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Android 4.3 Rooted Courtesy of Chainfire

The recently released Google Edition Galaxy S4 has been generating a lot of excitement since being announced. What a lot of people did not see coming was Jelly Bean 4.3 leak. Despite containing only a few minor changes likely that would affect the average end user, there may well still be a few differences under...

Introducing the XDA Development Database!

One of our goals for the year has been to better organize all of the development works (ROMs, apps, tools, kernels, etc.) on XDA. We wanted this to be useful but also to have minimal impact on how developers post to XDA and on users who are happy with the current structure of the forums. We're...

GooPhone i5 Unboxed the XDA Way – XDA Developer TV

Whenever the title says "Unboxed the XDA Way" and people see XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler's image in the thumbnail, people know exactly what is going to happen to the device in question. The poor device is going to be torn apart and prodded until it gives up all of it's dirty little secrets. Today,...

Looking for Parking in the UAE?

Wait, what... Why in the UAE? OK, let's take a few steps back first. Have you ever had a hard time finding parking in your city, any city? With so many cars on the road, that's quite the universal struggle now. This is also something that XDA Recognized Developer GadgetCheck's app mPark is hoping to fix---even if...

Spruce up Your Media Player with iSense Music

While the official Google Play Music application has a recently refreshed UI that many seem to love, and its compatibility with Play All Access makes it the ideal player for some, undoubtedly not everyone will be a fan of its aesthetics. Perhaps you don't use the cloud or perhaps you're not a fan of orange,...

OEMs and GPL Compliance

At XDA, we like open source. In fact, you could say we love it. We have a GPL policy to ensure users understand the best ways to follow the GPL, and ensure others can make use of their work to improve all our devices. Unfortunately though, OEMs often lag behind the efforts of the hobbyist third-party developers....

All-In-One Android Toolkit with Advanced Mobile Care – XDA Developer TV

Security is a big concern these days. Some people are very worried about the NSA spying. Other people live dangerously and may be exposed to Android Viruses. There are many programs and tricks out there to help protect yourself, improve performance, or help you find your missing phone. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin...

ADB and Fastboot Quick Start Guide

I run Linux exclusively and I was not happy when my Android device stopped enumerating as a mass storage device. The OS version I have right now doesn't automount MTP, so how am I supposed to get files on and off of my phone? There are several options, but I think the most simple answer...

Remove all the Bloatware from Your Samsung Galaxy S 4

Bloatware is extremely frustrating at times. There's usually no problems when removing a couple, but things just get tedious when you have no idea which app is safe to remove or not. It's even more of a hassle when your Galaxy S 4 comes with nearly 100 of them baked into the system, meaning leaving...

Start to Finish Guide on APK Modding and Theming

So much of our Android experience is dependent on modifying various APKs. Modding, theming, ROM and app developing in one way or another often require some sort of tweaking, modifying, or refashioning of an APK. So XDA Senior Member XperienceD has decided to create a 'Definite APK Modding and Theming' thread intended for everything to do with...

Guide on Using the Repo Tool

Everyone who builds ROMs knows about the repo tool, right? I say wrong. You can build ROMs all the live long day and know nothing about it. But you'll face-palm after learning about what you're missing. The repo tool is a Python script that adds a layer of abstraction between you and Git. Git is of...

Are Google Edition Devices Worth It? XDA Unofficial Chrome/Opera Extensions Available – XDA Developer TV

The Google Editions of the flagship phones, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4, are out, but should we care? That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article about an app that aggregates your app release notes and...