September 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Nothing is more frustrating than opening up Google Maps and it taking way to long to lock your location. Additionally, slow GPS lock can impact the play-ability of GPS based games such as Ingress. When this happens, people try all sorts of voodoo to try and speed up the lock. They shake the phone, they walk in circles, they scream obscenities at the phone and more. What you really need, is to do something that might actually work.
In this episode of XDA Developer TV, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor rirozizo shows you how to make your GPS lock faster. He shows off the steps of how to modify the AGPS servers in the gps.conf. This is not as difficult as it sounds. So check out this video.
September 8, 2014 By: Samantha
It seems that with modern day smartphones, we increasingly need access to the Internet–not only for communication such as Emails and text messages, but for apps, synchronization, and more. For many folks including yours truly, we keep our mobile data on just so we don’t miss those Facebook notifications, messages, or Snap Chats, even if by doing so, we’re sacrificing our precious battery life. If you find yourself in a situation where mobile data and WiFi are not available to you, you can now surf the Web by connecting a USB modem to your device.
XDA Senior Member ISF created a simple guide that teaches you how to connect one of these USB modems to your Android device with only an OTG cable. The process is quite simple and straightforward, requiring you to download and install an app, configure the necessary network information, and connecting your Modem to your device. In order to do this though, your Android device must be rooted. ISF has also recorded a video teaching you this process as well so you can have a more visual understanding of what needs to be done.
If you’re interested in giving this a go, head over to the USB modem tutorial thread to get started.
September 7, 2014 By: Samantha
If you’re one of those people who makes just an inordinately large number of phone calls (and kudos to you for using a phone for its defining function), you may have noticed that the call log on your Android device is limited to 500 calls. For the majority of people, this wouldn’t be an issue at all, but if you are one of the few people who actually wants to know the details beyond your past 500 calls, or if you’re simply up to try something new, there’s a tutorial that teaches you how to remove this limit.
Written by XDA Forum Member pollob666, the tutorial teaches you just exactly where in the code this restriction is found, and what you need to do to change or remove it. It’s a rather simple process requiring the decompilation of framework.jar and some smali editing. This has been tested to work on the Sony Xperia V and TX, running either the official ROM or OmniROM, although because of its simplicity, other ROMs and devices, both Xperia or non-Xperia may work as well. Be sure however, to make a backup in case things happen to go wrong.
This function can also be achieved via an Xposed Module, but it’s never a bad thing to take the manual way of modding, especially for those just learning the ropes. If you are interested in giving this a crack, head over to the call log limit removal tutorial thread for more information.
September 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Oppo’s spunky offspring company OnePlus announced their first smartphone, the One, to much fanfare. It ships with a special version of CyanogenMod installed. Many people love CyanogenMod and would love to get their hands on a phone with this version. However, getting your hands on a OnePlus One is not as easy as going down to the store and buying one. The supply is limited and there are many paths to getting the opportunity to buy one, and some paths are very sketchy.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV newcomer droidmodd3rx, shows off XDA Senior Member zedomax‘s OnePlus One Conversion Kit. This kit allows you to install the special OnePlus One features like the OnePlusOne lock screen, camera, soundfx, whisper push, privacy guard, wallpapers, and more on any smartphone that runs CyanogenMod 11. While we are showing the version on the HTC One M8, the features will be similar on any CyanogenMod 11 supported device. Grab your favorite beverage and check out this video.
September 6, 2014 By: Samantha
PhilZ Touch Recovery is one of the most popular CWM-derived custom recoveries available for Android devices. With a plethora of compatible devices and being fully open source, anyone can try to get it working on their device if it isn’t available already. Fortunately, if you find yourself in a situation where you want to use PhilZ Touch but don’t know where to start, there’s now a tutorial that shows you how to compile the recovery for any Android device with a MediaTek SoC.
Written by Senior Member yuweng, the tutorial is comprehensive and detailed in its explanation of the steps necessary to compile PhilZ Touch for your device. It also provides a background of what PhilZ Touch recovery is for any newcomers, a quick rundown of the compilation process, and the tools required. The tutorial is accompanied with plenty of examples of code and screenshots along with other helpful information and links. Additionally, yuweng provides some additional information that you may find helpful, such as some miscellaneous tips and even a case study.
If you own a device with a MediaTek chip and are looking for a tutorial on compiling PhilZ Touch Recovery for your device, yuweng’s tutorial is a great place to start. Head over to the PhilZ Touch 6 for MediaTek devices tutorial thread for more information.
