Clockwork Mod is here for the Nexus 5. This is an unofficial port for the device. It has not been released officially by Koush yet. Once you have installed clockworkmod recovery you can install all sorts of mods , install roms, and backup your complete system, then recover it later. You can download the file from the link below. Installation is simple but does require that you have fastboot.exe and adb.exe files and a few adb commands.
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
You will need to unlock your bootloader before installing the new custom recovery. Proceed with caution as this is still unofficial.
The verdict is still out as to whether Kingo App is anything other than a malicious virus ridden software, or an innocent one click root method for many devices. If you do decide to use this app you should do so at your own risk. This root method is completely close sourced so we aren't sure of everything contained with in it. If this bothers you then steer clear. If you don't mind your data potentially being at risk this method is a one click method that works for a long list of devices. It has been confirmed via an XDA thread that this method will work with the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 after the latest OTA update. SafeStrap will also still work after you take the update and root with Kingo App. This is pretty awesome that SS still works after the update. Hopefully Hashcode and other developers will get 2nd init working on this device soon so we can get to flashing roms.
The root method for beginners, CF-Autoroot, has been released by developer "Chainfire" for the Nexus 5! The Nexus root method is pretty simple without a oneclick alternative, but not everyone is familiar with the adb commands that are necessary for unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery, and flashing the root files. Not everyone is comfortable with unlocking their bootloader and installing an alternative recovery. This method is for those people. CF-Autoroot installs the SuperSU binaries and APK. That is it, nothing else. CF-Autoroot is a one click solution. Simply download the zip file, extract the zip file, boot your phone into bootloader mode, connect the device to the computer and run the "root.bat" file! It doesn't get any easier than this! More infor can be found at the link below.
It should be noted that if your device has not been unlocked this will wipe your data so be sure to make backups before proceeding.
Nov 06, 2013 - 4:33 PM - by dgstorm
If this recent leak turns out to be accurate, we may actually see the Nexus 5 show up at T-Mobile on November 20th. According to the leaked training materials shown in the pic above, that is the date that the Uncarrier will get the device. Keep in mind that purchasing it through T-Mobile might actually be more expensive than through the Google Play Store, so be sure to cross reference the prices. The advantage is that you will get to pay for it out in small chunks over time.
We will try to bring you more details as the date comes closer. How many of you guys would like to grab this device on T-Mo?
Source: TMoNews via GoogleNexusForum
Nov 06, 2013 - 2:51 PM - by dgstorm
Samsung snuck this one in on us. The Developer Edition of the Galaxy Note 3, which we reported would be coming, has already been released. It sells for a retail price of $699.99. Unfortunately, it appears it is already sold out as well.
Originally, tgyberg tipped us off on the eventual launch of this version of the GNote3, and he also tipped us this time. He too was a bit too late to grab one for himself however. Keep checking with the source link below and let us know if you see it become available. We will update you if we find out anything else as well.
Thanks again, tgyberg!
Source: Samsung Mobile
Nov 06, 2013 - 11:46 AM - by dgstorm
When the Moto X launched many were disappointed that the Moto Maker customization options were exclusive to AT&T customers. Several of us at HQ speculated that the customization options would eventually become available to nearly all the carriers and not just AT&T. It turns out our speculation might be proven accurate. Not only will Verizon be getting the Moto Maker customization options on November 11th, it looks like a new leak indicates Sprint will as well. In fact, we have even heard some rumors that T-Mobile might get their Moto Maker options on November 8th, although we couldn't confirm it yet either.
We will keep an eye on this and confirm any details as they hit the web. Are any of you interested in grabbing a Moto Maker customized Moto X on any of these carriers?
Source: Phandroid via MotoXForums
Nov 06, 2013 - 11:32 AM - by dgstorm
Users on T-Mobile who have the Moto X will be pleased to learn that the Android 4.4 KitKat firmware has been leaked for the device. According to the reports, the version is fully functional although it is missing a few elements. We will provide a source link below for you to check it out, but as always we recommend caution with newly leaked firmware. Be careful to backup your device and follow any instructions carefully if you want to try it out.
It is probably not too surprising that KitKat is close to availability for the Moto X... after-all, Motorola is a subsidiary of Google now. It shouldn't be too long before we start to see fully fleshed out ROMs for the T-Mobile Moto X using Android 4.4. We'll keep you posted when we find out anything new.
Nov 06, 2013 - 11:22 AM - by dgstorm
Just a couple days ago the soak test for the new Motorola update for the most current Droid series started its soak test. Interestingly, it either didn't last very long, or Motorola & Verizon just decided to start pushing it to everyone instead of the traditional soak test. The Motorola Droid Ultra, Mini and Maxx have already started receiving the newest Motorola Droid update which primarily includes some bug fixes and camera enhancements. Supposedly the new camera improvements do quite a bit including better sky detection, more accurate white balancing, and improvements to HDR. Additionally the exposure is now more consistent than before. Reports are filtering in that these changes are quite noticeable and make a fairly dramatic improvement for the phone on these devices.
Sound off if you are one of the lucky folks who already have the update on your device.
Nov 06, 2013 - 11:11 AM - by dgstorm
Even though Qualcomm is currently dominating the mobile landscape with their powerful and efficient chip designs, they are not sitting idle. We have a report from yesterday that Qualcomm is already prepping their next generation Snapdragon CPUs and their 400 Series Adreno GPUs. More than likely Qualcomm will be announcing these designs at CES in Las Vegas in January. Of course, their competition isn't "resting on their laurels" either. NVIDIA wants to get back in the game and will be bringing out their mobile Kepler series, the Tegra 5. Additionally, ARM also unveiled their Mali 700 GPU which could give both a run for their money.
