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Samantha · Apr 15, 2014

HTC Sense 6 Ported to the Nexus 5

The Google Nexus 5 is regarded as having everything an Android user needs or wants: timely updates, fantastic specs, and a fabulous design. However, one could beg to differ by saying that it being a Nexus device means that it naturally would not have UI of other devices, such as Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense. How sorely wrong they are. As seen time and time again, if a Nexus device has its eyes set on something it likes, it’s going...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 14, 2014

Android 4.4.3 KTU84F to Begin Rolling Out to Nexus 5 Today (Update: Not Quite)

You may recall that we've seen quite a few Android 4.4.3 test builds pop up recently. But now, at least according to US third-place carrier Sprint, it will finally begin rolling out some time today--at least for the Google Nexus 5. The update was first spotted by XDA Forum Member GiantJay, who noticed a new build on Sprint's support pages. Thus far, we don't really know much about this new KTU48F KTU84F build, other than its build number and what's mentioned in...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 8, 2014

Always-On Listening Mode Proof-of-Concept Demoed on the Nexus 5

When the Moto X was first announced, many were skeptical about the supposedly flagship device with less than flagship specifications. Then as time went on, it gradually became clear that the Moto X wasn't exactly about raw hardware specs. Rather, the device's innovative features were its selling points. We've already seen various Active Display-like implementations for other devices, but for many, the coolest feature of the Moto X is undoubtedly the famous "OK Google Now" wake-up hot word. This lead many...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 19, 2014

Could a Lenovo-Motorola Nexus 6, an Asus Nexus 8, and an HTC Nexus 10 v2 be in the Works?

Hot off the heels of selling money pit Motorola to Lenovo, could Google be eyeing the new Moto-novo as the next Nexus phone manufacturer? According to sources over at  IB Times Australia, this is highly likely. Ignoring the obvious irony in selecting the now third party Motorola as a Nexus device manufacturer, this alleged partnership could make quite a bit of business sense. For starters, let's consider a potential timetable. Since Nexus phones are typically released in the Fall, that would mean that...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 17, 2014

Make “OK Google” Compatible with Your Phone and Language of Choice

Being able to say "OK Google" from the comfort of your home screen was introduced alongside the Nexus 5's Google Experience Launcher a few months ago. It allows users to control their devices with just their voice, as saying "OK Google” launches the voice command detection mode. With the newest update of Google Search, "OK Google" can finally detect languages other than English, and it works perfectly fine with other devices, but a little “hack” is needed. XDA Recognized Developer memnoc...

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Samantha · Jan 6, 2014

Get Rid of Bloatware on the Nexus 5 with Ease

It goes without saying that the Google Nexus 5 is one popular device here on at XDA. And given the specs and price point, there's little reason to doubt why. It's got some top notch internals, a good build quality, and it is very welcoming to open-source and community development. What the Nexus 5 isn't exempt from, however, is the great number of bloatware apps that parasitically come alongside the device. A quick and clean fix to purge your device of these...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 6, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 M2, Nexus 5 Camera Mod, Web-based Odin Utility – XDA Developer TV

CyanogenMod 11.0 M2 is coming to over 65 devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is KitKat-based OmniRom for the LG Optimus Black and an article talking about how you can improve the quality of your Nexus 5 photos with a simple mod! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about XDA Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler's JOdin3 web-tool to flash your Samsung...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 3, 2014

Improve the Quality of Your Nexus 5 Photos with Simple Mod

The Google Nexus 5 is an undoubtedly great device. That said, its camera's image quality leaves much to be desired. Google tried to improve the camera by applying some patches in Android 4.4.1, but the camera can still be improved further. A few weeks ago, we talked about a camera mod for the LG G2 created by XDA Recognized Contributor Jishnu Sur™. This modification fixed a few issues like low video frame rate in low lighting, as well as a few other minor...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 31, 2013

Top 5 Technology Trends of 2013 – XDA Developer TV

The end of 2013 is here, and it has been an exciting year in the mobile device world. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan combed through all the headlines, hardware releases, and device developments that happened this year and identified the Top Five Technology Trends for 2013. Everything from expanded mobile OS offerings to great independant mobile device choices, the rapid expansion of wearable technology and Google Glass, and much more. So take a moment to check out today's video and...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 27, 2013

