The Sony Xperia M2 is Sony’s affordable offering for early 2014. While not quite a lust-worthy flagship device like its big brother the Xperia Z2, the M2 is still decently specced, and it offers quite a bit to make it an ideal device for those who don’t need the absolute latest and greatest.
One of the nice software additions found on the M2 is its Smart Social Camera app. Luckily, XDA Senior Member xperiaz2 has ported it to all Xperia devices running either Jelly Bean or KitKat such as the Xperia M, SP, TX, V, Z, Z1, Z1 Compact, ZR, and . . . READ ON »
Google Glass, which recently received its official update to KitKat (as well as a maintenance update to XE16.11), is the company’s first attempt at wearable computing. Although it has been available to developers and early adopters for a little over a year now, many would-be purchasers have been unable to get their hands on Glass. This changes today, however, as Google has opened up Google Glass Explorer Edition to everyone… well everyone with a spare $1500 USD to spend, that is.
A couple of days ago, we talked about how the Android 4.4.2 upgrade for the HTC Droid DNA had received technical approval from verizon for OTA release. We also mentioned how the update was scheduled to go live on Thursday the 24th. Well folks, today’s the day of official KitKat for Verizon’s close cousin to the Japanese HTC Butterfly.
The OTA was first spotted this morning by XDA Senior Member Spider210, who received a two-part OTA. The first part is a small (~5 MB) incremental upgrade in order to prep your device for the KitKat upgrade, whereas the second . . . READ ON »
First popularized by mvps, hosts-based ad blocking has become the de facto standard for most users on virtually any type of device. This is because without invoking the CPU overhead of a browser-specific plugin, hosts-based ad blocking makes all known ad DNS address point to 127.0.0.1. What’s more, this is done at a system level, so all applications (not just supported browsers) can be ad-free.
Modifying your hosts file isn’t perfect, though. Aside from issues with blank placeholders, redirecting a known ad domain to localhost still results in an attempted connection. And without the help of a dedicated app like . . . READ ON »
If you want to attend an Android developers’ conference, we have you covered. But if you’re after a consumer-geared Android event, there are quite a few options all across the globe. Here in the US, we have the Big Android Barbeque. In India, there’s DroidSync. And in the UK, there’s March of the Droids.
We first talked about March of the Droids’ predecessor Glasdroid two years ago. For those who have a short attention span, Glasdroid was a 2012 event by the fine folks over at FreeYourAndroid geared to bring regional Android users together. The event expanded for 2013 and became March of . . . READ ON »
In this week’s episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, we talked about customization of fonts on a per-app basis. Well today’s app review adds to that. Sometimes you like certain settings to be enabled when you are in certain applications. Whether that’s making sure WiFi is on when you have Pandora on at home, or have your screen brighter when running the Nook app. If only there were a way to do this automatically when you launch an application.
If you’re a Mac OS X user who frequently uploads screenshots, small media, and data files to share with others, you’re probably well aware of the online file sharing service CloudApp. Available as both a native app via the Mac App Store as well as an online service, CloudApp is great for quick transfers of screenshots, bookmarks, copied text, audio, video, and more.
Although it doesn’t offer nearly the same capacity or size limits of other online storage sites, CloudApp makes it incredibly easy to upload and share a screenshot on OS X, with just a single command (Shift . . . READ ON »
You may recall that back in October of last year, Microsoft released its official Remote Desktop client for Android and iOS. Curiously absent was a client for its own mobile platform, Windows Phone. Today, this changes, as Microsoft has just released an open preview of its remote desktop client for Windows Phone.
Microsoft’s first party Remote Desktop client works much in the same way as the existing Android and iOS clients. The setup interface is Metro UI-friendly, just as one would expect, but the supported features are nearly identical. This includes the same support for RemoteFX, which leverages the . . . READ ON »
You may recall that a little over a month ago, we first talked about SideCuts by XDA Forum Member Jawomo. SideCuts offered quite a different take on the traditional sidebar launcher, by allowing the user to define gestures that can be launched from predetermined areas. The app was later renamed SideControl, and at around that time, it gained better rich notification support, as well as the ability to open sidebar apps in a floating window when XDA Senior Member zst123‘s HaloFloatingWindow Xposed Module is installed. Now, SideControl has gained some new powers thanks to several new Xposed controls.
SideControl now . . . READ ON »
About a month ago at this year’s Build conference, Microsoft partially unveiled its vision for the future of Windows. One of the key highlights for Windows users was the upcoming return of the Start Menu. And while the touch-friendly Modern UI (i.e. Metro) works great on tablets and touch-enabled laptops and desktops, it’s a bit of an exercise in frustration when used on traditional computers without touch support.
You may recall that Microsoft issued a small update to Windows 8.1 (termed Windows 8.1 Update) that enabled Modern UI apps to live alongside Desktop Mode apps in the taskbar. However, this obviously didn’t . . . READ ON »
The future certainly looks like it is full of wearables. While Google Glass may have the more futuristic vibe, it is more than likely that smartwatches will be the most popular wearable. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK combines two exciting things on his Samsung Galaxy Gear: smartwatches and Tasker.
We’ve talked about Tasker before here on XDA Developer TV. We even have a whole playlist dedicated to it. TK shows off how to launch tasks from Tasker on your phone using TasGear–everything from manually activating your WiFi on task to your taking a picture task is . . . READ ON »
Plenty of users nowadays have more than one mobile device. And although we don’t always carry these devices at the same time, it’s nice to be able to pull up one of our older devices to flash and mess around with from time to time. Multifunction toolkits exist for the vast majority of popular devices. However, not everyone wants to hunt down the latest toolkit for every device.
Luckily, there are various OEM-specific toolkits that perform most needed functions on devices by a particular manufacturer. XDA Senior Member WindyCityRockr created one such toolkit for quite a few HTC devices. This toolkit is able to . . . READ ON »
GitHub has become the epicenter of most open source development work that is posted both here to the XDA forums and abroad. Part of the reason for this is that there are so many useful tools built into the platform that allow developers to do what they need to do efficiently, and without jumping through too many hoops. However, not every project uses all of the tools made available to GitHub’s users, and perhaps the biggest offense in “open source” projects is the lack of proper commit history.
Maintaining a proper commit history is very useful both for yourself and others . . . READ ON »