The Google Chromecast is a great little media streaming device—and one that doesn’t break the bank while accomplishing the basics and doing them relatively well. But ever since the device’s launch, the list of supported apps has been quite depressing. Despite this, Google recently made changes to the Google Play Store to better highlight Chromecast-enabled applications, indirectly signaling that more apps would be added soon.
Now that day is here, as there are ten new supported apps that have been added to the Chromecast’s streaming arsenal. While the rumored Android-to-Chromecast display mirroring has not yet arrived, there are . . . READ ON »
Not too many people own Google Glass just yet, but the number is growing thanks to an open invite request signup page. And alongside the greater adoption, comes a greater number of cool things you can do with Glass.
We recently covered the release of the GDK, which helps developers create better apps for Glass than what was possible with the cloud-based Mirror API. While the GDK release enables a new class of more immersive local apps, that’s not to say that useful and innovative apps can’t be built with Mirror API.
Now thanks to an unofficial WordPress app by . . . READ ON »
Video capture on Android devices has been notoriously troublesome. Yes, there are several solutions already available, but many of them have limitations of either being for pay or excruciatingly slow with choppy frame rates. Now, the CM team is testing their first party screen recording app, which brings many useful features and make them as easy as taking a screenshot.
The screencast functionality is initiated by pressing power + volume up. After pressing the key combination, you are given a prompt to start screencasting. Once initiated, the app records your device’s screen along with audio from your microphone. This makes it . . . READ ON »
While secure text messaging systems have been available on Android for quite some time, many users (even power users) have failed to set them up on their devices. This isn’t because privacy isn’t important, but it’s often one of those things you don’t think of until it’s too late.
Now, CyanogenMod is taking a great first step by incorporating an existing and open source secure text messaging platform into CyanogenMod. The integration comes in the form of TextSecure, which is maintained by Open WhisperSystems and lead engineer Moxie Marlinspike. Moxie is also in charge of the CM integration of . . . READ ON »
To a certain extent, the T-Mobile Galaxy Note II has been living in the shadows of its peers. After all, the first time we saw Android 4.3 appear for the international model was nearly two months ago in the form of a leaked firmware update. Then about a month later, we saw the international model receive its official Android 4.3 update. That was also right around the same time that the Sprint variant received its update. And let’s not forget that the HTC One and Moto X have already received their official Android 4.4 updates—though that should . . . READ ON »
The merit in having hardware buttons on Android is a highly controversial topic. While many value the sleek look and greater versatility enabled by on-screen buttons, others prefer to use every last millimeter of screen real estate and not have any space taken up by on-screen Android navigation keys. Luckily, there are plenty of devices offering both choices. Samsung and HTC generally use hardware buttons, while Nexus devices and newer devices from Motorola, Sony, and LG usually tend to use on-screen buttons.
One peculiar quirk with having hardware buttons is that not every device features the same button arrangement. Take, . . . READ ON »
Like almost any large forum, XDA allows its users to select from a variety of forum themes. The current XDA 2013 Beta theme is default, and features many new features compared to previous versions. However, the older XDA 2010 theme still has plenty of users who love its simplicity and appearance, or simply are nostalgic.
XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ, who created a dark user style we talked about a few months ago, modified the XDA 2013 Beta – 1024 theme to look very similar to the 2010 theme. The big advantage of this is that all the new features . . . READ ON »
Google likes surprises—we all know that. Four days after releasing the Android 4.4.1, they decided to push out Android 4.4.2, which is a bugfix release of a bugfix release. It’s probably one of the fastest releases in the history of the company.
A full list of improvements is still unknown, and hopefully we will notice what has been changed when the source comes out. Thanks to Sprint’s community moderator 4Social, we know that build KOT49H brings the following improvements:
- Fix for clearing the VM Indicator
- Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator
- Various additional software fixes
. . . READ ON »
Recently, we’ve covered dozens of amazing Xposed modules. This isn’t going to change any time soon, as amazing modules are created almost every day, and it’s really hard to envision an end of this amazing phenomenon.
XDA Senior Member MohammadAG created a module to replace the indeterminate progress bar with a smoother variant. The progress bar that I’m writing about can be seen while loading Internet pages in the web browser or syncing a new account.
The developer replaced it with one similar to what is currently used in Gmail application when the messages are refreshed. MohammadAG presented the difference . . . READ ON »
With official and unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat roms appearing on a fair amount of devices in the Android world, both the new and the old, it’s with no doubt that many of you are wondering when your device will get to experience the newest flavor of Android. Owners of newer devices likely have the assurance that their respective OEMs will introduce Android 4.4 sooner or later. But for many people, this isn’t the case. With this in mind, people look towards the alternative: AOSP-based source-built aftermarket ROMs.
This is why the ‘Porting AOSP Roms using source code’ tutorial on XDA University . . . READ ON »
Android 4.4.1 KitKat is now available for the Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi-only version. Official KitKat is also available for the Nexus 10! That and much more KitKat news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Devices get unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat and the article talking about browsing every AOSP code commit in Android 4.4.1 KitKat!
In other important news, Jordan talks about the announcement that CyanogenMod 11.0 M1 is available for current Nexus devices. Also, there are official OmniROM . . . READ ON »
Just yesterday, we mentioned how the HTC Droid DNA was starting to receive its Android 4.2.2 update in the form of a 2-part OTA. While official OEM-provided Android updates are always welcome, they often also come with the unwanted side effect of closing off previous root methods.
Luckily, when one door is closed, another often opens—and this new door comes in the form of a new S-off method for devices running software version 3. XDA Recognized Developer beaups managed to bring his Rumrunner S-off method to the device. As described by the developer:
software version 1.xx – use facepalm
. . . READ ON »
XDA is the place where many amazing projects start. We have seen the first Android builds for the HTC HD2, first root on many devices, and many other epic projects. That’s why we are calling XDA a place for developers, by developers. A few days ago we talked about about JDroidLib, which was meant to improve the communication between PC and phone. Now it’s time to highlight another amazing piece of work.