Speed Up Your Nexus Device with Qualcomm-Optimized KitKat Dalvik and Bionic Libraries

Ever wonder how despite its less than jaw dropping specifications, the Moto X still manages to score quite well in many benchmarks? Unlike some of the other major OEMs out there, Motorola doesn't rely on benchmark-specific application detection and questionable "optimizations." Rather, they actually employ genuine speed tweaks, in the form of optimized Bionic and Dalvik libraries. But before delving further to learn about how you can use optimized libraries to improve the performance on your own Qualcomm-based Nexus device, let's...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 26, 2013

AOKP KitKat 4.4.2 Nightlies Now Available for 10 Devices!

As you're making your way down the list of things to try with your newly acquired tech toys, one thing you'll undoubtedly get around to is flashing a custom ROM. Those looking for aftermarket firmware now have one more Android 4.4.2-based option, as the AOKP team has just finished incorporating Google's latest and greatest into their nightly builds. Currently, Android 4.4.2-based nightly builds are available for the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 25, 2013

Find a New Phone or Tablet Under the Tree? Let XDA Help You Make the Most of It!

Once again, all of us here at XDA would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season! Undoubtedly, many of our happy readers are waking up to some extra Holiday cheer in the form of shiny new tech acquisitions. Luckily, XDA is here and has your back in helping you make the most of your new, Android-powered tech toy(s). You may remember that a little while ago, we shared with you our Best of 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Now, we're...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 16, 2013

Multiboot Now Available for the Google Nexus 5

There are moments in our Android lives when we can't decide which ROM to choose. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages like bugs, features, and so on. If you have only one device, you can swap around ROMs in the recovery. Unfortunately, that's not a perfect solution, as it's time consuming and wipes data every time. Luckily, there is another way. We've covered Multiboot by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar several times in the past. The developer has now updated...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 16, 2013

Android 4.4.2 OTA for SGS4 and HTC One GPe, Nexus 5 Production Update Fix Speaker/Button Issues – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition and not to be out done, the Google Play Edition HTC One has KitKat Android 4.4.2 available as well! That and much more KitKat news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement that Sony has released AOSP KitKat for the Sony Xperia L and the article talking about how Android...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 15, 2013

Wanam Kit Xposed Module Unleashes Full Potential of Nexus Devices

As you all know, AOSP is the purest form of Android. All Nexus devices are shipped with relatively clean Android, baked by Google engineers. Constant and frequent updates make it a quite interesting position for all Android enthusiasts. But AOSP is pretty barebone, as it lacks many of the key features of skinned ROMs that many of us have come to enjoy. This is when the brilliant Xposed Framework enters the picture. A few months ago, we talked about an...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 13, 2013

LG Adjusts Google Nexus 5 Production to Fix Speaker and Button Issues

For the most part, the Google Nexus 5 is an utterly fantastic device---and an even better value. The device delivers top tier specs, as well as the latest and greatest in Android, all in a slim and attractive package. While the Nexus 5 is largely a success, not everything is perfect with the device. At launch, the device suffered from a dreadfully slow camera and many also complained about a low speaker volume. Thankfully, Google took care of the former with an...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 11, 2013

Android 4.4.2 KOT49H Source Code Released, Factory Images for Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10

Just two days ago, we wrote about how Android 4.4.2 was rolling out to the most recent Nexus devices. This was only four days after the Android 4.4.1 roll out. And earlier today, we took a quick look at what changed from 4.4 to 4.4.2. Now, we're glad to report that the Android 4.4.2 source code has made its way over to the AOSP, and factory restore images are now available for the  Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 7...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 11, 2013

Android 4.4.1 / 4.4.2 KitKat Nexus 5 Update Review – XDA Developer TV

The Google Nexus 5 has only been out a short while. Our friend Jordan has reviewed it and even went so far as to show us how to root the device. During that time, the software developers at Google were coding so hard and so fast that the keyboard vending machines at Google started running dry. Their efforts have been praised on the Internet. The Android 4.4.1 update fixed a lot of peoples problems, but Google didn't stop there. They also...

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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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