The LG G3 has been LG’s breakout hit of the summer. Using their knowledge from building some Nexus Devices and improving on the LG G2, the G3 is a beast right out of the box! However here at XDA, we are never completely satisfied with a stock device. While our review of the device shows off the stock features, there is always more you can do with your LG G3.
In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared shows off the Top 5 LG G3 MODs. He talks about 5 Mods, that in no particular order that really help expand your LG G3’s capabilities. Jared talks about a lock screen mod, a camera mod, thermal mods, a split view mod, and Xposed Tweaksbox Module. So if you wanted to see what these MODs offer and get insight into how they run, check out this video!
August 18, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Jcase and crew have rooted the Sprint LG G3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Sony releasing the open source files for the latest Sony Xperia Z1 update and be sure the check out the article talking about jailbreaking your Tizen powered Samsung Gear or Gear 2 Smartwatch! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer Tom released a video showing you how to Unlock, Unbrick, and Restore Your Samsung Gear Live with Samsung Gear Live Super Tool. Then, newcomer Jared showed off the Top 3 OnePlus One ROMs. And later, Jordan gave us a Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 17, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
The LG G3 is a flagship among flagships. In terms of raw hardware specifications, the G3 is undoubtedly one of the best devices available at the moment. We recently took a closer look at the G3 and liked what we saw. We’re not alone either, as many users and developers have also plunked down the cash for a variant of their own. As such, it’s no surprise to see that despite the device’s young age, several LG G3 variants have already been rooted.
Unfortunately, not every device variant has received the root treatment. The Sprint variant of the G3 is prime example of this, as up until today, its users haven’t been able to enjoy all of the root-only goods that our little community is known for. Luckily, this is all in the past, as Team Codefire has managed to root the LG G3 and all of its variants–and possibly other LG devices in the process.
Stump Root comes from the collective work of various talented developers including XDA Senior Member thecubed who discovered the vulnerability, Senior Recognized Developer jcase who created the exploit, Recognized Developer autoprime who helped in development, and Recognized Developer PlayfulGod who coded the UI. The root method should be compatible with all variants of the LG G3 (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are explicitely mentioned), and it may even work on other LG devices.
If you’ve got an LG G3 variant and you’ve been longing for root, head over to the official Stump Root thread and get started.
It seems like OEMs are stepping up their game, with regards to the quality of their devices’ sound and speakers. HTC kicked it off with the fabulous Boom Sound speakers on the original HTC One and its successor the One M8, as well as the mid-range Desire 600 and Desire 816, and Sony hopped on board later with their first front facing speakers debuting on the Xperia Z2. With the bar set up high, other OEMs, such as LG and their G3, may be feeling the heat.
With this said, if you’re an LG G3 owner and are not quite happy with the speakers, you may be interested in a tutorial written by XDA Senior Member spiderio. The tutorial teaches you how to boost the volume of the headphone and speakers on the G3, and involves a few changes to a couple xml files. As it’s not a standalone mod, you’re allowed the flexibility of setting your own volume limits, which may be different from person to person. And as always, make sure you make a backup of the original files in case you may want to revert the changes in the future.
If you would like to give this a go, head over to the volume tutorial thread for more information.
We recently added two new sets of forums here on XDA. The first is the affordable and mid-range HTC Desire 610, while the second set consists of US Carrier variants for the popular LG G3 flagship device.
Starting things off on the LG side, the LG G3 is the company’s flagship for 2014. Just like what we saw with the international version, the US Carrier variants of the G3 are high end devices. They all feature a 5.5″ Quad HD IPS LCD, which runs at an eye-numbing 1440×2560 resolution. The device is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3 GB of RAM. Internal storage is available at either 16 GB or 32 GB. The G3 also features a 13 MP camera with “laser autofocus” and a scratch-resistant polycarbonate finish.
Next up is HTC’s more modestly priced device. polycarbonate finish. The HTC Desire 610 is a mid-range device with a 4.7″ running at a resolution of 540×960. It’s powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. It features 8 GB of internal storage and an 8MP camera.
Are any of these devices high up on your list for potential next devices? Do you fancy the G3’s insanely sharp screen and high end specs, or would you rather save a few dollars and go with the Desire 610? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums below.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your LG G3. Jordan recently reviewed the LG G3, and it has been released on the major carriers in the use. So as usual here at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G3 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G3 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. In fact, you could even use TowelRoot as of the time of this writing, so now you have options. So if you wanted to root your LG G3, take a moment and check this video out.
