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Jimmy McGee · Jan 13, 2015

Must Have App Review: Helium (Backup without Root)

Our smartphones have advanced tremendously over the last few years, and so have our uses for them. Everything from pictures and videos to emails and notes get stored on our devices. But don't you wish there was an easier way to back it all up? The creators of Helium offer an app that promises to quickly and easily backup your Android device. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the app, and gives us a run down on how it...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 12, 2015

2015 AT&T Developer Summit and Hackathon [Sponsored]

The AT&T Developer Summit has become the top annual pre-CES event for the mobile community. Held at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, it combines a standard informational expo with a prize-filled Hackathon. This year the dev program team at AT&T was nice enough to invite XDA, including Jordan and I, so we packed our toothbrushes and boarded a plane. When we arrived at The Palms on Saturday morning, there was a long line of eager developers waiting to register. More...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 12, 2015

Google App Update Failure, Kindle Fire HDX Boot Signing Exploited- XDA TV

The latest Google App Update has disabled features for millions of users! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of an exploit for the Kindle Fire HDX and be sure to check out the article talking about 5 Tweaks for a less annoying Android! Jordan also talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 11, 2015

Hands-on with the New Sony Products at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At the 2015 International CES, Japanese manufacturer Sony released an Android powered Walkman, the ZX2. We were very excited to take a look at it, and also ran into the other two latest products from Sony while we were there: the Xperia Z3C tablet and Sony Smartwatch 3. XDA TV Producer Jordan got a chance to get his hands on the Sony triplets and learn more about them. Jordan shares what he learned in our latest XDA TV video, and also shows off the...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 11, 2015

Razer Forge TV Hands On at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At this year's CES 2015, gaming peripheral company Razer announced a bunch of new products. The product that caught our eye immediately was the Android gaming micro console called the Forge TV. Does the new entrant into the Android gaming field have the power to overcome the adoption issues others have had, like the Mad Catz M.O.J.O.? XDA TV Producer Jordan was on site and got a chance to take a closer look at the Razer Forge TV. Jordan explored the menus, got...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 10, 2015

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 & P7 Hands On at CES 2015 – XDA TV

We will be the first to admit that when it comes to desirable phones for members of XDA, Huawei devices are not on the top of the list. Last year at CES we took a look at the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G and, honestly, we were not impressed. Well at this year's CES, Huawei was showing of the 3 and 6 month old Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend P7. Are these devices any good? XDA TV Producer Jordan was...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 10, 2015

Remove Bloatware from Your Android Device – XDA TV

Carriers and manufacturers sometimes have the nasty habit of installing apps at the factory. These apps are claimed to be useful and helpful. However, why do I need Verizon's Navigation app when Google Maps is already installed? Why do I need Samsung's Mail app to check my Gmail? Android already comes with a much nicer Gmail app. So, you can just ignore some of the apps, but some still run in the background. Also, your app drawer could potentially be...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 9, 2015

HD2 Receives Lollipop Port, CES 2015 Recap – XDA TV

The long lasting HTC HD2 has received a Android 5.0 Lollipop port! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week on XDA. Included in this week's news is the article talking about restoring functionality of Unlocked Xperia Devices, as well as XDA TV Producer TK's review of the must have app Light Flow! Jordan also talks about the other CES videos released this week from XDA. Pull up a chair and check out...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 8, 2015

LG G Flex 2 Hands On at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At this year's CES 2015, LG announced the highly anticipated LG G Flex 2. We were lucky enough to catch the new device on display, so we took a moment to see what the hype was all about. Does the new G Flex 2 add anything to the curved device market or is it just an LG G3 doing sit ups? XDA TV Producer Jordan was on site and got a chance to get his hands on the device and got a walk...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 7, 2015

Snail Games W3D Hands On at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At this year's CES 2015, we were introduced to a company we haven't heard very much about: Snail Games. The video game development company has created what they call the perfect mix between an Android phone and a handheld gaming device. Their new product aims to be the only device you need in your pocket. XDA TV Producer Jordan was on site and was able to get his hands on the Snail W3D. In this video, he shares what he learned from...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 6, 2015

