POSTS TAGGED: Google Nexus 5

Learn How to Calibrate the Screen of Your Nexus 5

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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 Nexus 5 owners navigate this often confusing and, in some cases, rather technical area, XDA Senior Member yorici wrote a tutorial on how to calibrate the screen and more of your Nexus 5.

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Root Android L Developer Preview on the Nexus 5 and 7

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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 Developer Preview and you’ve been dying for root access, you can now get your fix in thanks to XDA Recognized Developer savoca, who rooted the test firmwares and shared how to do so within just a couple hours of the L Developer Preview release.

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First Impressions with Android L Developer Preview

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Android L on the Google Nexus 5It’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 Developer Preview firmware on a Nexus 5 to see how far Google has come with L and where there’s still room for improvement. Head past the break to see our initial impressions.. . . READ ON »

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

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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 ideal option for everyone–namely those who haven’t rooted and unlocked their bootloaders, and would rather apply an incremental OTA. Luckily, the update h. . . READ ON »

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

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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 5Nexus 4Nexus 7Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10. Unfortunately, just as was the case with 4.4.3 KTU84M, nothing is available for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE-enabled variant at this time. According to Sprint’s update support documentation rel. . . READ ON »

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

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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 without wiping their /data partitions. But now thanks to this incremental OTA,users with locked bootloaders can update to Android 4.4.3 without hav. . . READ ON »

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

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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 is unclear whether these security enhancements include some of the root app-related issues that we talked about previously or what other bug fixes may be present. That said. . . READ ON »

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

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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 to current generation Nexus devices today.

This news comes from T-Mobile software update support documents stating that both the Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7 (2013) will be receiving their respective doses of the 4.4.3 goods starting today. T. . . READ ON »

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Nexus 5 Gets Highly Functional Firefox OS Nightlies

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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 the quiet kid who sits in the back of the classroom in school.

With that said, Firefox OS has found its way onto the Nexus 5, a feat made possible by XDA Senior Member abtekk. . . . READ ON »

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