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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 6, 2014

Source-Built Lollipop for Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S III Mini

Just yesterday, we talked about some early bird builds of Lollipop for several devices. Those builds all have one thing in common: They were made for devices with working AOSP device trees that have been provided by their manufacturers. This time, we want to showcase one of the first AOSP Lollipop ROMs for quite an old device, the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Ironically, the S3 Mini's bigger brother (which uses a different SoC) hasn't received an official version of KitKat...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 8, 2014

Galaxy Nexus Gets New Life with Updated GPU Drivers

Nearly one year ago when Google disclosed that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would not get to enjoy Android 4.4 KitKat in official capacity, many were understandably upset. This device, which is still packs a relatively decent punch in the hardware specifications department, was more than capable of handling the latest firmware. In fact, at the time of KitKat's release, the company touted that the increased optimization and decreased hardware requirements in Android 4.4 would help limit platform fragmentation. While many were upset...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 2, 2014

LuneOS Goes Official and Brings webOS to Android Devices

webOS has had rather turbulent history. Initially developed by Palm, the Linux kernel-based operating system has never found had an easy time making its way to mobile devices. However, and what may come as a surprise to many reading this, development work on the platform is still well underway. There are even working ports for some of popular devices like the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the long since forgotten HP Touchpad. The project for mobile devices was...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 3, 2014

Create Your Own Packages with Android Flashable Zip Creator

Imagine that you're flashing the latest nightly of your favorite ROM. If you are performing a fresh install by wiping all of your data, this also means that you have to flash all of your modified system apps, user apps, modules, and so on. And if you're doing this on a regular basis, all the wasted time really starts to add up. So what do you do? Do you manually install these apps again, or do you add them to...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 26, 2013

AOKP KitKat 4.4.2 Nightlies Now Available for 10 Devices!

As you're making your way down the list of things to try with your newly acquired tech toys, one thing you'll undoubtedly get around to is flashing a custom ROM. Those looking for aftermarket firmware now have one more Android 4.4.2-based option, as the AOKP team has just finished incorporating Google's latest and greatest into their nightly builds. Currently, Android 4.4.2-based nightly builds are available for the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 5, 2013

The Forgotten Galaxy Nexus Finally Receives Stable KitKat

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It was also the pride of Google and Samsung for a long time, and it still has quite a few stalwart fans. Good technical specification for its era combined with a then-amazing Super AMOLED HD screen equate to a device that is still more than adequate for most tasks. Unfortunately, Google chose to not bestow an official KitKat update on the device, leading many to speculate that...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2013

The Evolution of Android – Part II

Android is six years old now. One week ago, we presented the first part of the Android story. Now, it's time to continue the journey. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away---located in Mountain View, the first version of the operating system dedicated for tablets was born. Google called it 3. 0 Honeycomb and presented it alongside the Motorola Xoom. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Nov 8, 2013

Android 4.4 “SlimKat” Available for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus

We first heard that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would not be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat goods when Google announced that the device fell outside of the traditional 18-month window for firmware updates. Many figured, however, that the underlying cause of this was not Google's choice, but rather TI's exit from the mobile SoC market---and of course, the subsequent lack of Android 4.4-compatible driver binaries for the OMAP4460 used in the device. Despite the driver setbacks, we've seen highly functional, source-built Android 4.4 ROMs pop up for...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 8, 2013

New TI OMAP4 GPU Drivers to Possibly Aid KitKat Development for the Galaxy Nexus

When it was discovered that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would not be getting an official build of Android 4.4 KitKat, many of the device's loyal users were understandably upset. After all, the Galaxy Nexus is still a competent device today, almost two years after its November 17, 2011 release date. Despite Google's claims that the Galaxy Nexus fell outside of the typical 18-month support window, many were quick to attribute the missing update path to TI's exit from the mobile SoC market,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 3, 2013

Complete the KitKat Look on Your Jelly Bean ROM

A couple of days ago, we talked about how you could get some of the KitKat goodies on your Jelly Bean device, thanks to some APKs that were extracted once the Nexus 5 factory images were released. While it is obviously preferable to have the real thing, these KitKat apps are the next best thing if you are on a device without a stable KitKat build---well, other than learning how to build from source and creating a port for your own...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 3, 2013

Android 4.4 Now Also Available for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

