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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 8, 2015

IntoCircuit Power Castle 11,200 mAh Power Bank Review

Currently, used batteries last for no longer than a couple of days. Processors, graphical units, and the Android OS itself require lots of juice. Simple loading using the AC charger may be not enough, especially while you're traveling. A few years ago, you could have simply swapped the battery and continued to enjoy your phone. However, many current handsets, especially high-end ones, have built-in batteries, so all you can do while traveling is use a portable power bank battery charger. While...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 25, 2014

Nvidia and Robotics w/ Barrett Williams – XDA:DevCon 2014

Robotics continues to dominate our videos from this year’s XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK. For those of you who were not able to make it, we are excited to release another session for you to enjoy. Today, we offer up a follow up video of Shane Francis’s session Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My! This video features Nvidia Team Member Barrett Williams talking about Nvidia and Robotics. Williams is a member of the Tegra Tech Marketing Team at Nvidia. He began...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2014

Samsung Begins Production of 8-Gigabit RAM Chips

With the release of Android 5.0, our favorite mobile operating system has become 64-bit ready. Hardware used in some recently released mid-range devices like the HTC Desire 510 is already capable of processing 64-bit code. One of the main advantages of 64-bit computing is the ability for individual processes to address 4 GB of RAM and more. All top smartphones run 3 GB of RAM, but soon most flagship phones and tablets will have 4 GB of RAM. This will undoubtedly...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 23, 2014

Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My! w/ Shane Francis – XDA:DevCon 2014

This is our second video from this year’s XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK. For those of you who were unable to make it, we are excited to be releasing another session for you to enjoy. In a follow-up to our video from yesterday, Alin Jerpelea’s session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future, we offer up a video of Shane Francis’s session. Francis is an Android and technology fanatic who finished his computer science degree just over a year ago. Having been involved...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 18, 2014

Improve the Hardware Speaker on Google Glass

Google Glass is one of those ridiculously expensive toys that every practically grown-up gadget lover wants pretty badly. Glass is like gadget enthusiast jewelry that has to be worn to Android-related event. But for all of its positives, there are some problems inherent to its implementation. People with larger heads might have a problem with Google Glass's audio quality. Due to a poorly positioned speaker, this can then lead to loads of frustration. Our favorite hardware hacker, XDA Recognized Developer...

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jordankeyes · Nov 1, 2014

Device Review: Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses

Over the last few years, the world of wearables has truly gone from fantasy to reality. With the advent of devices like Google Glass, Android Wear, and the bevy of available fitness trackers, the mainstream is becoming more aware and interested in wearables. Epson took note of this trend as far back as 2011, when they released the Moverio BT-100 smart glasses, but unfortunately, it wasn’t a hit. In many ways you might say it was before its time. Well...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 11, 2014

The Risk of Brick – XDA TV

If you spend any amount of time reading or hanging out in the XDA Developers Forums, you will hear people talking about bricking the device. They warn you to be careful because doing this wrong could brick your device. Developers always mention that they are not responsible if you brick your device. There are questions with people asking how to fix their brick. Do the XDA members have a stonemason fetish? In this episode of XDA TV, Producer and XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 1, 2014

Build an Impractical But Awesome Lego Mindstorm Dock

The vast majority of what we cover here on the XDA-Developers News Portal relates to software development. Be it new apps, kernel modifications, ROMs, or Xposed Framework modules, we see a lot of cool software tweaks here at XDA. Unfortunately, we don't quite see so many hardware modifications, probably because many users are unwilling to turn their expensive devices into guinea pig test platforms for potentially hazardous hardware mods. However, not every hardware mod has to be dangerous, and today's...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 3, 2014

How to Charge Your Device with the Sun! PowerAdd Device Roundup – XDA Developer TV

Here on XDA Developer TV, we’ve covered a few external batteries to help extend the use of your device when the onboard battery starts to deplete. The items we have covered have been everything from a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a two unique...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 9, 2014

Lepow ADD Magnetic External Battery Review – XDA Developer TV

Here on XDA Developer TV, we’ve covered a few external batteries to help extend the use of your device when the on-board battery starts to deplete. The items we have covered have been everything from a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 26, 2014

