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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 28, 2014

Create Your Own Flappy Bird Clone!

What's the most popular mobile game since the days of Angry Birds? The answer is obviously Flappy Bird. This addictive game has seen so many remixes, that you were able to flap the Doge, Pou, and almost everything in between. The game's developer had his 15 minutes of fame, and many others have created entertaining clones as a result.. Since Flappy Birds is so successful, why not try making a clone yourself? It's possible, and there are some great guides...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 26, 2014

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Install Pie Controls – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Samsung Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear and smartwatches in general are hot news in the Android ecosystem. The Galaxy Gear is the device responsible for mainstreaming smartwatches. And as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and our buddy the Galaxy Gear is no exception! TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Galaxy Gear using tools from the XDA...

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Samantha · Mar 16, 2014

Integrate a Custom Recovery into Your ROM for Sony Xperia Devices

Custom recoveries are a big part of what happens around here at XDA. Having one relieves you of the manual work that you would otherwise have to do when flashing mods, themes, ROMs, kernels, and the like. Custom recoveries also serve as an important safety net for when things go wrong, since you can easily reflash your ROM or restore a backup. So when you're cooking up a fresh custom ROM from scratch, it's important to make sure that your...

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Samantha · Mar 11, 2014

How to Make Flashable Zip File from Android 4.4.2 KDZ File for the LG G2

Not too long ago, we covered Android 4.4.2 KitKat making its way to the LG G2---or at least to the T-Mobile variant. Before it was available as an OTA, it came as a massive 1.5 GB KDZ file, the file type LG uses for their ROMs, much like Sony Xperia's FTF and Motorola's SBF files. One of the disadvantages with receiving an update this way is that there is only one way to install such ROM files. And in LG's...

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Samantha · Mar 7, 2014

Get Started Modding Your Samsung Galaxy Mega

The Samsung Galaxy Mega is the less well known sibling of the OEM's popular Galaxy Note lineup. Announced back in April of last year, there are two main variants of the phablet, the GT-I920x with a 6.3" screen, and the GT-I915x with a more modest 5.8" screen---not far from the Note 3. Nevertheless, it’s a device that definitely has its appeals, such as dual-SIM support with the GT-I9152 variant, powerful specs, and wireless charging, a feature we just don’t see being adopted...

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Samantha · Mar 5, 2014

Get Started Developing Your First Android App

It is indisputable that an almost endless selection and variety of apps is a major part of the Android platform. This has gotten so impressive that other mobile operating systems and new OEMs have decided to jump on the bandwagon by adding Android app support. We've now seen this with Jolla Sailfish, the once dominant Blackberry, and Nokia with their freshly announced X lineup. Hence, we totally understand your uncontrollable excitement to be part of something so awesome. Where should...

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Samantha · Mar 4, 2014

Make Your Own Charging Battery Animation for the Samsung Galaxy S III

If you’ve been looking for a more interesting battery charging animation to replace the rather dull and conventional battery icon you have now, there are a wealth of options available ranging from battery mod compilations to 3rd party apps, and even a Windows tool. But if these options just don't seem to cut it for you and you’d rather create your own battery animation from scratch, you may want to check out XDA Recognized Contributor erikalin’s tutorial. Because of the personalized and...

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Samantha · Feb 27, 2014

Set a Custom Background and Screen Timeout for Your S-View Case

The S View cases for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 are fascinating products, as they not only protect the device and its screen, but they also feature a topside screen that displays your status bar, temperature, caller ID, and date and time. Not only that, but it’s also recognizes S Pen contact on the Note 3, which allows for some simple actions such as taking notes. What may come as a surprise to some is that the S View...

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Samantha · Feb 25, 2014

Regain NFC with the Zero Lemon Battery for Your Samsung Galaxy Note II

Lackluster battery life is probably one of the biggest downfalls in the modern day smartphone, despite the slow gains being made by OEMs with each passing generation. Putting aside battery saving apps and devices with non-removable batteries, one way of getting more screen time from your device is to simply use a battery with higher mAh rating. This generally means a battery with larger physical dimensions that will not only add more bulk to your device and ruin its beautiful, carefully...

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Samantha · Feb 25, 2014

Control Your Android Device with Only Your Voice

Google seemingly brought a bit of the future into the present when it introduced voice activation to the Nexus 5 and Moto X, something we’ve only seen to such a degree in blockbuster movies and corny TV advertisements. Naturally, the rest of the Android community probably feels a bit left out of the fun while exclaiming ‘Y U NO VOICE ACTIVATE’ at their devices. There's good news for folks who are feeling this way because there’s now a way for...

