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Surprising News: Moto X Has a Notification Light

LED notification lights are nothing unusual on most Android devices. They are widely available on most devices, ever since the first Android devices saw the light of day. Nevertheless, some devices launch without LED notification lights. A popular example is the Moto X---at least that was what everyone thought at first. Rather, it uses its innovative active...

Android 4.3 Drawing Near for the Sony Xperia SP and T

Android 4.4 KitKat is all the rave, with more and more devices receiving aftermarket builds by the handful practically every day. Some devices such as the current Nexus lineup, the Moto X, Moto G, and certain variants of the HTC One also have official KitKat releases. Despite this, many devices, especially older ones, are stuck on...

Revert to an Older Version of Google Maps and Know the Way

Google Maps is one of the most popular applications available on the Google Play Store. It's so popular that I would be willing to wager that the vast majority of you have used it at least once. I also bet that quite a good number of you don't like the app's new UI design, and...

Selectively Block Ads on Certain Apps with Xposed Module

Nobody likes intrusive ads, especially when they take the form of flashing neon lights trying to get us to buy things we don't want. But they're quite necessary, as most indie developers use ads to earn a small amount of money to cover their basic needs. Not so long ago, we talked about an ad-blocking...

Sony Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact Hands On at CES 2014 – XDA Developer TV

At the 2014 International CES, Sony released two phones. The phones are similar and share similar names. These devices are the Sony Xperia Z1S and Xperia Z1 Compact. The Xperia Z1S is locked to T-Mobile to try and help Sony's US market penetration, while the Xperia Z1 Compact is, well, more compact. XDA Developer TV Producer...

Samsung Galaxy S Plus Gets Highly Functional KitKat and Jelly Bean Builds

If you rewind back to a couple of months ago, you may remember that dual boot was achieved on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus. Well, there's been more happening with this device, the refresh of the perhaps more popular Samsung Galaxy S. Shipped all the way back in 2011 with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, it only received...

Universal Naked Driver Solves Your ADB Driver Problems on Windows

We've talked about ADB and its importance on many occasions. This set of tools allows you to push or pull the files, as well as generate logs that help you properly debug applications, frameworks, and other elements of Android. It's quite easy to set up ADB on Linux machines, as you just need to type...

Mystery Android 4.4.2 KJT49K Build Appears on Chromium Issue Tracker

Progress is inevitable. And in the mobile tech world, this can take the form of new and updated versions of Google's Android OS. Now, the vast majority of the minor changes that are made on a daily basis never see the light of day. But occasionally, some test builds appear out in the wild. If you...

Leaked Screenshots Suggest Dramatic New Direction for Samsung’s TouchWiz UI

Modern Samsung devices generally pack class-leading specifications, great battery life, fantastic screens, and more features than you can shake a stick at. They're also one of the better OEMs for providing somewhat timely firmware updates on at least their flagship devices. Arguably, all of this equates to some of the best devices on the market, and...

Cyanogen Inc Partners with Ex-Oppo Employees in OnePlus Startup

When the CyanogenMod team became Cyanogen Inc, they embarked on a journey to bring the formerly power user-only world of their aftermarket ROM into the hands of standard consumers. Their first move towards this goal was the launch of the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod edition. That N1 CM Edition was significant because it was the first device...

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Epson Moverio BT-200 and More Announced at CES 2014 – XDA Developer TV

You've already seen news from International CES 2014 on XDA. Editor-in-Chief Will Verduzco wrote about the Nvidia Tegra K1, the Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses, and the latest from AMD-Backed BlueStacks. But that's not all that's going on at the event that is CES 2014! XDA Developer TV attended a bunch of Press Conferences in the past...

BlueStacks to Offer Full Android OS on Windows PCs

Running Android on your standard "traditional" computer is nothing new. After all, there's the Android x86 project, which allows users to natively run Android on their standard desktop-architecture x86 computers. There are other solutions for getting Android onto your PC as well, such as Genymotion and Jar Of Beans. Then, there's always BlueStacks. But BlueStacks has always been more of...