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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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Will Verduzco · Nov 12, 2014

Lollipop Factory Image for Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi Leaked!

It's been a little over a week since Google pushed the full Android 5.0 Lollipop source code to its AOSP servers. While the source code has lead to the rapid release of quite a few source-built ports for existing devices, many users are still eagerly awaiting the official updates. An implicit promise of the Google Nexus line is that device owners will receive updates, and they'll receive them quickly. Now, owners of the WiFi variant of the first generation Nexus 7 are in for a special...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 2, 2014

LuneOS Goes Official and Brings webOS to Android Devices

webOS has had rather turbulent history. Initially developed by Palm, the Linux kernel-based operating system has never found had an easy time making its way to mobile devices. However, and what may come as a surprise to many reading this, development work on the platform is still well underway. There are even working ports for some of popular devices like the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the long since forgotten HP Touchpad. The project for mobile devices was...

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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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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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Jimmy McGee · Jun 9, 2014

OnePlus One Gets Unofficial 4.4.3 OmniROM, 2012 Nexus 7 Updated to Android 4.4.3 – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat 4.4.3 has been released for the Nexus 7 (2012)! 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 OmniROM 4.4.3 for the OnePlus One and Android 4.4.3 for the Moto X! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure the check out the other  videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for...

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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 · Mar 12, 2014

Speed Up Your Aging Nexus 7 2012’s Storage with F2FS

It's no secret that despite being a great device overall, the Google Nexus 7 (2012) offers less than ideal flash memory performance. While the issue has been mitigated to a certain extent through the use of TRIM, file system performance is still often the device's Achilles heel. Because of this, it stands to reason that any steps taken to improve storage performance on the device will greatly improve the overall user experience. XDA Senior Member legolas93 decided to take on the task of improving the Nexus...

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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 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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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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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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Will Verduzco · Nov 14, 2013

Android 4.4 OTA Updates Captured for Nexus 10 and 7 (Both)

Yesterday, we were happy to share the news that the official Android 4.4 KitKat updates were being rolled out to the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10 via over-the-air updates. Naturally, however, not everyone has yet received the official OTA update. And making matters a bit more complicated for those wishing to update before the OTA hits their device, Google has not yet posted these updates for download directly from the Nexus Factory Images page. Thankfully, the community has...

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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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