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Will Verduzco · Aug 16, 2013

Manage Your Android from Your Computer with Mobogenie

As large as our cell phone screens are becoming, they still offer nowhere near the real estate of a traditional computer monitor. And let's face it: Hunching over and fiddling with our phones while more powerful computers are available is a bit silly. So how do you make use of the more efficient interface afforded by extra screen space, as well as a keyboard and mouse? This is where XDA Senior Member proseray and his Windows application Mobogenie come in. Serving as a frontend...

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Samantha · Aug 15, 2013

Flash Zip Files from Your PC with Desktop Flasher

It's that time again. Right after you've finished the last line of the mod, moved the right .pngs into their respective drawable folders, recompiled everything, and finished the last piece of that chocolate that's been keeping you going for the past couple of hours. Now, it's time to test it all. You look at your options. You can either copy each flashable zip file over to your device to then tediously flash each of them through a custom recovery, you can...

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Samantha · Jun 25, 2013

Get Your APKs In Order with APK Organize

Organizing APKs on your PC is quite a tedious process. More likely than not, they're probably named as nonsensical gibberish, and trying to find a specific APK is akin to the 'needle in a haystack' cliche. That's probably why apps such as ApkRenamer are great tools for the typical Android user. If, however, you're looking for something that does the same thing on your PC, you may want to check out XDA Senior Member pesiran's APK Organize. APK Organize is a free...

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egzthunder1 · Jun 17, 2013

A Guide to Paid Work on XDA-Developers

For the longest time, XDA has been a bastion, a pillar in the world of development. This is essentially because we try our hardest to make the free flow of knowledge and information our main focus so that everyone can benefit and grow, but more importantly, because it encourages others to share as well. Everyone understands that very few things in this life are free and many simply see the things that started as hobbies either as a potential business...

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Will Verduzco · May 29, 2013

Looking to Improve the Sound Quality on Your Smartphone?

With all of the (often pointless) sound "tweaks" out there, it's easy to forget that the true sonic upgrades will almost invariably come from output hardware rather than software. And while some software tweaks do actually make a marked improvement on sound quality without sabotaging clarity and neutrality (Elite Recognized Developer Supercurio's Voodoo Sound and the HRTF functionality in DSPManager come to mind), much of the software tweaks are are just glorified bass-heavy equalizers (*cough*Beats*cough*) that would make any true...

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Will Verduzco · May 25, 2013

Open Source CPU Info App for Windows

So you're playing with your shiny new Windows 8 tablet PC, when one of your like-minded geeky friends asks you to recite its hardware specs. Unfortunately, when you're about to spout off details of its Clover Trail architecture and its supported features, you draw a blank. In fact, you even forget about its clock speed and whether or not it supports virtualization. Luckily, this is where XDA Forum Member familyguy59 comes in. He has shared source code for an app that detects...

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Samantha · May 23, 2013

Windows-Based Multi-Tool for the Sony Xperia U

If you are a flashaholic and an owner of the Sony Xperia U, you may be interested in the multi-purpose tool developed for the Xperia U by XDA Forum Member AlexDroid00 that allows you to perform a whole host of actions that may alleviate the required process that are necessary otherwise. Developed for Windows PCs, the multi-tool for the Xperia U combines many actions, which would otherwise have to be performed individually and with different tools,  into one program for your convenience....

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egzthunder1 · Apr 12, 2013

Understanding the Ruggedness of Mobile Devices

Mobile technology has taken quite a leap in terms of evolution. As technology advances, we are able to put more and more power into these handheld beauties that we "used" to use to make calls, which are now used to do virtually everything, including serving as a credit card thanks to the wonders of NFC. Dual cores, quad cores, and recently announced octo-core devices seem to be a dream taken straight out of The Jetsons, where technology is powerful enough...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 13, 2013

Look! A Bill!! Meh… What Else is on?

It is truly great to see that the United States has a rather active Government that worries about its people. Its people have opportunities to speak their mind and make requests to all the branches of this bureaucratic machine, and they are bound to get a response in one shape or another. This seems to be the case for the "little petition that could," in which over 114,000 people expressed and shared their concerns with the US Government regarding network...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 4, 2013

The White House Replies… and They Agree!

February 21st was a rather interesting day for those of us in the mobile scene. What seemed like an ordinary day for many, was the day that marked the beginning of a real fight to regain our freedom to unlock SIM cards. That day 100,000 signatures were reached in the petition started over at We the People website. The latest installment in the saga, after almost 2 weeks of silence, was that earlier today, the White House issued a statement, as...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 21, 2013

Goal Reached: 100,000 Signatures on White House Petition!

