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Jimmy McGee · Nov 14, 2014

Lollipop Images for Nexus 5, 7, 10, .NET Open Sourced! – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 5, 7 and 10 are now available! 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 Sony bringing Lollipop to the Sony Xperia L, and be sure the check out the article talking about Microsoft Open Sourcing the .Net Framework. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 12, 2014

Lollipop Factory Images for Nexus 5, 7, 10 Now Live!

It's been over a week since Google released the full source code for Android Lollipop. We've seen quite a few ports made by the community. However, one thing was still missing: factory images for Nexus 5, 7, and 10. Earlier today, we talked about how the Nexus 7 2012 WiFi images were found a bit early, but the rest were nowhere to be seen. Finally, after almost two weeks, Google engineers pressed the shiny green button and the factory images...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 5, 2014

Source Built Lollipop for Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, Xperia Z

Update: Thank you to commenter Amith KK for letting us know about the Source-Built Lollipop port for the Nexus 7 (2012) by XDA Senior Member MidnightNinja. ___ The source code for Android 5.0 Lollipop was only fully released yesterday, but developers on XDA work extremely quickly. In less than one day, some developers have managed to create Lollipop builds for particular devices. Let's see which devices are capable of using Lollipop as a daily driver so far. It was easy...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 19, 2014

Flyme OS Finds Its Way to the Google Nexus 5

Flyme OS is a heavily modified Android variant developed by the Meizu team for their MX smartphone line. This variant is based on Android 4.4 and offers a few unique solutions that this Chinese OEM created for their project. And in the eyes of many, this OS is quite beautiful and almost every piece of the ROM and its UI elements have been themed to match Meizu's philosophy. If you thought that Flyme OS was available only on Meizu devices, you are incorrect. XDA Forum...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 10, 2014

How to Flash Factory Images on Your Nexus Device – XDA Developer TV

The Nexus family is Google's answer to what they believe the Android experience should be, pure and clean without OEM customization interferrence. It is for this reason that many developers like to build and develop on Nexuses (Nexii?). It is always best to develop on a clean device, and Google is kind enough to open source parts of Android and provide factory images for you to install. In this episode of XDA Developer TV, XDA Xposed Tuesday newcomer and XDA Recognized...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 7, 2014

Updated Android L Developer Preview Images for the Nexus 5 and 7

It's now been a little less than two months since Google I/O 2014. While the Mountain View giant talked about quite a few new technologies and releases during the conference, most of us here at XDA-Developers were undoubtedly most excited about Android L and the associated Developer Preview images for the Nexus 5 (hammerhead) and the WiFi-only edition of the Nexus 7-2013 (razor). During the time we've had with the dev preview, we've all gotten a better taste of what Android L...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 18, 2014

Nexus 5 Receives Android 4.4.4_R2? XDA Root Directory, DevCon Speaker Updates – XDA Developer TV

Live from New York, its the XDA News Update hosted by Jordan Keyes! Ok, so maybe it's not live, but Jordan does review all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of the Nexus 5 receiving Android 4.4.4_R2 in selected countries and be sure the check out the announcement of the XDA Root Directory! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on  XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 15, 2014

Google Nexus 5 Updated to 4.4.4_R2 in NZ, AUS, India; Glass Gets XE19.1

Earlier today, Google issued updates to two current generation reference devices, the Google Nexus 5 and Google Glass. The former received an incredibly minor update to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q), while the latter was shown to a rather significant update XE19.1 (up from last month's rather significant XE 18.3 update). First up, we have the Nexus 5 update. Today's update takes users from Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q). However, this build isn't making its way out to all devices. Rather,...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 1, 2014

Limited Android L Developer Preview Source Code Now Available, Support for Current Nexus Devices

Update: As pointed out by XDA Forum Member a3361035 in the comments below, this isn't a complete release just yet. Rather, these are just a few GPL projects for the L-Preview release, and not a full platform update. __ As we mentioned earlier today, the Android L Developer Preview is exactly that--a developer preview. However, many users understandably want to taste the future of Android today. As such, quite a few Nexus 5 and 7 owners have ventured to install the Android L...

