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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 6, 2014

DO Launcher Rises From the Ashes and Enters Beta Stage

Not too long ago, we talked about the HTC Sense-like DO Launcher. But at the time, XDA Recognized Developer doga.ozkaraca's application was in early alpha stage, and had much that needed to be done. Then, HTC found out about the developer's work and decided to send a DMCA letter to take the launcher out of the Play Store. Despite the hurdles, the developer didn't give up and decided to make a new version of the launcher with quite a bit reworked, as...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 6, 2014

Open Source Files Now Available for the Xperia T, TX, V, and SP

The Xperia product lineup from late 2012 and 2013 was filled with many high quality devices. Good technical specification and substantial developer support made the Xperias T, TL, TX, V, and Xperia SP the right choice for many. And not so long ago, Sony finally released a 4.3 update for those devices. According to most user reports, everything runs smooth and the newest firmware improved quite a few things without breaking others. But despite this, custom ROM and kernel developers weren't able...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 25, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Google Experience Launcher (GEL) Settings – XDA Developer TV

If you are a frequent visitor here at XDA, you more than likely enjoy Android, and probably “stock Android” without all the crap OEMs or carriers like to add. On their “stock Android" Nexus 5, Google launched the Google Experience Launcher. But to some, the experience is similar to OEM experience because you can’t fine tune the settings as much as a power user might like. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 20, 2014

Android App Review: OmniSnitch for All – XDA Developer TV

The OmniROM project has been busy since it was announced at the Big Android BBQ. One of the awesome features was an app switcher called OmniSwitch. But most of the time to get these features, you have to install OmniROM. If only the dedicated developers could figure out a way to get it onto other devices. XDA Recognized Developer EatHeat offers up OmniSwitch for all, back to Jelly Bean. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews OmniSnitch. TK...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 19, 2014

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE Finally Receives Official Android 4.3 and Sense 5 Update via RUU!

Some say that a device just now receiving Android 4.3 is rather late to the party, and that most users here much prefer AOSP-derived SENSE-less ROMs---and they just might be right. All we know is, it's called the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. Forgive me, as perhaps I've been watching too much TopGear. Getting back to the point of this story, another device has just now entered the Android 4.3 fray, and it's Sprint's take on the popular One X: the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 15, 2014

Change the Look of Your Lock Screen with SlideLock

Every OEM brings a different method of unlocking the screen. For example, Sony's style is different from the one by HTC. Luckily, it's Android and all of this customization can be applied at the source code level, with Xposed modules, or using external applications. If you are not happy with your current lock screen style, you should definitely check an application made by XDA Forum Member Productigeeky. It's a simple and good looking default lock screen replacement. To unlock the...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 13, 2014

Sony Xperia T, TX, and V Join the SP and Receive Official Android 4.3

Just a few days ago, we talked about how Android 4.3 was starting to roll out (and was subsequently ripped and repackaged as an FTF) to the Sony Xperia SP. Now, Sony has begun rolling out the Android 4.3 goods to other members of the Xperia family: the Xperia T, TX, and V. In addition to bumping up the Android version to 4.3, the latest update also updates Sony's entire native app portfolio to their latest versions. Furthermore, the update also...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 11, 2014

[OTA Captured!] Android 4.3 Now Rolling Out to the Sony Xperia SP on Vodaphone AU

A little over a month ago, we first caught wind that an Android 4.3 build was being prepared for release on the Sony Xperia SP. And just one day later, we saw an Android 4.3 leak appear for the device. Then, Sony came clean about its update plans for the popular mid-range device through Twitter. Now, the official Android 4.3 update for the Sony Xperia SP is finally here, although it's currently only being rolled out to devices on Vodafone Australia....

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 9, 2014

Change the Connectivity Status Color in Jelly Bean ROMs

A few months have passed since the release of Android 4.4 KitKat. Hiding the network traffic indicator in the Quick Settings tiles was one of minor changes, at least compared to adding ART or making the status bar translucent. But not all of us use KitKat as a daily driver. After all, we recently reported that Jelly Bean is still on quite a few handsets. If you are using Android 4.3, you can easily change the color of the connectivity status...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 3, 2014

