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Paranoid Android 3 Released for Four Nexus Devices

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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 4Nexus 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 Engine. Rather, Hybrid Engine allows you to select both dpi and layout on a per-app basis. Rather than being forced to modify the look of your entire device, you can optimize your applications to what works best for each a. . . READ ON »

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Make Your Voice Heard – Vote on the Next XDA Cases

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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. Please choose one from the list that you would like to see offered, and we will pick from the top 3 devices. The voting ends on February 15, so make sure you place your vote for the devices you love!

EDIT: The results are in, and displayed below. We’ll keep you updated as to the final options . . . READ ON »

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Jelly Bean 4.2.1-Based AOKP Available for Nexus Devices

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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, as Team Kang has officially released Android 4.2.1-based AOKP JB-MR1 Build 1, starting with the Nexus line of devices.

As with the changes in Android 4.2 from 4.1, the changes in this AOKP release from the previous one aren’t as many as we’ve seen in previous major rel. . . READ ON »

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

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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 ‘fastboot oem unlock’, and you’re done. Easy peasy. Of course, Google’s method involves an automatic wipe of your data, which functions as a pseudo-security measure. There of course is a way to get that data . . . READ ON »

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Canonical Announces Ubuntu for Phones, Coming Soon to Galaxy Nexus

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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 thinking “Wait, wasn’t Ubuntu for Android already announced last year,” you aren’t alone. Upon first hearing the news, that was the first thing that came to my mind as w. . . READ ON »

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GoogleEars Modified to Work in Blocked Countries

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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 music. This functionality has even been added to the latest build of Google Search. XDA Senior Member manumanfred has modified the GoogleEars APK so that it’s usable in every country. As manumanfred explains:

I moved my

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Restore Galaxy Nexus Internal Memory After Bootloader Unlock Wipe

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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:

Usually the operating system will just delete the reference pointer in the index that says that a file exists with such-and-such name and it’s located at this position on the hard disk / memory

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

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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 in depth:

After upgrading to 4.2 the sdcard format changed due to the addition of the multi-user feature, and because of this users were having issues with many “0” folders being created in their sdcard when they flashed new roms in recovery, th

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PACMan ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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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 one would expect, it has features from the three biggest AOSP-based ROMs. This includes CM10 settings, AOKP Settings, and ParanoidAndroid settings—plus all the interconnected cherry picks you could ever wants.

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