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The History of Flagships: Part I – Sony

Every OEM aspiring to conquer the mobile world undoubtedly releases its take on the so-called "flagship device". Phones or tablets described as flagship are premium-class devices with top hardware specifications and usually run the newest version of the Android OS and their custom UI modifications. Since the initial version of Android, brands like Sony, Samsung,...

XDA’s Top 5 Stories and Videos for 2014 – XDA TV

Yesterday we talked about our favorite Xposed Mods from 2014 on XDA Xposed Tuesday. Today, we continue by talking about the Top 5 Stories and Videos for 2014 from XDA. Stories include: Open Sourced .NET Framework, Android One, Lollipop and more. Jordan talks about the top five videos released this year on XDA TV. XDA TV...

Koala Phone Launcher Helps the Visually Impaired

Smartphones, especially those with smaller screens, aren't always the best option for those among us who hail from an older generation. Small letters and numbers may be an obstacle that is difficult to surmount. People with vision problems often decide to get a classic feature phone with hardware buttons, leaving all of the advanced technology behind. Among...

Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My! w/ Shane Francis – XDA:DevCon 2014

This is our second video from this year’s XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK. For those of you who were unable to make it, we are excited to be releasing another session for you to enjoy. In a follow-up to our video from yesterday, Alin Jerpelea’s session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future, we offer up a video...

Easily Extract Lollipop Dat Files

With each iteration of Android, our favorite mobile OS expands and ROM sizes progressively increase. This is in addition to the bloatware added by OEMs that often increases the size of ROMs to a gigabyte or more. Downloading a firmware of that size is problematic, especially in countries with limited data speeds or caps. To make life...

Best Xposed Mods of 2014 – XDA TV

The story of the Xposed Framework has been somewhat of a roller coaster. In the beginning of 2014, everyone was excited and making great modules for the framework. Then, Lollipop came around, and Xposed Framework hasn't yet been updated to be compatible. That said, not everyone is running Lollipop yet, and the framework may one...

AOSP for Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future w/ Alin Jerpelea – XDA:DevCon 2014

It's Holiday time, and as a gift to those of you who were not able to make it to XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK, we will begin posting our videos from some of the presentations. Over the next 12 days we will be releasing the sessions for you to enjoy. The first video we are posting...

Smart Unlock Bypasses Lockscreen Security on Trusted Wi-Fi

During this year's Google I/O Keynote, Dave Burke introduced a new concept for handling lock screen security. Lollipop's new API allows using smartwatches or different portable devices as trusted devices to determine whether lock screen security is needed or not. In practice, this works by disabling lock screen protection when your phone is within range...

TWRP 2.8.3.0 Available for Supported Devices

The TeamWin Recovery Project (or TWRP, for short) has quickly become one of the most popular custom recoveries for Android. Without this fully touch-friendly recovery, it's really hard to imagine flashing custom ROMs, kernels, or mods. Not only does TWRP recovery allow you to flash without using tools like fastboot, but it even gives you...

Easily Generate and Export Material Design Palletes

For many people, it can be pretty difficult to create a palette of complementary colors. That said, having one available can be quite useful when creating an application, theme, wallpaper, or any kind of  concept. Choosing the right shades of colors for the different elements of your work isn't easy, so unless you’re a gifted designer,...

Android One Expanding to Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

At Google I/O 2013, Google proudly announced that the Android operating system was continuing its rapid growth, passing one billion handset activations and holding more than an 80% mobile OS market share. Having already established itself in the developed countries, Google turned Android's focus towards developing countries. At Google I/O 2014, the Android One initiative was announced....

Android 5.0.2 Fixes 2012 Nexus 7! Sony’s Making a Google Glass Competitor? – XDA TV

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is available for the Google Nexus 7 2012! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of the YU Yureka using CyanogenMod and be sure to check out the article talking about Sony...