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Source-Built Android 4.4 KitKat Available for Sony Xperia Z

When Google announced a new version of Android called KitKat, everybody wanted to taste its sweetness. It didn’t take long before the first unofficial builds were available on some recent Nexus devices. In less than a week after the unveiling, Android 4.4 has landed on the Sony Xperia Z. XDA Senior Member pabx has created an...

KNOX-Free Android 4.3 Leak Now Official for the Galaxy S III

Two days ago, we posted about the leaked Android 4.3 (XXUGMJ9) firmware for the International version of the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300). At the time, we noted that the leak brought many of the new features previously seen on the latest Galaxy S 4 and  Galaxy Note 3 official firmwares, as well as what we saw on the leaked build for...

Polish Your People Shots with Portrait Lens

Aside from sensor size, one of the main features that differentiates cell phone cameras from their dedicated large camera counterparts is lens quality. On a full-frame DSLR, it's not uncommon to spend upwards of $2000 on a single, high quality lens. This buys you many things from a fast aperture to low distortion and high...

Google Nexus 5 Rooted! Android 4.4 Source Available, ROMs Incoming (Even for Galaxy Nexus!) – XDA Developer TV

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has rooted the Google Nexus 5 with CF-Auto-Root! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is an article reporting that the source code, factory images, and driver binaries for Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5...

Easily Customize Your New Google Nexus 5 with Multi-Tool

If you're one of the lucky few to already have your grubby little paws on the recently released Google Nexus 5, you are probably the envy of all of your Android-loving comrades. But do you know what would make them even more jelly? Rooting your Nexus 5 and adding a little bit of customization. We recently covered...

Forum Added for Project Ara / MDK Hacking and Discussion

Not too long ago, we covered Motorola's ambitious Project Ara. The project is centered around the idea that a smartphone can be an open and modular platform, and one that end users can upgrade and repair at will. While there are still almost countless logistical hurdles to overcome, the project and the similar Phonebloks concept by Dave...

Source-Built Android 4.4 KitKat Now on the LG Optimus G

As soon as the LG-built  Google Nexus 4 received the oh-so-tasty Android 4.4 KitKat goods, we knew it wouldn't be too long before its sibling device, the LG Optimus G, also was given an unofficial taste. Now, XDA Recognized Contributor houstonn has created an early, yet highly functional port of Google's latest and greatest for the device. The source-built...

Translate Your Apps with Ease Using Android Localizer

Probably one of the toughest jobs for anyone trying to get a product into users' / customers' hands is the eternal balancing act between trying to be productive, reaching as many people as humanly possible, and not having to deploy an eternity of small/medium/large tweaks to target other markets. Languages are by far the best possible...

Google Patent Trolled by Rockstar

31st of October. It's a date millions of young boys and girls will remember as a fun-filled occasion of candies and sweets, ghosts and ghouls, and jack-o'-lanterns. On the other hand, Google and Co. will remember it as the eventful day when they were massively trolled. Much like the history of Halloween, the developments leading towards...

Android 4.4 Now Also Available for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

When Google stated that it would not update the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.4 KitKat, many device owners were understandably disappointed. Many took their frustrations to the Internet, expressing distaste for the company's decision. However, given TI's exit from the mobile SoC market, we can't imagine that Google had much choice in the matter. It was...

RockMyMoto Roots the Moto X after Camera Update

Not too long ago, we talked about how XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase managed to root and bypass the write protection on the Moto X and the latest Droid phones with PwnMyMoto. Motorola then issued an update to the camera, which also patched the exploit used by PwnMyMoto, leaving those who have received the update and had not yet...

Leaked Android 4.3 (XXUGMJ9) for the Samsung Galaxy S III

With the KitKat Kraze (sorry, I had to) in full effect, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that other versions of Android do indeed exist---namely Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a version that some OEMs are seemingly going to skip, in favor of direct updates to Android 4.4. However, this doesn't stop firmware leaks from appearing, and...