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TK · May 21, 2015

Device Review: No.1 X1 Rugged Smartphone

We are almost at the end of Q2 for 2015, and we have seen most of the flagship phones for the year already. While flagship phones usually offer bleeding-edge specs and are the most sought after phones, there is a huge market for non-flagship phones. Some offer value, others offer unique differentiating features. Today, we are going to look at the X1 phone by a Chinese company named N0.1. The company promises a truly rugged IP68 Certified phone. The device has a Quad...

Jimmy McGee · Jan 18, 2015

SlimKat Final Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

For the past few months, the team behind SlimROMs has been working hard on finalizing their SlimKat release. If you want a stable build for your supported device, SlimKat may be the daily driver you're looking for. In today's video, XDA TV Producer rirozizo, shows off the SlimKat Final on his Nexus device. The main features covered and talked about in today's video are the quick launcher, Slim Explorer, statusbar and lock screen customizations and more. While we are showing the version on...

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...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2014

Make Your CM11 ROM Look Like Xperia Z3’s Firmware

Unlike some themed firmware by various OEMs, every AOSP ROM looks pretty much the same. Porting applications and features from Sony's or Samsung's firmware is difficult but absolutely possible if you know what needs to be done. The Sony Xperia Z3's firmware has loads of interesting things that can be used with almost every AOSP ROM. Sony engineers worked hard to make a firmware which isn't overly skinned and has lots of features. Thanks to the guide made by XDA...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 28, 2014

Unofficial Android 4.4 Lands on Three Mediatek Devices

For the last few years, devices with MTK systems-on-chip haven't received much in the way of official Android updates. Some OEMs were limited by MediaTek itself, which previously wasn't the best at updating proprietary drivers, binaries, and kernels with every Android release. Custom ROM developers also had trouble with providing third party kernels due to lack of proper source code. Recent actions taken by Mediatek have given hope that this SoC manufacturer has finally decided to take a different approach...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 28, 2014

Oppo Releases ColorOS for the Find 5… Poorly

Almost every OEM has taken the liberty of creating its own incarnation of the Android OS. While some ROMs are simply better than others, we aren't here today to discuss the quality of Sense UI, TouchWiz, or even EmotionUI. These ROMs are ultimately (and sometimes loosely) based on AOSP. They are also developed by professionals who put lots of effort to make them stable, "beautiful," and quite often commercially bloated. Sometimes the front-end user interface is a reason why people decide to...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 23, 2014

Best Xposed Mods of 2014 – XDA TV

The story of the Xposed Framework has been somewhat of a roller coaster. In the beginning of 2014, everyone was excited and making great modules for the framework. Then, Lollipop came around, and Xposed Framework hasn't yet been updated to be compatible. That said, not everyone is running Lollipop yet, and the framework may one day see compatibility on newer OS builds. In honor of this fantastic framework with almost limitless modification possibilities, we would like to look back over...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 11, 2014

Bring Back Jelly Bean Quick Toggles to Your KitKat Xperia ROM

Newer doesn't always mean better. This fits the Android OS perfectly with regards to some solutions that are in fact less polished than their older counterparts. For many, the quick settings toggles used in stock Jelly Bean ROMs for Sony Xperia phones were ideal, since they were available right after pulling down the notification bar. In KitKat, these toggles were moved to the separate tab, making access a bit more cumbersome. With some willingness and a bit of free time,...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 9, 2014

Pimp Your Xperia with Impressive Animations

Unlike Apple's iOS or Microsoft's Windows Phone, Android gives users tons of customization options. Almost every element of the user interface can be changed through third party applications, Xposed Framework modules, or simply through reverse engineering. Additionally, many OEMs also apply their own custom UIs in order to make their devices seem unique. One OEM with quite a lot in terms of skin customization is Sony. Animations and fancy transitions are just a small part of Sony's UI tweaks. If...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 5, 2014

Verizon LG G3 Finally Gets CM11 Nightlies

If you've ever thought of flashing a custom ROM, CyanogenMod's name more than likely rings a bell. This custom ROM project is one of the most popular on XDA. Its developers have created dozens of device trees and kernels used by many other developer teams. As such, CyanogenMod is often used by developers to create the first functional source built ROM for quite a few devices. Most flagship devices already received quite functional CM nightlies some time ago. One device has had to...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 30, 2014

