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Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Install TWRP – XDA TV

Posted by wicked November - 12 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Root the Note 4

In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK shows you how to root and install TWRP custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 is Samsung’s latest entry in the popular Note lineup. TK recently reviewed the device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Note 4 is no exception!

TK presents instructions on how to gain root access on your Note 4 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. This video shows you how to install the TWRP custom recovery as well. So if you want to root your Note 4, take a moment and check this video out.

Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos

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How to Use a Custom Toolchain for ROMs and Kernels

Posted by wicked November - 7 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


Toolchains are basically a bundle of development tools that are used in a chain (the output of one tool becomes the input for the next, and so on) in order to compile source code (in this case, ROMs and kernels). While the Android NDK toolchain (which comes with GCC, among other tools) is usually used for this, developers can also use other toolchains if they wish. These can include optimizations focusing on performance or stability, for example.

Linaro and SaberMod are two popular examples for custom toolchains. They both introduce several optimizations, especially for recent ARM CPUs. If you’re trying to find out how to switch to a custom toolchain, then you might want to check out the tutorial XDA Senior Member frap129 has written. In it, he explains how to fetch the toolchain you want, as well as the necessary changes in order to use it. While the guide uses Linaro and SaberMod as examples, it could be used for any other custom toolchain as well. Interested? Go to the Switching to a Custom Toolchain Guide forum thread now to get started!

Using custom toolchains, even though it may provide significant benefits, can also have a negative impact on stability and introduce bugs that are hard to track down and fix. This is a good thing to keep in mind while experimenting!

If you’re just starting and would like to learn how to compile a ROM or kernel from source, then we’ve also got you covered. Head over to XDA-University, which has tutorials to do just that and much more.

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How to Play Music From Android Wear – XDA TV

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


Yesterday, we showed you how to do some advanced things with your Moto 360 quite easily with the Moto 360 toolkit. We showed you How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360. Today, we are going to show you another trick with your Android Wear device, that is a little less technical, but not any less useful.

In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK show you have to sync music to your Android Wear device. This allows you to use the storage on your Android Wear device to save and play the songs from. Until recently Android wear devices were just a second screen, now they are getting more and more native functionality. Check this video out!

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How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360 – XDA TV

Posted by wicked October - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


The Moto 360 is Motorola’s latest and roundest release in wearable smartwatch market. Of course as we like to do here on XDA, we want to unlock and root this device. However, given its wireless sync and charging features, doing so is not as simple as it sounds. Luckily, a way has been found!

In today’s videos, XDA TV Producer and Recognized Contributor RootJunky shows of his Moto 360 Super Tool! This tool can be found on the XDA Forums and combines and simplifies many operations you may want to do on your Moto 360. RootJunky shows you how to unlock your bootloader, gain root access, and how to restore your Moto 360 to stock. All these processes require a special data cable, the video on how to make one can be found here. Grab your device and check out this video.

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Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos.

Check out RootJunky’s (Tom’s) YouTube Channel.

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Learn Some Commonly Used Linux Development Commands

Posted by Will Verduzco October - 27 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Linux development commands

For the most part, if you’re looking to delve into the world of Android development, you’re going to want to run some variant of Linux. Cygwin’s often times a nightmare and high performance tasks like compiling are never quite the same when run in a virtual machine. For many long-time Windows users, however, making the switch can be a little daunting. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available here on the XDA forums to help you get acquainted with your new OS.

One of the most important parts of most Linux distributions is the easy terminal access. Understandably, using the command line interface isn’t always easy for new users, so XDA Senior Member warrior1208 created a quick guide that shows you some of the most commonly used Linux terminal commands for Android development. The guide includes commands such as curl, apt-get, make, repo sync, and many more. And rather than just listing off commands, the guide also shows you example syntax as well as explanations on what each command truly means.

If you’ve been meaning to get into Linux for the sake of Android development, now’s your chance. Head over to the Linux development commands primer thread to get started

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Port Lollipop Checkboxes and Radio Buttons to Older Devices

Posted by Will Verduzco October - 26 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Android Lollipop material design checkboxes

Ever since it was first unveiled at the Google I/O 2014 keynote, the company’s new UI paradigm Material Design has been dramatically reshaping how we interact with not only Google’s applications, but third party apps written for the Android platform. And by now, we’ve seen most UI-focused applications receive updates to this Android Lollipop style.

As one would expect, not every device has received a highly functional port of the latest Android L developer preview images. However, you can still have some of the Material Design look on older devices thanks to a tutorial by XDA Senior Member KuaQ that helps users bring the Material Design checkboxes and radio buttons to their ROMs.

