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ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery is an essential tool for Android developers and enthusiasts. This tool allows you to flash ROMs, install updates, perform full wipes, create a backup of your current ROM, and a lot more. Usually, the Volume keys and Power button are used to navigate and interact with this tool. A new variant of CWM has also emerged that allows you to use the tool without using the phone’s physical buttons. Recognized XDA Developers member cruzin_cruzing has developed a ClockworkMod Touch Recovery for your HTC Vivid. Although this is not the official ClockworkMod Touch Recovery for the HTC Vivid,…

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Wi-Fi tethering is an essential feature on your Android phone. This feature allows you to share your mobile Internet connection to other devices, making your Android smartphone a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. AT&T’s HTC One X also packs this neat feature. Unfortunately, you will need to subscribe to AT&T’s Wi-Fi tether plan to enjoy this feature. Aside from your daily source of ROMs and updates, XDA Developers could also be a black market of mods and hacks that lets you enjoy extended features on your mobile phone without the need to comply with such requirements. Recognized XDA Developers member t0mmy has…

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In February of this year, Google revealed some details of a new malware scanner which it had been developing during the latter half of 2011. Dubbed “the Bouncer”, the automated service runs each app submitted to Google Play to see if it has any malicious intentions. According to Google’s initial figures, the Bouncer has been responsible for a 40% drop in malicious apps available in Google Play. However, this week security researchers Jon Oberheide and Charlie Miller will present a new method they have developed which allows them to bypass the Bouncer and successfully submit malware to Google Play. As with…

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 arrived with a smoother, updated version of TouchWiz.  Many got envious.  But, not for long–because devs immediately went to work with porting it to the other Android devices, especially for non-Samsung phones. Just recently, a port of the Galaxy S3′s TouchWiz launcher was successfully created for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (LT15i) and the Xperia Arc S (LT18i), allowing owners of the said phones to enjoy some TouchWiz smoothness. Users of the ported launcher have reported overall smoothness and lag-free performance.  The ported launcher is also expected to work only with ICS-based ROMs. If you…

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It all started when you got yourself an HTC Rezound. Your research on the Internet about what your phone could have undoubtedly led you to countless Android websites. You learned the terms ROMs, mods, hacks, tweaks, root, and heaven knows what else, and it didn’t take long for you to decide that you wanted to be in on this secret club. You decided to visit the birthplace of countless Android modifications, the XDA Developers forums, only to stop short and realize that you need a vital tool to help you install any of these modification goodies. That’s right, we’re talking…

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Yesterday we did a terrible thing. We took a brand new Samsung Galaxy S3 and purposefully dropped it multiple times for you. It was awful to watch, but we know that our viewers get a strange enjoyment from cell phone obliteration. We also dropped a brand new iPhone 4S and filmed that too! Before we get to the real fun, let’s take a look at how the iPhone 4s matches up to the Galaxy S3. Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 4s This video is mostly for your amusement but it does have a slight undertone of consumer advice. Some people –…

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Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has been iconic to the company’s success in many of its mobile phones. Fans of the famed launcher will have more reasons to celebrate as the TouchWiz UX launcher from the Galaxy S3 has now been ported to run on the Galaxy S2, thanks to XDA Developers member Smando. The new TouchWiz UX launcher that was first seen on the Galaxy S3 sports numerous features such as sorting apps alphabetically in a grid, choosing a default homescreen, S Voice communication, the ability to watch a video picture-in-picture, and many other features. Not only that, the latest TouchWiz…

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Everyone’s going ga-ga over Samsung’s latest flagship phone. People from all over the world were dying to know more about this mystery phone, weaving rumors left and right and now that the phone is here, the excitement has really reached its peak. The Samsung Galaxy S3 may not have landed in your area yet, but other people in more fortunate corners of the globe are enjoying the device’s awesome specs. Who could blame you for being impatient? We’re itching to get our hands on this beauty, too, but since good things come to those who wait, we’ve settled for something…

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The great thing about Android developers is that they never run out of ideas to make our lives comfortable and convenient. Now another developer from XDA Developers, amarullz, has created another app for us and the AROMA Filemanager is its name. It’s been tagged as the “world’s first Android recovery-based file manager.” For the record, the word “aroma” originated in Bahasa Indonesia and means “scent”. In this case, it also means “Amarullz Android ROM Manifestation.” AROMA Filemanager is, in plain and simple terms, a file manager with a GUI and is run while your phone is in Recovery Mode. As…

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Say goodbye to locked HTC bootloaders as the folks at the XDA Developers Forum have once again made the impossible a reality. HTC owners have already witnessed firsthand how hard it is to crack HTC bootloaders, most especially those devices that are coming from mobile carriers. The AT&T One X may be one of the first phones to sport a quad-core processor, but it’s also one of the many HTC devices that sport a locked bootloader. Having an unlocked bootloader is necessary for users to install custom ROMs and other modified hacks on your device. If you have been addicted…