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 »
Anyone who ever had a friend or loved one battle cancer will surely attest to the fact that the disease is no laughing matter. But while cancer itself is obviously not fun, it can make for an interesting and altruistic game aimed at raising awareness and funding for cancer research and prevention.
XDA Forum Member Triton1986 recently created the game Triton – Stop Cancer, where the player’s goal is to… stop cancer. The game presents you with cancer cells, which multiply over time, and your goal is to eradicate them (or hold out as long as possible). Cancer cells can . . . READ ON »
It’s no secret that wearable technology is the new “it thing” for 2014. Looking back at this year’s CES only reinforces this, as we saw quite a few new players like Omate and new versions of old favorites like the Pebble Steel. Looking back to when Android 4.4 was on the verge of release, we discussed a report speculating that KitKat would (among other things) bring an increased focus on wearable technology. KitKat has now been available on various consumer devices for nearly two-and-a-half months, and we haven’t heard much in the way of official support from the big GOOG, but . . . READ ON »
It’s absolutely no secret that many of us like to crack-flash our ROM nightlies. After all, this is the best way to stay on the bleeding edge of ROM features unless you compile yourself and cherry pick from your ROM’s Gerrit. A lot of us also like to modify our build.prop with either cheeky text for the Android version field or settings that may change how certain functions operate. But if you’re flashing your ROM on a daily basis, this can become quite a bit of a hassle.
I’d be willing to be a pretty penny that a good deal of our readers also happen to enjoy Randall Munroe’s delightfully nerdy webcomic XKCD. For the few who haven’t heard of it yet, go check it out. Now.
A few weeks ago, a rather interesting “comic” appeared on the site. But rather than serve as a comic in the traditional sense, XKCD Now is more of a useful reference tool that puts time zones into perspective by visually showing your what time it is in all the different parts of the globe. Now, XDA Forum Member Shef_ has turned . . . READ ON »
No matter how much we try to hide it, we all have some creative juices flowing somewhere deep inside, just waiting to get out. For many of us, this creative expression takes the form of music.
There are countless applications available on Android that allow you to create music. In fact, there are probably as many keyboard apps in the Google Play Store as there are media players—or more. However, XDA Forum Member olegnal created a different means of music creation with his application Sequencer.
Sequencer allows a user (even one without any musical background) to create a melody with . . . READ ON »
LG G2 owners running the latest KitKat update will no doubt have discovered that the awesome Xposed Framework doesn’t quite work as well as it should be. If you’re lucky enough to have a somewhat functioning framework, you already realized that the majority of Xposed modules do not work, with only a select few working. With the Android experience becoming increasingly dependent on the Xposed Framework and the vast wealth of modules, this bug is certainly a bummer.
Everyone has some important information that must remain private at any cost. Sometimes, this can take the form of important information such as phone numbers, addresses, or even a short note from that meeting you just left, and you must protect this data from prying eyes. Due to their size, accessibility, and reliability, Android devices make for great private notebooks.
There are many applications offering taking and storing notes. Some of them also add widgets, but not many give you the ability to password protecting your notes. One such applications is IO Notes by XDA Forum Member djonnystevensabenz. This . . . READ ON »