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Jimmy McGee · Dec 24, 2014

XDA’s Top 5 Stories and Videos for 2014 – XDA TV

Yesterday we talked about our favorite Xposed Mods from 2014 on XDA Xposed Tuesday. Today, we continue by talking about the Top 5 Stories and Videos for 2014 from XDA. Stories include: Open Sourced .NET Framework, Android One, Lollipop and more. Jordan talks about the top five videos released this year on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer Jared showed you his Top 3 OnePlus One ROMs, Adam showed you how to hack an app, TK showed you how to root...

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GermainZ · Nov 12, 2014

Android Lollipop OTA Coming Soon, Two New Release Tags Pushed to AOSP!

While we were expecting Android Lollipop to start rolling out to Nexus devices a few days ago, it unfortunately got delayed for a bit… until now. Google has now pushed out the final Android 5.0 release, along with some updated AOSP code for developers. (more…)

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 21, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: XHangouts Will Improve Your Hangouts

Ever since Google started supporting text messaging in Hangouts many people have changed over. However, there are many people who still gripe that MMS is a pain at times. Additionally, Hangouts, like most Google apps, tries to tell you which is best, so changing button actions an preferences is not always easy. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change your Hangouts preferences. XDA Senior Member Kevin M created...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 20, 2014

Gmail 5.0: Material Design and Multiple Account Support

Google started to “materialize” many of its applications right after announcing the Android L at Google I/O's Keynote this year. In fact, Google+ saw some Material Design flair even before Android L was first announced. Since I/O, Material Design has been applied to most first party applications including Google Chrome. Gmail was one of the last applications on the todo list, but finally Google decided to update the app to version 5.0, matching not only Android Lollipop's version number, but also its...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 20, 2014

Some of Our Favorite Features in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the latest major revision to Google's mobile operating system. The Mountain View company waited a long time to bump the version to 5.0. With Android Lollipop's upcoming final release, we will see many under-the-hood changes that will make this OS even more complete than it is today. Google made efforts to reduce the fragmentation and implement some exciting features. (more…)

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 20, 2014

Updated Android Lollipop Preview Images – XDA TV

The Android Lollipop Preview Images are now available! 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 final API and marterial design support library going live and be sure the check out the article talking about the Micromax Canvas 5 which may ship with CyanogenMod! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 19, 2014

Try Some Android Lollipop Applications on Your Device

Android 5.0 Lollipop has been officially announced and lucky users of Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7 have a chance to try out the final developer preview. Google will soon release the full source code and begin the porting madness. If you crave some of the Android Lollipop experience on your older devices, XDA folks have prepared something for you already. As you may already know, Android 5.0 introduced a new file structure. System applications are now placed in...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 18, 2014

Google’s Big Android BBQ Opening Keynote – XDA TV

To kick off the great presentations at this years Big Android BBQ Googlers Reto Meier, Timothy Jordan and Chet Haase talk about Android's progression from the beginning to now the time of Android's version 5 release Lollipop - oddly timed to match the fifth Big Android BBQ. The talk starts with a discussion of Android over the years and the drive to keep innovating. With speakers like Reto Meier, a manager of Google's Scalable Developer Advocacy team, and Timothy Jordan,...

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GermainZ · Oct 17, 2014

Android L Final API, Updated Preview Images, and Material Design Support Library Now Live!

It's the 17th of October and as previously announced, the Android L/5.0 SDK is finally out, in addition to updated preview images for the Nexus 5 "hammerhead" and the Nexus 7 "razor" (2013). You should be able to get the latest 5.0 SDK from the Android SDK Manager, as usual: Start the Android SDK Manager. In the Tools section, select the latest SDK Tools, SDK Platform-tools, and SDK Build-tools. Select everything under the Android 5.0 section, then click Install packages......

