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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 27, 2013

Legendary Google Nexus One Gets Android 4.4 and Joins Its Younger Brothers

In recent days, we've informed you about a variety of official KitKat updates. They all had one thing in common: Every update was delivered to some brand new devices like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play editions, each with powerful CPUs and newest drivers. But what happens with much older and unsupported devices? Do they gather dust? Not a chance at XDA. The Google Nexus One, the company's first flagship device from early 2010 (read more here) recently received...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 26, 2013

To Infinity and Beyond! NASA Launches 3 Nexus Ones into Orbit

Back in August of 2012, XDA OEM Relations Manager jerdog brought us news about a little Android project that was a bit "out there." The Phone Sat project is NASA's latest attempt at keeping up several parts of the space program while substantially cutting down on costs by using more day-to-day hardware and electronics. Remember that unimpressed astronaut meme with a caption of "so your phone has more computing power than the Apollo 11?" It seems that NASA engineers must have taken it...

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jerdog · Aug 30, 2012

Android and NASA – A Match Made in the Heavens?

It's T-Minus 30 seconds and counting on a beautiful, sunny day. The launch vehicle stands on the launching pad, ready to take the latest NASA satellite into space. And you stand a mile away, ready to see this amazing event. You are handed a pair of binoculars so you peer into the distance to see the rocket, and... wait! What's this? A green Android emblem on the side of the rocket? Is Google now in the space rocket business? What...

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Former Writer · Jul 19, 2012

Nexus One Lives On, Gets Jelly Bean

The last time we brought you news of the Nexus One, it was to assure everyone that it wasn't too old to run Ice Cream Sandwich. The trackball-wielding device certainly isn't getting any younger, but that doesn't mean it's getting left behind either. Along with another not-so-moldy oldy, the Nexus One has received a healthy dose of Jelly Bean. XDA Recognized Developer texasice has released a pre-alpha Jelly Bean ROM for Nexus One owners. The ROM is actually in pretty...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 11, 2011

Is the Galaxy Nexus Still a “Nexus?”

If you thought that simply because you weren't buying a Verizon-bloated Galaxy Nexus that you would be privy to a true Google Experience, guess again! As first noted by XDA forum member Luxferro, who discovered that his GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus's build.prop fingerprint didn't quite match up to the expected, not every Galaxy Nexus is a Galaxy Nexus. What is "Nexus?" Let's take a few steps back and figure out what's going on. To do so, we must take a look at...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 18, 2011

Nexus One “Too Old” for ICS? Get Real! AOSP-Based Builds Arrive for Various Devices!

Google's Mobile Product Manager Hugo Barra recently stated that the company had no plans to update the Nexus One to Ice Cream Sandwich, citing that the handset was simply too old to run the newer operating system. Many users felt unnecessarily abandoned, believing that a former flagship device under 2 years old could hardly be considered "too old" for updates. Having used a Nexus One as my primary device for eight months, the news made my heart sink ever so...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 27, 2011

Sorry Nexus One! No ICS For You

The Nexus family... Google's flagship line of devices has always been at the helm when it comes to getting official updates. According to a tip that we just got by XDA member joshman99, there was an official announcement by Google where they said that the aging Nexus One would not be receiving an Ice Cream Sandwich update due to it not having the necessary hardware to run it properly. I personally find this a bit ironic, considering that the Nexus One...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 3, 2011

Android 2.3.7 Hits The Streets!

Well, it seems that the people/team behind Gingerbread really do not want to see this fantastic version of Android to be left behind and forgotten. Because of this, they decided to start rolling out what is likely to be one of the last updates to Gingerbread, Android 2.3.7. Several devices received OTAs being pushed in about a week and a half ago. Needless to say, between that time and now, roms of all sizes and colors have surfaced for a...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 29, 2011

Get S-OFF And More Storage On Your Nexus One

If you thought that the aging Nexus One was already all out of development tricks, there are a few surprises in stock for you in the following article. First of all, XDA member dla5244 brings us a custom HBOOT for the Nexus One called BLACKROSE, which basically will grant S-OFF on the device. This will allow you to mess with pretty much everything (except for Radios). This is, when not put in context, a good development. However, what makes this a...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 27, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 41

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers Portal, I'll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. This week, we'll concentrate on three officially sanctioned Google Experience devices: the Google Nexus S, the Google Nexus One, and the Motorola XOOM. Q: I frequently get force closes in acore and google services framework. How do I fix this? [Question originally seen in the Nexus One Q&A Section.] A: Really easy, this will fix either...

