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New TI OMAP4 GPU Drivers to Possibly Aid KitKat Development for the Galaxy Nexus

When it was discovered that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would not be getting an official build of Android 4.4 KitKat, many of the device's loyal users were understandably upset. After all, the Galaxy Nexus is still a competent device today, almost two years after its November 17, 2011 release date. Despite Google's claims that the Galaxy Nexus fell...

Android 4.4 KitKat Available for the Motorola Defy

Do you remember all the way back to Android 2.1 Eclair? Yes? Maybe? It was released back in January 2010---almost 4 years ago. The Motorola Defy shipped with that OS. And now, years later, the Defy received a fresh build of KitKat, making it one of the first devices with just 512 megabytes of RAM to get...

Mystery Android 4.4 (KOT31B) Build Appears on Chromium Issue Tracker

Just one week ago today, Google unleashed both their flagship Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat into the world. While Android 4.4 ushered in some massive changes, it looks like a new update is already in the works. The mystery build was spotted on the Chromium issue tracker in a bug report submitted by a Google employee using...

Android App Review: Let’s Popout for a Call – XDA Developer TV

The stereotype of a smartphone enthusiast is someone who is oblivious to the world. They constantly have their head in their phone. Some of us, whether we want to admit it, fit this stereotype. We are always consuming some sort of content, and it gets to the point where even a phone call can interrupt...

Exit the Chromecast Walled Garden with KyoCast

As good of a value as the $35 Google Chromecast is, the device has so much potential that is trapped behind Google's walled garden. The whitelist, which only allows certain services to work with the device, may be meant to ensure that everything works seamlessly. But for power users, this is only a roadblock to true...

Sony Makes Thermanager Open Source

We'd like to think that temperature control is the least of our problems when it comes to our smartphones and tablets. It's a factor that the majority, if not all, of the large manufacturers refuse to acknowledge---instead preferring to tout form, power, and performance. So when we do CPU-intensive activities, such as playing games, or...

Get Back the Old SMS Interface in KitKat with 8sms

If you're one of the lucky few to already have your hands on the much anticipated Google Nexus 5, you are probably already enjoying many of the new features in Android 4.4 KitKat. Along for the ride with the new OS, comes a new version of Google Hangouts. This new version now incorporates SMS functionality, eliminating...

CyanogenMod 10.2 M1 Here, KitKat-Based CM11 Soon!

The CyanogenMod team is well known for breaking barriers by supporting abandoned devices and releasing feature-packed ROMs that maximize the user experience. In the middle of August, the CM team pushed the first nightlies of Android 4.3, known as CyanogenMod 10.2, to their servers. Now, not too long after the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat,...

How to Root and Unlock the Google Nexus 5 – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Google Nexus 5. The Google Nexus 5 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the first device released with Android 4.4 KitKat, and that is a good thing. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and...

Leaked Android 4.4 KitKat Build Appears for T-Mobile Moto X

When Android 4.4 was released alongside the much anticipated Google Nexus 5, we knew it wouldn't be long before we saw the goods distributed to other devices. Shortly thereafter, we saw some unofficial builds for several Nexus devices, as well as a few others. Now, a leaked build of Android 4.4 KitKat has appeared for the...

Customize the Light Pulses on the Sony Xperia SP

I've always thought the illumination strip located at the bottom of some Sony Xperia devices to be pretty funky. Despite how 'gimmicky' it feels, the novelty is sure quite fun. This is evident with its ability to light up with the color that's most prevalent in an image in the gallery app or the album...

XDA Xposed Tuesday – GravityBox, Get Your Pie Controls! – XDA Developer TV

Most of us love pie. I’m not talking about apple, cherry, or lemon meringue. I’m talking about Pie Controls. It used to be that you had to install a custom ROM to get the Pie Controls that we originally saw in Paranoid Android. But more and more, you can get this functionality without a custom...