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Jimmy McGee · Oct 4, 2014

3 Unique Launchers from the XDA Forums – XDA TV

There are many Launchers available for Android. There are very popular ones, like Nova Launcher. However, just because something is popular, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Each person’s preference is different as well. In today's episode, XDA TV Producer Jared shows off a 3 unique launchers from the XDA forums. He talks about SwiftOpen Beta, FlowHome Beta and SAO Launcher. So if you wanted to try a new unique launcher for your Android device, check out this video! (more…)

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 4, 2014

Learn How To Make Your Own Small App

Floating applications are very popular--not only here at XDA, but in Play Store as well. One of the first OEM that used floating application in its stock firmware was Sony. Small Apps are independent applications that can be used on top of other applications. For example, you can run a small calculator and perform some calculations while browsing a web page. Those apps can be launched from the small apps bar available by pressing the navigation button. Small App can...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 4, 2014

How to Unlock the Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch Bootloader – XDA TV

Android Wear now has three different devices in it's camp. The round moto 360 is the latest smartwatch to hit the market. Of course as we like to do here on we want to unlock and root this device. However, given it's wireless sync and charging feature its not as simple as it sounds. But, a way has been found! In today's videos, XDA TV Producer and Recognized Contributor RootJunky, shows off how to unlock the bootloader on the moto 360....

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 3, 2014

Sony Xperia Z3 Rooted, Project Ara Hot Swappable, XDA / LG Developer Challenge! – XDA TV

The Sony Xperia Z3 has been rooted! 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 Google's Project Ara having Hot Swappable parts and be sure the check out the new XDA Portal redesign. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 3, 2014

Join us at the Big Android BBQ 2014 on October 16-18

It’s almost time. It’s so close, you can almost smell the smoked deliciousness right now.  Delicious BBQ, Android and XDA that can only mean one thing: the annual Big Android BBQ. Since just about the very beginning XDA-Developers.com has supported this great community event celebrating two great things in this world. Every year the Big Android BBQ brings together the brightest and hungriest minds in the Android world, this year will be no different. In addition to the great food,...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 2, 2014

App Review: Calculating Your Android Calculator Options

Sure, everyone has a default Calculator and it’s something that you don’t think about it until you need to do some calculations. Default Calculators work in a pinch, but if you have a large formula or a complex equation you need a better Calculator. Let’s put this OMAP chipsets to the test, they are made my TI right? XDA Senior Member thotran7989 offers up a customizable, powerful calculator for your calculating needs. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Calc+.  TK...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 1, 2014

MultiROM Makes its Way Over to the HTC One (M8)

While browsing our forum, you will undoubtedly find more than a few enticing ROMs available to download. Original or not, it would take eternity and a day to test them all. Luckily there are some solutions to make the process seamless. One of them, MultiROM, gives users a chance to try a few ROMs at the same time--all without flashing and wiping with each installation. This project has been ported to several devices including the LG G2 and Sony Xperia...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 1, 2014

An Android Enthusiast’s Apple iPhone 6 Challenge

The media has gone batty again over Apple "revolutionizing" smartphones. However, as a lot of Android fans will tell you, there is nothing revolutionary in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. So during Apple phone releases, it's usually best to not read your Facebook or Google+ notifications, as the endless droning from both sides with drive you mad. The legendary Sun Tzu is quoted as saying "to know your enemy, you must become your enemy." Which is a fancy way...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 30, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Modify Your Volume Control

How many screenshots have you seen with a volume status bar in the middle? How often do you wish that your volume statusbar didn’t pop up right in front of your YouTube Video? Well, with the power of the Xposed Module, you have the option of customizing your volume status bar. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you customize the display of your volume statusbar. Xposed Developer niko001 created...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 29, 2014

Customizing the OnePlus One, XDA 2015 Forum Redesign Live! – XDA TV

You can now customize your OnePlus One's boot logo! 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 XDA 2015 forum redesign going live and be sure the check out the article showing you how to compile your own Ubuntu kernel! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV....

