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jerdog · Feb 6, 2013

HTC Thunderbolt Receives Lackluster ICS Update

Let's face it: HTC is far from being the model of the open source development world. While they still have a large following, their recent earnings statements are an indication that their followers are no longer following them. Their deliberate snubs at the development community, and the users who depend on them, have ranged from complete lack of required GPLv2 kernel source code to locked bootloaders and then allowing a pseudo-unlock which prohibits the flashing of partitions. With a net profit of...

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jerdog · Jan 18, 2013

Minimalistic Text Editor for Android

As mobile devices have evolved, so have the tools for performing every day tasks. What used to require Microsoft Office on a standard computer can now be accomplished with various mobile applications that can create, edit, and view Office documents (because Microsoft still can't figure out how to mobilize their mammoth, memory-hungry, piece of... oh never mind). Further expanding the analogy, we used to use apps like Notepad to edit text files, and now we have a bevy of apps...

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jerdog · Jan 8, 2013

Unlock Bootloaders without Fastboot on Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and 10

Bootloaders are like locks on a cookie jar: They're just begging to be unlocked. When users on XDA see a locked bootloader, they immediately start looking for the accomplished developer who is working on hacking the device. It is for this reason that we like to hold Google Nexus devices as the gold standard for how manufacturers (and carriers) should approach their bootloaders, as well as firmware openness. Nexus devices are easy to unlock: You go into fastboot mode, type...

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jerdog · Dec 27, 2012

Open Source App Lets You Control Your Phone over SMS

Security applications are a dime-a-dozen these days. While it normally wouldn't be noteworthy to have a new entry into the fray, this one is different in one very important way: The developer knows none of your information. AeGis, which comes to us from XDA Recognized Developer Decad3nce, is unlike competing applications in that it does not require a data connection, you are not asked to log in to anything, and you do not need to register and pay a large firm a...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 20, 2012

Use Android MTP on Linux

Starting with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the OS switched to MTP from USB Mass Storage mode for access to the device's storage via USB. MTP stands for Media Transfer Protocol, and it carries several benefits over USB Mass Storage. Unlike the latter, MTP allows you to simultaneously access the storage on both the device as well as the computer. Also, with MTP, corrupt file transfers are theoretically much less probable. While accessing the storage via MTP from a Windows PC is...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 14, 2012

NFL AFC Inspired Analog Clocks Widget for Football Fans

The NFL regular season is in full swing, and the league competition is heating up in December as the Playoffs approach in January before leading to Super Bowl XLVII in early Feb. If you love football and are rooting for one of the AFC teams, what better way to show your support than to get the logo of your favorite team right on your Android home screen in form of a clock widget? XDA Forum Member ron427 shared his AFC-Inspired Logo Clocks collection with...

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Former Writer · Dec 14, 2012

Xperia Launcher Ported to all Android Devices Running ICS or Higher

There are many different launchers out there. Whether it's an old favorite or something you can't normally get, there are options galore. A favorite here on XDA is when a launcher intended for specific devices gets ported to be used on all devices. Now, the Xperia Launcher has been ported to work on any device running Android 4.0.3 and up. XDA Senior Member ra3al has posted the port to XDA. It has a plethora of features, but nothing newer Xperia...

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Former Writer · Dec 12, 2012

Samsung Rugby Pro Gets Official TWRP, Rugby Smart Gets CM9, CM10

Even the less popular devices need some lovin' too. The Samsung Rugby Pro and Samsung Rugby Smart aren't the most well known smartphones on XDA. However, that hasn't prevented developers from hacking then and releasing some good stuff. Now, the Rugby Pro has official TWRP, and the Rugby Smart has CM9 and CM10 ports. XDA Senior Member kemonine96, who has done much work with XBMC, has released various treats for the two devices. The most recent offerings are TWRP for...

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Former Writer · Nov 11, 2012

Lenovo IdeaDesktop for All ICS Devices

Common convention around XDA is to port every launcher to everywhere so that everyone can use it. It gives everyone a chance to experience what the other OEMs offer and, in some cases, other mobile operating systems. Thus, you can try TouchWiz on some HTC devices if you were so inclined. Now, users can give the Lenovo IdeaDesktop a shot. XDA Senior Member mucus_android posted an APK that gives users the Lenovo IdeaDesktop experience without buying a Lenovo. It is simple...

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Former Writer · Nov 6, 2012

Everything You Need to Know About Xbox SmartGlass

Back in 2011, I was in a bar having a debate over whether Windows Phone 7 or Android was the better mobile operating system. It's never a good idea to have those conversations, but the motto of alcohol is, "you wouldn't do this sober." During the debate, it was brought up that WP7 has support for Xbox Live. This brought me up short. Did Android have an app for Xbox Live? The answer was no. Over a year later, Microsoft...

