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Will Verduzco · Aug 7, 2013

New Nexus 7 Factory Images Not Available; JBQ Leaves AOSP

Now that's a doozy, isn't it? Before proceeding, let's take a moment for that to better sink in. In addition to support from the AOSP, one of the hallmarks of the Nexus program has traditionally been the availability of factory restore images. This is more than a simple convenience for Nexus device owners. Rather, it allows for users to safely and reliably restore their devices to their factory state. As a result of the availability of factory restore images, Nexus...

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Conan Troutman · Aug 3, 2013

The Free Software Foundation Wants to Create a Truly Open Source Mobile OS

Android is already open source though, right? Well technically yes, but also no. While it's possible to compile AOSP from the readily available source code and get it running on a wide array of devices with relative ease, getting complete functionality is often impossible without some amount of proprietary, device, or OEM specific code. This is not to mention that many of the applications that make the core of the Android experience are closed source. While this may not pose a...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 29, 2013

CyanogenMod Team Introduces Nemesis Stage 1: Focal

Coinciding with the release of Android 4.3 and and an updated stock camera, stage one of the CyanogenMod team's top secret "Project Nemesis" was finally unveiled on July 26.  According to the development group's weekly wrap-up on www.cyanogenmod.org, the goal of this project is to bring users the best custom operating experience possible. As such, Focal, a feature-packed camera application, was announced as the first component geared towards reaching that goal. CyanogenMod developer Guillaume Lesniak (XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD) posted details about the...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 20, 2013

Manage Individual App Permissions with XPrivacy

There's no denying that privacy is a huge concern for a large number of mobile users across all operating systems. Short of smashing your wireless router and trading down to a 3310 that's kept in a lead-lined box until you need to make a call, it can be incredibly difficult to keep track of where, when, and to whom your personal information is divulged. Android applications require various permissions, which you are no doubt familiar with by now. Most require these...

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jerdog · Jun 10, 2013

Paranoid Android Team Open Sources HALO

We applaud new and interesting open source developments that look to find novel ways to solve a problem---things like the Xposed framework and OpenPDroid. It is these sort of projects that exemplify what open source is, and why we at XDA embrace it. It is also for that very same reason why we're excited about a new open source project, HALO from the creators of the Paranoid Android ROM. HALO, as previously discussed, brings notifications (conceptually derived from Facebook's Chat Heads feature)...

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Samantha · Jun 5, 2013

Get to Know Your Device’s Processor with CPU Spy Reborn

In addition to developer support, the processor is probably the only other major device specification that your average technological 'nerd' cares about. With every release of a major smartphone, comes a marketing campaign that more often than not, boasts about processing power. So what do we really know about about a device's processor and its 'mysterious technological rhythms'? Well for those who may have heard about CPU Spy, it's a simple little app that displays data about your device's SoC---more specifically, the...

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Conan Troutman · May 30, 2013

Did You Spot XDA FSM / RD Zacthespack’s App at Google I/O?

For most of us, Google I/O is probably beginning to feel like a distant memory---perhaps less so for those lucky enough to be browsing on your shiny new Chromebook Pixels. We're all aware by now of the big stories from this years conference, but among all that was something that was of great interest to us here on the Portal, which you might not have noticed. One of the sessions put on by Google was titled Voiding Your Warranty: Hacking Glass, the...

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Conan Troutman · May 8, 2013

Say Goodbye to Custom “Stock” Roms and Hello to Xposed Framework

Every so often, an OEM will do things right. Well, nearly right anyway---right enough at least for their stock ROMS to only need some minor tweaks before they are almost perfect. More often than not though, these tweaks are things that can be tricky to implement for the average user---a user who will often find himself looking to install a custom ROM that is pretty close to stock with these desired tweaks added in. Usually that means downloading a pretty...

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Conan Troutman · May 6, 2013

Alternative IDE for Android Application Developers

Most of the tutorials out there to get you started in developing Android applications will recommend using Eclipse as an IDE (integrated development  environment) and not without good reason. It's a solid and dependable program that is intuitive and particularly friendly to those with minimal experience. You could almost be forgiven for thinking it was the only viable option given its popularity, but this is far from the truth and there are alternatives. XDA Senior Member ramdroid77 has taken to the...

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Mike Szczys · May 5, 2013

Open Source Apps List Shows How Other Devs Do It

Working with a team of developers can be great because you have someone to talk to when you hit the coding wall. If you don't have that luxury, you can still learn how other programmers do things in order to sharpen your skills. That's what XDA Recognized Contributor coolsandie had in mind when he started his list of all open source Android apps. The list is huge, spanning several posts in the original thread, so there are many examples to learn from. All...

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jerdog · May 2, 2013

Oppo Find 5 Receiving Open Source Project Love

Here at XDA, you've probably seen us talk about collaboration. The dictionary defines collaborating as "to work with another or others on a joint project." We take collaboration seriously, so much so that we actually frown when we see members of the community not take it as seriously. What makes us even more upset is when manufacturers don't take it seriously, though that rant is for another day. There have been numerous instances of OEMs that have claimed to be “developer-friendly,” but whose actions spoke louder than their words. On...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 29, 2013

Three All-in-One Solutions for Android Driver Issues

It used to be the case that whenever you wanted to use ADB or FastBoot with a device, you were required to install a specific driver for each device. For anyone regularly flashing several devices or developers who test on numerous different phones and tablets, this could prove to be something of an inconvenience, especially when setting up for the first time and having to hunt around in a dingy corner of an OEM website looking for the correct driver....

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Samantha · Apr 27, 2013

PlayView Developed by the Community, for the Community

If you have been to the new App Development forums, you may have come across a project called 'Playview for CardsUI'. Started by XDA Recognized Developer GadgetCheck, it's an open source project that aims to replicate the aesthetic philosophy and design of the new Google Play store, and in particular, the card-like lists. "How do you think we can achieve a list view like the new Play store...Can anyone help me out?" GadgetCheck, 10th April, 2013 Within days, GadgetCheck, XDA Senior...

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Samantha · Mar 18, 2013

The Open Source SidePanel

XDA Developers, being the hub of mobile development today, is always glad to see open sourced projects released to the community. Apps, ports, tweaks, and mods are just some of the open sourced projects showcased by XDA members. This time around, it's SidePanel by XDA Forum Member sukso96100. Like previous sidebar applications such as Sidebar and Glovebox, SidePanel is another multitasking app that allow users to bring upon a dock of apps to select and open. However because the two former...

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jerdog · Feb 13, 2013

Sony Developers Share Open Source Tool for Debugging and Fine-Tuning Your Apps

We have always strongly encouraged developers from the various OEMs to take an active role in the open source community. At times we have seen involvement, but often that doesn't happen for many different reasons. One of those reasons boils down to an OEM placing their developers in virtual walled gardens, away from "prying eyes" and the rest of the open source community. At the risk of belaboring the point too much, Sony Mobile continues to raise the bar for...

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