Over the years, much has been made about MediaTek not being open to the development community and not adhering to the GPLv2 requirements with regards to the Linux kernel. Recently, MediaTek has come around to understand that the development community has a wealth of resources to help an OEM grow and better their products, and their recent announcement that they were going to be opening up was a welcome bit of news.
In their continued endeavor to embrace the community, we are pleased to announce that MediaTek is sponsoring xda:devcon ’14 as a Senior Recognized Sponsor. Xda:devcon ’14 is being held . . . READ ON »
If you frequently make phone calls, your dialer (aka phone app) is one of the most crucial apps in your app drawer arsenal. There are times, however, when we cannot dial right away because we are busy composing Emails, looking for files, or are simply tied up in other not-so-menial tasks. In such cases, launching the dialer can potentially cause you to lose your progress in whatever it is that you were doing up to that point. There are several options out there, most of them in the form of floating windows like Sony’s Small Apps suite, Samsung’s multi-window mod, or even some of . . . READ ON »
Cell Phone Unlocking is legal again!! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is Android 4.4.3 rolling out to European HTC One M8s and the article talking about modding your Sony Xperia Z1 to have stereo speakers! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Blurred System UI. Then, TK reviewed the OnePlus One. Finally, TK . . . READ ON »
It’s been almost nine months since the LG G Pad 8.3‘s official release. At about the same time, Google released Android 4.4 KitKat and the LG-manufactured Nexus 5. While the majority of current generation devices have since been updated to Android 4.3 or 4.4, the LG G Pad 8.3 (Verizon variant) has been stuck on 4.2. Luckily, things have just changed for the better. Users of this mid-sized tablet should feel happy, as the Verizon variant of the device has been updated from Android 4.2.2 directly to Android 4.4.2 via OTA update.
The update codenamed VK81022B comes in at rather hefty 404 MB, . . . READ ON »
We don’t usually feature live wallpapers on the XDA Portal unless they are somewhat innovative and offer some kind of improvement over the vast sea of wallpaper apps currently available. More often than not, these apps will either make the current wallpaper on our screen come to life, such as those offering a parallax effect, or they may even be interactive such as the classic Nexus live wallpaper. There are even a few apps out there that turn your device into your handheld picture slideshow. All these are fine examples of things that are out there. But what about when you can’t decide . . . READ ON »
Having a smart device strapped to your wrist certainly has its merits. A growing number of Android Wear apps we’re seeing now are allowing us to stay on top of many things without having to lug out our devices out with features such as Android Wear notifications, as well as perform things normally done with our phone, tablet, or even PC with apps like EchoWear Song Search.
With this said, a pretty impressive function you’ll be able to perform on your Android Wear device now includes monitoring and controlling your phone or tablet’s camera remotely from your wrist. . . . READ ON »
The stereo speakers on the Sony Xperia Z2 are probably a relatively large source of envy among owners of former Xperia flagship devices such as the Xperia Z1. And with the same design language, almost identical dimensions, and a not very significant bump in processing power, the having stereo playback is the one feature that the Z1 just had to miss out on. Luckily however, Z1 owners may be able to give this feature a go thanks to XDA Senior Member dontbelive.
A mod developed by dontbelive enables Z1 owners to emulate the function of stereo speakers by activating the device’s earpiece . . . READ ON »
We don’t often cover very many live wallpapers here on the XDA Portal. You may think that wallpapers are just wallpapers, and there is nothing special with them. Well, you are right for the most part. However, sometimes you might be proven wrong, and we think that this is one of those cases.
If you are a Web developer or a graphics designer, you’ve certainly heard of and possibly used hexadecimal color codes. This system is a positional numeral system with a radix, or base, of 16. It uses sixteen distinct symbols, 0-9 to represent values zero to nine, and A-F to . . . READ ON »
“OK Google. Make Me a sandwich.” How many times have you made this joke? Apparently we’ve done it often enough that Google made it an Easter egg. Wouldn’t it be great if Google Now could do more complicated or useful tasks? Well, it can’t quite make you an actual sandwich, but maybe we can get it to actually toggle your WiFi! For his 100th app review, Tk has a solution for you!
There are plenty of music players for Android available in Play Store. They differ in terms of layout, functionality, and overall user experience. Paid or free, it’s totally up to you to decide which one(s) you prefer and which app(s) will make the cut.
If you are learning foreign languages or simply like to know about what artists are singing, XDA Forum Member siju2012 created a nice music player that fetches lyrics automatically and displays them on the screen. In addition to playing music and displaying lyrics, the NextGen Music Player is very functional. You can change the song by swiping horizontally. If . . . READ ON »
Toasts are delicious, even in their Android flavor. In Android, toast doesn’t lead to a yummy sandwich, but rather a type of notification. Google decided to use these short prompts to inform about various things that are going on. For example, you may see a toast when an application is granted a superuser access.
Despite the idea behind toast notifications being great, Google has left room for big improvements in terms of implementation details. Developers didn’t like to wait, so they started to play with such details like notifications. As a result, XDA Forum Member abellujan created an Xposed module that lets you . . . READ ON »
To be brutally honest, the native options for screen orientation in Android devices aren’t particularly extensive. Actually, it’s not extensive at all, consisting of merely a toggle to turn it on or off. For many folks, this is totally sufficient. What other customization options could you possibly have for a setting that simply turns the screen sideways? But being part of the Android OS, a lot of us also expect some of the customization and flexibility that has come to define the OS as a whole. With this said, XDA Recognized Developer and Themer Pranav Pandey has developed an app which does a great . . . READ ON »
It’s hard to find a more hated object than your alarm clock. They wake us up nearly every day, help us to get up on time for school or work, and basically keep our lives on tracks. However, we still don’t like them. That said, we need to deal with them. But despite their annoyances, we can at least make them look pretty.
Stock Android isn’t always the most beautiful OS. Sometimes, icons and other UI elements look like they’re taken directly from Android 1.5–and that’s somewhat of a true statement. One of these small elements that can be easily replaced and make the OS . . . READ ON »