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Remove Bloatware from Your Android Device – XDA TV

Posted by wicked January - 10 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Carriers and manufacturers sometimes have the nasty habit of installing apps at the factory. These apps are claimed to be useful and helpful. However, why do I need Verizon’s Navigation app when Google Maps is already installed? Why do I need Samsung’s Mail app to check my Gmail? Android already comes with a much nicer Gmail app.

So, you can just ignore some of the apps, but some still run in the background. Also, your app drawer could potentially be crowded with this junk making it harder to find the stuff you actually need!

XDA TV Producer RootJunky presents instructions on How to Remove Bloatware from Your Android Device using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. This video shows you use Gatesjunior’s Debloater tool. The process is the same for just about any Android device. So if you wanted to get rid of bloatware on your Android device, take a moment and check this video out.

Requirements:

  • Developer Options turned on with ADB or USB debugging enabled
  • Manufacturer Drivers installed
  • KitKat – No Root Needed
  • Lollipop, Jelly Bean and below require root access

Links to Files mentioned:

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

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Double-Tap to Wake and Swipe to Sleep – Nexus 6 Mods

Posted by wicked January - 3 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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The Google Nexus 6 has a hidden secret: It can do the double-tap to wake trick just like the LG phones. However, Google didn’t want the Nexus 6 to display this trick, so it was hidden from view. Here at XDA we like to find these hidden things and do what Google (and other OEM’s) do not want us to do. In fact we showed you how to root it.

For all those who would like to enable double-tap to wake, XDA TV Producer TK presents some great Nexus 6 Mods in this video. To compliment waking your phone, TK also shows you how to enable two-finger swiping to lock the phone. Grab your Nexus 6 and be sure to check this video out.


Be sure to check out our other great XDA TV Videos.

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How to Root and Unlock the Google Nexus 6 on a Mac – XDA TV

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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In the past, XDA Developer TV Producer droidmodd3rx has shown you how to root and unlock the bootloader on a Nexus device. This process used the WugFresh Toolkit to Unlock than Relock and Unroot and Root. That required a PC. People have asked if there is a way to do that with a Mac computer. Just because you use a Mac doesn’t mean you can’t root all the things.

Following up from last week, Droidmodd3rx presents instructions on how to root and unlock the bootloader of your Google Nexus 6 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. So, take a moment and check this video out.


Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos

Check out droidmodd3rx’s YouTube Channel.

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Set Up Your MediaTek Device with Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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As can be seen with the use of MediaTek chips in Android One devices such as the Micromax Canvas A1 and phones from Meizu and Lenovo such as the MX4 and Vibe X2 respectively, devices with MediaTek processors are aplenty in the Android market. Despite a stigma of not being developer friendly or adhering to GPLv2 requirements, recent strides have been made by MediaTek to change this reputation, evidenced by their sponsorship of XDA:DevCon ’14, and releasing the full kernel source for Android One devices. Such progress is comforting for owners of MediaTek devices, both old and new. But if you’re a new owner and don’t know where to start, this essential beginner’s guide may be what you’re looking for.

Written by XDA Senior Member carliv, this tutorial is written specifically with the beginner in the mind, teaching you all the essentials you need to know to get started with a MediaTek device. This includes:

  • Rooting the phone
  • Making a NVRAM backup
  • Making a backup of the stock ROM
  • Generating and flashing a custom CWM
  • Getting a root file explorer

Handy screenshots, which are quite detailed, accompany each step of the tutorial, providing a visual guidance. Additionally, the tutorial requires you to be in possession of a couple of tools which are listed and linked in the post.

This guide is a must for any new owner of a MediaTek device. If you would like to find out more, visit the MediaTek beginner’s guide thread for more information.

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How to Root Android Wear 5.0.1 Lollipop Devices – XDA TV

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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The Lollipop update for Android Wear devices has hit the market and people are receiving the update. Here at XDA TV we make a lot of rooting videos. We show you how to root a bunch of devices. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and a device running Android Wear 5.0.1 Lollipop is no exception!

RootJunky presents instructions on how to gain root access on your Lollipop Android Wear device using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. This video shows you how to root the LG G Watch, but the process is the same for just about any Android Wear device. So if you wanted to root your Android Wear 5.0.1 Lollipop device, take a moment and check this video out.

Requirements:

  1. Unlocked bootloader
  2. Computer
  3. Files linked below

Links to Files mentioned:

Links to threads mentioned:

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

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Github Tutorial App Shows You How to Use… Github

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Github can get pretty complicated and using it can become quite daunting, especially for a rookie who’s just getting started. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there aren’t too many ways around it in the community-driven open-source development world, particularly if you want to compile a custom recovery, or a ROM or something else from source. So to help you out with all the ins and outs of Github, XDA Recognized Contributor and Themer Vivek_Neel created a Github Tutorial app.