If you have been following the saga, or rather crusade, against DMCA for the last month or so, you are likely aware that there was a petition started on "We the People" site. The aim of the petition is to get the US Government to notice and take action against the removal of the DMCA exemption protecting people who wanted to SIM unlock their GSM-enabled devices. Late last week, we pushed a second article on the issue, which presented some details...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 15, 2013

The Final Push: The Road to 100,000 Signatures – Help Us Stop CTIA!

You may recall that not too long ago, we published an article regarding a few amendments made by the Librarian of Congress to the infamous DMCA. The short summary is that one of the exemptions in DMCA which protected consumers who wanted to keep their handsets if they switched carriers was wiped out by what can only be described as good, quality lobbying courtesy of CTIA, a group formed by most major carriers and manufacturers. The exemption removal essentially results...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 29, 2013

Thank You CTIA for Setting the US Cell Phone Market Back 10 Years

While we know that this is a US-specific issue, it also serves as a great opportunity to ensure that the entire world is reading so that they don't make the same mistakes we do in this country. As many of you are aware, our entire Government seemingly has a bad tendency to listen to extraordinarily greedy people and agree on things that make people wonder what in the world were they thinking? Some of the most notable examples include (but are...

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FallenWriter · Nov 22, 2012

Making Modification Simpler with Clockwork Combiner

Flashing ROMs has become a fairly straightforward affair for (most) Android devices and their users. However, one of the most painful parts of flashing a new ROM is all the repeated flashes that need to be done for themes and modifications, especially if you love to heavily tweak your device. Thanks to XDA Forum Member jcspecs, your days of having to load up dozens of separate .zip's is a thing of the past thanks to his latest application: Clockwork Combiner....

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 3, 2012

Open webOS, Work with ADB in Linux and Windows, and More! – XDA Developer TV

This has been another great week on the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan takes this weekend off and XDA Elite Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler fills in covering all the news you need to know to keep you updated. Adam talks about HP delivering Open webOS. Adam talks about methods to fix random key presses on the Fascinate. In other news Adam talks about a right click menu of Android tools for Ubuntu and configuring ADB...

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Conan Troutman · Aug 26, 2012

Ultimate Backup Tool, No Root Required

The vast majority of us have probably, at some point, backed up the data on our devices---whether it's in the form of a Nandroid backup or just using Titanium Backup (other backup apps are available) to preserve your applications and their relevant data. There are many reasons why you might want to do this, whether its for restoration after flashing a new ROM or just for posterity in case of disaster while tinkering around. Another reason you might want to backup...

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Jimmy McGee · May 18, 2012

This Week in Development: Apple, HTC, Google, Oracle, Motorola and Samsung – XDA TV

This week on the XDA Portal, we saw many important stories. To give a run down of these stories, XDA TV Producer Jordan returns with another episode of This Week in Development. Jordan mentions the Apple versus HTC patent wars and court battles. In more big, rich companies versus other rich companies news, Jordan updates us on the Oracle versus Google trial. In more Google news, the limit on device deauthorization on Google Music is discussed. The lamentable actions by Motorola and...

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Former Writer · Jan 29, 2012

APK Makes Windows 95/98/XP and Linux Run on EVO 3D

Running computer operating systems on a phone is always an interesting experience. For most phones, booting into Linux is hard enough and Windows isn't even an option. The HTC EVO 3D is not one of those phones. XDA Senior Member mnomaanw has posted a method that will get Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP and Linux running on the HTC EVO 3D in a relatively easy process that can be done pretty quickly. Basically, all a user needs to do...

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Former Writer · Jan 27, 2012

Knives and Forks Android Tools Offers Cross-Platform Toolkit For Everyone

Tools kits that are installed on computers can be a little screwy. While some are better than others, almost all come with some form of set back, be it the computer operating system restriction or the kitchen not being compatible with all phones. That's the problem XDA Senior Member DieHappy is trying to fix. Knives and Forks Android Tools For Everyone is a tool kit that is compatible across Windows, OSX and Linux and is slowly becoming compatible with more...

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Jase Glenn · Jan 23, 2012

Skydroid: the UI of the Future

Android is diverse. From Themes to Launchers, the strength of Android is (in part) measured by its ability to be customized. While custom launchers are quite common, Skydroid takes differentiation a step further. Built by a team of 5 developers, and publicly voiced by XDA Senior Member TheRedDrake, Skydroid is an advanced user interface inspired by Windows 8's Metro UI. Unlike other systems that are only launchers, Skydroid will have around 20 apps involved. Thus far it includes: 1)Dialer 2)SMS 3)Email...

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