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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...

Will Verduzco · Dec 5, 2013

UPDATED: Android 4.4.1 Update for the Google Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2013 LTE) Now Live, OTAs Captured

Just two days ago, we talked about how Android 4.4.1 was undergoing internal testing at Google. Then earlier today, we received word of some of the new camera improvements that would be coming with the latest version. Now, the official Android 4.4.1 OTA has started making its way to the Google Nexus 5 in the form of an incremental OTA update. The incremental OTA takes you from the previous Android 4.4 (KRT16M) build to Android 4.4.1 (KOT49E). Naturally, the OTA will be rolling...

Will Verduzco · Dec 5, 2013

Android 4.4.1 to Bring Massive Upgrade to Nexus 5 Camera

Ever since the release of the highly anticipated Google Nexus 5, the device has earned nearly unanimous praise from the tech industry. Much of this has been well deserved, as the Nexus 5 features bleeding-edge internals at a wallet-friendly price. Unfortunately the camera quality, while much improved over its predecessor Nexus devices, still leaves much to be desired. Luckily, however, this is being actively worked on and tested, with a fix right around the corner. A few days ago, we reported...

Will Verduzco · Dec 4, 2013

Create Your Own Magnetic Dock for the Google Nexus 5

You know those hidden magnets underneath the rear panel of the Google Nexus 5? Well, it was quickly determined that their purpose is to align the phone with the official Qi charger by Google. Unfortunately, however, Google's official Qi charger is rather pricey at $50, close to five times the cost of a generic Qi charging mat. Furthermore, the new charging mat for the Nexus 5 no longer features the useful angled design of its predecessor, the Qi charger for the Nexus 4....

Jimmy McGee · Dec 2, 2013

Android 4.4 Released for HTC One Dev & Unlocked Models, Nexus Devices Vulnerable to SMS DoS Attack! – XDA Developer TV

The HTC One Developer and Unlocked models are now receiving Android 4.4 KitKat! 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 the announcement that the Google Nexus line of devices is vulnerable to Denial of Service attacks and that the Xposed Framework is now official on Android 4.4 KitKat! In other important news, Jordan talks about the legendary HTC HD2 is now running...

Samantha · Nov 27, 2013

Google Confirms Android Will Get RAW Imaging and Burst Mode

One thing that's lacking in Android devices is the ability to capture and save RAW image files and take multiple pictures with burst mode. Sure some devices feature burst mode, but it's not built into the default Android camera application. This is about to change in the future, as Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano confirmed early rumors that such support will be making its way to Android in a future update. “Android’s latest camera HAL (hardware abstraction layer) and framework supports...

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…)

Jimmy McGee · Nov 22, 2013

VZW Moto X Gets Android 4.4, OmniROM Out for Nexus 5, Motorola Restores Developer Edition Warranties! – XDA Developer TV

In an interesting twist, the Verizon Moto X is among the first to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update! 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 there is a KitKat-based OmniROM available for the Google Nexus 5. And in another unexpected move, Motorola has reinstated warranties on developer devices. That's not all that is covered in today's video! Jordan talks...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 21, 2013

KitKat-Based OmniROM Available for Google Nexus 5

The community-based OmniROM was first presented at the Big Android BBQ 2013. A few days ago, we wrote about an alpha build for the Samsung Galaxy S III. We have great news for Google Nexus 5 owners looking to get in on the fun: Android 4.4-based OmniROM is available for your device.  Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor mithun46 and Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, an official alpha build of this ROM is available for the Hammerhead. Despite being a very early release, almost everything seem to be working,...

jordankeyes · Nov 20, 2013

Device Review: Google Nexus 5

2pm Eastern time, October 31st, 2013 -- Google flips the switch, and the Nexus 5 goes live on the Google Play store. Within minutes, all of the available variants (16 and 32 GB models, in both black and white) are backordered, with ship dates weeks or months out. Somehow, I managed to get my order in. I can’t recall whether it was someone posting about it on Google+ or a passing comment on Twitter that alerted me to the sale,...