It looks like Qualcomm has their work cut out for them. It will be interesting to see who takes the performance crown next year. Conversely, it will also be interesting to see who takes the marketshare crown, because frequently they are not necessarily the same thing. Who do you think will come out on top next year in the mobile chipset wars?
Nov 06, 2013 - 9:56 AM - by dgstorm
The bigDroids thought it would be a good idea to share this story over here at DF for folks who planned to get the Google Play Store Nexus 5 and are on Sprint. You can read the full story at the source link below.
I thought it was important to share my sad and frustrating experience with you guys while trying to get my Nexus 5 activated on Sprint. In case you haven't seen it, several news sites last night reported that getting the Google Play Store Nexus 5 activated on Sprint was nearly impossible. I can attest to this, because I went through it myself. Here's my story:
I spent almost three hours in the Sprint store while the young lady behind the counter tried in vain to get my new Google Nexus 5 activated on the Sprint network. To her credit, she was patient and tried her best to do the impossible. She even let me leave for a bit to eat dinner and come back later. She seemed genuinely excited to get the phone working because it was the first Nexus 5 device to come into that particular Sprint store, and she wanted to play with it too.
During this time, both she and I called the Sprint customer service line and received conflicting information several times on how to get it working. As it turns out...
Continue Reading @: Problems Getting Nexus 5 Activated on Sprint; Requires SIM Card to Work
The most common misconception of the Nexus 5 and other Nexus devices is that the phones come from the factory with the bootloader unlocked. While this is not the case, the method for unlocking the bootloader is pretty simple. You will want to understand how to do this and be comfortable with the method if you are to be a coding master. If you decide to unlock the bootloader you will be able to install a custom recovery, roms and other mods. To unlock the bootloader you will need to grab the SDK and unzip the file, find the adb and fastboot files in the platform-tools folder. This is where we will be running our commands. Enable USB debugging then type the following commands.
ADB Reboot Bootloader
Once the Android screen comes up you need to type "fastboot oem unlock"
When the confirmation page comes up select yes
You phone will be wiped clean and you get a new unlocked bootloader
Google has released their latest and greatest version of Android version 4.4 Kit Kat, but unless you are using a modern Nexus device you won't be seeing this update on your device any time soon if ever. That is unless you are a fan of custom roms. Three new devices received Kit Kat Roms including the Htc One, Sony Xperia Z, and the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Stephen Bird has released his version of AOSP Kit Kat 4.4 for the HTC One. He says that the rom uses 4.3 binaries to get it booting, but it is still pretty stable for an early build. Xda member Pabx has released a truely pure AOSP build for the Xperia Z which is so pure it doesn't include recovery or root. Nolinuxnoparty released Kit Kat for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. His build doesn't include a camera, but everything else is looking pretty good. Grab any of these roms at the link below.
Nov 05, 2013 - 8:01 PM - by pc747
We are weeks away from the holiday season where we will be seeing a lot of bogos (Buy one get one free sales), marked up discounted holiday items, and carriers doing what they can to get those last bit of sales before the start of the new year. This year saw the emergence of Google edition phones, wearable tech, and Google beginning to regain control of the software on their devices. With the future on the horizon what direction would you like to see google and Android manufacturers go in the future?
What end of the year grade would you give Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung, and Google as a whole?
Do you see the Google edition experiment a success or a failure?
What advice would you, as a consumer, give the various Android manufacturers and Google to help them gain (or keep) your business?
Nov 05, 2013 - 4:36 PM - by dgstorm
We would like to share an exciting announcement with you guys regarding some of our sister sites! To commemorate the new arrival of the Google Nexus 5 smartphone, we decided to bring all of our Nexus sites together in one unified home. We are pleased to announce GoogleNexusForum.com! We will be merging the following Nexus sites under one roof:
To show off our new digs we also want to share a few links to some hot topics at the newly transformed site. Be sure to check out these topics for interesting conversations related to the Nexus 5!
Here's an unboxing pic from your's truly, dgstorm. I just had to share that I got my Nexus 5 today! What perfect timing! Just Got My Nexus 5! Unboxing Pic Included
Here's where folks are discussing which Nexus 5 version they ordered and why. Feel free to jump in and tell us which Nexus 5 you ordered or plan to order. Let us know what carrier you are using it on as well and what you think of them. Which Nexus 5 did you buy?
Finally, here's the main welcome post for the Nexus 5 section of the site. Please jump in there and introduce yourself if you haven't done so already. Welcome to the Nexus 5 Forums!
That's it for our new site and Nexus 5 surprise! We are incredibly grateful to everyone for making these sites (and this newly combined site) the best place on the web for Nexus related news and discussions. We'll see you guys in the forums!
Here's a link to the dedicated Nexus 5 section over at GoogleNexusForums.com: Nexus 5 Forum
Nov 05, 2013 - 12:03 PM - by dgstorm
Just yesterday we reported that Samsung is working on a 12.2-Inch Galaxy Note tablet. Apparently, that is not the only giant Android tablet they are working on. Supposedly, Sammy is also developing a 13.3-inch Android tablet to launch later next year.
It looks like Samsung believes 2014 will be the year of the tablets. Not only are they spamming out a ton of new tablet devices, they have upped their estimated tablet sales projections to a whopping 42 million. Of course, this will be for all of their tablets which will range in size a great deal. If this newest rumor is true we will have a wide gamut if new Samsung tablets: 7-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch and 13-inch. We will know something more concrete in January at CES.
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