The LG G3 was announced at the end of May, and has just recently started reaching more general availability. This device builds upon the popularity of the previously released G2 from last year, bringing along with it a few key upgrades. But are those upgrades worth the price? Let’s find out. READ ON »
July 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android L Developer Preview has been ported to HTC One! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is how Google may consider changing the SD Card access rules in final Android L and the story about enabling Chromecast mirroring from Any Device! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for NotifyClean. Then, AdamOutler investigated Smartphone Charging. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Notific. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
If you’re looking for some comprehensive UI customization on your Android device, there’s really not much reason to look further than the Xposed framework. It has enabled extensive customization of the Android UI to be as flexible and convenient as opening up and browsing your favorite app, with modules such as the hugely popular Gravity Box standing testament to this. If however, you own an LG G3 and the current selection of modules are simply not enough to satisfy your customization cravings, you may want to have a look at the G3 TweaksBox.
Developed by XDA Forum Member P_Toti, G3 TweaksBox is packed full with G3 specific customization options, so many that you could spend some solid hours playing around with each individual option to your heart’s content. The list of things which can be customized with the module includes, but not limited to, the:
With so many options available, G3 TweaksBox comes with an interface that’s organized and navigable. Furthermore, P_Toti provides some brief explanations and instructions in FAQ section of the original thread on how to install and use navigation bar themes, and how to remove the AM/PM abbreviations from the clock in the status bar.
If you would like to give G3 TweaksBox a whirl yourself, be sure to check out the original thread for more information and download.
LG undoubtedly got a lot of things right when creating the LG G3. The recently released flagship not only offers class leading specifications such as a 5.5″ QHD panel with an insanely high 534 ppi pixel density, but it also offers a significantly improved software experience compared to older LG devices. Much of this comes down to LG’s new UI design language.
It’s no secret that past iterations of LG’s custom UI (formerly known as Optimus) have been a bit less than stellar. Much of this stems from the gaudy use of shadows, gradients, and skeuomorphism–all of which lead to an incredibly cluttered and chintzy look. And even by LG’s own admission, this eventually caused “the essential user experience to be somewhat overlooked.”
Starting with the G3, LG hopes to change all of this with a much more minimal and flat user interface. This starts with simple, flat graphics with an emphasis on typography, and extends choice of colors and geometric shapes.
It’s great to see OEMs working to minimize at least the visual footprint of their custom interfaces. But even with the great strides LG has taken, the overall look is still busier than the wonderful UI styling found in KitKat. At least LG’s moving in the right direction.
What are your thoughts on custom OEM skins? Are you a fan of any of them and the OEM-specific features they bring, or are they all just added clutter in need of removal? Let us know in the comments below.
May 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We recently added a few forums for some upcoming devices from LG and Motorola. First up is Motorola’s offering. Back near the tail end of last year, Motorola released the highly regarded (and budget friendly) Moto G. What made this device special wasn’t its spec sheet or its hardware design, but rather the fact that Motorola could produce a wallet-friendly device worth truly wanting. Now, Motorola has followed up on the G by unveiling the even more affordable Moto E. While technically offering low end specifications such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, a single gig of RAM, and a qHD (not to be confused with QHD) display, the E still manages to pack a relatively untouched UI, Android 4.4.2, and a promise of expedient future updates—all in a device that will run just $129 off contract.
Next up, we have LG’s offerings. We’ll start with the upcoming LG G3, which will formally be announced later this month. The G3 is LG’s next generation flagship device, following up on last year’s popular LG G2, which also served as the foundation for the smash hit Google Nexus 5. Not much is known for sure about the G3’s specifications, but most rumors point to a 5.5-inch QHD (not qHD) panel with a 534 ppi pixel density, LG’s 2.2/1.7 GHz octa-core Odin processor (though some leaks also point at a Snapdragon 801), and perhaps even a fingerprint reader. Finally, we also added a forum for the LG L3 II, L5 II, L7 II, and L9 II, which build upon last year’s modestly priced LG L3, L5, and L7.
Are you eyeing any of the above as your next device? Have the Moto E‘s relatively untainted Android experience, decent specifications, and amazing price won you over? Or is the flagship LG G3 more your fancy? What about the LG L3 II, L5 II, L7 II, and L9 II? Let us know in the comments below, and head over to the newly created forums to get in on the action.