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Jack Jennings · Jun 25, 2015

Spotify Update Includes Support for Android Wear

One of the most practical use-cases for an Android Wear device is to get quick access to controls for current activities, like being able to pause or skip tracks whilst you're listening to music. Spotify, despite being one of the most popular music streaming services around, hasn't included Android Wear support in the past but had promised that it was to be included soon. Today, those on the crest of the wearable wave may be pleased to notice a new Spotify...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 16, 2015

Dr. Ketan or How I Learned to Stop Waiting & Flash the ROM

The Lollipop update rollouts bombed. This shouldn’t be news to those of you who have been tracking the progress of many Android devices, but for the most part, Lollipop adoption has been a rollercoaster of broken promises and disappointment for many Android users. This is not to say that many of you didn’t get Lollipop early, however. At XDA we are typically knowledgeable with flashing custom ROMs and, in Lollipop’s case, leaked ROMs - and both of these brought 5.0...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 3, 2015

Lollipop Update Status: Who’s In, Who’s Out

Lollipop was probably one of the most awaited iterations Android has seen. While I remember everyone being crazy about KitKat and how it promised to finally optimize Android to the level we deserved, Lollipop's enticing redesign sparked even more intense furor in enthusiasts. Developers too saw a great deal of novelty that would allow them to explore new possibilities, while users could thrive in the new options that the newer applications could explore - and it would all be wrapped in pretty Material...

Samantha · Dec 20, 2014

Major Update for the Sony Smartwatch 2 Brings DND and More

With the wearables landscape now dominated by Android Wear and Pebble, it’s understandable if it seems that other wearable devices have faded into the background, and perhaps even forgotten. And with Sony pushing their newest smartwatch, the Smartwatch 3, which runs Android Wear, the Smartwatch 2 and its Sony-developed OS seem to have been put on the back burner. No updates for the device in the last few months certainly makes it seem this way. But it looks like the...

Samantha · Dec 16, 2014

Sony SmartEyeglass SDK Update Brings Artificial Reality Rendering API

We’ve all heard of Google Glass, the spectacle wearable that just until recently, we all believed was only possible in sci-fi movies. However, a very similar prototype has also been worked on by Sony called SmartEyeglass, which looks like a bulky pair of swimming goggles fitted with a 3 megapixel camera, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, microphone, brightness sensor, and hefty battery pack. Needless to say, it’s not as sleek or chic as Google Glass, but kudos goes to Sony for exploring...

Samantha · Dec 10, 2014

Google Hangouts Update Brings Stickers, Video Filters, More

Google Hangouts is the company’s answer to Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Messenger, and its users are finally being treated to a variety of new features that they can play with thanks to the new update from Google that was announced yesterday. These features include those which enhances both the fun factor, such as stickers and video filters, as well as usability and utility such as confirmed phone numbers and “last seen” timestamps. It almost doesn’t seem possible that Google Hangouts...

Conan Troutman · Oct 17, 2012

Android 4.1.2 Build Now Available for Motorola Defy & Defy+

Despite being somewhat abandoned by Motorola as far as official updates are concerned, the Motorola Defy & Defy+ are refusing to accept that the latest versions of Android are out of the question. Having recently received an unofficial version of CM10 based on Android 4.1.2 thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Quarx, these devices continue to defiantly (see what I did there?) push the limits of what they are capable of. As you might expect, this build is still in quite...

Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 31, 2012

Official ICS Update Available for Samsung Galaxy R I9103

To all Samsung Galaxy R GT-I9203 users waiting to get official ICS on their device, we've got news for you! The ICS update was recently spotted on SamMobile. Although the OTA may be pushed out to your devices very soon, those who can't wait can download and install it manually right away. This is the European I9103XXLQ9 Update and it was spotted here on XDA by Recognized Contributor ardatdat. As is the case with every official Samsung ROM, this one is also TouchWiz...

orb3000 · Feb 10, 2012

HTC Update List On Android Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrades

Since Google’s launching of Android 4.0 back in October 2011, the main question most of us want answered is if our devices will be upgrade-able, and when? We know there are hardware limitations to take into consideration. HTC’s first wave of Android updates will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to its phones powered by dual-core Qualcomm S3 processors. The majority of HTC’s phones running on this chip are already on the update list, and we expect the remaining devices to be added...

orb3000 · Feb 7, 2012

HTC Dresses Sensation In White Ice To Receive ICS

We already knew to expect that the HTC Sensation was getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, but what we didn´t expect was that also will receive a white version as well. We have already seen Sensation XL in white and it looks quite nice. Currently, the Sensation comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a dual core MSM8260 Snapdragon at 1.GHz and S-LCD capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches. The white version has the same specs as the one we...

azrienoch · Dec 20, 2011

UnBricking the Nexus S

Last week, T-Mobile issued the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update to Nexus S customers.  Great news for some, miserable news for others.  I didn’t found out exactly what all Google and T-Mobile included in the update, but apparently a new bootloader was included.  For some users, that meant a nice, Nexus-shaped brick. So XDA Recognized Developers AdamOutler and Rebellos of Team Hummingmod set out to do what they do best: unbricking devices.  And they released revision 37 of the UnBrickable...