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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 9, 2013

Google Rolls Out Android 4.4.2 for Nexuses, OTAs Captured

Google likes surprises---we all know that. Four days after releasing the Android 4.4.1, they decided to push out Android 4.4.2, which is a bugfix release of a bugfix release. It's probably one of the fastest releases in the history of the company. A full list of improvements is still unknown, and hopefully we will notice what has been changed when the source comes out. Thanks to Sprint's community moderator 4Social, we know that build KOT49H brings the following improvements: -...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 6, 2013

CyanogenMod 11.0 M1 Released for Current Nexus Devices

Ever since the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, we knew that it was only a matter of time before custom ROM developer teams started incorporating the goodies into their own builds. Accordingly, the CyanogenMod team stated their plans to release their Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11 once work on CM 10.2 had finished. Approximately one month later, the CyanogenMod Team has now reached the M1 Milestone in their Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11 ROM for certain Nexus Devices. Not every device is...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2013

The Evolution of Android – Part II

Android is six years old now. One week ago, we presented the first part of the Android story. Now, it's time to continue the journey. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away---located in Mountain View, the first version of the operating system dedicated for tablets was born. Google called it 3. 0 Honeycomb and presented it alongside the Motorola Xoom. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Nov 19, 2013

Google Pushes Android 4.4 KRT16S to the Nexus 4, 7 (All), 10

Capping off a busy day chock-full of KitKat news, Google has just released a new build of Android 4.4 to the AOSP servers and various recent Nexus devices. The new build comes in at version KRT16S, and it replaces the older KRT16O build. The KRT16S update is currently available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012 - all variants), Nexus 7 (2013 - all variants), and Nexus 10. Curiously left out, however, is the Google Nexus 5, which features a...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 14, 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat Factory Images and Driver Binaries Now Available for Nexus 4, 7 (All), and 10

Ever since Android 4.4 KitKat was released, the question quickly turned to when devices other than the Google Nexus 5 would get to see the goods. We've seen various unofficial builds pop up for unsupported devices. In fact, we've highlighted quite a few highly functioning releases for a few of the more popular devices currently available. But up until yesterday, if you wanted to enjoy Android 4.4 KitKat in official capacity, you needed to own a Nexus 5. Then, Google pushed...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 13, 2013

Official Android 4.4 KitKat Available for Nexus 7 and 10, Nexus 4 Soon

Google has announced on the official Android Google+ that starting today, the Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 will receive an over-the-air update to Android 4.4 KitKat. According to Google, the Nexus 4 and versions of the Nexus 7 with mobile data will be getting the update soon as well. KitKat was released nearly two weeks ago, and it brought many improvements in security and user-facing features. Google promised that older Nexus devices, unfortunately not including the Galaxy Nexus,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 10, 2013

Multiboot Now Available for the Nexus 4 and 7 (2012 and 2013)

A little under a year ago, we talked about a rather unique multiboot solution available for the Google Nexus 7 (2012). The tool, which was developed by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar, differed from most other multiboot solutions available on other devices because it streamlined the process and requires no modification of your device's bootloader or existing /system partition. It did, however, require modification to the /data partition, but things were still more civilized than most other multiboot solutions due to the integrated installer app. Now, Tasssadar's...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Early Source-Built Android 4.4 Builds for Nexus 4 and 7

Ever since Google released the source code for Android 4.4 KitKat, we knew it wouldn't be long before proper, source-built ROMs were made available for certain devices. And naturally, we all expected these initial builds to appear first on some of the current Nexus fleet. That is indeed the case, as there are now builds for the Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 7 (2012), and the Google Nexus 7 (2013). These builds all come courtesy of the Paranoid Android team, and are...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Android 4.4 Coming Soon to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, Moto X, New Droids, HTC One and SGS4 GPe; No 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus

What an exciting day we had yesterday. As was widely speculated, the Google Nexus 5 was finally released, which means that you can finally put that F5 key to rest. However, the new device wasn't the only important announcement yesterday. We were also given a nice dose of the next version of Android, version 4.4 KitKat. Now the question in everybody's mind undoubtedly turns to when their device will get the update. Luckily, we now know the roadmap for certain key devices....

