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Diamondback · Jan 9, 2015

Signing Tool for Kindle Fire HDX Exploits Bootloader

What happens when an Android-related vulnerability is published on a website like the CodeAurora Forum? You got it! Security enthusiasts and Android developers around the world try to take advantage of the newly found problem to create an exploit, which can be used to gain advanced access to your device (such as root access or the ability to flash custom images). This is exactly what happened to CVE-2014-0973, a vulnerability in an Android Bootloader dubbed "Little Kernel (LK)". We will...

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Diamondback · Jan 6, 2015

Can the Snapdragon 810 Deliver On the Hype?

LG just took the wraps off of it newest flagship device, the LG G Flex 2, proudly featuring Qualcomm's newest SOC, the Snapdragon 810. After rather modest improvements on the Snapdragon 801 from last year, many people hoped for a larger increase in performance, battery life and overall feature set. Now that the first mainstream device hits the masses, let's take a look at what could make the 810 so much better than previous devices, but more importantly, also the potential...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 2, 2014

HTC Announces the Quick Charge Compatible Rapid Charger 2.0

Batteries in our smartphones are growing in capacity with each passing generation. However, our smartphones still seemingly like to die at the least expected moments, hence the invention of power banks. Power banks can be used to charge your device for a bit. But even though they can be convenient to own, they're generally nowhere near as fast as a real wall chargers. While we all wait for a smartphone (other than today's larger phablet devices) that can last more...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 15, 2014

Blackphone Gets Rooted, Qualcomm Security Exploits Affect Moto X, Nexus 5, LG G2, and More! – XDA Developer TV

The "secure" Blackphone has been rooted! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the Qualcomm Security Exploit being demonstrated at Blackhat Conference and the article talking about Code Syntax Highlighting being enabled on the XDA Forums! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 7, 2014

Qualcomm Announces 64-Bit Snapdragon 810 and 808 SoCs

Do you think that Snapdragon 801-based flagship device you're eying is high-end? Well, what Qualcomm has in store for early 2015 may make you want to wait for the next generation of mobile chipsets. Today, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors. So what do these high-end, 64-bit SoCs bring to the table? Let's take a look. (more…)

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 30, 2013

Google Hangouts Widget, Nexus Device Optimizations, Unofficial KitKat ROMs for Optimus 4X – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4 KitKat is now available for the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Fit, Mini and Gio! That and much more KitKat news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the three-Rom KitKat Combo is available for the LG Optimus 4X HD and the article talking about how Sense 5.0 has been ported to the HTC Pico (Explorer)! In other important news, Jordan talks about speeding...

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jerdog · Aug 19, 2013

XDA:DevCon 2013 – Thanks are in Order

So it's been a week  since XDA:DevCon 13 passed, and I am still blown away by the excitement, energy, and community that flowed out of the event. With top-notch speakers and sponsors giving their all, and a hotel staff that was committed to making sure everything went smoothly, there was hardly a chance for Uncle Murphy (the bad luck icon, not our amazing opening speaker Mark Murphy) to make an appearance. Going into this event I didn't know what to...

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Mike Szczys · Apr 11, 2013

Bootloader Unlock for the Atrix HD, Razr HD, and Razr M

Dan Rosenberg (a.k.a. XDA Recognized Developer djrbliss) gets the credit for finding exploits on a lot of devices, and now you can add to it the line of Motorola units that use the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. There are currently three models included in this category, the Atrix HD, Razr HD, and Razr M. They're based on the processor marketed as the Qualcomm Snapdragon, and they're hiding some interesting tricks that may eventually keep users from loading their own ROMs. Dan's...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 25, 2012

NV Fashion Catalog – 2012 Edition

A what catalog? If that was your reaction when you read this article's title, mission accomplished! All joking aside, if you have been around Samsung devices for long enough, you will have undoubtedly heard about the EFS folder. This is a "magical" place that stores virtually anything that is required by your phone to work properly, including but not limited to your IMEI (or MEID/pESN if you have a CDMA device), carrier label, parameters of all sorts, and much more....

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Will Verduzco · Mar 30, 2012

Qualcomm Releases Adreno 2xx GPU Binaries for on ICS ARMv6 Devices

Not too long ago, we shared fantastic news that Qualcomm had released the Adreno 2xx GPU Binaries for Ice Cream Sandwich. However one thing that we failed to consider was that these precompiled GPU binaries were compatible only with ARMv7 devices. Sadly, this left many users with older and less powerful ARMv6 devices out in the cold. Due to having less powerful CPUs, these are devices that could stand to benefit greatly from full GPU hardware acceleration in ICS. Not content...

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Former Writer · Mar 21, 2012

Xperia Ray Adreno GPU Driver Fixed, Re-Released

As many people already know, Sony has been releasing a lot of ICS Xperia Source Code recently. Coupled with Qualcomm's release of Adreno 2xx GPU drivers for ICS, developers of the Xperia line up have been up to their elbows in new code to play with. Not all code is perfect, however, and for some devices, namely the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, the GPU libraries proved problematic, causing a few bugs with the video driver with camera preview and video...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 16, 2012

Qualcomm Releases Adreno 2xx GPU Binaries for ICS!

For quite some time, we've known that devices based on Qualcomm's aging QSD8250 / 8650, otherwise known as the original Snapdragon, would not be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich in official capacity. This meant that former flagship devices that were released less than two years ago would be ineligible for official upgrades to ICS. This is something that many of us refused to accept, myself included. What's worse is that it meant that the device which most lived up to the Nexus name---the Nexus...

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