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Brian Young · Jul 22, 2015

Easy Fix for CPU Throttling?

Much has been said about the overheating and subsequent throttling issues surrounding the Snapdragon 810, but XDA forum member schecter7 thinks he may have found a simple fix. What is CPU throttling caused by? Excess heat. How do you get rid of excess heat? Add a bigger heat sink. This is essentially what XDA member schecter7 has done to his Sony Xperia Z3+ phone. By sandwiching some aluminum foil between his phone and his third-party TPU case, he's created a...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 24, 2015

Montar Car Mount – Android Accessories Review

Our smartphones are more than just phones. They are movie theaters, game consoles, internet portals and more. In fact one of the great things about our phones is the GPS capability. Using GPS on your phone is great because you never have to know the exact directions, your phone will tell you. However, it is nice to have the phone screen visible so you can see the map if you need to. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer TK...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 17, 2015

Elephone P7000 – Device Review

The Elephone P7000 is a smartphone from a relatively new and unheard of manufacturer. The device is sporting an 64-bit Cortex-A53 1.7GHz Octa-core processor. Is the Elephone P7000 another cheap device from China or is it worth considering? That is only one of the questions XDA TV Producer Jordan answers when he takes the opportunity to review the device. Check out this video to learn what his thoughts are. (more…)

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Jimmy McGee · May 27, 2015

Vinsic Doosl FM Transmitter Review – Accessory Review

A lot of vehicles come with stereos featuring Bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to play music from your mobile device in your car. Recently, XDA TV Producer TK reviewed a Bluetooth adapter that plugged into your car's AUX input and connected to your phone with Bluetooth. However, that it not the only option if your car doesn't support Bluetooth. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer rirozizo reviews the Vinsic Doosl Fm Transmitter. This device connects to your headphone jack...

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Jimmy McGee · May 6, 2015

Vinsic 20,000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank Giveaway

We have covered a lot of Android Accessories here on XDA TV. Mostly because we realize that there are not many phones out there designed specifically with us in mind. So we get powerful phones that don’t have the best speakers or batteries. To resolve this issue we can grab an accessory to fill the gap. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer Jordan reviews the Vinsic 20,000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank. This device provides a great big helping of...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 22, 2015

TaoTronics TT-BRO 3 Car Bluetooth Adapter – XDA TV

With all the laws and safety concerns related to talking on your phone when driving, many people are moving towards hands-free car systems. Some cars have Bluetooth capabilities from the factory. However, some people don’t have that option, nor do they want to buy a Bluetooth enabled aftermarket stereo. Well, If you’ve got a AUX input, there may be a solution for you. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer TK reviews the TaoTronics TT-BRO 3 Car Bluetooth Adapter with...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 5, 2015

RAVPower RP-WD02 – Android Accessories Review

There are so many Power Banks out there. However, they are not all the same. Some sacrifice weight for capacity. Others do the opposite. Some come with two ports and some come with more, while others come with less. Some are just batteries with a case around it, but others have some unique features. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer TK reviews the RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless Filehub & Portable Travel Router. This device is the successor to the RP-WD01...

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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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