Spotlight

If you watch a lot of XDA TV videos, you get to see our many producers’ phones a lot. Everyone has used the power of XDA to customize their device. They’ve added themes, custom ROMs, killer apps and other tweaks and mods. That’s the great thing about Android devices, you have many customization options. In this episode XDA TV Producer TK answers the questions many of you have asked over and over: what is on his phone? TK talks about...

TK · Mar 18, 2015

Moto E 2nd Gen 2015 – Device Review

The year 2015 just started and the list of flagship devices that came out at Mobile World Congress 2015 this year is short. Motorola decided to release a little surprise at the same time in a new way. They sent a press conference in a box to the media. This was the unveiling of a little device called the Moto E Second Generation 2015. The Moto E 2nd Gen is, not surprisingly, a refresh of the original Moto E from...

Jimmy McGee · Mar 17, 2015

Native Clip Board – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Last Thursday we reviewed an application that gives you greater features when it comes to cut, copy and paste. Of course this idea as a whole is not unique. Some of you complained that it seemed disjointed from the system. Well, now we have a clip board that uses the Xposed Framework to integrate advanced features into the system better. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that adds more clip board...

Jimmy McGee · Mar 16, 2015

Microsoft Cortana for Android, Droid Turbo Root – XDA TV

Microsoft's Cortana is coming to Android! 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 a Xiaomi smartwatch and be sure to check out the article talking about Google's support of YouTube 360 on Android. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released earlier this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer...

Tomek Kondrat · Mar 15, 2015

Interview with Corgi for feedly Developer Stanislav Dmitriev

Here at XDA, we focus on highlighting the most promising projects that can instantly become hits. Not so long ago, we showed you Corgi for feedly, which brings the latest technology news to your lock screen. We reached out to one of the developers, Stanislav Dmitriev, who uses XDA as Stan.Dmitriev, to answer us a few questions regarding Corgi and other non-development things. Here's what Stan had to say. Hi, Stan! You’re one of the developers of Corgi for feedly. Could you...

Chris Gilliam · Mar 13, 2015

Droid Turbo Root Achieved, But Not Ready Yet

Those who opted for the gargantuan battery of the Nexus 6's little brother have cause for celebration today, as the Droid Turbo appears to be rooted! Junior XDA Forum member maiko1 has posted two videos in the Droid Turbo Root Bounty thread, each of which show root level actions being taken on a Droid Turbo. No tutorials or root guides have been produced for independent verification at the time of this writing, but Senior Recognized Developer jcase believes the posts to be genuine based on gut...

Faiz Malkani · Mar 13, 2015

LED Music Effects: Music-Based Light Show on Your Device

Music appeals to us at a very primal level and whether it's fast beats or slow melodies, the experience is immensely pleasing. And thanks to XDA Member levuphuong, you can enjoy music on your device with more than one of your senses, albeit the method only works for devices that are rooted and possess a multicolored notification LED. Taking the form of an app titled "LED Music Effects", levuphuong's method synchronizes the music output of your device and the notification...

Jimmy McGee · Mar 13, 2015

Android 5.1 Images Available and More – XDA TV

Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images have dropped for Nexus devices! 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 ASUS releasing the kernel source for the ZenFone 2 and be sure to check out the article talking about HTC Blinkfeed being ported to other devices! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

Chris Gilliam · Mar 12, 2015

LG G Note: Everything We Know So Far

Large form-factor phones were once derided as giving users the appearance of talking into bricks the size of Texas toast, but now the humble "phablet" category is widely regarded as the true flagship class of smartphones. LG is late to the super-sized game, having produced only a handful of ill-fated devices like the G Pro series in the past, but now looks to take the fight directly to Samsung and its breakout success of the Note. Indeed, not even the Note name is...

