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Jimmy McGee · Jan 16, 2015

New XDA Home Page, HP Touchpad Lollipop – XDA TV

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the Nexus 10 and 7 is available! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of the new XDA Home. Also, be sure to check out the article talking about TWRP version 2.8.4.0! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 22, 2014

TWRP 2.8.3.0 Available for Supported Devices

The TeamWin Recovery Project (or TWRP, for short) has quickly become one of the most popular custom recoveries for Android. Without this fully touch-friendly recovery, it's really hard to imagine flashing custom ROMs, kernels, or mods. Not only does TWRP recovery allow you to flash without using tools like fastboot, but it even gives you a great, skinnable UI and plenty of gratuitous features to make the experience better. Over a month ago, XDA Senior Developer Dees_Troy announced version 2.8.2.0...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 28, 2014

Lollipop Leak for Sprint Galaxy S5, TWRP for Micromax Canvas Magnus – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop has been leaked for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of TWRP for the Micromax Canvas Magnus and be sure the check out the article talking about the hidden Notification LED on the Google Nexus 6. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 27, 2014

Official TWRP Recovery Lands on Micromax Canvas Magnus

With the recent release of Android One, Micromax and MediaTek released fully buildable kernel source code. This wasn't always the case for a lot of OEMs building devices with MediaTek SOCs, but luckily this is no longer the case as a lack of proper source code often hinders development greatly. Development for the Micromax Canvas Magnus shouldn't be slow anymore, as XDA Senior Member Santhosh M released an official version of TWRP 2.8.2.0 for this 5” beast. The Canvas Magnus...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 22, 2014

Bump! Workaround for the LG G3 Locked Bootloader – XDA TV

The LG G3 is a power house device. It's been a favorite of many people. However, the Bootloader is sticky. If you want to unlock the bootloader so you can flash a custom recovery or ROM, you have your work cut out for you. LG did not make this easy by any means. Of course the brains at XDA have found a way to bump a custom recovery on the LG G3. Even then, the process isn't the easiest to...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 19, 2014

TWRP Available for the Google Nexus 9 and 6

The HTC-manufactured Google Nexus 9 has just been on the market for just a couple of weeks. As you may recall, Google promised to deliver the newest version of the Android with encryption turned on by default. Luckily, the strengthened security policies didn't cause any additional trouble with rooting, as the Volantis was quickly rooted by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire. With working root, the only thing that was left was a custom recovery. This problem has been solved by the...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 31, 2014

How Open Source Can Help Your Project w/ Ethan Yonker – BABBQ2014

People have finally recovered from this year’s Big Android BBQ festivities. After all the fun and merriment, we cannot forget the sessions. We’ve talked about the Opening Keynote, and the User Experience session put on by Kevin Bruckert, technical lead for the user interface area of the NVIDIA SHIELD line of products, and today we have another great presentation for you. Lead developer for the Team Win Recovery Project for over three years, Ethan Yonker discusses how the topics covered in...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 10, 2014

Bump! Works Around the LG G3 Locked Bootloader

Without any doubt, we can say that the LG G3 is a great device. LG did its very best to provide high level technical specification and make its flagship a "must have." While end users are likely enjoying stock ROM experience, folks here at XDA are yet to see some custom ROMs prepared by the community. This is all due to a locked bootloader that has been served by the LG. The LG G3 was rooted back in August, when...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 13, 2014

HTC Desire 816 Gets Developer Treatment with Custom ROM, Recovery, and Kernel

In the last few days, we've talked about some fairly high end devices receiving official ports of popular ROMs or updates via OTA. Users of mid-range devices usually must be more patient when it comes to waiting for their devices getting developer support. Patience, however, is certainly a virtue. The HTC Desire 816 was announced at MWC in Barcelona in February of this year and eventually released in April. This 5.5” phablet brought a number of high-end specs into mid-range world. Now, Desire 816...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 10, 2014

Team Win Recovery Project 2.8 Brings Native MTP Support and More!

