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DFT Team Begin Work on MAGLDR and UEFI for the HTC One

If you ever spent any appreciable amount of time with the venerable HTC HD2, you will undoubtedly be familiar with the name Cotulla. After all, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Cotulla and the rest of the Dark Forces Team developed the vastly powerful MAGLDR bootloader for the device. As a brief recap, MAGLDR for the HD2 unleashed the full potential of the...

Android 4.4 KitKat Security Enhancements

In addition to the many user-facing improvements in the latest incarnation of Android announced yesterday, there are a number of interesting security improvements, which seem to indicate that Google have not totally neglected platform security in this new release. This article will run through what's new, and what it means for you. SELinux in Enforce Mode In...

Simulate Tilt-Shift Photography with Miniature Preview Camera

Over the last few years, we have seen a plethora of camera applications that allow you to add the most interesting looking effects to your pictures without much of an issue. Things like the Sony Xperia Z1's ability to add Augmented Reality effects to the pictures, HDR, 3D pictures (on the HTC EVO 3D and...

Source-Built 4.4 KitKat for the “Forgotten” Galaxy Nexus

As soon as we broke the news that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would not be receiving the Android 4.4 awesome-sauce, we knew it was only a matter of time before the dedicated developers here at XDA would bring us some KitKat-flavored alternatives. Now, the time is here, and there are two functional, albeit not perfect, builds...

Google Taking Aim at Device Modders in Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 introduces a number of changes intended to reduce the risks of rootkits on the platform. In addition to SELinux, the dm-verity kernel feature is also used on boot. The dm-verity feature is used to verify the filesystem storage, and detect modifications to the device at block level (rather than file level). In essence, dm-verity aims...

Chainfire Roots the Google Nexus 5 with CF-Auto-Root

We all knew that the Google Nexus 5 would be rooted as soon as users and developers started getting their hands on the device. And now, that time has come. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire recently received his unit, and we can all guess what happened next. So if you're lucky enough to already have your own, or even if yours...

Google Nexus 5 Available! Android 4.4 Detailed, and Motorola’s Project Ara Modular Phone? – XDA Developer TV

With a spooky surprise, Google finally released the ghost story that is the Google Nexus 5! That and much more news stories are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the official release of Android 4.4 Kit Kat and Google's / Motorola's modular phone...

Plan out Your Classes with Planner

Classes can get pretty crazy, and the timetable committee certainly doesn't help. This adversity that all students inevitably suffer at one point in life can at least be alleviated to an extent by the neighborhood-friendly, modern day smartphone and a wide choices of apps, many of which have been covered here on the XDA Portal....

Android 4.4 Coming Soon to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, Moto X, New Droids, HTC One and SGS4 GPe; No 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus

What an exciting day we had yesterday. As was widely speculated, the Google Nexus 5 was finally released, which means that you can finally put that F5 key to rest. However, the new device wasn't the only important announcement yesterday. We were also given a nice dose of the next version of Android, version 4.4...