Faiz Malkani · Mar 12, 2015

Chrome v42 Brings Push & Notification APIs for Web Devs

Yesterday was Wednesday and as has become the norm on Wednesdays, Google pushed out updates for several of its apps. Among them was Chrome, with the stable channel being updated to v41 and the beta channel being updated to v42. While the changes in v41 such as pull-to-refresh have been around for a while on the beta channel, the release of v42 brought about new features such as Promote Add to Homescreen and Push Notifications on the web. Of the...

Aamir Siddiqui · Mar 12, 2015

VAIO Corp. Launches Its First Smartphone: VAIO Phone

VAIO Corporation was formed when Sony sold its computer business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) last year, and the new company wanted to focus on selling VAIO-branded laptops in Japan for the future. The future is here, and with it comes the first mobile product from the new company, simply called the VAIO phone. The phone looks a lot like the Nexus 4, with its glass back panel, and as blogofmobile points out, looks like a rebranded Panasonic Eluga U2. For...

Dave Drager · Mar 12, 2015

Under The Hood at XDA Developers

Running a website as large as XDA isn't an easy process - we depend on a web development team here in Philadelphia, plus the fantastic products and serviced offered by our host, LeaseWeb, to ensure the availability and speed of the site that every Android enthusiast knows and loves. Knowing that our visitors are more technical in nature than most, we thought that they might appreciate a look 'under the hood' at XDA to see what makes us run. The...

Jimmy McGee · Mar 12, 2015

Clip Stack: A Clipboard Your Phone Needs – App Review

With the wonderful capabilities of our smartphones, we have access to piles of information, helpful tricks and millions of cat videos. Smartphones have brought friends and family closer. Find something funny, adorable, or twisted that your friends will like? Copy that link and share it on social media. However, if you want to share multiple links, it can be a tedious process. The developer little_cup offers up an app that allows you to control your clipboard and easily store multiple...

Faiz Malkani · Mar 11, 2015

Paperboy News Reader, a Feedly Client Done Right

While some folks still enjoy the pleasures of an early morning newspaper, the world is rapidly moving towards a future where all forms of press are going digital. The importance of news coupled with the eminence of smartphones in our day to day lives has created a pressing need for quality news applications. While there are a good number of news readers out there, most of them fall short of the mark due to various compromises, in areas ranging from speed and versatility to...

Faiz Malkani · Mar 11, 2015

Google Publishes its First Watchface Featuring Street Art

When Android Wear was announced last year, watchfaces were left solely to the device OEM with numerous third party options available, unofficially at first and officially when the Watchface API was made public. However, Google itself never sought to venture into this space until now and earlier today the first watchface from Google hit the Play Store, titled "Street Art watch face". Google has worked closely with artists in the past, even going on to form an official Google Art Project to enable...

Jimmy McGee · Mar 11, 2015

RAVPower 15W Foldable Solar Charger – Accessory Review

Last week we reviewed the RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless Filehub & Portable Travel Router. This device is the successor to the RP-WD01 that we reviewed as well. Today, we are going to talk about the exciting world of travel solar chargers. The premise is simple, the sun reaches everywhere, maybe not all the time, but it is an endless resource. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer TK reviews the RAVPower 15W Foldable Solar Charger. Not too long ago, TK reviewed the...

Aamir Siddiqui · Mar 11, 2015

More LG G4 Press Renders Leaked

Some more leaks have emerged of what appear to be early press renders of LG's 2015 flagship, the LG G4. Courtesy of @OnLeaks and nowhereelse.fr, the new images show the front, back and sides of the device. The front of the device is adorned by the front facing camera, the earpiece and sensors. The LG branding and logo also appear on the bottom, making the device look similar to the LG G3. The sides of the device show a straight...

Jimmy McGee · Mar 10, 2015

Xposed Installer Alpha 2 & More – XDA Xposed Tuesday

The Xposed Framework on Android 5.0 Lollipop is getting closer and closer to a final release. When that will happen, no one is quite sure. But, the alphas are flowing and the bugs are being worked out. Fear not Samsung TouchWiz users, there is always hope that someday Xposed will work on your device again. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you watch a video in a pop up...