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Enable the Hidden Notification LED on the Google Nexus 6!

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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LED notification lights have existed on Android devices since the very beginnings of the OS. While most devices feature a hardware LED notification to inform you of notifications such as missed calls, texts, or battery charge level, some devices ship without trace of a physical LED. One such device is the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6, which ditched the LED notification light in favor of an AMOLED panel capable of displaying notifications on the screen itself.

If you’ve been following the XDA Portal for a while, you certainly remember that the Moto X also “didn’t feature” a physical LED–but nevertheless, XDA members managed to find it hidden beneath the front speaker. Surprisingly, the Google Nexus 6 also has a small LED that can be used if your device is rooted. The LED can produce red, blue, and green light which is more than enough to assign the colors to various types of notification. This was all discovered by XDA Forum Member JMUT.

To use the LED with your Nexus 6, you need an external application like Lightflow (paid app) or similar software that can control LED notifications. Before testing the LED notifications yourself, ensure that your device is rooted. You can find a root method in one of XDA TV videos.

More information regarding the “hidden LED” can be found in Notification LED confirmed forum thread. If you are a happy owner of Google Nexus 6 and you want to add notification LED functionality, head over there to check out the described method.

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Software bug forces AT&T to recall, send back Nexus 6 inventory

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

A software bug that causes AT&T-branded Nexus 6 units to randomly reboot, or to not boot up properly has caused the US mobile provider to recall the newly-launched unit from those who have already bought from them, and also send back their remaining inventory of the Google flagship phone back to Motorola (who manufactures the phones).

Users have reported that the bug randomly causes the screen of the device to go blank, and the mobile service fails to connect to the network when the device is rebooted. That is a pure bummer and renders the device just about useless. Other users have complained that they suffer boot-up problems, the device taking a long time to boot or not booting up at all.

From all evidence available, the issue seems to be confined to AT&T branded units. Motorola is also saying that only the initial batch of AT&T Nexus 6 have the issue, and that the next shipments already have fixed software. A Reddit contributor has images pointing to the fact that his AT&T Nexus 6 unit – stuck on the bootloader for a good bit of time – actually carried a “tweaked” Android 4.4.4 test build, and not Android 5.0 Lollipop as it’s supposed to be.

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Thankfully, the issue looks to be not as widespread as feared, but the recall will mean mostly that AT&T stores may not have the Nexus 6 for a few days. That’s a small price to pay, we think, for this gaffe – hopefully AT&T and Motorola can correct this as soon as possible.

VIA: Droid Life / PHAndroid

Google search app for Android TV arrives at Play Store

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Because Google would really like you to use their search app – or maybe because of a totally unrelated and unspecified reason which we will probably never know – the mothership has chosen not to bundle a search function with Android TV’s interface. That function belongs to a separate Google app that is now up for downloading via the Google Play Store – even if most of us don’t have an Android TV device yet.

It’s called the “Google app for Android TV” – no mystery there, pretty straightforward. Google intends for you to make the app your primary interface when you’re searching for something on your Android TV device, or the cloud for that matter.

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Google Search will allow you to look for movies and TV shows that you can watch on your Android TV, provided that you have one right now. Of course, it also comes with a bevy of other cloud-based information, like the weather, sports scores, and other stuff that you google for.

If you’ve already received your Nexus Player shipment – we doubt that – or you are one of the special ones who own an ADT-1 device, then you can download this via the Play Store. If not, you can just checkout the URL when you click on the source link below, so you can appreciate the special codename Google has for this app. *wink*

SOURCE: Google Play Store

MX Player Ready to Rock on Lollipop

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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A good video player should be reliable and free. One of the XDA Community Apps, MX Player, meets both of these requirements. A few days ago, this application was updated to support Android 5.0 Lollipop. Upon reading this, you may think that you would be greeted with some Material Design eye candy, but you would be wrong. MX Player is still the very same application that we love. Rather, now the application is able to function on Lollipop.

The announcement for the new version was made by one of the project’s developers, XDA Senior Member ktsamy. Here’s a brief list of changes:

  • Supports Android 5.0
  • Added View menu on the media list screen for the selection of view mode, sorting order, display fields.
  • Supports MOD audio files including .mod, .s3m, .xm, .it, and more.
  • Added “Scroll to last played media” option under Settings > List.
  • Added “Toggle playback with play button” under Settings > Player.
  • Audio track can be disabled through the audio track selection box.
  • Sound volume can be changed independently of system volume by checking off Settings > Audio > System volume.
  • Entire files on a folder can be played by long pressing folder item.

