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Make HDPI and XHDPI Themes Work on the Xperia Arc/Arc S

The latest generation of smartphones has included a range of new displays of varying resolutions and densities. While having access to higher quality displays is a good thing, it is bad when those with older screens don't get to enjoy the same toys as those with newer screens. One such instance is the very popular...

Turn Your Droid RAZR into a Droid RAZR Maxx

You don't have to look far to find a Motorola Droid RAZR owners who didn't feel a little cheated when the RAZR Maxx came out---same phone, same specs, and a substantially larger battery. In short, it's everything the RAZR should have been. Well, there is now a method to fully convert your Droid RAZR into...

Access Hidden Menus on the Galaxy Camera and Other Devices

The Samsung Galaxy Camera has been a developer daydream since its release. In just a short time, we've brought you news of root, UnBrickable SD mod, and an open source bootloader for the device. There are plenty of others too. Now, there is a way to access hidden menus in the Galaxy Camera. XDA Elite Recognized...

Samsung Wave Gets CM10.1 Nightly, SlimBean & Tsunami Android 4.2.1 ROMs

Our developer community at XDA is known for making operating systems work on devices they weren't intended for, and Samsung's Wave series of devices is no exception. Originally shipped running Samsung's Bada OS for mid-range smartphones, the series first saw an Android port in 2011, got its first AOKP Jelly Bean ROM in June, and got...

FreeXperia Team Beginning to Develop 3.4 Kernel for 2011 Sony Ericsson Devices

Many times, we have discussed how developers at XDA refuse to take "No" for an answer when confronted with the likelihood of a manufacturer update to older devices. The FreeXperia team has done a great job with Sony Xperia devices over the last two years, and they've now begun working on an essential element to...

OSLoader is a Dual Boot Bootloader for Android on Windows CE Devices

Remember the good ole' days of XDA when life was simple, and Pocket PCs running Windows Mobile were considered state of the art? After Google disrupted the smartphone industry with the introduction of Android, a lot of developers have gotten to work trying to port the popular open-source OS to their Windows Mobile devices, the...

Keep your Device Screen Awake for Select Apps with KeepScreen

Practically every mobile device has an automatic screen timeout feature built-in and enabled by default to save battery life. Android allows you to disable screen timeout when the device is charging, but you might also want to keep it from timing out when you have certain apps running---even when untethered from the charger. While several...

Nandroid Manager Makes Backups Even More Useful

Nandroids backups are invaluable for any rooted Android user. Perhaps the most common use is to keep a fully working install on the device at all times, so that troubleshooting common issues is just a little easier. There are other uses for Nandroid backups as well, but most require a little more creativity. There is...

The Droids Go Marching Two-by-Two, Hurrah! Hurrah!

Earlier this year, there was an event of epic proportions---one that captured the hearts and minds of a nation. That event gave birth to March of the Droids, and the nation will be captivated once more! OK, so maybe it's not nearly as dramatic, but this year's Glasdroid event in Glasgow, Scotland was a resounding success. The...

Nook HD+ Gets Alternate Root Method, Gapps, and More

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you news that the Nook HD and Nook HD+ had gotten permanent root. This is of course great news, as the Nook HD and HD+ run their own Android-based OS, and were in serious need of some more traditional Android goodness. Now, there is a new method for...

Enable Secret Features Using the Galaxy Note II CSC File

A while back, we brought you news that users and developers were taking a more serious look at the CSC file on the Galaxy Note 2. In case you've forgotten, the CSC file is a lot like a build.prop. It contains a number of values and lines that can be altered with varying results. Before,...

All-in-One Unbrick Package for the Samsung Galaxy Ace

So you were trying to flash a ROM or kernel to your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830i through ODIN. What was that? Did you say that you (or your cat) accidentally unplugging the device in the middle of the process? While this won't always result in a bricked device, you can likely get stuck in a...