September 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We’ve showed you how to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch. We’ve showed you how to use the Samsung Gear Live Super Tool and we’ve shown you how to root the LG G Watch. Now we are going to show you how to install TWRP customer recovery on your Android Wear device.
In today’s videos, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor RootJunky, shows off how to install TWRP on the Samsung Gear Live. This process works on the LG G Watch as well. So if you wanted to install a custom Recovery on your Android Wear device, check out this video.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer RootJunky Tom shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your LG G Watch. The LG G Watch is LG’s first Android Wear device. Besides the Samsung Gear Live, this is the only currently available Android Wear device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G Watch is no exception!
Tom presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G Watch using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows you how to unlock the bootloader as well. So if you wanted to root your LG G Watch, take a moment and check this video out.
August 23, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Do you want to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch? This can be either because you had a bad flash, you installed an app and now things just aren’t right, or because it’s just slowing down in general. There are many reasons to factory reset your device. The steps are quick and easy, but they are unique. The button combinations are different than most other devices because there really is only one button.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor RootJunky shows off how to manually boot into the Samsung Gear Live’s bootloaders and factory reset the device. Grab your device and check out this video.
August 16, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Gear Live is Samsung’s latest foray into the wearable smartwatch market. Recently, XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler unboxed the device the XDA way. But lets be honest, as cool as it is to see the insides of a minitaure smartdevice, when your Gear Live is bricked, you want it fixed. Here at XDA Developer TV we want to help you recover from such a tradegy, and additionally expand the capabilites of your device.
In today’s videos, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor, Tomsgt, or Tom, shows off his Samsung Gear Live Super Tool! This tool can be found on the XDA Forums and combines and simplifies many operations you may want to do on your Samsung Gear Live. Tom shows you how to unlock your Samsung Gear Live, how to unbrick your Samsung Gear Live, how to install TWRP custom recovery on your Samsung Gear Live and how to restore your Samsung Gear Live to stock. Grab your device and check out this video.
August 13, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Jordan has covered the Nvidia SHIELD evolution closely and Nvidia just released the SHIELD Tablet. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the SHIELD tablet is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your SHIELD Tablet using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward, you use TowelRoot and are on your way. So if you wanted to root your SHIELD Tablet, take a moment and check this video out.
August 7, 2014 By: Samantha
If you’ve ever tried to get multiboot functionality to work on your Android device, you’ve probably heard of kexec. This is a method of live booting different kernels without having to flash them or using fastboot. Kexec has been used as the basis for bringing multiboot functionality to various devices such as the HTC Droid DNA and Sony Xperia M. And in fact, as of right now, it’s pretty much the only viable way of getting such feature working on your Android device.
With this said, we see another device taking the kexec route in order to boot multiple ROMs, this time being the Sony Xperia TX. This is made possible by XDA Senior Member updating, who has written a tutorial going through the necessary steps in order to get multiboot working. Due to the rather complicated procedure, each step has been explained in great detail, with plenty of examples of code to help you along the way. Credit must also be given to XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar for porting the kexec-hardboot patch to MSM chips, and Senior Member alvinhochun, the creator of the aforementioned multiROM port for the Xperia M.
Updating does warn that this procedure is quite risky and advanced, so be warned when you do decide to give this a go on your Xperia TX. However, if you feel like you’re up a challenge, make sure to head over to the Xperia TX multi-boot guide to get started.
August 2, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root, unlock the bootloader, and install a custom recovery on your OnePlus One. TK recently reviewed the OnePlus One and while not readily available yet, it’s created quite a stir on Social media. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the OnePlus One is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your OnePlus One using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows you how to install a customer recovery and unlock the bootloader. So if you wanted to root your OnePlus One, take a moment and check this video out.
It seems like OEMs are stepping up their game, with regards to the quality of their devices’ sound and speakers. HTC kicked it off with the fabulous Boom Sound speakers on the original HTC One and its successor the One M8, as well as the mid-range Desire 600 and Desire 816, and Sony hopped on board later with their first front facing speakers debuting on the Xperia Z2. With the bar set up high, other OEMs, such as LG and their G3, may be feeling the heat.
With this said, if you’re an LG G3 owner and are not quite happy with the speakers, you may be interested in a tutorial written by XDA Senior Member spiderio. The tutorial teaches you how to boost the volume of the headphone and speakers on the G3, and involves a few changes to a couple xml files. As it’s not a standalone mod, you’re allowed the flexibility of setting your own volume limits, which may be different from person to person. And as always, make sure you make a backup of the original files in case you may want to revert the changes in the future.
If you would like to give this a go, head over to the volume tutorial thread for more information.