When Google stated that it would not update the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.4 KitKat, many device owners were understandably disappointed. Many took their frustrations to the Internet, expressing distaste for the company's decision. However, given TI's exit from the mobile SoC market, we can't imagine that Google had much choice in the matter. It was only a matter of time, though, before the crafty developers here on XDA managed to get the latest version of Android onto the now...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 2, 2013

Source-Built 4.4 KitKat for the “Forgotten” Galaxy Nexus

As soon as we broke the news that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would not be receiving the Android 4.4 awesome-sauce, we knew it was only a matter of time before the dedicated developers here at XDA would bring us some KitKat-flavored alternatives. Now, the time is here, and there are two functional, albeit not perfect, builds available for the popular maguro. The first alpha build that appeared came from XDA Senior Member Grarak, and is entitled A Taste of KitKat. While most...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Android 4.4 Coming Soon to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, Moto X, New Droids, HTC One and SGS4 GPe; No 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus

What an exciting day we had yesterday. As was widely speculated, the Google Nexus 5 was finally released, which means that you can finally put that F5 key to rest. However, the new device wasn't the only important announcement yesterday. We were also given a nice dose of the next version of Android, version 4.4 KitKat. Now the question in everybody's mind undoubtedly turns to when their device will get the update. Luckily, we now know the roadmap for certain key devices....

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Will Verduzco · Oct 17, 2013

Ubuntu Officially Available for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus

Back at XDA:DevCon 2013, Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon gave a talk about the future of Ubuntu on mobile devices. Also at the conference, Ubuntu coder Michael Hall held a Ubuntu Touch Development Workshop aimed at spurring and fostering application development for the soon-to-be-ready platform. Both of these presentations can now be viewed online. Fast forward a few months, and Ubuntu for phones is now available for its first two devices. Coinciding with the desktop Ubuntu 13.10 release, Ubuntu for phones is now officially available...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 7, 2013

Simulate the Moto X Active Display on 4.3 with ActiveNotifications

The long-rumored Moto X was finally released last week to a relatively mixed reception from tech enthusiasts everywhere. While the device is far from a class-leading smartphone in terms of raw specifications, it carries with it some interesting features that set it apart from the sea of other Android device. One of these features is the new Active Display functionality, which is supposed to make special use of the device's somewhat unique processor architecture and AMOLED display in order to...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 31, 2013

Yet Another Reason to Update to Android 4.3: TRIM Support

Android 4.3's launch last week has been nothing short of an almost resounding success. Why "almost?" Well, aside from a few issues with copy/paste, most users seem to be quite happy with the latest iteration of Jelly Bean. This level of user satisfaction is to be expected, as the latest flavor of Jelly Bean brings added performance, improved API support, additional functionality, and a few other features. One of these "other features," however, is quite important for those of us...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 24, 2013

Android 4.3 Announced and Rolling Out to Nexus Devices, Images Available

We were all expecting it. In fact, we've all been waiting for it ever since this year's Google I/O. However, that conference came and went, without a trace of Android 4.3. But after last week's Android 4.3 leak, we knew it was finally coming soon. And in today's Google event, which also marked the release of the Nexus 7 refresh, it has finally been made official. So what's new in this latest flavor of Jelly Bean? Here are some of the...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 19, 2013

Ubuntu for Phones Release Imminent; Ubuntu for Tablets Announced

At the beginning of this year, Canonical announced that it was making an alternative mobile device operating system, called Ubuntu for Phones. With its lack of need for hardware buttons and use of screen sides as hot zones to initiate gesture commands, the underlying UI concept was vastly different from Android. On the 15th of February, Canonical announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 will become available on the 21st. This...

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Conan Troutman · Feb 13, 2013

Android 4.2.2 Rolls Out to (Most) Current Nexus Devices

Those of you with Nexus devices will most likely have received an update to Android version 4.2.2  by now. The news of the OTA was broken on the forums yesterday by XDA Senior Member kataria.vikesh. Those of you who have not are no doubt on the verge of applying the update manually after a lengthy session of gawping at your status bar awaiting that notification. Nexus 4 owners may find themselves waiting a little longer than the rest, as there doesn't...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 9, 2013

Paranoid Android 3 Released for Four Nexus Devices

By now, you've no doubt heard of Paranoid Android. In fact, there's a good chance that if you own the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10; you're either running the ROM yourself or you've given it a try in the past. For the few unfamiliar, Paranoid Android's defining characteristic is what they call Hybrid Engine. Contrary to what many believe, this is not "tablet mode," though that is one of many things that can be accomplished using Hybrid...

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