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ZenFone 2 Lolliflash and ZenPower Giveaway!

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We recently did an in-depth review of the Asus Zenfone 2 but one of the things people may not be aware of is that ASUS has actually created a line of accessories to compliment the ZenFone, or any other Android device. The Lolliflash is a Lollipop-shaped external flash and the ZenPower is a thin 10,000mAh external battery.

In today’s video, Jordan shows off the Lolliflash and the ZenPower Accessories. Additionally, ASUS and XDA have teamed up to give away 5 Lolliflash and 5 ZenPower Accessories. All you have to do to win is check out the Giveaway Link Below. Each listed Action counts as one entry. In one week the winners will be selected and sent their prize. Once you receive the prize please leave your comments on the accessory in the ASUS ZenFone 2 Accessory Forum. Grab your favorite beverage and check out this video.

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How Strong Is Your Connection? – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Everyone is always talking about their bars. How many bars of WiFi do they have? How many bars of 4G? What does a bar really represent? Does it give you any indication of the “strength” of the signal? Does it give you the throughput? If you had this information, you could know more about your data connections.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that gives you the ability to put certain measures of your data connections on your phone. XDA Senior Member Beat_Slayer offers the NetStrength module. So, TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts. Check it out!

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LG G4 Variants Rooted! OnePlus 2 Invites Open! – XDA TV

Posted by wicked July - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

OnePlus 2 Pictures & CM12.1 for HTC M9 – XDA TV

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Pictures of the up coming OnePlus 2 have been released. That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of CyanogenMod 12.1 for the HTC One M9 and be sure to check out the article talking about the rooting of the Alcatel Idol 3. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video covering Action Widgets. Then TK held a showdown between Hound and Google Now. Also, TK gave us an app review of Boldbeast. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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LG Thinks Flexible Displays Are the Future, Do You?

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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LG enjoyed moderate success with its flexible 6-inch G Flex, enough to invest in this year’s successor, the G Flex 2. This confidence has been reflected in the company’s insistence that flexible smartphones will make up 40% of the market share in 2018, and now more firmly in its newly announced flexible display factory.

Despite the phone itself initially suffering from issues with performance due to poorly optimized software and its now infamous processor, the design principles of the Flex 2 are logical and have some distinct advantages. These include ergonomic improvements like making the top of a large display slightly easier to reach and having the phone fit the face and hand more naturally, as well as physical gains in the durability of the screen and handset as a whole (see The State of Smartphone Design for more details). As much as curved screens are becoming more popular however, fully flexible devices are yet to fully hit the mainstream.

LG has made its intentions clear in this respect; they still agree with their previous projections, and have put 1.05 trillion Won ($907 million) towards the construction of a new plant dedicated to the production of flexible displays. This outlay is set to begin in the third quarter of this year, for over two years, and is specifically funded by LG’s ‘LG Display’ off-shoot, who are one of the world’s top two screen manufacturers along with Samsung Display Co. Of course there is more to a flexible phone than the display, like ensuring circuit boards and batteries have room to move over one another, but considering that the average user’s attention is almost wholly focussed on the screen, poor quality in this department can affect the experience hugely and cripple a device’s chance at success.

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It looks as if this investment is also geared in the direction of the introduction of foldable (or rollable) displays which is good for driving innovation within the industry as a whole, especially considering that LG Display provides hardware for other OEMS. However, an important part of owning a dedicated production line for flexible displays is increasing the yield and quality of said components. This could contribute greatly to the uptake of this kind of device, as consumers of previous examples have experienced issues in this area, with threads here at XDA dedicated to the evidence. Ultimately though, this move from LG should inspire confidence amongst fans of the form factor, and leaves us hopeful for what we’ll see over the coming years from the South Korean giant.

Do you think flexible displays are the future of the mobile world? Let us know in the comments below.

Boldbeast for Your Voice Recording Needs – XDA TV

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Many people use their phone to help them keep their life organized. From creating to do lists and setting reminders, we put a lot of information on our phones. Sometimes you want to put a reminder in your phone, but you are on a phone call or don’t have use of both your hands.

XDA Senior Member boldbeast offers up an application that will help you record phone calls or voice memos. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Boldbeast. TK shows off the application and shares his thoughts, so check out this app review.