Must Have App Review: Light Flow – XDA TV

We get a lot of incoming information on our devices every day. To help remind us to check things like email and messaging systems, Android gives us notifications. There are many times when you don’t want it to make a sound. Sometimes, even that horrible vibrating phone on a wooden table noise is too loud. Thus, we have to rely on our visual indicators The creators of Light Flow offer up an app that lets you view and control your...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 5, 2015

Android, Firefox OS & Windows Phone on One Alcatel Device – XDA TV

Alcatel released a device that can run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is Xiaomi releasing the kernel source for the Redmi 1S and bypassing storage restrictions for the Nexus S! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK showed...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 3, 2015

Double-Tap to Wake and Swipe to Sleep – Nexus 6 Mods

The Google Nexus 6 has a hidden secret: It can do the double-tap to wake trick just like the LG phones. However, Google didn’t want the Nexus 6 to display this trick, so it was hidden from view. Here at XDA we like to find these hidden things and do what Google (and other OEM's) do not want us to do. In fact we showed you how to root it. For all those who would like to enable double-tap to wake, XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 2, 2015

OnePlus One Lollipop Alpha, Google Fixes Lollipop Memory Leak – XDA TV

OnePlus has realeased an Alpha build of CyanogenMod-Free Lollipop for the One! 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 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refresh with super fast LTE and be sure to check out the article talking about the latest Android One expansion with the Symphony Roar A50! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 1, 2015

Android Security Overview and Safe Practices for Web-Based Android Applications w/ Dario Incalza – XDA:DevCon 2014

So far, we’ve talked about many things while presenting the videos from XDA:DevCon 2014. We’ve talked about robotics with Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My! w/ Shane Francis, open source with AOSP for Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future w/ Alin Jerpelea and supporting users with Shoot Troubles, Not Users w/ Alex Boag-Munroe. However, all of this knowledge needs another piece to make a successful developers, and that is security. As a full-time Master student of engineering at the department of Computer Science at...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 1, 2015

Koala Phone Launcher – XDA App Review

If you're anything like the rest of the XDA community, you are an enthusiast who customizes your phone and uses all sorts of different features. However, that seems to mean to family members and less technical friends that you are their personal technical support network. You may want to know how to easily help them “just make some stinking calls.” XDA Forum Member tomasslavicek offers up a launcher replacement that simplifies the smartphone interface. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 31, 2014

Sea, Sailfish & Haddock: Shipping Linux to Devices and the Community w/ David Greaves – XDA:DevCon 2014

In his presentation Firefox OS Architecture and Collaboration Opportunities at XDA:DevCon 2014, Asa Dotzler talked about Firefox as a web browser and mobile OS, and how it exists to ensure there is choice in the marketplace. As it stands right now, the big players are Android and iOS, but a little group of hackers has another option for you: SailfishOS. SailfishOS is the topic of today’s talk. David Greaves is one of the co-founders of the Mer Project, where he focuses...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 31, 2014

Nvidia SHIELD Tablet vs the Google Nexus 9 – XDA TV

Almost one year ago, Nvidia announced their latest Tegra system on a chip. The Tegra K1 was a desktop-based fab brought to the mobile arena. While this advancement is great and brings a lot of power to robotics and the like, device adoption has been lackluster. The main recipients of this new chipset are the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet and the Google Nexus 9. In this episode, XDA TV Producer Jordan compares the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet and the Nexus 9. Jordan has...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 30, 2014

Beyond Smartphones: How To Get There w/ Troed Sångberg – XDA:DevCon 2014

Today’s XDA:DevCon 2014 session video continues from yesterday’s talk by Andreas Göransson entitled Building Wearable Apps with Android. Today’s talk is from another Sony staff member. Earlier we heard from Sony staffer Alin Jerpelea’s with his session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future. Our presenter Troed Sångberg is a developer advocate with Sony Developer Relations. His many years in technology include a core technical background in the home computer scene of the 80s, professional telecom develoment since the late 90s...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 30, 2014

Must Have App Review: Pushbullet – XDA TV

Every day, we are subject to a barrage of incoming notifications. If you are working on a computer or playing on your tablet and you get an SMS, you have to stop what you are doing and check your phone only to find out that it’s your mom asking you how to use the DVR again. These disruptions can be overwhelming and kill your productivity. The folks over at Pushbullet offer up an app that lets you view and control...

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