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jerdog · Jan 19, 2013

Make Your Voice Heard – Vote on the Next XDA Cases

At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we've seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4---but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup. Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA....

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 14, 2013

Jelly Bean 4.2.1-Based AOKP Available for Nexus Devices

Whenever there is mention of custom ROMs for Android, AOKP is one of the first to come to mind. Over the past year, the popularity of this source-built ROM has skyrocketed to make it one of the most recognizable third party development projects. Though over the past few months, several AOKP users (including myself) decided to jump ship to other ROMs because of the delay in a release based on Android 4.2. There is good news: The wait is over,...

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jerdog · Jan 8, 2013

Unlock Bootloaders without Fastboot on Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and 10

Bootloaders are like locks on a cookie jar: They're just begging to be unlocked. When users on XDA see a locked bootloader, they immediately start looking for the accomplished developer who is working on hacking the device. It is for this reason that we like to hold Google Nexus devices as the gold standard for how manufacturers (and carriers) should approach their bootloaders, as well as firmware openness. Nexus devices are easy to unlock: You go into fastboot mode, type...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 2, 2013

Canonical Announces Ubuntu for Phones, Coming Soon to Galaxy Nexus

If you visited the Ubuntu home page early this morning, you couldn't have missed the countdown timer that promised something, "So close, you can almost touch it." Most assumed it to be about a fully touch-optimized UI for the next version of the popular Linux distribution, but it turned out to be something even more significant. In an announcement earlier today, Canonical unveiled Ubuntu for phones, a fully working Ubuntu distribution meant for existing and future mobile handsets. If you are...

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Former Writer · Dec 10, 2012

GoogleEars Modified to Work in Blocked Countries

When a community becomes as large as XDA, it's hard to find things that everyone agrees one. One of those rare things is that Google Apps would be so much better without silly carrier and country restrictions. Google Wallet should work on every Android device with NFC, and Google Music should work everywhere. There is one less app with country restrictions now and it's GoogleEars. For the unfamiliar, GoogleEars is a sound search widget that helps identify various sounds or...

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Former Writer · Dec 2, 2012

Restore Galaxy Nexus Internal Memory After Bootloader Unlock Wipe

Most are aware that unlocking the bootloader on Nexus devices typically wipes the /data partition. You can sometimes root without unlocking the bootloader, backup data through a root-enabled app, unlock your bootloader, and then restore your data. However, most would prefer not to go through that hassle. Now, you can unlock as normal, and get that wiped data back. XDA Forum Member Wartickler released a method for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that restores the data after it's wiped. As Wartickler explains:...

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Former Writer · Nov 27, 2012

Guide Released Shows How to Update to 4.2 Without Losing SD Card Formatting

Every new version of Android brings changes. Not only visible changes, but also under the hood changes. Sometimes they can be pretty big too. Just ask the folks in the Samsung Epic 4G forums, who had to switch to the MTD Partition Map. Android 4.2 saw the addition of multi-user support (on tablets), and some people, specifically those with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, have faced SD Card formatting issues as a result. XDA Senior Member k786 explains the problem more...

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Former Writer · Nov 17, 2012

PACMan ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

As PACMan continues to spread like wildfire, users are starting to embrace the ROM's unofficial motto: "Why choose when you can have it all?" For those who are still unfamiliar, PACMan ROM is a kang ROM that combines the best features of CM10, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. Since it was first released, it's been gaining momentum. Now, Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners can get in on the fun. XDA Senior Member [vertigo] has released the AOSP kang for the Galaxy Nexus. As...

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Former Writer · Nov 15, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Gets Linux-On-Android Support

A while back, we brought you news of the Linux-on-Android Project. For those who don't know, Linux-on-Android allows users to install various Linux distros on your supported device. It uses chroot, which is kind of like a virtual machine on your Android device. It lets you run Linux without overwriting anything, and with little to no risk of damaging your device. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has support. XDA Senior Member WEM97 has been assigned as the maintainer of the...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 13, 2012

Android 4.2 Update Hits AOSP, SDK Updated, Latest Nexus Binaries Added

Earlier today, we brought you news of the Andriod 4.2 OTA update for GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus in the US, and Android 4.2 factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. While that's enough to get end users excited, Google isn't leaving ROM and app developers behind either. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has been pushed to the Android Open Source Project, and the Android SDK has bee updated with 4.2 based API17. News of the AOSP update was...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 13, 2012

Android 4.2 Images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, 4, and 10

The past few hours have been quite exciting for Nexus device owners. Earlier today, Google started rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA to the Google Play variant of the GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus (takju). The OTA update file was shared with us by XDA Senior Member HAKA, along with installation instructions for all GSM/HSPA+ variants of Galaxy Nexus (yakju and yakjuxx). The method involves first installing the latest 4.1.2 takju factory image on non-takju devices, to be able to install the 4.2 update....