This modification not only changes the look of the checkboxes and radio buttons themselves, but also tweaks the animations to match what you find on Android L. The process that is described in the tutorial is quite simple to follow, consisting of mainly replacing components of your drawable folder in your framework, and a few other steps. And once you’re done, you’ll have a result similar to what’s seen in the image above.

If you want to bring some of the Android 5.0 Lollipop goodness to your device, head over to the Android Lollipop Checkbox and Radio Buttons porting thread to learn more.

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Shattered Screen? Turn Your Broken Device into a Complete Media Center!

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

XBMC on Android

A cracked screen usually means you’ll have to spend a hefty amount to make your device usable again. For older devices, it might actually be easier to buy a new one. If this situation sounds familiar, or if you simply have an old device with a shattered screen laying around, XDA Forum Member mailme45 has written a guide that may help you make that device useful once again.

The tutorial walks you through turning your phone into a fully fledged media center (running a fork of XBMC/Kodi). Assuming your device supports MHL, you’ll only need a few things to get started:

  1. A USB OTG cable along with a mouse so you can control the phone until it’s fully set up.
  2. An MHL adapter that allows you to display your phone’s screen on your TV or monitor.
  3. A way to control the device remotely once it’s ready. In this case, a Wi-Fi connection and Yatse, a free remote app for XBMC/Kodi.

This probably won’t cost you more than $10 to $40, depending on where you buy the accessories from. You could even do without the USB OTG cable if you’re rooted, in which case you’d be able to use ADB instead.

Alright, folks — you’ve seen the requirements, so if you have a device with a shattered screen laying around, a USB OTG cable and MHL adapter, make sure to head over to the Shattered Scren Media Center tutorial thread to give a new life to your phone, and turn it into a complete media center.

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Add Emoji Support to Your Jelly Bean Xperia Device

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Full emoji support was implemented in KitKat. It’s clear that not every device, even with a proper hardware configuration, received an update to this OS. Thus, emoji has been impossible for many to use fully.

Luckily, the community can find a solution for almost everything, and we have seen it so many times through the years. The same applies to emoji on Jelly Bean ROMs. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer niaboc79, users can send emoji smileys on Sony devices with Android 4.1.2 and newer. To make this possible, the famous APKTool and a bit of Smali editing is required.

To apply the changes, you need to decompile the Xperia Keyboard and add a few lines of Smali code that has been provided by niaboc79. The whole process shouldn’t take you too long and you should be able to use your modified keyboard back in just few minutes. In order to make it work, your device must be rooted, otherwise you won’t be able to push the keyboard back to /system partition.

You can find the guide by visiting the How to add Emoji support to Xperia Keyboards thread. Described method should work with majority of currently available Sony Xperia phones, so don’t hesitate to give this method a shot if you own one of those.

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Check the Forecast and Learn to Code with Tiny Weather

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


App development on Android  is definitely a challenging, but fun task. You need to learn how to code in Java and familiarize yourself with the whole ecosystem before starting to work on a project. There are some resources available in various places that make the process a tad easier than hitting the books.

Not too long ago, we presented two handy video tutorials about launcher and live wallpaper development by XDA Senior Member sylsau. Both projects were rather easy to complete, so sylsau decided to show something a bit more difficult. Tiny Weather is a weather forecast application that can show you the conditions for the next 16 days. It has an elegant theme and simple, aesthetic UI. The application can also detect your current location using GPS.

In addition to providing the application, the author also added a video tutorial showing the process of development. The application is quite complicated, so the video tutorial is split into a few chapters. The first one is currently available in the thread.

You can try out the application on your own by visiting the Tiny Weather app thread. You can also learn how to create your own application (identical or very similar) by watching the provided videos.

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Increase the Speaker Volume of Your Samsung Gear 2 with Tool and Tutorial

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung Gear2

I think it’s pretty safe to say that any sound coming out of a wristwatch isn’t exactly going to be audiophile-grade. But then again, smartwatches aren’t meant to serve as standalone music players (for now at least), with their speakers acting as the outlet for notifications you may receive on your watch. However, if you own a Samsung Gear 2 and find yourself needing a bit of musical accompaniment from your watch as you quietly working at the table, you may want to boost its sound with XDA Forum Member tonydav’s tool.

The tool is a .bat file, which when executed on your PC, will automatically boost the sound volume of your Gear 2 within an indicated minimum and maximum range. XDA Senior Member gav83collins has also written a more detailed tutorial teaching you how to use the tool with accompanying screenshots to help you out. Additionally, the tool has an extra function of installing and deleting ringtones on and off your Gear 2. It should be noted that for this to work, your Gear 2 must be rooted.

If you would like to give this a whirl, check out the Sound Boost tool thread for more information.

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