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Jimmy McGee · Jul 29, 2015

ZenFone 2 Lolliflash and ZenPower Giveaway!

We recently did an in-depth review of the Asus Zenfone 2 but one of the things people may not be aware of is that ASUS has actually created a line of accessories to compliment the ZenFone, or any other Android device. The Lolliflash is a Lollipop-shaped external flash and the ZenPower is a thin 10,000mAh external battery. In today's video, Jordan shows off the Lolliflash and the ZenPower Accessories. Additionally, ASUS and XDA have teamed up to give away 5...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 28, 2015

How Strong Is Your Connection? – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Everyone is always talking about their bars. How many bars of WiFi do they have? How many bars of 4G? What does a bar really represent? Does it give you any indication of the “strength” of the signal? Does it give you the throughput? If you had this information, you could know more about your data connections. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that gives you the ability to put certain...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 27, 2015

LG G4 Variants Rooted! OnePlus 2 Invites Open! – XDA TV

The LG G4 Carrier Variants have been rooted! 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 opening of the OnePlus 2 invite queue and be sure to check out the article talking about the rooting of the Dell Venue 8 7840. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 24, 2015

OnePlus 2 Pictures & CM12.1 for HTC M9 – XDA TV

Pictures of the up coming OnePlus 2 have been released. 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 CyanogenMod 12.1 for the HTC One M9 and be sure to check out the article talking about the rooting of the Alcatel Idol 3. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 23, 2015

Boldbeast for Your Voice Recording Needs – XDA TV

Many people use their phone to help them keep their life organized. From creating to do lists and setting reminders, we put a lot of information on our phones. Sometimes you want to put a reminder in your phone, but you are on a phone call or don’t have use of both your hands. XDA Senior Member boldbeast offers up an application that will help you record phone calls or voice memos. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 22, 2015

Hound vs Google Now – Digital Assistant Showdown!

There are many great features on our phones. Between Microsoft’s Cortana coming to Android and Google Now getting more and more intelligent, voice control of our searches is not far away. Siri, Cortana and Google Now are not the only ones looking to make a vocal search assistant, as song identification service SoundHound is jumping into the ring with their new Hound app as well. So the question begs to be asked, which digital assistant implementation is actually better: Hound by...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 21, 2015

Take Control with Action Widgets – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Our smart devices do so much, but those awesome features at times come with draw backs. Things like WiFi or Bluetooth eat up your battery.  Other items like flashlight or other neat settings are buried so deep, by the time you find them the desire has passed. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a customizable quick access widget for these actions? In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that gives you...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 20, 2015

S6 Edge+ Dummy, Cortana for Android Leak – XDA TV

The Microsoft personal voice assistant Cortana for Android has leaked. 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 Moonshine icon pack going open source and be sure to check out the article talking about the latest rendering of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 18, 2015

How Have Manufacturing Defects Affected You?

Have you ever ran into manufacturing issues? Not long ago we asked you if you did self-repairs, and while we expected that kind of outlook from our savvy community, sometimes there is no easy work-around for hardware faults. Recurring to warranties is what the brave of us do when all else fails, despite our venturing into the forbidden roots of Android being denied by our phones' manufacturers. And when this is our last option, departing from our favorite device can...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 17, 2015

Huawei Nexus Specs & XDA mBot Giveaway! – XDA TV

The Huawei made Google Nexus specs have been leaked. 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 a mobile phone by music company Marshall and be sure to check out the article talking about the changes in the OnePlus invite system. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 16, 2015

Customize Your Live Wallpaper – XDA App Review

One feature of Android that doesn’t get a whole lot of love is Live Wallpapers. Oppo has wallpapers that change based on the position of the sun in your region. Other live wallpapers just move around when you switch screens. Most people turn them off to get more battery life. However, what if you could get some useful information out of your live wallpaper? Would it be worth the small battery hit? XDA Senior Member frankmonza offers up an application...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 15, 2015

Huawei P8 Lite Review – XDA TV Device Review

Huawei is the little engine that could. It is perhaps one of the more recognizable Chinese names in the United States. This company with a hard to pronounce name is releasing phones trying to compete with the likes of HTC and Samsung. Their latest entrance into the western market is the P8 Lite. Is the P8 Lite powerful and feature packed enough to be a contender? That is only one of the questions XDA TV Producer Jordan answers when he...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 14, 2015

Wanam Kit for Android Lollipop – XDA Xposed Tuesday

It has been a few months since the Xposed Framework became compatible with Android Lollipop. More and more different Xposed Modules are moving towards being compatible for Lollipop. A popular combination pack of modules is known as Wanam. The Wanam Kit is for AOSP like ROMs and gives you many different tweaks in one convenient package. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that gives you many different tweaks for your device....

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 13, 2015

Android M Dev Preview 2 Available & More! – XDA TV

The Android M Developer Preview 2 is now 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 a new mobile VR headset that's gaining attention and be sure to check out the article talking about what we know about the OnePlus 2 so far. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 10, 2015

YotaPhone 2 Source Released & Win 7 on Zenfone! – XDA TV

The YotaPhone 2 has released its kernel source. 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 a 50% rebate on Android Nanodegrees and be sure to check out the article talking about Windows 7 booting on the ASUS ZenFone 2. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 9, 2015

Solid Explorer’s Big Update – XDA App Review

The Play Store is filled with many impressive launchers to choose from. Last week, we talked about a small little launcher that makes your shortcuts float called Rovers. However, you need more than just a launcher, you need a way to explore your files. A solid option that has been around for a while in the file explorer arena is called “Solid Explorer.” Solid Explorer Developer NeatByte offers up a material design update to the app. In this video, XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 8, 2015

How to Flash a Custom ROM – Android Basics 101

Here at XDA, we love customizing our phones. One of the best ways to get great options and customizability for your device is to flash a custom ROM. These modified system images are tweaked to get optimal performance, bring us great themes and icons as well as very handy tools by the talented members of the XDA Forums. Flashing a Custom ROM isn’t difficult, but it also isn’t always straight forward. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK gives a generic...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 7, 2015

How to Lock and Protect Your Apps – XDA Xposed Tuesday

The smartphone revolution has passed. Everybody has mobile apps. Some of these apps have access to very important information. Your mobile banking app gives you access to your money. Your Dropbox app could hold your secret plans to world domination. These apps should have greater protection than your Trivia Crack game. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that enables you to control access to your apps. XDA Senior Member defim created...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 6, 2015

IonVR Coming Soon, HTC M9 Dev Edition Gets Android 5.1 – XDA TV

The HTC M9 Developer Edition has received Android 5.1. 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 IonVR and be sure to check out the article talking about the OnePlus Cardboard price (Hint, it's free). 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 released an...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 3, 2015

Droid Turbo Lollipop OTA, 2015 Moto G Leaked – XDA TV

Android Lollipop for the Droid Turbo has been released. 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 2015 edition of the Moto G and be sure to check out the article talking about Android Lollipop for the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on...

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