Double Tap to Wake on the Nexus 6 Without Root

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A few weeks ago, we featured an app which allowed the Nexus 6 to regain the double tap to wake functionality. Originally planned to have this feature, Google killed it off just before the Nexus 6’s release, as evidenced in its device-specific source code. However, Nexus 6 owners with root access were able to load the aforementioned app and regain the removed functionality. Unfortunately, this meant that folks who hadn’t rooted their devices would miss out. Now, an alternate solution exists for those who have already unlocked their bootloaders (easily possible via fastboot oem unlock) but have chosen not to root their phones.

Thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member qwerp_, non-rooted Nexus 6 owne. . . READ ON »

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Make Your Own Heat Sink for the LG Optimus 4X HD

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It’s not a rare occurrence that performing a resource heavy task on your Android device (e.g. playing a game or multitasking heavily) results in the back of your device getting quite hot due to the heat being generated by the CPU. And without proper or adequate heat distribution, this heat will be most prominent at a certain area of your device’s rear. Strong heat is not the only downside of a hot CPU however, as it can also result in decreased performance due to throttling, less battery life, and a lower overall device longevity.

With this said, XDA Senior Member ottomanhero figured out a very clever way of remedying this issue on his LG Optimus 4X HD after noticing that playing games on this phone results in a ce. . . READ ON »

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MultiROM Available on the Sony Xperia ZL

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The Sony Xperia ZL was released back in April 2013 alongside the more well-known flagship Xperia Z, and the ZL featured almost identical specifications to its sibling. Since then, it has received Android 4.3 and then 4.4 earlier this year from Sony, as well as strong aftermarket support, as can be seen with the development of useful features such as ROMswitcher. And now, we can add MultiROM to this list of accomplishments for the Xperia ZL as well.

Thanks to the efforts of XDA Recognized Contributor Olivier who developed this, MultiROM now allows users of the Xperia ZL boot any number of Android ROMs on their device. This consists of a primary ROM for the phone, and secondary ROMs, which you can have a number of. I. . . READ ON »

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Use the OnePlus One Front Earpiece for Media Playback

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Opting for dual speakers positioned on the bottom of the OnePlus One, many would say that this device’s speakers look awfully similar to the ones on the Nexus 5. Despite the aesthetic similarity, the One employs two separate sound drivers, each with its own speaker grille. So although they may not be stereo, they at least produce strong sounds at top volume. However, if this doesn’t seem to just quite cut it for some One owners out there, the OnePlus One Stereo Mod may remedy this issue.

Developed by XDA Senior Member abhi08638, the stereo mod activates the One’s front earpiece as another speaker for media playback, such as playing music, videos and games. Despite its name, the mod does not actually c. . . READ ON »

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Relocate the Dalvik Cache to Get More Space on your Moto G with Mod

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Having little to no memory left on your Android device is a bummer especially when you’ve already tried cutting down your files, music, videos, photos and apps to only the very bare essentials (which definitely has a wide scope needless to say). For owners of devices without SD card slots, this can be pretty frustrating, and the non-LTE variants of the Moto G is no exception. This is because the internal eMMC storage of the device has an approximately 600MB partition called /cache, which unfortunately and frustratingly not used because cache of apps is stored in /data. Hence, this leaves 600MB of unused space on your phone.

To access this untapped memory space, XDA Senior Member Bert98 has written a tutorial l. . . READ ON »

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Best Google Nexus 6 Mods – XDA TV


The Google Nexus 6 is finally landing more and more people’s hands. That of course means that more and more developers have gotten hands on the Nexus 6. Recently we showed you how to rooted it. So what do you do next?

In this video XDA TV Producer TK presents some applications and modifications that he’s installed on his Nexus 6. Check out these mods to give you an answer to the question of “what to do now.” These suggestions include the Nexus 6 Notification LED, Double Tap to Unlock, Switch Pro Widget and Viper4Android. There are many other mods mentioned as well. Check this video out.. . . READ ON »

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Experience Flow Throughout Sony Xperia Z1 System UI

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The ‘Cosmic Flow’ animation and theme were first introduced with the 2012 line of Xperia devices from Sony. They were undoubtedly quite visually striking, particularly the multicolored live wallpapers. And although Sony has moved onto the more reserved and mild ‘Experience Flow’ theme as seen on their newer devices such as the Xperia Z3, it retains the central motif of flowing lines and curves. If you’re a big fan of the theme and would rather it to appear throughout your Xperia Z1, you may want to check out the Cosmic Flow Animation Background mod.

Developed by XDA Senior Member kalel2012, the mod allows you to have the ‘experience flow’ animation seen in the boot animation and live wallpapers . . . READ ON »

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Use the Front Earpiece as a Second Speaker on the Note Edge


Speaking as an owner of a phone with a rear-facing speaker, I can tell you just how ridiculously small and weak any media playback sounds. Maybe it’s because we’ve all been conditioned to experience high quality sound playback in recent years with superb sound products and features *ahem* HTC One *ahem*, but hey, it’s 2014. So this is probably why it was a bit surprising that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, the new innovative phablet with its screen curved alongside the right edge, had its lone measly little speaker on the rear.

XDA Senior Member sshafranko however, was right on the case and developed a mod which activates the device’s front earpiece as a secondary speaker for media playback. The effect of . . . READ ON »

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LG G3 Oversharpening Fix Just Got Simpler with Aroma Script

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A couple of days ago, we reported on a much needed and welcomed fix to the oversharpening issue LG G3 owners have been reporting about their screens. The issue seems to have manifested from the high resolution quad HD display of the device, which on the software side, has a noticeable sharpening effect (much like in software like Photoshop). This, just until recently, could not be removed.

This improved fix comes from the same creator of the originally reported fix, XDA Recognized Developer Skin1980, who explains that the original fix consisted of kernels built from source. This means that they weren’t as good as stock kernels, as evidenced by the issue of a long boot time. Hence, Skin1980 has come up with an AR. . . READ ON »

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