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...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 18, 2013

Experimental OmniROM for I9100G, I9300, Xperia T. KitKat Coming to HTC One Google Play Edition – XDA Developer TV

KitKat is coming to the HTC One Google Play Edition! 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 the announcement that alpha CyanogenMod 11 builds are available for the Sony Xperia P and KitKat-based OmniROMs are available for the Sony Xperia T and the Samsung Galaxy S II. In other important news, Jordan talks about the article showing you how to fix the...

Will Verduzco · Nov 17, 2013

Google Nexus 5 Speaker Volume Fix Yields Impressive Results

Remember that interesting hardware mod for the Google Nexus 5 that we talked about yesterday? If not, let me refresh your memory. When XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler noticed that his Nexus 5's internal speaker wasn't up to snuff, he decided to investigate. Long story short, Adam posits that the speaker performance in some units is affected by glue that has snuck its way into unintended areas. This runny glue, however, doesn't seem to be a problem for everyone. But on some units,...

Will Verduzco · Nov 16, 2013

How to Fix the Low Speaker Volume on Your Google Nexus 5

The Google Nexus 5 was released 17 days ago, and it was met with nearly unanimous praise. Sure, the camera is a little bit extremely laggy; but for the first time in recent Nexus device history, it's actually of passable image quality---especially for the price. One legitimate concern, however, is the rather low speaker volume, which often makes it hard to hear incoming calls. Strangely, this only seems to affect certain units. Luckily, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler looked into the matter, and found that on some...

Will Verduzco · Nov 11, 2013

Enable Status Bar Battery Percentage Readout on Stock KitKat

If you're lucky enough to already have your hands on a Google Nexus 5 or a device with a daily driver status KitKat build, you are probably well familiar with many of the new features in the latest and greatest version of Google's nearly ubiquitous mobile OS. However, not every new feature is exactly fully baked, and one such partially completed new addition requires a bit of trickery to unveil. XDA Forum Member kroegerama created an application that works with Android 4.4 KitKat to...

Will Verduzco · Nov 6, 2013

Get Back the Old SMS Interface in KitKat with 8sms

If you're one of the lucky few to already have your hands on the much anticipated Google Nexus 5, you are probably already enjoying many of the new features in Android 4.4 KitKat. Along for the ride with the new OS, comes a new version of Google Hangouts. This new version now incorporates SMS functionality, eliminating the need for the old default messaging app. While the merging of Hangouts and SMS has been celebrated by many, there are others who find...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 6, 2013

How to Root and Unlock the Google Nexus 5 – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Google Nexus 5. The Google Nexus 5 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the first device released with Android 4.4 KitKat, and that is a good thing. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Nexus 5 is no exception to that! Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access and unlock the bootloader on your Nexus...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 4, 2013

Google Nexus 5 Rooted! Android 4.4 Source Available, ROMs Incoming (Even for Galaxy Nexus!) – XDA Developer TV

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has rooted the Google Nexus 5 with CF-Auto-Root! 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 an article reporting that the source code, factory images, and driver binaries for Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5 are available and the announcement that KitKat will being coming to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Moto X, HTC One, and Samsung...

Will Verduzco · Nov 4, 2013

Easily Customize Your New Google Nexus 5 with Multi-Tool

If you're one of the lucky few to already have your grubby little paws on the recently released Google Nexus 5, you are probably the envy of all of your Android-loving comrades. But do you know what would make them even more jelly? Rooting your Nexus 5 and adding a little bit of customization. We recently covered XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root for the Nexus 5. CF-Auto-Root is essentially the easiest way to get from fresh-out-the-box to rooted stock. However,...

Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Chainfire Roots the Google Nexus 5 with CF-Auto-Root

We all knew that the Google Nexus 5 would be rooted as soon as users and developers started getting their hands on the device. And now, that time has come. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire recently received his unit, and we can all guess what happened next. So if you're lucky enough to already have your own, or even if yours is simply on the way, good things are in store for you. In addition to simply rooting the device, Chainfire released CF-Auto-Root. As stated by...