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Access Your Camera with a Flick of Your Wrist with QuickCamera

The Moto X brought with it many interesting and truly innovative features. This includes the device's Always Listening mode and its Active Notifications, as well as simple gestures to help speed up common activities such as flicking your wrist to open the default camera app. In the past, we've covered several ways of getting Active Notifications and Always Listening mode...

[OTA + Root] Official Android 4.4.2 Lands on the International Galaxy Note II GT-N7100

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. Earlier this morning, Samsung started updating its former phablet flagship Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 to official Android 4.4.2 KitKat. While this update comes quite a bit after many of Samsung's other devices and nearly six months after KitKat's late October release, this is certainly another case of...

One-Handed Mode Ported to the Samsung Galaxy S4

People may not realize it much, but this fascination with larger screen sizes on smartphones isn't all smiles for every techie out there. One of the best devices of 2013, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, has a downside that small-handed users simply cannot get over that easily: its 5-inch screen. Yes, there is a Galaxy...

Speed up the ROM or Kernel Build Process

Creating a kernel, ROM, or any other development project requires knowledge and tools. While this knowledge can be obtained from books and other resources, tools must be created from scratch. Well, not all of them, as here on XDA there are plenty of interesting projects that are shared with the community. When you are building a ROM, you need to execute a...

Android 4.4.2 OTA Now Available for the Verizon Droid DNA

A couple of days ago, we talked about how the Android 4.4.2 upgrade for the  HTC Droid DNA had received technical approval from verizon for OTA release. We also mentioned how the update was scheduled to go live on Thursday the 24th. Well folks, today's the day of official KitKat for Verizon’s close cousin to the...

UnbelovedHosts Uses Xposed to Block Unwanted Connections

First popularized by mvps, hosts-based ad blocking has become the de facto standard for most users on virtually any type of device. This is because without invoking the CPU overhead of a browser-specific plugin, hosts-based ad blocking makes all known ad DNS address point to 127.0.0.1. What's more, this is done at a system level, so all...

Android App Review: Auto Config Free – XDA Developer TV

In this week’s episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, we talked about customization of fonts on a per-app basis. Well today's app review adds to that. Sometimes you like certain settings to be enabled when you are in certain applications. Whether that’s making sure WiFi is on when you have Pandora on at home, or have your...

WinDroid HTC Toolkit Lets You Root, Unlock, and Flash ROMs on Various HTC Devices

Plenty of users nowadays have more than one mobile device. And although we don't always carry these devices at the same time, it's nice to be able to pull up one of our older devices to flash and mess around with from time to time. Multifunction toolkits exist for the vast majority of popular devices. However, not...

Verizon Droid DNA to Receive 4.4.2 KitKat + Sense 5.5 OTA This Thursday

The HTC Droid DNA is Verizon's close cousin to the Japanese HTC Butterfly. It launched all the way back at the tail end of 2012 with Android 4.1, which has since been officially updated to 4.2.2. Now, the device is about to skip over 4.3, and jump straight Android 4.4.2 KitKat.Droid DNA now have reason to rejoice,...

Extract Depth Map and Create 3D Parallax Images from Pics Taken with the Latest Google Camera App

Late last week, Google issued a massive update to the Google Camera app, allowing users to experience DSLR-like bokeh and Lytro-like refocusing capabilities with any camera sensor. This was made possible because in addition to image data, the primary camera sensor is also used to capture depth data. The end result is quite similar to HTC's...

Flash CyanogenMod… Through a Text Message!?

There are many, many ways to install a custom ROM nowadays. Although most of us currently do so by downloading (or building) an archive that is flashed through a custom recovery, there are many other ways to accomplish this same task. For example, you can manually flash the required images via Fastboot, or you can...

HTC Updates Software Update Pages for Sense 6 Update on Last Gen Devices

Now that HTC's previous generation flagship devices are all enjoying their official upgrades to Android 4.4 KitKat, many have begun to wonder when these devices would receive the latest iteration of HTC's Sense UI. First seen on the HTC One M8, Sense 6 brings many key refinements to the Taiwanese OEM's signature interface such as...