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egzthunder1 · May 20, 2011

Google’s Arduino ADK Working on Nexus One!

Looks like people left rather happy from Google IO. Lots of news regarding Android, Chrome, and everything that people could have possibly wanted to hear about the future of all that is Google. Not just that, but also many devs that went there left with their hands and pockets full as well. In the case of XDA member Nikropht, he walked out of the conference with a brand new and shiny AADK (Arduino Accessory Developers Kit). The dev decided to put...

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TheRomMistress · May 9, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 36

Xda-Developers is a great source of information. Part of the reason for this is the general attitude of the members here. Websters Dictonary defines community as "joint ownership or participation." By working as a community, the members of XDA have been able to come up with answers to some of the most difficult questions posed in the mobile world. Part of my job as a XDA News Writer is to find those answers and provide them to you in a quick...

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Will Verduzco · May 2, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 35

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers portal, I'll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. Q: I have a little headphone icon showing up in the system tray, and I have no idea why, or what exactly it means is happening. [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.] A: While the notification pops up at seemingly random some times, this is nothing to be alarmed about. Honeycomb simply...

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orb3000 · Mar 29, 2011

Theme ADAMOID LuxurY DeSIGn for Nexus One

XDA member adam2010 presents this new theme for your Nexus One using CM7 ROM. ADAMOID LuxurY really changes all colors and general look on your device. The complete package includes MIUI Music, Go Contacts, Go Launcher (themed), and Go Launcher Classic 2, so you don´t need to download any additional stuff to make it work. For installation, make a Nandroid backup and then download the file. The file is not flashable, so you'll have to extract it first, then put...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 23, 2011

Add a Taste of Carbonite to Your CyanogenMod 7

In case you haven't noticed, here at XDA-Developers, we like hacking and modifying our devices. A big part of this, which many often look past while installing countless ROMs and kernels, is that we appreciate customizing the appearance of our devices as well. Sure performance improvements can be seen in benchmarks and frame rates in games, but even dramatic performance gains are often quite subtle compared to basic themes. Luckily, there is no shortage of theme creators in our community....

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orb3000 · Mar 18, 2011

HTC Desire S ROM Ported to Nexus One

XDA member abhi0n0nakul told us about a HTC Desire S ROM being ported to the Nexus One. So, if you have this Android device, now you have the chance to try a newer Gingerbread based ROM. The latest version includes HTC Sense, Locations, WIFI, GPS, overclocking tool for up to 1113 Mhz, and the newest Market, all working well. According to the original poster, you will need latest radio: 5.12, latest hboot: 35.0017, sd-ext: 1gb, recovery: amon ra passion and to...

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mic_888 · Mar 5, 2011

Light Flow – Successive Trackball Colours (No root)

If you own a Nexus One  you'll find a few trackball colour apps around but all require root access. However, if you haven't gotten round to rooting your device yet, XDA forum member andrewpmoore has written Light Flow an app for non-root users! Light Flow lets you monitor a number of events and has 2 modes. Priority mode lets you choose which notification type is most important to you and the trackball will flash in that colour. Succession mode is...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 25, 2011

Make Calls Via T-Mobile Wifi on Your Nexus One with CM7

One of the thing that plagued Nexus One owners wanting to use CM7 was the fact that they could not use Internet calling via Wifi. Due to the fact that his girlfriend wanted to have this feature running in her Nexus One, XDA member unforgiven512 took matter into his own hands and started working on a patch to enable Wifi calling on T-Mobile, just like the G2 has. Cyanogen added as well all the necessary code fixes to get this...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 24, 2011

Nexus One – The First Phone to Receive a Honeycomb Full SDK Port

I am sure you have been following our dev's every step for the last week or so as Android's newest sweet treat was ported to a few devices including the Nexus One, EVO, Desire, and Desire HD, among others. As of a few days ago, our devs were able to replace the "preview" SDK that they were playing with by the official, full blown SDK for Honeycomb. As our devs don't like to waste any time, XDA member bypass23 who...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 24, 2011

Gingerbread 2.3.3 GRI40 Update.zips Found for Nexus One and Nexus S!

Yes, you read right! Our own XDA Forum member trebor_88 was able to locate the GRI40 from FRG83G update.zip for the Nexus One, while XDA member krohnjw was able to find the GRI40 from GRH78 link for the Nexus S. If you're a developer looking to get cooking, or happen to be a user running a stock ROM, you may want to give give these a download! Continue to this thread to get your fix and discuss the update!

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