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Samantha · Feb 25, 2014

How to Integrate CPU Settings into Sony Xperia Device Settings Menu

Tweaking CPU settings can be a very safe and easy way for rooted Android users to save a bit of that precious battery juice. More often than not, this can only be achieved by downloading a third party app, as only very few OEMs offer CPU speed controls in their built-in software. But if you own a Sony Xperia device and are up for a bit of coding, check out XDA Senior Member Pandemic’s tutorial on adding CPU settings into...

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Samantha · Feb 24, 2014

Test Run Windows Phone 8.1 on Your PC with Leaked SDK

If you have been following the Windows Phone headlines the past couple of weeks, you’ve definitely heard of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak. Although neither the rumored digital assistant Cortana nor the OS's new Action Center are to be seen in the leaked build, there are still quite a few new additions and tweaks to the mobile platform. These include finally being able to install apps onto the SD card with Storage Sense, further UI customization options, better multitasking,...

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Samantha · Feb 21, 2014

You Can Now Use a Pencil or Pen as a Stylus for Your Sony Xperia Z1Too

One interesting function Sony touted for their phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, is its ability to react to ordinary pens and pencils---yes, pens and pencils---as a styli. Putting aside the obvious concern of scratching and ruining your phone’s screen with a pen, it’s still definitely a unique differentiating factor when you’re comparing different phablets. Well, it turns out that the Xperia Z1’s screen also has this same capability, except it was disabled by Sony for some reason or another. First implemented...

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Samantha · Feb 20, 2014

Get Your FM Radio Working without a Headset on Your Sony Xperia Device with Smali Edit

Chances are that if you haven’t accidentally ripped or broken the headset that came with your phone, it’s probably hopelessly lost, never to be found. And on an Xperia device, that's too bad because without it, you won’t be able to catch up on your favorite radio personality or listen to Top 40 without streaming it via mobile broadband. But hey, there’s now a way for Sony Xperia owners to listen to the radio without the required headset, thanks to...

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Samantha · Feb 15, 2014

There’s a Fix For the Sony Xperia “Brickademic”

Ever since December of 2013, a large number of Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra owners began to experience what has been dubbed and feared as an Xperia "Brickademic." This issue that has garnered confused, angry, and disappointed responses spanning over more than 35 pages in the discussion thread, and the cause seems to be spawning from kernel incompatibilities that result from flashing an Android 4.3 firmware on a device running certain builds of Android 4.2.2. Now that it has...

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Samantha · Feb 14, 2014

How to Load a Transparent Framework on Your Sony Xperia Device

For many Android users out there, the wallpaper on the home screen is like the centerpiece of the entire device, which is probably why we invest so much time with wallpaper apps and forum threads. Of course, the bad thing is that when you navigate to anywhere else on your device, you can no longer see the wallpaper. If you much prefer this not be on your Sony Xperia device, check out XDA Forum Member kalel2012’s transparent framework tutorial. The...

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Samantha · Feb 8, 2014

Blur the Lock Screen on Your Samsung Galaxy S Advance

Being forced to look at a lock screen for the umpteenth time everyday can wear down someone’s liking towards said lock screen setup. So what does one do? You switch things up a bit---maybe a custom lock screen, or customizing it with mods, or even simply a new wallpaper. If however, you own a Samsung Galaxy S Advance, are looking for something different, and up for a challenge, why not give XDA Senior Member BOOTMGR’s Lock screen Blur Effect a...

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Samantha · Feb 8, 2014

Bulk-Delete Apps on Your Android Device through AROMA

A common way for Android users to delete a large number of apps, such as bloatware, is to find a convenient bloatware removal script. Just download the base script, edit it by adding and removing the undesirable apps, and run it on your device, and voila. Of course, using a text editor to change the script can be quite a tedious process, especially if you do this often or have a massive number of apps to remove. If this is...

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Samantha · Feb 6, 2014

How to Insert App Autostart Option into Sony Xperia Settings Menu

Although boot times have been significantly reduced in recent years, and reboots are now only very sporadically required due to unrecoverable lag or similar issues, it still seems like it can’t get any slower. This is why many folks have been resorting to disabling unneeded apps that run on startup in order to lessen the boot up speed. But what can you do when the Android platform does not have this option natively? Rather than going the easy way by...

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Samantha · Feb 1, 2014

Headphones Not Working with Your Sony Xperia Z Ultra? This Tutorial Might Help

Boy, have headphones changed in the last few years. From something that was simply a black wire that split into 2 earpieces, they've morphed into a plethora of options and varieties with an assortment of buttons, sliders, and connections, each meant to make your music experience a little bit more convenient. And with the addition of OEMs designing and creating earphones for specific device models, compatibility issues may arise when you plug them into a new device for the first...

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