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Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Install TWRP – XDA TV

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In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK shows you how to root and install TWRP custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 is Samsung’s latest entry in the popular Note lineup. TK recently reviewed the device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Note 4 is no exception!

TK presents instructions on how to gain root access on your Note 4 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. This video shows you how to install the TWRP custom recovery as well. So if you want to root your Note 4, take a moment and check this video out.. . . READ ON »

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How to Use a Custom Toolchain for ROMs and Kernels

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Toolchains are basically a bundle of development tools that are used in a chain (the output of one tool becomes the input for the next, and so on) in order to compile source code (in this case, ROMs and kernels). While the Android NDK toolchain (which comes with GCC, among other tools) is usually used for this, developers can also use other toolchains if they wish. These can include optimizations focusing on performance or stability, for example.

Linaro and SaberMod are two popular examples for custom toolchains. They both introduce several optimizations, especially for recent ARM CPUs. If you’re trying to find out how to switch to a custom toolchain, then you might want to check out the tutorial XDA Seni. . . READ ON »

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How to Play Music From Android Wear – XDA TV

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Yesterday, we showed you how to do some advanced things with your Moto 360 quite easily with the Moto 360 toolkit. We showed you How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360. Today, we are going to show you another trick with your Android Wear device, that is a little less technical, but not any less useful.

In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK show you have to sync music to your Android Wear device. This allows you to use the storage on your Android Wear device to save and play the songs from. Until recently Android wear devices were just a second screen, now they are getting more and more native functionality. Check this video out!. . . READ ON »

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How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360 – XDA TV

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The Moto 360 is Motorola’s latest and roundest release in wearable smartwatch market. Of course as we like to do here on XDA, we want to unlock and root this device. However, given its wireless sync and charging features, doing so is not as simple as it sounds. Luckily, a way has been found!

In today’s videos, XDA TV Producer and Recognized Contributor RootJunky shows of his Moto 360 Super Tool! This tool can be found on the XDA Forums and combines and simplifies many operations you may want to do on your Moto 360. RootJunky shows you how to unlock your bootloader, gain root access, and how to restore your Moto 360 to stock. All these processes require a special data cable, the video on how to make one can b. . . READ ON »

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Learn Some Commonly Used Linux Development Commands

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For the most part, if you’re looking to delve into the world of Android development, you’re going to want to run some variant of Linux. Cygwin’s often times a nightmare and high performance tasks like compiling are never quite the same when run in a virtual machine. For many long-time Windows users, however, making the switch can be a little daunting. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available here on the XDA forums to help you get acquainted with your new OS.

One of the most important parts of most Linux distributions is the easy terminal access. Understandably, using the command line interface isn’t always easy for new users, so XDA Senior Member warrior1208 created a quick . . . READ ON »

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Port Lollipop Checkboxes and Radio Buttons to Older Devices

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Ever since it was first unveiled at the Google I/O 2014 keynote, the company’s new UI paradigm Material Design has been dramatically reshaping how we interact with not only Google’s applications, but third party apps written for the Android platform. And by now, we’ve seen most UI-focused applications receive updates to this Android Lollipop style.

As one would expect, not every device has received a highly functional port of the latest Android L developer preview images. However, you can still have some of the Material Design look on older devices thanks to a tutorial by XDA Senior Member KuaQ that helps users bring the Material Design checkboxes and radio buttons to their ROMs.

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Shattered Screen? Turn Your Broken Device into a Complete Media Center!

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A cracked screen usually means you’ll have to spend a hefty amount to make your device usable again. For older devices, it might actually be easier to buy a new one. If this situation sounds familiar, or if you simply have an old device with a shattered screen laying around, XDA Forum Member mailme45 has written a guide that may help you make that device useful once again.

The tutorial walks you through turning your phone into a fully fledged media center (running a fork of XBMC/Kodi). Assuming your device supports MHL, you’ll only need a few things to get started:

  1. A USB OTG cable along with a mouse so you can control the phone until it’s fully set up.
  2. An MHL adapter that allows you to display your pho
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Add Emoji Support to Your Jelly Bean Xperia Device

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Full emoji support was implemented in KitKat. It’s clear that not every device, even with a proper hardware configuration, received an update to this OS. Thus, emoji has been impossible for many to use fully.

Luckily, the community can find a solution for almost everything, and we have seen it so many times through the years. The same applies to emoji on Jelly Bean ROMs. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer niaboc79, users can send emoji smileys on Sony devices with Android 4.1.2 and newer. To make this possible, the famous APKTool and a bit of Smali editing is required.

To apply the changes, you need to decompile the Xperia Keyboard and add a few lines of Smali code that has been provided by niaboc79. The whole pr. . . READ ON »

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Check the Forecast and Learn to Code with Tiny Weather

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App development on Android  is definitely a challenging, but fun task. You need to learn how to code in Java and familiarize yourself with the whole ecosystem before starting to work on a project. There are some resources available in various places that make the process a tad easier than hitting the books.

Not too long ago, we presented two handy video tutorials about launcher and live wallpaper development by XDA Senior Member sylsau. Both projects were rather easy to complete, so sylsau decided to show something a bit more difficult. Tiny Weather is a weather forecast application that can show you the conditions for the next 16 days. It has an elegant theme and simple, aesthetic UI. The application can als. . . READ ON »

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