Github Tutorial, unlike the many other helpful tutorials we feature here on the Portal, does not come in the form of a written forum post. Rather, it’s an Android application designed to guide and teach people just beginning their journey. In addition to the basics, Github Tutorial also covers the intermediate and advanced aspects of Github for those who know a bit more about the service. And to top it off, Vivek_Neel has added a test at the end quizzing you about what you’ve learned.

If you’re interested in learning more about Github, this app is a good place to start. So, to find out more, head over to the Github Tutorial application thread.

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Make Your Own Heat Sink for the LG Optimus 4X HD

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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It’s not a rare occurrence that performing a resource heavy task on your Android device (e.g. playing a game or multitasking heavily) results in the back of your device getting quite hot due to the heat being generated by the CPU. And without proper or adequate heat distribution, this heat will be most prominent at a certain area of your device’s rear. Strong heat is not the only downside of a hot CPU however, as it can also result in decreased performance due to throttling, less battery life, and a lower overall device longevity.

With this said, XDA Senior Member ottomanhero figured out a very clever way of remedying this issue on his LG Optimus 4X HD after noticing that playing games on this phone results in a certain part of the phone’s rear getting hot. He pinned this down to unequal distribution of heat behind the back cover, and decided to tape aluminum foil around the back to direct heat from the hot area to cooler areas.

After conducting tests with this homemade heat sink in place, ottomanhero found that he experienced much better and lower temperatures emitting from his device. There was also an issue with the device’s GPS signal being weakened as a result, but later resolved this with a new method. Ottomanhero has provided a picture that clearly shows this modification, and has also written a detailed tutorial teaching you how to do this yourself.

If you would like to give this a go, head over to the LG Optimus 4X HD homemade heat sink thread to get started.

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Learn How to Create an Old School Dialer

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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XDA is not only a great source for custom ROMs, kernels, and various modifications for numerous devices–it’s also a great place to find tutorials and other materials that help you to understand the Android ecosystem better. These resources then help you on your quest of eventually becoming a developer. Every developer started off not knowing how to code, but learning and ambition can work wonders.

Creating your first project can take days or weeks if you are learning just by yourself. You can reduce this time significantly by following the video tutorial by XDA Senior Member sylsau. By following this guide you will become… a time traveler and change your currently used dialer to classic rotary style seen back in the old days of last century.

The project has been built on Eclipse, so if you’re planning to follow the guide, you’ll need to download the IDE yourself since Google dropped Eclipse and ADT as the main Android IDE. You can watch the video by visiting the How to create an Old School Rotary Dialer forum thread. Head over there to learn more.

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Enhance Screenshots Functionality by Adding a Delete Button

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Screenshots are the best choice for users wishing to show off their current home screens or provide extra detailed bug reports for certain issues to app developers. Android has a built-in screenshot system that allows you to take a shot with a simple key combination. However, the built-in functionality could easily be improved by adding a delete button, because right now you need to open the gallery manually to delete unneeded images. Taking screenshots on Android would be much easier with a delete button available right after taking a shot.

XDA Senior Member sportik555 wrote a guide explaining how to add such button on Sony Xperia devices. The described method shows how to decompile the SystemUI of your current ROM, make changes, re-compile the file, and send it back to the device. Everything can be done within less than 10 minutes because sportik555 provides the files used in the process.

To make the delete button available on your ROM, you need to ensure that your system is deodexed. Apktool is pretty much useless if your system uses .odex files. You can find numerous guides showing how to deodex easily deodex your ROM. When your re-compiled System UI is ready, all you need to do is restart your device. The delete button should appear every time you take a screenshot.

This method can be used on quite a few Xperia ROMs, so don’t hesitate to learn more if you have an Xperia phone in your collection. You can find all the details in the Add the “Delete” button on the screenshot preview tutorial thread.

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Restore Your Softbricked Moto G after Lollipop Update

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Being one of the handful of devices released by when Motorola was still owned by Google, the Moto G has finally been updated to Android 5.0 in the past week through an OTA update and an update leak. As Moto G users are installing and experiencing Lollipop, it’s inevitable that some issues would occur, such as a softbrick, especially with the different variants of the device. So, if you’ve managed to get your Moto G softbricked after updating it, a tutorial written by XDA Senior Member GI0\/\NNI may help.

Consisting of 10 steps, the tutorial teaches users how to unbrick and restore their softbricked device after updating it to Android 5.0. It essentially consists of using ADB and Fastboot with CMD and flashing a fresh firmware onto your device, and if you wish, installing the Android 5.0 OTA update again. If however this process is a bit complicated, GI0\/\NNI has also provided another method which involves downloading an Android 4.4.4 firmware, and making a .bat file with the provided code, and using this file to install the firmware. It must be noted that this tutorial is only for softbricked devices, as there is currently no remedy for users who have hardbricked their Moto G.

So, if you’ve gotten your Moto G softbricked after the Lollipop update and want to check this tutorial out, head over to the Moto G Softbrick restore thread for more information.

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