MX Player is one of the most complete audio and video players, with tons of features and simple look. The developers had to remove some restrictions that were preventing the app from runninng on Lollipop. If you felt bad that MX Player didn’t work for you on Android L, we have a good news. It’s back and ready to download.

You can read more about the update by visiting the MX Player update thread. The application can be downloaded from dedicated MX Player forum.

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How to Disable Data Encryption on Nexus 6

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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In late September, Google decided to step on NSA’s toes and turn on encryption by default in Android Lollipop. The Nexus 6 is the first Google Nexus device to ship with data encryption enabled right out of the box. According to AnandTech, the Google Nexus 6 performance decreases significantly because of encryption.

Data encryption is a software layer. This is a well known fact, since encryption has been available to enable for some time. XDA Recognized Developer bbedward noticed that the encryption is enabled with just one flag available in the device’s fstab. Flashing a boot image with modified fstab should disable the data encryption by default. Bbedward prepared such an image, which can be easily flashed onto your Nexus 6. After switching off the data encryption, your device should start to fly like it should have from the very beginning.

To flash the image, your device must have an unlocked bootloader. Unlocking will erase all your data, so be sure to have a backup handy. If you already have a backup, you need to perform a factory reset to wipe all your data.

The modified boot image with data encryption turned off can be downloaded from the Disable Forced Encryption forum thread. If you own a Google Nexus 6 and would rather have faster storage access speed instead of the greater security you gain from data encryption, head over there to get started.

[Big thanks to XDA Senior Moderator crachel for the tip!]

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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review – XDA TV

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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The holidays will be here in no time, so why not start thinking about gifts now? You’ll be ahead of the game. For the Android enthusiast you can get them many things like a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower. If they enjoy their music you can get them a FuGoo Bluetooth Speaker. Perhaps even a WowWee MiP?

In this episode, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision +. We will admit that is isn’t technically an accessory in the strictest sense of the word. But you can watch the camera on the Phantom with your Android phone. Perhaps your Android nerdery extends to aerial drone photography. Is this thing awesome? Check out this video to find out.


Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos.

Check out droidmodd3rx’s YouTube Channel.

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Mozilla Ditches Google, Makes Yahoo Default Search Engine

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Mozilla and Google have had a long-standing relationship of about 10 years. Google was paying hefty sums of money (reportedly around $100 million) every year to be the default search engine in Firefox. Google’s contribution covered something like 85% of the overall Mozilla’s income, and the Mountain View company was one the Mozilla Foundation’s biggest sponsors.

The most recent deal between Mozilla and Google was made in 2011, when Google agreed to pay for its search engine being default in Firefox until 2014. This deal just came to a close, as it was not renewed this year. Mozilla announced that Firefox will be using some smaller search offerings in various regions as their default search engines including Yahoo in the USA, Yandex in Russia, and Baidu in China. Google will be still available to select, but not as the default search engine.

The Mozilla Foundation has partnered with Yahoo. As part of the deal, Yahoo will not track Firefox users activity through advertisements. Yahoo will also prepare a new search engine, based on Microsoft’s Bing, that will be introduced in December. The financial terms of the deal aren’t known, but it’s more than likely that Yahoo will not pay $100 million per year like Google once did.

Google’s decision to not renew is a shocker for Mozilla. According to W3 Counter, Firefox’s market share is nearly 18%, while Google Chrome crossed the 40% mark. Without Google as a default search engine, these numbers will likely change in favor to Chrome of course.

[via Ars Technica | Thanks to XDA OEM Relation Manager jerdog for the tip!]

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Learn More About Linux with Linux Man Pages

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Linux is quite a powerful and very configurable operating system. Thanks to some user-friendly desktop environments, This operating system can be used by beginners. Unlike Windows, Linux has many distributions that differ in many aspects like user commands, package managers, and so on. Debian, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora, and Gentoo are just a few of the most popular distros that should be on your list to try.

To get the most of Linux, for example to compile an AOSP build or kernel, you need to use terminal. The number of difficult commands can be overwhelming, so it’s good to have a source of knowledge. A book or the Internet can help you to answer all your questions. XDA Senior Member sylsau decided to use the Android platform as a perfect companion to the open-source OS by creating an application that browses the resources gathered on GNU / Linux Man pages on and off-line.