How to Install and Use MultiROM – XDA TV

The great thing about XDA is you can find all these great custom ROMs. There are so many in fact that sometimes you want to have access to a couple so you can change depending on your mood. And while you can just flash those everytime, what if there was an easier way? In this episode of XDA TV, rirozizo shows you MultiROM Manager using his Nexus 4. MultiROM is an unique customization that you can place on supported Android...

egzthunder1 · Nov 29, 2014

Organize Your Apps Better with JINA

We've all been there at one point or another. You take out your device to open an app to look for something and you find yourself wasting about a minute fumbling through hundreds of installed apps in your device while frantically swiping up, down, left, and right in order to find the app you set out to find. This is just one instance and if you are a busy individual, the likelihood of this happening several times a day is...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 22, 2014

Enable Call Recording on Xperia Z2 and Z3

Call recording, while not legal in every part of the world, is quite handy in certain situations. Some OEMs have decided to implement call recording into their default Phone applications, and sometimes hide it. There are ways to enable the feature, if it's there but hidden, through Xposed Framewok modules or other apps. On the older firmwares, such as 4.4.2, Sony had a hidden call recording feature in SemcPhone.apk. This feature was split over multiple applications. XDA Senior Member AndroPlus...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 17, 2014

Effectively Optimize Your Media Scanner Service with Xposed

Typically, all media files housed on your external storage are scanned upon boot. The service that does that is called Media Scanner, which saves its output in Media Store. Android's developers have tried hard to optimize it, but Media Scanner is still a service that drains battery quite effectively for the first few minutes following a reboot. The Media Scanner service itself doesn't offer a preferences menu, and it runs in background so you can't control it. Well, you can't do so...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 13, 2014

Android App Review: Control Your Phone from Your Computer with Weak Control – XDA TV

Our smartphones are great devices, but sometimes their screens are just way too small. What if you are sitting at your computer and you want to chat with your friends via text message? What if you want to show a room full of people a video on your phone? What if you want to control your device with your computer keyboard and mouse? XDA Forum Member WeakControl offers up a way to connect to your device with a web browser....

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 11, 2014

Remove ItsOn from Your Sprint HTC One (M8)

One of the most famous writes of all time, Joseph Conrad, once stated that it's only those who do nothing who make no mistakes. We can apply this quote to Sprint,  which added the ItsOn service to their version of HTC One M8. ItsOn was designed to provide intelligent and granular control of mobile network communication---and it's doing that, but not quite as expected. It didn't take long to notice that this service is a massive battery drain that often...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 8, 2014

OnePlus One Receives 44S OTA Update

The OnePlus One is a great choice for all you who don't want to spend the big bucks on the Google Nexus 6. The “Flagship Killer” received an OTA from the CyanogenMod team fixing some annoyances spotted since the last update. The CM team focused mostly on stability with this update, so you shouldn't be expecting some new functions etc. This small update fixes the following things: Memory causing screen artifacts will not anymore Random reboots and instability are now gone Solved...

TK · Nov 5, 2014

Device Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the successor to Samsung's wildly popular Galaxy Note 2 and 3 phablet devices. The Note 3 was a giant-sized phone with a 5.7” screen display, with the Note 4 still sporting the same 5.7” display but with a higher QHD resolution. The Note 4 was released on October 17, with some US release dates lagging a bit depending on carrier. For this review, we will be looking at the T-Mobile variant, which did not have a delayed release. The internal hardware of...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 3, 2014

Add NTFS Support to Your Android Device

Over the last few years, Android has become quite a complete mobile operating system. Numerous features and its open source nature make it an even more attractive choice both to developers and casual end users. Despite the overall greatness of the OS, there is still a little room for improvements--a fact that was demonstrated clearly with the awesomeness that is Android Lollipop and all of its new goodies! One potentially useful feature that stock Android lacks is NTFS support. NTFS...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 2, 2014

AOKP Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

Over that past couple of months we have, sort of, reviewed CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 9, OmniROM and Paranoid Android. However, there are even more unicorn-filled options out there. Custom ROMs that take charge grab the unicorn by the horn and customize that open source Android, until it glitters with bling. All custom ROM aim to be a great blend of features and tweaks to improve your Andorid life. In today's video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off AOKP (Android Open Kang...