How to: Flash Nexus 5 Factory Images

Part of the beauty of owning a Nexus device comes through the regular availability of factory images that can be used to return the device to a factory state. If you root, toss on a ROM, and tinker a bit too much, you may find yourself looking for a last resort to save your phone. A factory image can do that. Or maybe you need to wipe your phone clean because you are done with it and need to pass it along to a friend or family member (or in a back alley deal on Craigslist). Again, a factory image can do that. Think of a factory image as stock, out-of-the-box software for your device.

Google has been pretty good over the years at making these image files available shortly after they release a new update or version of Android. That situation hasn’t changed with the release of Kit Kat (Android 4.4) or the Nexus 5, as Google has already made the N5’s factory images available.  (more…)

How to: Root the Nexus 5

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Now that the bootloader on your Nexus 5 is unlocked, you are probably thinking about whether or not you should flash a custom recovery and root. If you decide that root is for you, we’ve put together a set of instructions for you to root your device in the old school, manual way. The good news is that you don’t have to use our instructions, as there are already at least two automated methods out there that will get you to the same place. We’re just a bit old school, I guess, and like to do things the long way.  (more…)

How to: Unlock the Nexus 5 Bootloader

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Whenever we get a new Nexus device, like the Nexus 5, our mind thinks two things immediately. The first is to unbox the device (Nexus 5 unboxing) and let you all see which product is up next for us to review. Once we are finished there, we immediately go and unlock the bootloader. Why? Well, because unlocking the bootloader of a phone puts the device through a factory reset. Rather than setting the phone up and making it all personal, we like to unlock the bootloader so that we don’t have to worry about it ever again. Once done, we can then get on about our business reviewing the phone and turning it into our daily driver. Plus, if we decide we want to flash a ROM, root it, or put on a custom recovery, we are all set to do that without issue.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Owners Able to Taste Kit Kat, “Shiny” OTA-Like ROM Now Available

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Last week when Android 4.4 was released to AOSP, developers started their task of bringing the latest version of Android to basically every device they could. It’s a reason we still love this hard-working community. With that being said, Verizon customers that still cling to a Galaxy Nexus, learned that their devices’ would not be receiving an official update to Kit Kat, and would instead be stuck on Jelly Bean forever. But given that the Galaxy Nexus is one of the most loved devices of all time, it didn’t take very long for the developer community to whip up some Kit Kat action for the device.  (more…)

Moto X Rooted After Camera Update, Get Your adb Ready

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After receiving the latest camera-improving OTA update for the Moto X, almost everyone lost root access and has not been able to get it back no matter which carrier version you own. If you had been waiting patiently for a new root method, the good news is that your time has come. Thanks to his latest work called RockMyMoto, Justin Case has given you the opportunity to your root your Moto X once again, as long as you are willing to download a new root package and hammer out a couple of adb commands. But you are, right?  (more…)

First AOSP Android 4.4 ROMS Popping Up, Nexus 4 Included

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With Android 4.4 hitting AOSP yesterday, it was only a matter of time before the first set of stock ROMs started showing up for our favorite devices. An AOSP Nexus 4 ROM was the first to pop into our inboxes late last night, though we are sure there could be more at this point. For now though, we wanted to share this to get you into the comments and sharing others for other devices.  (more…)

CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightlies Now Up for Verizon’s LG G2

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Members of the rooted crowded running an LG G2 on Verizon can go grab the first nightly builds available of CyanogenMod 10.2. For those unfamiliar, CM 10.2 will bring a vanilla Android-like experience to your device, complete with a ton of customization options and tweaks to make sure you are getting the most out of your device. CM is basically the industry standard of custom ROMs for Android.  (more…)

Canonical Releases Ubuntu 13.10 for Smartphones, Its First “True Mobile” Release

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This morning, Canonical announced the availability of Ubuntu 13.10, the first “true mobile release” of the OS. Inside the release, users can finally get a good picture of what the company is bringing to the smartphone game, with a fully-baked UI and core applications that have been developed by a highly experienced community of developers. There still isn’t much third party app support, but you will find the basics like a calendar, camera, phone, clock, and browser application.  (more…)