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Samantha · Jun 29, 2014

Learn How to Calibrate the Screen of Your Nexus 5

We all have preferences when it comes to the hardware aspects of screens on our smartphones and tablets, with some folks preferring screens that are TFT, AMOLED, or IPS. However, it's hard to argue against the fact that the Nexus 5 has a pretty fantastic 5-inch IPS display. But as part of the Nexus family, we've come to expect much more flexibility and customization from the device, and in this case, with regards to the software behind the screen. To help...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 27, 2014

Root Android L Developer Preview on the Nexus 5 and 7

Are you running the Android L Developer Preview? If so, your day's about to get a little bit sweeter! This test firmware was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) yesterday. And in the time since, we've put it through its paces to see just how far Google has come in releasing this new test firmware. But do you know what else has been accomplished since then? Yep, you guessed it. Root has been achieved. If you're running the L...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 26, 2014

First Impressions with Android L Developer Preview

It's now been several hours since the release of the Android L Developer Preview Images. Undoubtedly, many of you reading this have already loaded the preview firmware onto your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013). However, not everyone is lucky enough to own one of these devices--and even if you have an N5 or N7 by your side, you may not be willing to wipe your data in order to flash test images. In the time since release, we've been poking and prodding at the Android L...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 19, 2014

[OTA Captured] Android 4.4.4 KTU84P OTA Now Live for the Nexus 5!

Earlier today, Google shocked us all by making the Android 4.4.4 KTU84P factory images available for (most of) the current generation Google Nexus fleet. Not too long after, the fine folks over at FunkyAndroid did what they do best, and they showed us everything that's changed in this latest update. Now, the OTA updates have begun trickling out to current generation Nexus devices. Even though Nexus device owners can simply flash the relevant factory images to update to Android 4.4.4 KTU84P manually, this isn't an...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 19, 2014

Android 4.4.4 KTU84P Factory Images and Driver Binaries Available for Nexus Devices, Source Code Now Live

Well, that was unexpected! After dozens of leaks leading up to the eventual release of Android 4.4.3, Android 4.4.4 has suddenly arrived without so much as a moment's notice. The update itself has not yet begun rolling out to actual end user devices, but just like what we saw with 4.4.3 KTU84M, the factory images have been posted for the majority of the current generation Nexus fleet. Today’s Android 4.4.4 builds come in at KTU84P for the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013),...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 3, 2014

[OTA Captured] Android 4.4.3 OTA Now Live for the Nexus 5!

Just yesterday, Google made the Android 4.4.3 factory images available for the current generation Google Nexus fleet. Then earlier today, the WiFi-only variant of the N7-2013 started receiving its incremental OTA. Now the update has arrived for the Nexus line's latest flagship smartphone, the Google Nexus 5. Naturally, today's OTA comes in at the same KTU84M build number as we saw in yesterday's factory image release. But naturally, the factory image could not be applied by users who hadn't yet unlocked their bootloaders...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 2, 2014

Android 4.4.3 Factory Images and Driver Binaries Here for the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (Both), and 10, Source Code Now Live

It's here, folks! After a false alarm a few months ago, several rumors along the way, and update documentation courtesy of T-Mobile earlier today, we now have Android 4.4.3 for the current generation of Nexus devices. Today's builds come in at KTU84M for the Nexus 5, and KTU84L for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10. According to T-Mobile's support documentation released earlier today, these updates bring “security enhancements,” as well as “various bug fixes.” At this point, it...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 2, 2014

Android 4.4.3 to Begin Rolling Out to Nexus 4, 5, and 7 (2013), According to T-Mobile [Update: They’re Here!]

Update: They're here for the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (both), and 10! Head over to this post to get in on the action! You may recall back in the middle of April, Sprint erroneously stated that Android 4.4.3 would begin rolling out to the Nexus 5. We now know that this didn't quite come to pass, as all of our Nexus devices are still currently officially running Android 4.4.2. Now, however, we have reason to believe that Android 4.4.3 may finally begin rolling out...

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Samantha · May 28, 2014

Nexus 5 Gets Highly Functional Firefox OS Nightlies

Google's Android dominates the mobile technology landscape, with practically every new device announced and released in the past couple of years sporting the OS. Because of this, it's understandable to forget the existence of other options such as Mozilla's Firefox OS. It pops up to remind you that it's still kicking every once in a while, with the occasional port to devices such as the HTC HD2 and HTC Explorer. But other than the occasional ports, Firefox OS doesn't make much noise--much like...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 18, 2014

Google Glass gets KitKat and Rooted Bootloader, Android 4.4.3 KitKat for Google Nexus 5 Soon – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat for Google Glass has been rolled out! 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 Android 4.4.3 is being rolled out to the Google Nexus 5 (sort of) and that HTC Sense 6 has been ported to the Nexus 5! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 17, 2014

Fix the Ambient Light Issues on Your Google Nexus 5 using Xposed

The Google Nexus 5 is a great and rather popular device. This LG-produced flagship should receive a 4.4.3 update pretty soon, which will hopefully fix all of KitKat's remaining bugs. This upcoming version of Android will be the third hotfix released since the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat alongside the Nexus 5 itself back in late October of last year. One device feature that needs a bit more polish is the ambient light sensor, which currently has a tendency to go...

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