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Jimmy McGee · Aug 23, 2014

How to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Android Wear SmartWatch – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 16, 2014

How to Unlock, Unbrick, and Restore Your Samsung Gear Live with Samsung Gear Live Super Tool – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 13, 2014

How to Root the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Samantha · Aug 7, 2014

Learn How to Boot Multiple ROMs on Your Sony Xperia TX

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 2, 2014

How to Root the OnePlus One and Unlock Bootloader and Install Custom Recovery – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Samantha · Jul 27, 2014

Boost the LG G3 Speaker and Headphone Volume

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,...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 26, 2014

How to Root the Sony Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Samantha · Jul 20, 2014

Use Your Samsung Gear 2 to Control Tasker

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 19, 2014

How to Root the LG G3 – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Samantha · Jul 13, 2014

Get to Know Your Moto E Inside Out with All-in-One Guide

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...

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Samantha · Jul 9, 2014

Customize the Icons and Add New Fonts on Your Samsung Gear 2

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...

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Samantha · Jul 7, 2014

Learn How to Implement Split View into Your LG G2 KitKat ROM

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...

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Samantha · Jul 5, 2014

Learn How to Create Watch Faces for the Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony jumped into the pool relatively early when it comes to smart watches and wearables. With a history extending back to 2010 with the LiveView, it was not until the SmartWatch 2 that Sony had a rather solid offering with plenty of customization and aftermarket flexibility. If you have one of these devices strapped on your wrist right now, or want to get some development experience with wearables, you'll certainly want to check out XDA Senior Member naheel azawy's tutorial on...

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Samantha · Jun 29, 2014

Learn How to Calibrate the Screen of Your Nexus 5

We all have preferences when it comes to the hardware aspects of screens on our smartphones and tablets, with some folks preferring screens that are TFT, AMOLED, or IPS. However, it's hard to argue against the fact that the Nexus 5 has a pretty fantastic 5-inch IPS display. But as part of the Nexus family, we've come to expect much more flexibility and customization from the device, and in this case, with regards to the software behind the screen. To help...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 12, 2014

Video Tutorial Shows You How to Add Some Features to Your Kernel

Kernel development is undoubtedly one of the most popular and important types of development here on XDA. There are literally thousands of kernel projects available on this site, spread across almost every supported device forum. Creating something original definitely isn't easy, but given the Linux kernel's open source nature, it's easy to learn and incorporate external features into your own builds. If you ever wondered how to make your favorite kernel even better, you are in the right place to learn! XDA Forum Member srsdani...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 11, 2014

Basics on How to Stop People from Hacking Your Android App – XDA Developer TV

Everyday, developers, hackers, and the NSA play a game of cat and mouse. This involves hackers trying to find their way around security measures, developers patching these holes, and the NSA spying on everyone. While we don't have nearly enough time to talk about the implications of NSA spying on XDA Developer TV, AdamOutler does have the time to talk about what beginner developers can do to protect their applications from one class of rudimentary hacking. In an earlier video, Adam...

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Jimmy McGee · May 14, 2014

How to Root the Oppo Find 7a Quickly – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Oppo Find 7a. We’ve covered the Find 7a a lot recently, from a full review to its XDA unboxing, but there is one more thing left to do. As is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo prequel to the Find 7 is no exception! TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo Find 7a using tools...

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Samantha · Apr 18, 2014

Tweak Your Xperia Device’s Camera App Yourself

We've come to expect nearly perfect camera performance in our modern day smartphones. If the image quality is just a tad shoddy in one respect, this issue is then multiplied tenfold in our ever so critical eyes. So it’s unfortunate that sometimes a flagship phone's camera quality is not up to snuff, especially if you’ve paid big bucks for a flagship device. If you own an Xperia device and find yourself in such a situation, you may want to check out XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 9, 2014

Video Tutorial Shows You How to Create 2D Video Games

XDA-Developers is all about learning and sharing the knowledge with others. It doesn't matter if it's knowledge on installing an application or hacking the bootloader; knowledge is priceless. Not too long ago, we talked about a guide to making your own Flappy game clone. Making a game is a challenge, but it's within range of even so called newcomers. However, it certainly takes ambition and determination to achieve your goals. If you prefer spoken word to written, you should definitely...

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Samantha · Apr 2, 2014

How to Extract the Boot Image From Sony FTF Files

If you’ve been thinking of developing your first custom ROM for your Sony Xperia device, chances are that you probably need a kernel to go along with it, especially if the ROM is for devices with locked bootloaders. Because of this, it’s sometimes best to know how to extract the kernel from an FTF file in order to integrate it into your ROM. A great place to begin with would be a tutorial by XDA Recognized Contributor matt4321 and XDA...

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