Give Your Samsung Galaxy Gear Some Love with Triangulum, its First Custom Kernel

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a somewhat unusual device. The smartwatch was originally designed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3  and Galaxy S 4 flagships, and quickly became one of the most popular devices in its category. Despite this, it's still up for debate whether the Galaxy Gear will ever become a commercially successful device. This doesn't change the fact that development on XDA is quite fruitful, as we've already covered a custom ROM made by XDA Senior Member fOmey. Those...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 3, 2014

FSF Replicant Project Now Updated to Android 4.2

The actual core Android OS is open source. But as you may already know, there is an increasing number of proprietary, first-party Google applications in what most of us think of when we talk about "Android." These apps range from the Google Play Store to Hangouts to Maps, and everything in between. And with each passing OS version, they seem to be metastasizing into new facets of the OS previously untainted by proprietary apps. Roughly six months ago, we talked about...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 2, 2014

Forum Created for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Source Code Released!

Up until very recently, there haven't been very many flagship-level small devices. Sure we have the S4 Mini and One Mini, but they're not quite the same as their full-size counterparts. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a very interesting device because it wishes to change this trend. Packing essentially the same specs as the flagship Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact brings an extremely high level of performance to the "small" device world, with small being in quotes because it...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 1, 2014

Create your Own Routines and Stick with them with “Habbits”

Every New Year typically brings about a very rare phenomenon. No, I'm not talking about being plastered out of your mind. People tend to get in a certain mood---a mood that brings them hope and serenity about the upcoming year. Normally, people will look back at the previous year's failures, and make plans to not fail again. That's right, the New Year's resolutions are here in full force. People all over the globe are hitting the gym, writing books, and...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 31, 2014

Learn About Theming and Create Your Own Theme Easily

Android is extremely popular largely due to the fact that users can easily modify its look, which applications to use, and basically anything else. Changing your look is not only a wallpaper, launcher, or new icons. Rather, some deep changes can be done with custom themes that are not so hard to create. With elementary knowledge of photo editing and a willingness to learn, you can create your own theme. XDA Senior Member Ayush Singh wrote a thorough guide on...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 30, 2014

Xperia Z1 Receives Maintenance Release (OTA Captured), 4.3 for Xperia M Preparing for Imminent Release

As is pretty much always the case, quite a bit is happening in the Sony Xperia world. And today, this comes in the form of official updates for the Sony Xperia M and the flagship Xperia Z1---the former coming soon, and the latter already rolling out with a captured update package. First off, we have the Sony Xperia M. The device, which was released in the middle of last year, was never destined to be a flagship device. In fact, with only...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 26, 2014

Easy Add KitKat-Like Lock Screen Music Controls to Your Favorite Jellybean ROM

KitKat brought lots of eye candy to Android. Some of these changes came in the form of different wallpapers, different transparency on the status bar, and tweaks to lock screen album art during music playback. The revised lock screen music widget looks great. And now users who happen to still be on Jelly Bean can have a taste as well, thanks to a crafty Xposed Framework module. Yesterday we talked about an Xposed module that allows you to control your music...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 26, 2014

My Second Device Allows to Use Second Device as a Receiver

Having more than one Android is certainly not unusual. A tablet, a smartwatch, and even perhaps two smartphones are all occasionally present in our bags and pockets. And having notifications appear only on our main device is a sad reality, but thankfully everything can change with tools available here at XDA. Bluetooth perhaps isn't the most popular method of connecting devices, but it's used in applications created by XDA Senior Member pacosal. M2D is a tool that allows you to...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 21, 2014

Xposed Module: Preference Injector

XDA Recognized Developer rovo89's Xposed framework has been on every root user's mouth for the last year or so. This revolutionary tool for customizing Android without actually touching the ROM itself has been a heaven sent tool for modders out there to share what they can do with their knowledge, without having to actually cook a ROM every time they want to implement a new feature. We normally feature them on the Portal and they even have their own XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 20, 2014

Note 3 KitKat Kernel Source and Mobile ODIN 4 Released, Sony Social Camera Ported to Xperia Devices – XDA Developer TV

The kernel files have been released for the Android 4.4 KitKat update on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the full Smart Social Camera Experience has been ported to Android 4.3 Xperia Devices and Mobile ODIN has been updated with more features and support for more devices! Be sure to check out the the other videos released...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 17, 2014

Moto G Google Play Edition Available, Android 4.4.2 Leak for Galaxy Note 3, HTC Abandons One X/X+ – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4 KitKat official builds for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the Motorola Droids are getting Android 4.4 KitKat builds and you can get a Google Play Edition Moto G! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA...

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