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 28, 2014

Paranoid Android AOSPA 4.6 Beta 2 Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

Paranoid Android custom ROMs is not for tin-foil hat wearing users. At least not exclusively. They bill themselves as a custom ROM focused on open devices. Their aim is to extend Android, under the same guise as Google with is Android Open Source Project. Further Paranoid Android is proud of the fact that you will find a minimalistic user focused approach to Android instead of a bunch of options. In today's video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off Paranoid Android on his...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 27, 2014

How to Be a Good Custom ROM or Kernel User – XDA TV

Listen, we understand, starting down the path of device hacking, customization and development can be daunting. The experienced guys at time can seem like jerks. However, most of the time, its not that they want to be jerks, its that they know that the journey to Android customization enlightenment is filled with trials and tribulations that help you learn and become an expert yourself. It's almost more about the journey than the destination. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 26, 2014

Android M Mentioned by Google Developers, Android One Devices Rooted, XDA:Devcon Incoming!! – XDA TV

Android One devices have been rooted! 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 Android M in Android Code Review and be sure the check out the article talking about the start of our second annual devcon. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 25, 2014

Android App Review: Chromecast Screen Cast at 1080p – XDA Developer TV

For a while now, the Google Chromecast has had the ability of the cast your screen from your mobile device. However, must TV are 1080p or 720p. With Chromecast picking whatever resolution it wants it may not make full use of your TVs functionality. If the right resolution was picked, your Chromecast mirroring could be so much better. XDA Senior Member farmerbb offers up a simple application that gives you the ability to quickly select the resolution you Screen Cast at. In...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 25, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S III Receives a KitKat Update in Official and Unofficial Flavors

A few months ago, Samsung decided not to update the Samsung Galaxy S III to the latest version of Android. The reason of this shameless behavior was pretty trivial since they were having issues with TouchWiz and its bloat-related heaviness. The international variant of S III has only 1 GB of RAM and we have seen KitKat ports running flawlessly on devices with 512 MB of RAM. The Korean variant of the S III codenamed as E210S, with 2 GB...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 24, 2014

How to Change Your Boot Animation – Android Basics 101 – XDA Developer TV

The great thing about Android is the vast possibilities when it comes to customization. When you root, you open up even more options for customization. One of those options is changing your boot animation. Why have the same stock boot animation as everyone else? You can find a vast selection of custom boot animations from simple graphic animations to animations that make your phone feel retro or pay homage to another device like a Playstation 2. In this episode of...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 23, 2014

Change the Style of Your Notifications with HeadsUp

Head Up notifications is one of these upcoming features that Android developers hid deep in the Android KitKat source code. It was discovered by the custom ROM community not too long ago, and nearly simultaneously ported to the majority of popular ROMs. This method of notifications has also been introduced as a standalone application and an Xposed Framework module. One of the most interesting alternatives to this built in hidden code was recently released by XDA Recognized Developer AChep. HeadsUp is...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 23, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: How to Shut Up Your Phone – XDA Developer TV

So many different applications want to send us notifications that sometimes the vibration and message tone is non-stop. And as a citizen of this Earth let me tell you, it’s not just annoying to you, it is often more so to others. So be kind to your neighbors and control your phone. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you minimize the amount of notification sounds your phone plays....

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 22, 2014

Flyme OS Ported to the Google Nexus 5, Android L Will Have Default Data Encryption – XDA Developer TV

Flyme OS has been ported to the Google Nexus 5! 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 Android L having Data Encryption turned on by default and be sure the check out the article talking about how to compile your own kernel! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 21, 2014

WowWee Mip – Android Accessory Review – XDA Developer TV

The holidays will be here in no time, so why not start thinking about gifts now. You’ll be ahead of the game. For the Android enthusiast you can get them many things like a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower. In this episode of XDA Developer TV, Shane takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory, the WowWee Mip....

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