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.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Sony Xperia Z2. TK recently reviewed the Sony Xperia Z2 And while not readily available in the US yet, it’s still a popular phone in the international markets. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Sony Xperia Z2 is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Sony Xperia Z2 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straightforward. This process shows a firmware downgrade to a rootable image. So if you wanted to root your Sony Xperia Z2, take a moment and check this video out.
If we’re to switch out our traditional watches for smartwatches, they better do something that’s well worth the switch. The standards of what’s worthy or not are entirely subjective and up to our individual preferences, but I’m sure that one thing that it could do that we would all agree is ‘worth it’ would be to control the hugely popular Tasker app on your phone or tablet.
This is exactly what you can now do on your Samsung Gear 2, thanks to the tutorial written by XDA Forum Member Medox2. The procedure works with both Samsung devices that were Galaxy Gear compatible out of the box, as well as non-Samsung devices that have been modded to work with the Gear, although there are some slightly different initial steps for each of them. After explaining these initial steps and the requirements needed thereafter, the tutorial goes through all the steps of setting up the configurations required on both your device and your Galaxy Gear. Furthermore, Medox2 has provided some additional, optional tips and tricks which may be of interest once you’ve got things all set up.
If you would like to try this out, be sure to head over to the Gear 2 Tasker Guide thread for more information.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your LG G3. Jordan recently reviewed the LG G3, and it has been released on the major carriers in the use. So as usual here at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G3 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G3 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. In fact, you could even use TowelRoot as of the time of this writing, so now you have options. So if you wanted to root your LG G3, take a moment and check this video out.
July 13, 2014 By: Samantha
Ever since it was announced and released earlier this year, the affordable and powerful Moto E has been embraced by a very active community here and hence has seen much development. Of course, this is also due to the open nature towards aftermarket support Motorola has given it, as seen with gestures such as the prompt release of the device’s kernel source and Motorola’s official method of unlocking the bootloader. With so much to play with, it is without a doubt that plenty of folks here have went out and gotten a Moto E for themselves, and if you find yourself a new owner of the device, the ‘all-in-on’ Moto E beginner’s guide is a great way to get things started.
Written by XDA Senior Member neo.ank, the tutorial is a very comprehensive rundown of all the basics and more that you’ll want to know about the device and how to mod it. This includes topics such as:
If such lingo and jargon do not seem familiar to you, the tutorial does a great job explaining what they are, as well as provide convenient links to helpful sites which may contain more resources and information.
A tutorial written with the beginner in mind, it is definitely worth checking out if you are new to the device and the aftermarket development community. So if you want to get started, head over to the Moto E primer guide thread.
July 9, 2014 By: Samantha
The Gear 2 is one of the many Samsung wearable devices released in 2014, and it builds on the first generation Galaxy Gear that came out last year. Specifications aside, the Gear 2 came with some relatively decent customization options out of the box such as changeable watch straps, clocks, wallpapers, and fonts. But for Android users, this is most certainly not enough to satisfy our (perhaps conditioned) need for greater customization and flexibility. This is exactly why XDA Forum Member renbren wrote a tutorial that teaches folks how to modify the Gear 2′s icons and insert new fonts of your own.
Tizen IDE, a rooted Gear 2, and a way of mounting the filesystem are pretty much the only requirements needed for you to complete the process. And once those prerequisites are taken care of, the procedure is relatively simple and straightforward–essentially consisting of connecting your Gear 2 to your PC, navigating the device’s directories with Tizen IDE, and replacing the existing PNG and font files with the ones you want.
It should be noted that the scaling and icon sizing on the Gear 2′s screen has not been completely figured out, so the size of icons that appear on the screen may be unpredictable. However, those who would like to give this a go can do so by visiting the Gear 2 icon and font customization thread.
July 7, 2014 By: Samantha
A few months have passed since the LG G2 started receiving its update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and with it, G2 owners have been enjoying some new features and benefits. Unfortunately, the one of the most standout features seen in other LG devices, Split View, didn’t quite make it into this update. No need to panic, however. Those who have gotten used to the feature on the G2 previously thanks to a port from the G Flex can now enjoy it once again because XDA Senior Member xdabbeb has written a tutorial on how to get it back.
Written specifically to work on the G2, xdabbeb’s tutorial enables you to implement Split View into a ROM that’s based on the official KitKat firmware. In order to do this, you’ll need to know your way around smali and baksmali, and know how to make minor Dalvik and smali edits. Other than that, all you need to do is follow the steps provided and you should be well on your way. To help you get started, xdabbeb has also provided handy ZIP packages with all the files you will need during the process.
So if you’re a ROM developer who’s looking to implement Split View into your ROM, be sure to head over to the original thread to check out the tutorial.