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Learn How to Update Your Samsung Device with Kies

Playing with custom ROMs and kernels is fun, but sometimes a phone needs to be restored to its stock, vanilla state. With Google Nexus devices, this is extremely easy, as no additional tool other than fastboot is needed. With Sasmung, Sony, and other devices, the situation becomes more complicated and some guidance might be required.To...

Create Your Own Flappy Bird Clone!

What's the most popular mobile game since the days of Angry Birds? The answer is obviously Flappy Bird. This addictive game has seen so many remixes, that you were able to flap the Doge, Pou, and almost everything in between. The game's developer had his 15 minutes of fame, and many others have created entertaining...

More Evidence Appears for Upcoming Android 4.4.3, Now Also Spotted on a Nexus 7 (2013)

Four days ago, we first caught a glimpse of Android 4.4.3 being tested on a Google Nexus 5. While very little is known about this incremental update and what it may bring, there have been a few hints here and there regarding what this maintenance release may address. Primarily, this update is thought to bring...

Fix External Storage Handling with Xposed Module

In recent Android releases, Google has become more and more unwilling to cater to the use of external SD cards. It was never quite clear why Google decided to abandon SD card support in their Nexus devices, but many believe this to be due to the added simplicity of removing another storage area.While Google nixed...

Unofficial Source Code for NovaThor SoCs Available

For the few reading this who are unaware, a system-on-a-chip (or simply SoC) is an unit that combines various hardware components into single chip. Some SoCs have better support and documentation than the others (Qualcomm for example), while Exynos or NovaThor are a world of hurt for developers. ST-Ericsson's NovaThor has been giving developers quite...

A Picture Guide to Replace Your Broken Smartphone Screen

It's a sunny, warm day. You are walking in the park, looking at your lovely surroundings. Suddenly, you get distracted and your phone falls down onto the concrete---seemingly in slow motion. All you hear is a loud crack, and the worst-case scenario comes true: Your phone has a cracked screen. I imagine that many of...

Chainfire Roots the Samsung Galaxy S 5 SM-G900F Ahead of Release!

The Samsung Galaxy S 5 isn't even officially available yet, but that hasn't stopped development for the device. Earlier, we talked about how a system dump appeared, enabling users to begin work porting Samsung's latest proprietary applications to older devices.Now, the International SM-G900F variant of the device has been rooted, courtesy of none other than XDA...

[Update: OTA Captured!] Android 4.4.2 Now Rolling Out to the AT&T Galaxy Note 3

After initially shipping with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was promptly upgraded to official Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Naturally this update, which released in the middle of January, was intended at the International and un-branded version of the device. But some time went on, and we then saw the update appear on the Sprint variant, and then...

Android App Review: Shareboard Helps You Save Time – XDA Developer TV

If you want to get updates about your friends or want your friends to know what you are up to, or if you simply want to share lame current affairs jokes, the best place to do this is on a social network. But sometimes, you want to share across all of them at the same...

Monitor Your Internet Access with a Colorful Status Bar Clock

"What's the time?" You probably ask yourself this question countless times during the day. One second later, you're probably checking the time on your smartphone. However, the system clock in the status bar can't be modified to much without digging into source code of SystemUI.apk.Most things in Android can be modified without touching code. This...

TWRP Recovery Now Available for the Xperia U, P, Go, and Sola

The importance of an aftermarket recovery is undeniable. These amazing tools make various tasks easy, and allow users to flash various modifications, as well as create Nandroid backups that save us when we get the bootloop blues. Recoveries are also needed to easily flash a ROM. Because of this, you can pretty much find one or...

Get Social with the Xperia Z2’s Socialife App Ported to All Xperia Devices

Sony loves to add various social applications to their device firmwares. In 2010, they added Timescape, which integrates messages with Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. Four years later, they still believe that social networks are the best way to keep their customers connected---and they're likely right. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other similar services...