Posted November 24, 2014 at 04:00 pm by jerdog
Mobile device companies like selling devices–it’s how they make their money and it’s how they fund the next device that’s already in their pipeline. It also makes it very hard to support those same devices in 6 months when the next iteration is out. There’s one thing that can be said though about Sony, and it’s this: They work really hard to encourage development on their devices, no matter how old they might be. They’ve consistently put out AOSP for their devices, given instructions on how to build custom kernels (which no other OEM does by the way), and provided tools to load custom builds on their original SmartWatch. With the recent release of their 3rd-gener. . . READ ON »
Posted November 24, 2014 at 01:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Android Lollipop is by good margin the most advanced and refined version of Google’s nearly ubiquitous mobile OS. Some features that are now integrated into Lollipop were only available through the use of custom ROMs not too long ago. One feature that was added not too long ago is quick toggles.
Lollipop’s status bar toggles are great, but they don’t offer too many switches. One that many people happen to miss is network mode. To change the network type of your device, you need to enter the settings app and look for the relevant parameter manually. This takes an awfully long time, and is everything but convenient. Luckily, XDA Senior Member cygery found a solution.
Toggle Network Type is . . . READ ON »
Posted November 24, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Android One devices have received an Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 build! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of a Jolla Sailfish OS tablet and be sure the check out the article talking about how to disable data encryption on the Nexus 6! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer Jared shows you how to Bump! unlock your LG G3. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video talking about the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvi. . . READ ON »
Posted November 24, 2014 at 04:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Pushbullet is one of those useful utilities that once installed, permanently resides on both your desktop and mobile device. This project is comprised of two elements: an Android application and a browser extension to communicate for your PC that communicates with your mobile device. These two combined allow some really nice functionality like sending links, sharing files, and even text messaging directly from your PC.
The project is under active development, and we can see new interesting features show up once in a while. The latest addition from XDA Forum Member guzba and his team member was implementing a copy/paste functionality to Linux and Mac OS X. This feature is quite handy when you browse t. . . READ ON »
Posted November 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
LED notification lights have existed on Android devices since the very beginnings of the OS. While most devices feature a hardware LED notification to inform you of notifications such as missed calls, texts, or battery charge level, some devices ship without trace of a physical LED. One such device is the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6, which ditched the LED notification light in favor of an AMOLED panel capable of displaying notifications on the screen itself.
If you’ve been following the XDA Portal for a while, you certainly remember that the Moto X also “didn’t feature” a physical LED–but nevertheless, XDA members managed to find it hidden beneath the front speaker. Su. . . READ ON »
Posted November 23, 2014 at 06:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
A good video player should be reliable and free. One of the XDA Community Apps, MX Player, meets both of these requirements. A few days ago, this application was updated to support Android 5.0 Lollipop. Upon reading this, you may think that you would be greeted with some Material Design eye candy, but you would be wrong. MX Player is still the very same application that we love. Rather, now the application is able to function on Lollipop.
The announcement for the new version was made by one of the project’s developers, XDA Senior Member ktsamy. Here’s a brief list of changes:
- Supports Android 5.0
- Added View menu on the media list screen for the selection of view mode, sorting order, display fields.
Posted November 23, 2014 at 01:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
In late September, Google decided to step on NSA’s toes and turn on encryption by default in Android Lollipop. The Nexus 6 is the first Google Nexus device to ship with data encryption enabled right out of the box. According to AnandTech, the Google Nexus 6 performance decreases significantly because of encryption.
Data encryption is a software layer. This is a well known fact, since encryption has been available to enable for some time. XDA Recognized Developer bbedward noticed that the encryption is enabled with just one flag available in the device’s fstab. Flashing a boot image with modified fstab should disable the data encryption by default. Bbedward prepared such an image, which can be e. . . READ ON »
Posted November 23, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
The holidays will be here in no time, so why not start thinking about gifts now? You’ll be ahead of the game. For the Android enthusiast you can get them many things like a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower. If they enjoy their music you can get them a FuGoo Bluetooth Speaker. Perhaps even a WowWee MiP?
In this episode, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision +. We will admit that is isn’t technically an accessory in the strictest sense of the word. But you can watch the camera on the Phantom with your Android phone. Perhaps you. . . READ ON »
Posted November 23, 2014 at 03:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Mozilla and Google have had a long-standing relationship of about 10 years. Google was paying hefty sums of money (reportedly around $100 million) every year to be the default search engine in Firefox. Google’s contribution covered something like 85% of the overall Mozilla’s income, and the Mountain View company was one the Mozilla Foundation’s biggest sponsors.
The most recent deal between Mozilla and Google was made in 2011, when Google agreed to pay for its search engine being default in Firefox until 2014. This deal just came to a close, as it was not renewed this year. Mozilla announced that Firefox will be using some smaller search offerings in various regions as their default se. . . READ ON »