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 17, 2014

Android Lollipop Confirmed, Nexus 6, 9, and Player Announced! Sony AOSP Extended

Google Officially Announced Android 5.0 Lollipop! 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 Nexus 6, 9 and Player and be sure the check out the addition of Xperia Z1 and Z2 to Sony's AOSP Program. 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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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 14, 2014

Motorola Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9, and Android L to be Unveiled Tomorrow?

We know that rumors can grow tiresome after a while, and there have certainly been quite a few surrounding the upcoming Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9 releases. Now, there's a new set of rumors that place both of these releases, as well as the official release of Android L, tomorrow. The plot thickens after Forbes magazine announced that Google will release at least one of its devices tomorrow or Thursday (October 16), which means that we may likely...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 14, 2014

Will Android L Be Called Licorice?

Google's lawn sculptures have become quite famous over the course of Android's existence. They visually represent a particular Android version's logo, and after they are erected, Google usually announces the official name of the corresponding OS version. The company that makes sculptures for Google, v, has begun some maintenance work and will more than likely place a new figure for Android L very soon. It seems that the newest Android won't be called Lemon Meringue Pie like we once thought....

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 10, 2014

Motorola Nexus 6 “Shamu” Goes through CPU-Z

A rather important moment for Android fans is about to pass. Android L will soon be released and the new, rumored Motorola Nexus 6 is perhaps the hottest topic of the last few weeks. Every day brings some new information and leaks regarding the new phablet device from Google. The latest leaks from the popular benchmark application CPU-Z give us a deeper insight about hardware and software specifications of the device codenamed shamu. The device will ship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 2, 2014

Google to Release a New Android L Preview Very Soon

Google has sent some clear signals that a new developer preview of Android L might be right around the corner. There has been some recent activity in the issue tracker that might indicate that this new release will be available for download very soon. After analyzing the tracker, we can say that Google's focused on fixing things rather than adding new functions like the highly requested custom Quick Settings seen in custom ROMs. The number of issues is still overwhelming, since the tracker has over one thousand entries...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 30, 2014

Project Ara: Modified Android L and Hot Swapping

Project Ara is a very exciting topic--both for hardware and software enthusiasts. The modular smartphone idea looks like a mission impossible, but Google is determined to make it a reality pretty soon. Paul Eremenko from Project Ara team has shed some lights on the project's status and we now know that Ara will have a modified version of Android L on board. It was pretty easy to predict that Google would select Android as the operating system for Ara. The more interesting part...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 22, 2014

Android M Mentions Spotted in Android Code Review

While we are still waiting for Android L to be officially released, the first mentions of Android M have been spotted in the Android Code review discussion group. Google looks to be continuing its Android naming scheme, and M seems to be the future successor for the yet unnamed Android L. Android L was officially announced at the Google I/O 2014 Keynote, which took place back in June. The official release date and even the full codename remain unknown, but...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 20, 2014

Android L Will Have Data Encryption Turned On by Default

Android L, once it is eventually released, will feature data encryption turned on by default. This information has been revealed by Niki Christoff, spokeswoman for Google. And in doing so, the Mountain View company is joining Apple in the battle for user privacy and security. Data encryption is nothing new in Android, as it has been available on certain Android devices since 2011. With the upcoming Android L release, which should happen next month, Google will add procedures to make the encryption automatic. This means that...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 10, 2014

Try Out the Android L Lock Screen on Your Device

Android L is shaping up to be one of the most important releases of Google's ever so popular mobile OS. Many components have been rewritten, and the OS has gone 64-bit. Some system applications designed specifically for the latest developer preview version of Android L also work on previous versions, but the majority of them need to be ported. You can get some from the system dump that we talked about a few weeks ago. The recently announced Material Design UI paradigm changes the look and...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 25, 2014

Android L to be Called Lemon Meringue Pie? Google Chromecast Rootable Again! – XDA Developer TV

The Google Chromecast has become rootable once again! 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 potentially being called Lemon Meringue Pie and be sure the check out the article talking about the Hotel and conference rates special for this year's xda:devcon! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

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