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Add the Xperia Z2 Lock Screen to Your Favorite KitKat ROM

Almost every OEM adds its own unique flair to their stock firmwares. While some of them focus rather on applications and small tweaks to enhance user’s experience, others bring the level of customization to the next level. Without a doubt, Sony prefers to do the latter, because their UI differs greatly from the AOSP-like firmwares in almost any kind.

With the release of the Sony Xperia Z2, Sony added an incredibly good looking lock screen. Basically when you tap on the screen, small sparks start to shine and then the screen is unlocked. This looks pretty nice but you don’t have to . . . READ ON »

Android App Review: Control Your Phone with Quick Control Panel – XDA Developer TV

Your Android smart device has many features that you use often. Sometimes getting to those options is not as quick as it could be, and getting there often requires you to open a big, heavy app. There has to be a better way. There has to be a quicker way.

XDA Senior Member Dr.Alexander_Breen offers up a simple application that gives you the ability to quickly and easily control your phone. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Quick Control Panel.  TK shows off the application and shares his thoughts of the application, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Play Music on Android Wear with Stellio Music Player

Android Wear smartwatches are growing in popularity every day. Some devices have already been released to the market, while some some others were announced and are awaiting mass availability. One thing is inevitable though, and that is that they will soon conquer the Android-loving market pretty soon. When things get popular, they rapidly are the subject of developer attention and some interesting projects start to pop up as well.

Smartwatches seem to be the perfect devices from which to play music, but not many of the most popular music players have been rewritten with Android Wear compatibility. One application that has been designed to work with Android Wear . . . READ ON »

Schedule is up for xda:devcon ’14

Schedule is up for xda:devcon ’14

With xda:devcon ’14 just around the corner, and the venue close to selling out, there is a lot of excitement building here at XDA. We have some amazing things lined up, from over $10,000 in giveaways to an amazing group of sponsors. Add to that a fantastic line up of speakers presenting on everything from Wearables and IoT to Android OS Development to Alternative OS’s (like Jolla, Firefox and Ubuntu Touch), and WOW do have we a lot in store for you!

Our event staff have been working tirelessly to make sure that those attending get the most out . . . READ ON »

aLogcat Returns Thanks to XDA Love

aLogcat Returns Thanks to XDA Love

The developers of Android, that is Google, gave users several great debugging tools that can be used in development. The most basic (yet still quite powerful) of these is undoubtedly Android Debug Bridge, otherwise known as ADB. It’s a very handy tool that can be used by developers and regular users through USB, WiFi, or even directly on the phone.

One of the most popular ADB-based utilities for Android is aLogcat Free. This app was originally released way back in 2011. Unfortunately the developer who created the app, Jeffrey Blattman, decided to abandon his project and aLogcat Free wasn’t updated since . . . READ ON »

And the Winners in the XDA Pebble Development Challenge Are…

Almost two months ago, we set out with Pebble to find three amazing apps/watch faces that developers would put together for the Pebble Watch. That contest came to a close last Friday, and while there were some really great entries who took the smartwatch and stretched it to its limits, the voting came down to three winners for the Grand Prize.

The XDA – Pebble Developer Challenge was a 3-week competition, and each person had the opportunity to pitch their proposal for the best app and bring it to life with a watch of their own. Of the 20 proposals that we . . . READ ON »

MediaTek Releases Full Kernel Source for First Android One Devices

Those who might have thought that MediaTek would never release working kernel source might have to wipe their eyes right about now. It’d be best for such readers to sit down as all of you are in for a treat. As we talked about some time ago, MediaTek has been making great strides in supporting the development community. And now, MediaTek has honored that commitment with the release of the full source code for the first batch of Android One devices. Start your Linux machines and make sure that there is a lot of coffee on tap, as some serious development will take place for . . . READ ON »

Submitting a Patch to Gerrit – Featuring XplodWild – XDA Developer TV

Not every developer specializes in every area of development. Our own AdamOutler generally uses Subversion for his development projects. Most kernel and ROM developers use Git, so he was a bit confused when trying to figure out how to “submit a patch to gerrit.” Gerrit simplifies Git based projects mainters’ job by permitting any authorized user to submit changes to the master Git repository. Without Gerrit, all approved changes need to be merged in by hand by the project maintainer. Gerrit functionality enables a more centralized usage of Git.

In this video of XDA Developer TV, Senior Recognized Developer . . . READ ON »

Learn How to Make a Live Wallpaper all by Yourself

Learn How to Make a Live Wallpaper all by Yourself

Still images can be beautiful, but some of you prefer to see animations on your screens. This is why Google decided to add live wallpaper support to Android back in version 2.1. They became are a vital part of Android ages ago, even before Holo was unveiled in Honeycomb and refined in Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond. There are numerous wallpapers available in Google Play Store and XDA forum alike–including some that pull images from your social networks. Most of them, however, can’t be used for coding educational purposes since they have closed source code.

Since XDA is a place where we are looking for . . . READ ON »

Google Play Services Updated to Version 6.1

Google Play Services Updated to Version 6.1

In addition to Android operating system proper, Google is focusing hard on giving the developers new tools to make their projects better and to fight against the growing problem of Android version fragmentation. Over the next few days, Google will be releasing an update to Google Play Services 6.1, which brings many new API enhancements to the platform independent of main Android version.

The Google Play Services 6.1 update isn’t quite as big as some would expect. Google has added Enhanced Ecommerce analytics support from Google Tag Manager and improved the Google Drive Android API. The new release also puts a great emphasis on . . . READ ON »

CyanogenMod 11 M10 Available for Supported Devices

CyanogenMod 11 M10 Available for Supported Devices

Summer vacation is over for most students out there, and it’s the time to get back to reality. Developers of popular ROMs have also came back to work, and as a result, we have a new monthly snapshot build of one of the most popular custom ROMs, CyanogenMod.

A few months ago, the CM team decided to switch to the monthly milestone release system rather than their previous release candidate and stable builds. ROMs that are described as M are considered more stable, and ready for use as your daily driver. Today’s build is the tenth such release.

Today’s M10 build brings support for . . . READ ON »

XDA Forums Added for the First Batch of Android One Devices!

Just yesterday, we talked about the highly anticipated launch of the first batch of Android One devices. For those of you who didn’t catch yesterday’s announcement or mention of this new initiative back at this year’s Google I/O keynote, Android One represents Google’s drive to reach “the next five billion users” by targeting emerging markets.

Now, the first of these devices have been released. They are the Micromax Canvas A1Karbonn Sparkle V, and Spice Dream Uno. And of course, we’ve given these devices a home on our forum, as well as added them to xda.in.

All . . . READ ON »

XDA Xposed Tuesday: DonkeyGuard, Don’t Be a Donkey, Control Your Device – XDA Developer TV

Some applications ask for the world when it comes to permissions. I have spoken to developers who say it’s better to ask for permissions you don’t need, than you have to ask for more permissions in an update. However at some point, you may want to tweak information for certain apps.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you take full control over your device. XDA Senior Member CollegeDev created the DonkeyGuard module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday . . . READ ON »

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