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 »
When the Moto X was first announced, many were skeptical about the supposedly flagship device with less than flagship specifications. Then as time went on, it gradually became clear that the Moto X wasn’t exactly about raw hardware specs. Rather, the device’s innovative features were its selling points.
We’ve already seen various Active Display-like implementations for other devices, but for many, the coolest feature of the Moto X is undoubtedly the famous “OK Google Now” wake-up hot word. This lead many to wonder if this same type of functionality could be added to other devices without a massive battery . . . READ ON »
Back in July of last year, we took a quick look at Floating Touch by XDA Forum Member dasi1241 Built using XDA Senior Member pingpongboss‘s StandOut libraries, Floating Touch brings various commonly used settings and apps to your fingertips with an interface resembling pie controls originally seen as an experimental feature in the old AOSP browser. Now, dasi1242 is back with a new, yet similar application that aims to improve the way you multitask on your device.
As its name suggests, Sidebar Launcher can be summoned by swiping from the side of your screen. Once called, you are greeted with a . . . READ ON »
Due to the relatively open nature of Android, it’s almost a given that there are dozens of ways of accomplishing practically any task. Most of these solutions come in the form of aftermarket applications available on the Google Play Store, but there are also great OEM-provided applications that appear once in a while.
While Archos devices haven’t exactly seen the same knid of commercial success experienced by other OEMs like Samsung, there are quite a few goodies that come preloaded on their devices. Some of their first party apps, particularly their media player and file manager, are quite good. Luckily, . . . READ ON »
While by now the majority of us have already kicked our Flappy Bird addiction, many still harbor some animosity towards the curiously addictive game for taking so much time from us. Luckily, there are a few ways to get back at that clumsy bird.
A few days ago, we talked about FlapShot by XDA Recognized Developer EatHeat, where instead of playing as the bird, your job is to shoot the bird. Now, there’s a new way to take out your aggression thanks to Crushy Birds by XDA Forum Member benjamin94.
Crushy Birds is a rather satisfying game. Rather than . . . READ ON »
Let’s face it. Not all of us own cars featuring fancy, built-in touch screen navigation systems. Regardless of the high initial expense, these systems are often quite cumbersome and underpowered, at least when compared to our modern mobile devices. Because of this, many instead choose to permanently mount their Android-powered tablets to their dashboards.
While using your Android-powered tablet as a car computer works quite well for the most part, there are a few lingering inconveniences in doing so. Perhaps the biggest one is manually powering on and off your device. Luckily, XDA Forum Member gdort2 created AutoSleeper to make this . . . READ ON »
There are quite a few major players in the source-built custom ROM world nowadays, but undoubtedly the most prominent is still CyanogenMod. Having made a name for itself way back when on the G1, the CM team now officially supports a rather extensive list of devices, and has contributed a great deal to the Android community at large.
Nearly one month ago, the team reached Milestone 3 status for their Android 4.4 KitKat-based CyanogenMod 11. Now, the team has finished work on Milestone 4, which means that we’re just that much closer to CM11 Final.
The new release brings quite a . . . READ ON »
Managing files between your Android device and PC isn’t an easy task, and often requires additional software to do so efficiently in the absence of USB Mass Storage mode. Downloading a file to Android device can also be done through ADB, but this requires long commands and a physical connection if you haven’t already set up wireless ADB.
Luckily, you can transfer files between your PC and Android device via WiFi thanks to XDA Recognized Developer OmarBizreh‘s app Droid Sync Manager. This Windows-only application works with an Android client, and serves as a convenient command center.
With Droid Sync Manager, . . . READ ON »