Shane Francis to Talk Android, Robotics, and Vision at XDA:DevCon 2014

Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 will, like the XDA forums, focus on more than just Android and phones. We’ve got a couple presentations that cover Wearables and Android Wear. Of course, software isn’t the only thing you can develop in the mobile sphere. Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. Shane Francis is an Android and technology fanatic who finished his computer science degree just over...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 23, 2014

Make Your Own DIY Capacitive Stylus

The XDA Portal is a place where we like to talk about things that are interesting, fun, and sometimes unusual and unexpected. One recent project that we encountered is easily able to fall into all of the above criteria. If you have some basic manual skills, the right materials, and a few minutes of free time, you can make your own DIY capacitive stylus in just few minutes. This hand-made tool will work with every device with a capacitive touchscreen and is pretty easy to...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 9, 2014

XDA Investigates: Smartphone Charging – XDA Developer TV

We use our smartphones every day for various reasons: Email, text messaging, Hangouts, surfing the Web, streaming music, streaming movies, and occasionally even making phone calls. Try as they might, it seems like OEMs never give us enough battery  life. We've talked about external battery packs in the past, but XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler gives us a little information on the unsung hero of the smartphone world: chargers. Adam talks about chargers and charging cords. He talks about what makes a...

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jordankeyes · May 28, 2014

Device Review: YotaPhone, a Dual-Screen Phone and e-Reader

Once in a while, a device comes along that throws convention against the wall and tries something different. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. With that in mind and as you can tell from the title, we're going to talk a bit today about the YotaPhone from Yota Devices. Yota, a Russian mobile broadband provider, started making devices back in 2011, but focused heavily on wireless modems and routers. And then in December 2012, they unveiled their first smartphone, the YotaPhone. (more…)

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Jimmy McGee · May 7, 2014

Oppo Find 7a Unboxed the XDA Way – XDA Developer TV

XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler is known for his famous XDA Unboxings. In an unboxing the XDA way, Adam tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components. He then points out some of the components and what they do. Today, he has set his sights on the Oppo Find 7a. He's done this to other Oppo devices as well: the Oppo Find 5 and the Oppo Find Mirror aka the R819. In this episode, AdamOutler shows off the Oppo...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 12, 2014

RavPower 14000mAh Power Bank Review

A little over a month ago, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan reviewed a device that was an external battery plus a plethora of options from RAVPower. Perhaps the most useful feature of that device is its battery, because while it is nice to have a Wireless Internet repeater, most of the time you just need to juice up your phone. So why buy a multipurpose device when you can get just a battery---and one of the biggest batteries we’ve seen,...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 27, 2014

How to Attach an External Condenser Mic to Your Android Device

There are many reasons why one would want to connect a high end microphone to a mobile device. Having a mobile phone that can double as a near-studio quality recording source is not only a really cool novelty, it can be genuinely useful in a pinch. And with the relatively high video quality offered by mobile imaging sensors, decent audio recording capabilities could help bridge the quality gap for budding video producers. After experimenting with various connection mechanisms, microphones, and...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 19, 2014

Accessory Review: Lepow U-Stone 12000 mAh Power Bank

A little over a month ago, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan reviewed a device that was an external battery plus a plethora of options from RAVPower. Perhaps the most useful feature of that device is the battery, because while it is nice to have a Wireless SD Card Reader, most the time you just need it to juice up your phone. So why buy a multipurpose device when you can get just a battery---and a big battery at that! In...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 5, 2014

How to Make an Internet Controlled PowerStrip for the Internet of Things – XDA Developer TV

WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. WE ARE TRAINED PROFESSIONALS!!! It's coming, it will be huge, it will change the world as we know it, and it has a pretty silly name. What is it? It is the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is the buzz term for the world when everything is connected to the Internet: TVs, toasters, couches, anything. The great thing about that is that we will be able to develop and automate things,...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 7, 2013

Interview with Motorola CEO Hints that Project Ara is Closer than Expected

Remember that ambitious modular smartphone platform project that Motorola announced a little over a month ago? Despite the backing from Motorola and now a 3D Printing hardware manufacturing partner, many have written off Project Ara as technically improbable and realistically impossible. Well, perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to downplay this potential game-changer. According to Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, Project Ara is very much real. So real, in fact, that Dennis stated in an interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee that a working prototype is just around the...

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