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Hound vs Google Now – Digital Assistant Showdown!

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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There are many great features on our phones. Between Microsoft’s Cortana coming to Android and Google Now getting more and more intelligent, voice control of our searches is not far away. Siri, Cortana and Google Now are not the only ones looking to make a vocal search assistant, as song identification service SoundHound is jumping into the ring with their new Hound app as well. So the question begs to be asked, which digital assistant implementation is actually better: Hound by SoundHound or, the Android standard, Google Now?

In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK compares Hound to Google Now in a Digital Assistant Showdown. In this cage match two will enter, how many will exit? Could it be two? Can there be two kings of the digital assistant world each providing their own value depending on the situation? Is there a clear winner? Check out this video to find out!

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Root Achieved for the OneTouch Idol 3

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The XDA community achieving root on a new device is always cause for a little celebration, and proud owners of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 will be able to do just that now that root access has been confirmed. The 5.5″ mid-range handset previously had its bootloader unlocked, but root access was proving tricky due to users having to call a dedicated port to enter fastboot mode. However, yesterday the process was announced and has now got its own thread, after a few month’s combined hard work by dedicated users.

Taking influence from an exploit found with a similar device, XDA forum members frankee207DallasCZ, and Gynoid successfully altered the steps to create a custom batch file and published the steps for other users to follow. DallasCZ has now combined all of the steps into a more simply explained method in a dedicated thread, perfect for those less confident with the process. The community has taken dumps of the boot and recovery images, and is now working on bringing TWRP to the phone to maximize safety whilst modifying the phone, and at this point care should be taken until that is achieved.

It should be noted that the batch file used was created for Windows PCs to begin with, and requires that the Idol 3’s specific drivers are installed prior to use – to do this easily you can connect the phone via “cdrom” mode, whereupon it will mount and make those drivers available to install. Senior member famewolf has also posted modified commands for those running Linux, with rhcohen refining it and tuning for Macs, due to the similar nature of the shells, so the solution is now platform agnostic.

This exploit works on the latest version of the official software, and with either locked or unlocked users, so at the moment the only caveat is that it’s only officially confirmed to work on the 5.5″ version of the handset. This paves the way for custom ROMs and kernels to be created for the device which is great news for those who’ve been waiting to optimize the phone since it was released in March, so well done to all involved!

If you own a 5.5″ Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and have experience with rooting, carefully check out the steps in threads linked above and let us know in the comments how you got on!

Take Control with Action Widgets – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Our smart devices do so much, but those awesome features at times come with draw backs. Things like WiFi or Bluetooth eat up your battery.  Other items like flashlight or other neat settings are buried so deep, by the time you find them the desire has passed. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a customizable quick access widget for these actions?

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that gives you quick access to actions you want to take on your phone. XDA Senior Member leducbao offers the Action Widget module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.

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Sony Invites Swedish Z3 Users to Test Concept Software

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Sony is no stranger to setting up beta testing programs, and generally has a good working relationship with the development community, having previously even released AOSP builds for a few of their flagships.

Today however the Japanese manufacturer has invited Swedish Xperia Z3 users to evaluate new ‘Android concept’ software, starting on July 27th. It’s not entirely clear what Sony means with this curious title. One would hope that this is an effort to get on the Android M bandwagon early, but it can be inferred that this is a little more of a change than that. It is stated that the software is a “fresh take on the Sony user experience”, so it looks as it there will be some aesthetic changes too, at the very least.

Other than that, potential users are assured that they can revert back to stock once the testing period is complete on September 13th, and warned that the process will necessitate two full wipes of the testing device, advising on backing up important data beforehand. It should also be noted that testers will need a Windows PC to install the software, and that the Z3 Compact is not compatible.

We’re curious about what Sony is planning with this beta release, so we’d like your help! If you’re based in Sweden, own an Xperia Z3 and want to try out this beta Android concept, go ahead and sign up with Sony here. Once the testing period goes live and you’ve tried out the software, get in touch with us here, making sure to leave your details so we can contact you.

We approve of any move by a manufacturer that reduces the gap between itself and the developing community, and by setting up initiatives like this, Sony has the potential to release more stable and polished OS updates in the future. We’re looking forward to finding out what’s in store, and with your help we may just find out early.

 

 

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