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Will Verduzco · Oct 17, 2013

Ubuntu Officially Available for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus

Back at XDA:DevCon 2013, Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon gave a talk about the future of Ubuntu on mobile devices. Also at the conference, Ubuntu coder Michael Hall held a Ubuntu Touch Development Workshop aimed at spurring and fostering application development for the soon-to-be-ready platform. Both of these presentations can now be viewed online. Fast forward a few months, and Ubuntu for phones is now available for its first two devices. Coinciding with the desktop Ubuntu 13.10 release, Ubuntu for phones is now officially available...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 29, 2013

Revitalize Your Nexus 4’s Display with Nexus 4 Display Control

Did you join the Internet masses in picking up a Nexus 4 now that its price has dropped to a mere $199 and $249 for the 8 and 16 gig models, respectively? If so, I can't blame you. In fact, I'll just come out and say it: The Google Nexus 4 is an utterly fantastic smartphone. However, that's not to say that it's perfect. In my opinion, the Nexus 4 most accurately represents the phrase, "the whole is greater than the...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 22, 2013

Nexus Factory Images Updated to JSS15Q and JWR66Y, 2013 Nexus 7 Multi-Touch and GPS Issues Fixed

Not too long ago, we brought you news of the Nexus 7 (2013) Factory Image situation and the drama that ensued. Luckily, it wasn't too long before the world was made right once again, and the factory images and driver binaries for the device were released. For those keeping track, this was build JSS15J for the 2013 Nexus 7 and JWR66V for the rest of the current Nexus stable. Now, a new build has emerged, and it is build JSS15Q...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 31, 2013

Yet Another Reason to Update to Android 4.3: TRIM Support

Android 4.3's launch last week has been nothing short of an almost resounding success. Why "almost?" Well, aside from a few issues with copy/paste, most users seem to be quite happy with the latest iteration of Jelly Bean. This level of user satisfaction is to be expected, as the latest flavor of Jelly Bean brings added performance, improved API support, additional functionality, and a few other features. One of these "other features," however, is quite important for those of us...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 24, 2013

Android 4.3 Announced and Rolling Out to Nexus Devices, Images Available

We were all expecting it. In fact, we've all been waiting for it ever since this year's Google I/O. However, that conference came and went, without a trace of Android 4.3. But after last week's Android 4.3 leak, we knew it was finally coming soon. And in today's Google event, which also marked the release of the Nexus 7 refresh, it has finally been made official. So what's new in this latest flavor of Jelly Bean? Here are some of the...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 23, 2013

High Resolution Device Graphics for UI Mockups

We've all seen them before. You know, those fancy UI mockups that show how an app would look on a particular device. They not only help put the finishing touches on your app's Play store listing, but they also help give your app a good first impression of being highly polished---before users even get a chance to try it out. And you know what they say about first impressions. So how would one go about creating one of these mockups?...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 18, 2013

Android 4.3 Leaked for the Google Nexus 4

Every year, Android users wait in anticipation for signs of leaked updates. The disappointment end users faced when Google delayed announcing Android 4.3 at Google I/O will soon be outweighed due to a leaked system dump by XDA Forum Member ManOnTheMoon. The dump is available as a Team Win Recovery Project backup for the Nexus 4. Android Police has been tracking the dump, and they verified the legitimacy of it at approximately late last evening, which was originally obtained by...

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admin · Jul 3, 2013

Introducing the XDA Development Database!

One of our goals for the year has been to better organize all of the development works (ROMs, apps, tools, kernels, etc.) on XDA. We wanted this to be useful but also to have minimal impact on how developers post to XDA and on users who are happy with the current structure of the forums. We're currently testing a system, we call the Development Database (or DevDB for short) on a handful of forums (Galaxy S II, Xperia Z, Galaxy Note...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 9, 2013

Paranoid Android 3 Released for Four Nexus Devices

By now, you've no doubt heard of Paranoid Android. In fact, there's a good chance that if you own the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10; you're either running the ROM yourself or you've given it a try in the past. For the few unfamiliar, Paranoid Android's defining characteristic is what they call Hybrid Engine. Contrary to what many believe, this is not "tablet mode," though that is one of many things that can be accomplished using Hybrid...

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jerdog · Jan 19, 2013

Make Your Voice Heard – Vote on the Next XDA Cases

At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we've seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4---but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup. Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA....

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 14, 2013

Jelly Bean 4.2.1-Based AOKP Available for Nexus Devices

Whenever there is mention of custom ROMs for Android, AOKP is one of the first to come to mind. Over the past year, the popularity of this source-built ROM has skyrocketed to make it one of the most recognizable third party development projects. Though over the past few months, several AOKP users (including myself) decided to jump ship to other ROMs because of the delay in a release based on Android 4.2. There is good news: The wait is over,...

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