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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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TK · Nov 13, 2013

Nexus 7 Multi-Utility Updated with KitKat Screen Recording

The Google Nexus 5 was just released a few weeks ago, packing Android 4.4 Kit Kat. The Nexus 7 (2013) was released not that long ago, and officially received KitKat earlier today. KitKat brings a nice new feature that allows you to record the screen on your device. Previously, this required (paid) third party apps. And even then, many faced compatibility issues with certain SoCs and ROMs. The new feature has one major down side, though. You must be connected to...

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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

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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TK · Oct 14, 2013

Thwart Those Nexus 7 (2013) Multi-Touch Issues

The Nexus 7 (2013) has been out since the late July, and many have enjoyed the device, which features numerous improvements over last year's model. That said, many users have reported multi-touch issues right out of the box, and Google tried to address the issue back in August with the JSS15Q update. Sadly, this update didn't fix the issue for all users, and it even brought on new touch issues for some who previously had none. XDA Recognized Contributor sfhub came up with...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 9, 2013

LTE Nexus 7 (2013) JLS36I Restore Images Now Available

A few days ago, we mentioned that the JLS36I update to Android 4.3.1 had begun rolling out to LTE-enabled Nexus 7 (2013) tablets. However, at the time, we found it a bit curious that there was no associated restore image available on Google's Nexus Factory Images website. Even though the incremental OTA links had been captured and the files themselves mirrored, it's always nice to have a full restore image of the latest firmware just in case. Now, Google has...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 7, 2013

Android 4.3.1 Coming to 2013 Nexus 7 LTE, Google Now in Any Language

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 region lock has been removed by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he covers all of the important stories from this weekend. Included in this recap is an article reporting that Android 4.3.1 is coming to the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE and the announcement that you can use Google Now in any language. In other important news, Jordan talks about call recording on the Sony Xperia V...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 5, 2013

Android 4.3.1 (JLS36I) Rolling out to the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

What's the main advantage of owning a Nexus device? There's the easily unlockable bootloader, the stock Android experience sans OEM "value added" software, and various other perks. OK, fine. There are quite a few advantages to owning a Nexus device. That said, for most end users, it's the promise of timely updates for as long as the hardware is relevant. On the topic of updates, a new OTA is rolling out to LTE-enabled Nexus 7 (2013) devices, bringing the device to...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 18, 2013

New Nexus 7 (2013) Unboxed the XDA Way with Screen Replacement – XDA Developer TV

Google released the new Nexus 7 (2013) and everyone has been waiting with baited breath for XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler to do one of his famous XDA Unboxings. In an XDA Unboxing, Adam tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components. He then identifies some of the components and tells us what they do. In this episode, AdamOutler shows off the New Nexus 7 (2013), and he strips it down to its bare bones. He then...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 12, 2013

Mushy 2013 Nexus 7 Buttons Got You Down? Fix Them!

The Google Nexus 7 (2013 Edition) is a fantastic little tablet. Packing speedy enough internals, a fantastic screen, and the latest version of Android into a sleek and finger friendly enclosure; the new Nexus 7 is great for what it is. That said, it's not perfect. A common complaint on the new Nexus 7 been the quality of its hardware buttons. Many units (mine included) lack rewarding and clicky button feedback when depressed. This issue seems to present itself most...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 26, 2013

Toolkits for HTC One and Oppo Find 5 Available, Nexus Android 4.3 Images Updated – XDA Developer TV

With a new set of Nexus factory images, the Nexus 7 (2013) multi-touch and GPS issues have been eased. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is an article about dual booting on the HTC Pico and the guide to compile TWRP for your device. Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 25, 2013

Tablet UI Mod for the 2013 Nexus 7 on Stock, Rooted JSS15Q

With the launch of the original Google Nexus 7 well over a year ago, we saw the first appearance of the interface affectionately known as "Phablet UI." Not quite the standard 10" tablet layout that we had first seen in Honeycomb and certainly not the phone layout; this new layout was essentially a combination of the two depending on orientation, application, and so on. Many have grown to tolerate and even favor the layout on the 7" form factor, and...

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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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Jimmy McGee · Aug 12, 2013

Nexus 7 BACK in AOSP, Sony Open Sources Xperia Z Ultra and M, HTC One X+ Gets Android 4.2.2 – XDA Developer TV

Just a few days ago, the Internet was exploding over the fact that the Nexus 7 (2013) lacked factory images. Well, that's changed; the driver binaries and factory images are now available. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is an article about Sony opening sources to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the Sony Xperia M and news that the HTC One X+ has gotten...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 10, 2013

2013 Nexus 7 Factory Images and Driver Binaries Available

Just a few days back, we covered the unfortunate news that official restore images for the new 2013 Nexus 7 were not yet available. Much speculation pointed towards Qualcomm as the underlying cause for the delay, given that such a trend was observed on previous Qualcomm-based Nexus devices. Thankfully, either due to a change of heart by Qualcomm or Google, the factory images are now available. Furthermore, the component drivers are now also available, so those looking to compile from...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 9, 2013

Nexus 7 Gone from AOSP, JBQ Quits, and Fine Tune Chromecast Tab Streaming – XDA Developer TV

The Nvidia SHIELD's open source materials were released, while the this wasn't the case for the Nexus 7 (2013). That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is an article about optimizing your Chormecast and news about the XDA Development Database. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video, giving you a basic education about the...

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