While Android-powered gaming devices haven’t exactly replaced modern consoles in the quest for your living room-based entertainment needs, they’re certainly gaining steam. While this essentially started with the Ouya, there are now many other Android-based gaming systems available such as the Nvidia Shield and the Madcatz MOJO. Google, however, has been curiously absent in this arena, but that may change faily soon.
Yesterday, Google acquired parts of Santa Clara-based Green Throttle Games. The company, which met its untimely demise four months ago, sold a custom wireless gaming controller that allowed for couch-friendly Android gaming. Many details surrounding the acquisition . . . READ ON »
Few things tell us more than an image. Our brains decode image much faster than other forms of information such as text, sound, and so on. Even when meeting new people, first impressions are largely based on visual cues. Android is no different, and the XDA community is home to lots of themes, mods, and wallpapers to make our favorite operating system look better.
You can do countless things with image, but you require good software to apply some effects or filters. Sadly, most of this software is available only on traditional computers, and can’t be done with a phone. . . . READ ON »
Understanding the structure of Java code is key to being a good Android programmer. One topic that should be understood better by most developers is concurrency. Every machine can perform more than one task at a time. For example, you are able to listen to music, browse the Internet, and have Android compiling in the background. Java, which is the main language of Android, is perfectly ready to handle more than one process at the same time.
There are two basic units of execution: processes and threads. New CPUs available both on PCs and phones have more than one thread, . . . READ ON »
Sometimes, we all like to sit back and enjoy a bit of diversion with our favorite mobile apps. Be it chatting with friends on Facebook, binge watching every episode of House of Cards on Netflix, or sitting down for a few hours with Flappy Birds, we all find ourselves wasting a bit more time than we’d like from time to time. Wouldn’t it be great if you could track your time spent in individual apps to better optimize your day? Now you can.
Sharing a tablet or phone isn’t anything unusual. Phones very often serve as relaxation tools, or easy-to-use Internet terminals from which you can easily access the web and keep in contact with people you love. At default, phones offer only one user profile, which isn’t ideal if you want to avoid potential changes to your device settings or keep your private data private.
User profiles were added to the OS with Android 4.2, but Google decided to put this feature on tablets only. This left phone users in search of alternative solutions. As you know, Xposed Framework can be used . . . READ ON »
A lot of phones have a notification LED that blinks when you receive a notification. Sometimes, you can see that certain applications change the color of the LED notification light, but what if you want to customize that and know at a glance from the color of your LED notification what type of notification you have? Well there are programs for that!
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to tweak your notification LED color based on the type of notification. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the . . . READ ON »
Not too long ago, we covered Android 4.4.2 KitKat making its way to the LG G2—or at least to the T-Mobile variant. Before it was available as an OTA, it came as a massive 1.5 GB KDZ file, the file type LG uses for their ROMs, much like Sony Xperia’s FTF and Motorola’s SBF files.
One of the disadvantages with receiving an update this way is that there is only one way to install such ROM files. And in LG’s case, that’s with the LG Mobile Support Tool. So if you’re unable to install the KitKat update using the . . . READ ON »
Sony released quite a few of interesting devices in 2013. One of the most successful was the Xperia SP, a device that easily can compete with Nexus 4 and other relatively powerful smartphones. Not too long ago, the Xperia SP was updated to Android 4.3. This gave developers an opportunity to cross more boundaries and limitations.
Xperia devices, although capable of being unlocked, are often locked by carriers. That makes developing for those devices harder, as custom kernels can’t be flashed. All Xperia SP owners with locked bootloaders now have a reason to smile. XDA Forum Member bagyusz. . . READ ON »
Just four days ago, the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 received an OTA update to Android 4.4.2. This naturally lead many to wonder when Samsung’s other flagship device on T-Mobile would see a similar update. That time is here, folks, as Android 4.4.2 has now started making its way out to consumer devices.
The update comes in the form of build number M919UVUFNB4, replacing the previous Android 4.3-based M919UVUEMK2 build. The update weighs in at a decently sized 388 MB, and it brings all of the same goodies we’ve seen on other SGS4 KitKat device updates such as an ever so . . . READ ON »
Samsung has its moments of glory. The unveiling of Samsung Galaxy S 5 was a big media event, and Sammy is poised to sell millions of their latest Galaxy phones. Some owners of the company’s previous flagship, the Galaxy S 4, had some issues relating to CPU speeds in certain applications. These issues were caused by dynamic voltage and frequency scaling known, otherwise known as DVFS.
If you don’t know what DVFS is for, you may be in for a surprise. Samsung used it to cheat benchmark applications like AnTuTu, and they claimed that they remove it with in KitKat. . . . READ ON »
Pretty much everyone reading this article can be considered a power user. And what do power users love? We long to know as much as humanly possible about everything in the world around us. Now thanks to XDA Forum Member naman14‘s new app S Tools+, we can at least get part of the way there.
S Tools+ is a collection of some rather useful, though slightly unrelated, utilities. The application displays your CPU frequency (and how much time was spent at any given speed), a full sensor data readout from all of the sensors on your device, a color . . . READ ON »
The Motorola Defy Mini is a relatively popular device, despite not featuring flagship-level specifications. However, development for the XT320/XT321 hasn’t been what one would expect from such a popular device, and its locked bootloader is largely to blame. This has resulted in the inability to boot custom kernels—until now, that is.
The last time we talked about the Defy Mini, we covered how XDA Senior Member rootdefyxt320 was able to use a loophole to bring back traditional fastboot mode by flashing an older bootloader. Now, rootdefyxt320 is at it again (along with help from MauroSZ, Bernd.Defy, and junk031. . . READ ON »
Android 4.4.2 KitKat over the air update for the HTC Butterfly S is now rolling out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 4 has been released and 2011 Xperia devices running CM10 have a mod for recording 720p30 video! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the exciting news coming out of Google including the “always listening” Google Nexus 5 proof of concept and the announcement that the wearable . . . READ ON »