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Former Writer · Nov 2, 2012

Sense 4.1 Ported to HTC One V

How much an OEM supports its hardware is variable. Sometimes, they give frequent and timely updates. Other times, an update could take months or not happen at all. In the latter case, developers sometimes deliver an update much earlier than official release. HTC One V users have a chance to do that now with a full HTC Sense 4.1 port. The ROM is a port from the HTC Desire S and contains a Sense 4.1-skinned build of Android 4.0.4. XDA Recognized...

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Former Writer · Nov 1, 2012

Android 4.2 Keyboard with Gesture Typing Leaked

The imminent release of Android 4.2 is exciting news. We've brought you an outline of the features coming with Android 4.2, one of which is gesture typing. Much like the popular Swype keyboard, you can swipe letters to write works. Unlike Swype, the gesture is analyzed in real time. In other words, you can see what the keyboard is predicting as you swipe. The keyboard has been leaked for people to try. XDA Recognized Contributor mrmako777 has posted a thread with...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 1, 2012

ICS Ported to the LG Optimus 3D P920

The ICS rush is, for the most part, over with thanks to Jelly Bean coming to our devices like flies on sugar. Manufacturers have kept, after tremendously long delays, their promise to update devices to the frozen treat. However, due to the long time they have taken in doing this, many have fled what people consider "sinking ships" of devices that are seemingly forgotten by their manufacturer. The LG Optimus 3D (P920) is one such device that, to this date,...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 31, 2012

Kernel and Manager App for TF101 Brings Even More Options

We all like our tablets because they are so functional and full of features. In fact, if we could part with our desktops and laptops, many definitely would. However, the trade-offs for doing such a thing would be too large for a few people. For instance, we all love the ability to use optical drives on our computers because they allow us to install software without having to download it, burn your favorite music on CDs for your non-USB capable...

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Former Writer · Oct 30, 2012

Blackberry 10 Style Lock Screen Mod for ICS and JB ROMs

There are a boatload of lock screens out there. Seemingly every version of Android comes out with a new one or at least a modified version of an older one. Then there are the OEM lock screens found on TouchWiz and the HTC Sense. On top of that, there are a plethora of third party lock screens---most of which can emulate all of the aforementioned lock screens. Now, those running ICS and JB can mimic the Blackberry 10 lock screen....

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egzthunder1 · Oct 29, 2012

Enable 3D Pics in Stock Gallery for Sense 4+ on EVO 3D

Recently, we have seen lots of cool projects being born on the HTC EVO 3D, which is for the most part a device that is slowly fading into the shadow of its younger, slimmer, and more powerful brethren. But as it is customary on XDA, this is not going to stop devs from continuing with work on devices with such unique features (fully functional 3D camera and display). The only problem is that as new updates become available from our...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 27, 2012

Navigate the Web in Style with Holoweb Browser

More often than not, we come across a few apps of similar in nature to those that already exist. Some offer a few more features, maybe a different skin, or even a feature so unique that you simply cannot turn the app down. Within this category, there is one that one simply does not have too many good options to choose from. We are of course talking about browsers, which are cornerstone apps that essentially mark a complete turn in...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 26, 2012

Make Flashing Your RAZR i Easier with Homemade Fastboot Images

The development efforts on the brand new, Intel-powered Motorola RAZR i keep on pouring in, seemingly non-stop. We have already gotten an unlocked bootloader courtesy of Motorola, and we also got a way to easily and seamlessly root the device, thanks to XDA Forum Member mattlgroff. Well, since the path to perfection is a never ending one, paving it with more and better ways to make daunting tasks a little bit easier seems to be the most logical choice. Because of...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 19, 2012

Save your Battery While Enjoying a Beat with HoloMusic

There are various uses for our beloved devices. They can be used as personal assistants, to help you keep track of your morning work out, to remind you of important events, play the latest games, to enjoy movies while on the go, oh, and they can also be used to call people. (Go figure!) That said, one of the most widely used features of any mobile device over the past 20 years or so has been to play music. The...

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Former Writer · Oct 18, 2012

Sony Tablet S Gets Root for ICS

It is always exciting when a phone or tablet gets an update to the next Android OS version. This is especially for tablets because no tablet owners want to be stuck at Honeycomb or, worse yet, Gingerbread. Of course, as with all updates, the first priority is re-establishing root. In most cases, users can just download a pre-rooted ROM and update that way. In other cases, though, a new root method is required. The Sony Tablet S was recently updated...

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