In addition to user commands, the application provides manuals for system calls, library functions, devices, and so on. It’s an interesting choice for the beginners as well as hardcore Linux geeks who want to refresh their memory and keep track of changes.

If you are already a Linux user or are perhaps planning to use it in the near future, head over to the Linux Man Pages application thread to give sylsau’s project a try.

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Detect, Avoid IMSI-Catcher Attacks with Android IMSI-Catcher Detector

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Privacy is always an important topic, as well as a delicate one to cover. Corporations spend millions to provide the best security systems, which are then quite often cracked by hackers or security researchers. You might not be aware that some fake cell towers (a.k.a. IMSI-Catchers, StingRays, GSM Interceptors, Subscriber Trackers) can be used to track and monitor specific groups of users and even remotely manipulate a particular phone. Scary, right? Unfortunately, few parts of the world are free of such unethical practices. There are various conspiracy theories–some credible, others not so much–involving the use of IMSI-Catchers in various contexts such as surveillance/spying and assasinations. Today, IMSI-Catchers are a global phenomenon that exist not only in the US, and are used by both law enforcement and other groups.

Now, for the good news. As you know, the XDA forums are full of brilliant people who use their development knowledge to provide some of the best services to Android users, especially in parts of the world where Google themselves tend to fail. XDA Recognized Developer E:V:A and XDA Senior Member SecUpwN and their team members came up with an idea to create an app that identifies and possibly blocks fake cell towers from being used by your phone, thus protecting your privacy. This is how the IMSI Catcher/Spy Detector project was born, here on XDA. All development is fully open-source under GPL v3+ and located in an official GitHub repository. To protect smartphone users and make this app what it is meant to be, the project creators are now actively searching for Android developers, baseband hackers, and brave whistle blowers!

Today, the AIMSICD project is celebrating its first birthday since it launched development on GitHub exactly one year ago (to the minute). Since then, AIMSICD and has become quite popular, both among privacy oriented users and curious security researchers. If you live in an area that may be directly affected by fake cell towers, the AIMSICD Project is definitely a project worth following closely. Moreover, you are invited to submit pull requests if you have a contribution to make! AIMSICD aims to provide you the maximum protection against fraud–for free and completely open source, which is an important factor for credibility in this field. So what are you waiting for? Help them develop their app and contribute to a better privacy-oriented future!

You can learn much more about this project and the security by all its means by visiting their GitHub repository website. Don’t hesitate to contribute pull requests to make this app even more useful and help it reach its goals by following the Development Roadmap. Stay safe!

 

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HTC Desire Eye Review: Welcome to the (selfie) machine

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Marketed as the “phone made for selfies”, the HTC Desire Eye forges a new path for HTC. It’s not all metal, and definitely not a flagship device. After leaning on the One series for two years, HTC is now looking to the mid-range segment, dominated by younger buyers stateside. Is the Desire Eye a new phone that can compete with the likes of a Moto G? Better yet, can it keep pace with an iPhone 5S, or 5C? The short answer: almost.

Hardware

The Desire Eye isn’t an HTC phone like you’ve come to expect one to be. It’s not metal, and the design philosophy found on HTC’s flagship One (M8) is missing. The Desire Eye is a pill, more closely resembling an iPhone 6 than an HTC One.

It’s also plastic. Very plastic. The entire phone, save for the screen and camera/flash assemblies, is plastic. It’s not the sheen stuff you’ll find on a One (E8), though. It’s a matte finish, with a colorful accent around the edge. It looks youthful and bright.

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You do get front-facing speakers, though they’re housed in this odd gap around the screen where it doesn’t quite meet the plastic shell. The sound isn’t branded as “Boomsound”, either, which should tell you it’s lacking. It is. The gap looks more like a manufacturing fault than a speaker grille.

The plastic might be matte, but it’s not “cheap” as I’d define it. The colored band around the edge is a different plastic-y material, and has a very slightly tacky grip. If anything here is “cheap”, it’s the screen not meeting the plastic bezel on the top and bottom flush.

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The “Desire Eye” name doesn’t hide what HTC’s goal is here, and that’s pics. Lots of pics. The front and rear camera are identical 13MP shooters, so you’re not going to struggle with the decision to take a blind-side selfie or suffer the poor quality of a front-facing cam.