Team Win Recovery Project, known more simply as TWRP, is one of the most popular custom recoveries available for Android. It has a nice layout, a ton of features in its easy to use UI, and it gives us the ability to dive into custom ROM world. This recovery is available for most popular devices--no matter if they are big or small. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and XDA Recognized Developer bigbiff who developed most of the features, have updated the recovery and bumped its version...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 26, 2014

TWRP Now Available for the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

Over the past week or so, we've talked quite a bit about the first two Android Wear-powered smartwatches, the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Last night, we saw a great toolkit for G Watch owners. And just one day before, temp root was achieved on the Gear Live and its restore images were pulled. Now, the development community has reached the next major milestone thanks to custom recoveries for both devices. The custom recoveries for both devices come in the form of the highly versatile...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 12, 2014

Android App Review: Customize Your TWRP Recovery with This Theme Manager – XDA Developer TV

If you spend any amount of time on XDA, you probably also spend a lot of time in your recovery. Perhaps you hate blue, or perhaps you just want to change things up a little. And since we like changing things, wouldn't it be great if you could apply themes to your TWRP Recovery more easily? XDA Senior Member ScumpinatoS offers up an application that allows you apply themes to your TWRP Recovery very easily. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer...

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Conan Troutman · May 30, 2014

Jazz Up Your Recovery with TWRP Theme Manager

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is one of the most popular custom recovery options available. It offers support for a wide variety of devices both new and old. It has all the features that you would expect to find in a recovery, as well as a whole lot more. One such not necessarily essential, but nonetheless welcome feature is support for custom themes. While a recovery might not be the first thing on everyone's list of things to...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 18, 2014

Root and Unofficial TWRP Recovery Available for the Moto E

It's been a short while since Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, announced the Moto E. In many ways, the E is quite similar to the extremely popular Moto G thanks to its affordable price point and great user experience. This cheap, but capable good device may well become a big success. The Moto E was launched with a near stock Android firmware and an unlockable bootloader. And soon, the custom ROM madness will arrive, since a system dump was just released by XDA Senior Member Saumitra Yadav. But the above...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 20, 2014

Control TWRP from within Android with TWRP Coordinator

You may recall that back when TWRP2  introduced a couple of years ago, it brought with it the open source Open Recovery System (ORS). With ORS, purpose-built applications are able to queue various recovery tasks from directly within Android itself. ORS eventually lead to the creation of various interesting applications such as the previously covered TWRP Manager. But what if you wanted an application to control virtually all aspects of TWRP from within Android? Now with TWRP Coordinator XDA by Senior Member Samer Diab and...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 14, 2014

Official TWRP Released for the Oppo Find 7a and GSM, Sprint, and Verizon HTC One M8

There are more than a few excellent options in the custom recovery world nowadays. Although the most common aftermarket solution is still ClockworkMod Recovery and its ports after all these years, many are growing increasingly partial to TWRP's blend of innovative features, fantastic UI, and overall user friendliness. Thus, it's naturally quite a big deal when an official TWRP port hits a device. You may recall that a few weeks ago, we added forums for the Oppo Find 7. Now, XDA Senior...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 9, 2014

Functional TWRP Port Appears for the Verizon HTC One M8

Ever since its launch just a few short weeks ago, we've seen a flurry of development activity for the HTC One M8 (2014). This began with the WeakSauce root method, and has since continued with Firewater S-Off and a full GPe RUU. In other words, things are looking great on the dev front for this brand new device, but that doesn't mean that everything's peachy. On certain variants of the M8, there have been a few stumbling points here and there....

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 27, 2014

TWRP Recovery Now Available for the Xperia U, P, Go, and Sola

The importance of an aftermarket recovery is undeniable. These amazing tools make various tasks easy, and allow users to flash various modifications, as well as create Nandroid backups that save us when we get the bootloop blues. Recoveries are also needed to easily flash a ROM. Because of this, you can pretty much find one or more custom recovery for every device with a forum here. The most popular recoveries around are ClockworkMod Recovery, PhilZ Recovery, and Team Win Recovery Project....

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 7, 2014

Slap the Latest TWRP onto Your Device with Recovery Installer App

Team Win Recovery Project, better known as a TWRP, is the custom recovery of choice for quite a few Android users here on XDA. Created by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and his partner in crime, XDA Recognized Developer bigbiff, TWRP has earned its fair share of fans thanks to many interesting features like scripting used by OpenDelta, as well as themes and other innovative features that make the recovery worthwhile to try. Installing the TWRP is really easy and can...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 4, 2013

How to Root, Install TWRP, and Install OmniROM Nightly on the Oppo N1 – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the device that is pushing the limit of phone size, and some say even phablet size. This thing is huge. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo N1 is no exception! Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo N1 using...

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