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Former Writer · Nov 6, 2012

Team Liquid Releases RC7 ROM for 7 Devices

It's always fun to see AOSP-derived, source-built ROMs released for a variety of devices at once. Whether it's for five devices or for 14 devices, large scale releases mean that if you upgrade, you may be able to run the same ROM you're already familiar with. Team Liquid has recently released RC7 of their AOSP ROM to seven devices. The last time we talked about them, it was their RC3 release. The devices that got the release include both versions...

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Former Writer · Oct 31, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Gets Google Calendar Text View from Nexus 7

Even though some devices may have similar resolution screens, they don't always display the same information from the same applications. One notable example is the Google Calendar on the Nexus 7, which displays information in text view. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which has a similar screen resolution, displays information in small lines. To many, this is not the best way to view your Calendar info. Now, there is a way to make the Galaxy Nexus show up as it does...

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Former Writer · Oct 30, 2012

Blackberry 10 Style Lock Screen Mod for ICS and JB ROMs

There are a boatload of lock screens out there. Seemingly every version of Android comes out with a new one or at least a modified version of an older one. Then there are the OEM lock screens found on TouchWiz and the HTC Sense. On top of that, there are a plethora of third party lock screens---most of which can emulate all of the aforementioned lock screens. Now, those running ICS and JB can mimic the Blackberry 10 lock screen....

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egzthunder1 · Oct 11, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Galaxy Nexus is Back!

There are very few times when we can literally jump off our seats when we read something coming out of the US courts, especially as of late with all the unfairness that has been witnessed in the case(s) of a certain Cupertino company's crusade against a comparatively lesser known Korean company. Well, while tides are not exactly changing their course, at least we can see that some sense of justice still prevails among certain individuals who handle a third of...

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Former Writer · Oct 5, 2012

Root Your Galaxy Nexus without Unlocking the Bootloader

The last time many sought to root a Nexus without unlocking the bootloader, HTC was the sole maker of the Pure Google Experience devices, dual-core Android devices were only a dream, and XDA Developers was a little more than half its current size. Of course, we're referring to the Nexus One. Many users chose to root the phone without unlocking the bootloader. This was because back then, bootloaders could not be relocked after unlocking via the officially endorsed fastboot oem unlock...

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jerdog · Oct 4, 2012

Open webOS Galaxy Nexus Port Source Code Now Available

Just a few days ago we told you about Open webOS being ported to the Galaxy Nexus. Now, the WebOS Ports team has released the source code. They have been extremely kind to the open source community, and have provided everything you need in order to build the port for the Galaxy Nexus. With this also comes the ability to port this to other devices as well. While there isn't anything currently in the works on XDA, let's hope that...

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Former Writer · Oct 2, 2012

Liquid Smooth RC3 Released for 11 Devices

Who doesn't like it when development teams launch mass releases? As such it's not uncommon for us to report a dozen or so devices getting a ROM at once. Another ROM dev team has released their newest release candidate for a staggering 11 devices. The ROM series is called LiquidSmooth, and the team has quite a few developers. It is a source-built release derived from AOSP, and it borrows from a number of other development teams such as CyanogenMod and...

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jerdog · Oct 1, 2012

webOS: The Little Mobile OS That Could

Many grew up with The Little Engine That Could, a tale about the power of optimism and hard work. The goal is to spread hope through the metaphor of a little blue engine that defied all odds despite what others say. To keep motivated, the little engine chants, "I think I can; I think I can; I think I can." Open Source: a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product's design and implementation details. From it's beginnings...

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Former Writer · Sep 27, 2012

Team EOS 3 Stable Released for 5 Devices

Team EOS is an incredibly talented developer group that has brought AOSP goodness to a variety of devices. In the process, they have been featured on the Portal in the past. Now, the dev team has released their latest stable build, version 3, for 5 devices. These include the Motorola Xoom, the Nexus 7, and all three versions of the Galaxy Nexus. While all builds were released by teameos, the Motorola Xoom version was posted by XDA Recognized Developer solarnz on behalf of...

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