That does mean you’ll have a massive camera staring at you all the time, though, so keep that in mind. If you like your device fronts to be clean and uninterrupted, the Desire Eye won’t please you.

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For the spec-hungry, here’s the full list of what you’ll find with the Desire Eye. It’s basically a re-packaged HTC One:

Display: 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920, 424 ppi
Processor: Snapdragon 80, quad-core, 2.3GHz
GPU: Adreno 330
RAM: 2 GB
Memory: 16 GB, expandable via micro SD (up to 128GB)
Camera: 13 MP, 4208 x 3120, autofocus, dual-flash (front and back)
OS: Android 4.4.2

Software

There isn’t much more we can say about HTC’s software. They’ve properly democratized their services into apps, and their Android overlay, dubbed “Sense”, makes sense. Blinkfeed, which is a social hub of sorts, is still pretty awesome, even for a purist like me.

HTC has made just enough tweaks to Android to make it their own, but still keep it very “Android”. Sense is one of the only Android skins I see both newbies and seasoned vets falling for, and that says a lot.

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Benchmarks

You want ‘em, we’ll give ‘em to ya. I always run benchmarks, and present them without comment. They speak for themselves.

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Camera

This is what you’re all here to see, right? Front or rear, you can’t really miss with the Desire Eye’s cameras. I’ve taken selfies, and even used the front-facing cam to take some traditionally “rear-facing camera” pics in an attempt to “spoof” it, if you will.

I tried to find a vulnerability, hoping the marketing chatter of the cameras being identical was all talk. It’s not. The front-facing camera is pretty special. It’s not perfect by any means, but it will definitely get the job done.

Below is a gallery of both front and rear pics, front-facing pics tagged accordingly. I left my face out of the mix to give a better idea of what the selfie cam was capable of. The Desire Eye takes really good selfies, but the point here was to make a point about how good the camera is without duck-lips and sorority girl group poses.

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Downside

The Desire Eye is a solid phone, through and through. It’s not perfect, though.

The volume and power buttons on the right side are very slightly raised, and are made of the same plastic-ish material as the band. I’d be fine with their having a bit more pronouncement, and even taking on a more rubber-y feel. The opposite side of the phone houses your SIM and microSD card tray, and are a pain to get into.

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HTC claims the Desire Eye is waterproof, but the screen gap where the speakers are is still concerning. Unless they’ve gone with Liquipel to coat every component involved coated, I won’t be taking this for a swim.

The screen isn’t quite as good as I’d hoped for, and seems muted; almost like a sheen is over it all the time. It just doesn’t “pop”, and that’s a shame. When you have two really great cameras, it’s a let-down to not have pics accurately displayed on-screen.

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Verdict

The Desire Eye is meant for people who want to take great pics, and that crowd will like it quite a bit. If you find yourself snapping pics all day, every day, the Desire Eye is for you.

I really do enjoy the design aesthetics, too. The rear is delightfully toned-down, sparse save for the typical branding and camera/flash duo and tiny microphone hole. The red band (on my tester, at least) around the edge is pretty neat, too.

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I don’t mind plastic one bit, either. Though metal phones are the rage, the Desire Eye wisely takes most of the flagship guts and slaps them into a plastic shell, giving you a really good phone and a positive bank account balance.

The screen is the only real loser here. The muted color tones disappoint, and that gap still looks more like a manufacturing flaw than speakers. Desire Eye’s screen just isn’t my favorite, but blacks are true to form and yellows look yellow. It’s not terrible, it’s just not great. The pixel density is fine, but the odd opaque overtone just puts me off.

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The camera duo are really nice, though. You’ll find a better rear-facing camera elsewhere, but you won’t find a better duo of cameras anywhere. If you’ve ever gone to snap a selfie or groupie and thought “man, this picture is going to SUCK because of this stupid camera”, the Desire Eye is worth your consideration in a big way. The Desire Eye is also spec-heavy, which is a huge plus.

The Desire Eye is a really good phone, and could put HTC on the “upper-tier-but-still-mid-range” map. I hope it does, too. Of all the mid-range devices around, the Desire Eye is the one that will find a dedicated audience. Unless you’re going to buy an HTC One (M8) or LG G3, the Desire Eye is worth a hard look.

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You can find the Desire Eye at AT&T, with subsidized plans starting at $149.99.