Verizon and Motorola shocked us mid last month with the rather expedient Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Moto X. Three days later, we saw T-Mobile follow suit. Then later that day, AT&T joined the KitKat Moto X party as well. Curiously, we haven’t seen an official KitKat update from America’s third-largest carrier: Sprint. Now the fifth-largest carrier, US Cellular, has begun its phased roll out to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Moto X.
Google Search for Android is about to become significantly more powerful. And unlike some of the more recent additions to the app’s capabilities, this actually does not come in the form of new cards, Easter Eggs, or enhancements to the hidden Google Experience Launcher. Rather, a staged rollout beginning today will extend the power of Google Search to third-party applications.
Previously, in order to search for application-specific information, you’d first have to go to the application and look from there. Now, Google Search will be able to find information from within supported apps directly, without the need to . . . READ ON »
Not too long ago, we talked about the Flash SMS (class 0) DoS vulnerability affecting the current lineup of Nexus devices. Discovered by Romanian security researcher Bogdan Alec, the vulnerability was such that Flash SMS (class 0) messages sent in rapid succession would cause unexpected behavior on various Nexus devices. Curiously, though, the bug only affected Nexus device owners.
Luckily, the vulnerability was never all that damaging. After all, the worst outcome that has been seen so far is data loss due to a device reboot. That said, the vulnerability certainly opens up users to annoying pranks and spam that can . . . READ ON »
HotFile.com is one of the most widely used file sharing companies, and one that has proven popular among various XDA users to distribute development works. Now, it has been shut down permanently, and their owners have to pay $80 milion, as part of a settlement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Hotfile was initially accused of piracy in 2011, when the trial begun. The MPAA requested Hotfile to pay $500 million in compensation to the movie industries affected by warez hosting. After negotiations, both parties decide to lower this amount to $80 million. Now, Hotfile.com is shut down permanently with . . . READ ON »
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the device that is pushing the limit of phone size, and some say even phablet size. This thing is huge. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo N1 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo N1 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. First, Jordan shows you how to gain root access using XDA Senior . . . READ ON »
You know those hidden magnets underneath the rear panel of the Google Nexus 5? Well, it was quickly determined that their purpose is to align the phone with the official Qi charger by Google. Unfortunately, however, Google’s official Qi charger is rather pricey at $50, close to five times the cost of a generic Qi charging mat. Furthermore, the new charging mat for the Nexus 5 no longer features the useful angled design of its predecessor, the Qi charger for the Nexus 4.
Smartphones are pretty high maintenance devices. No matter how impressive the spec sheets are, the phone in your hand will inevitably get cluttered and unkempt with daily use, personalization, customization, and modifications. This is why it’s a good idea to have a ‘spring cleaning’ of sorts every once in a while, just to refresh your device.
So for Sony Xperia SP users looking to do so, Speedy Droid may be of interest. Developed by XDA Recognized Developer Divaksh, Speedy Droid is a tool that performs a variety of actions intended to refresh your device as well as a bit . . . READ ON »
Over a year ago, we talked about AndroidLib, the .NET assembly library written in C# that easily handles communication between a connected Android device and your program. It’s a great and innovative project, but it is unfortunately limited to Windows systems, as .NET works only with C#, F#, Visual C++, Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual C++, rather than the cross-platform Java.
Inspired by the AndroidLib idea, XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher started a project to rewrite the project in Java. The idea is simple. This project can now be used with Unix-like systems such as Linux or MacOS. So . . . READ ON »
Android 4.4 KitKat has been available for a little over a month now. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before minor upgrades would be tested internally by the company. Now, it appears that Google may be actively testing 4.4.1 on the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7.
These test builds initially appeared on 9to5Google’s website analytics reports, with IP addresses originating from Google. Along the same lines, there’s also a rumor that the Google Play edition of the HTC One will also be receiving 4.4.1 (KOT49E) in the “near future.”
Unfortunately, nothing is . . . READ ON »
Not too long ago, we featured an innovative app aimed at helping you never miss urgent text messages by XDA Forum Member CurlyY. The previously covered TeXTe app helped boost productivity by making it a bit easier to stay in touch when necessary. Now the developer is back with an edutainment title aimed at helping you boost your productivity by honing your visual memory.
12sec is a visual working memory training game. The game works by first showing you a picture for 12 seconds (hence the title). Afterward, you are asked a series of questions about various details in the . . . READ ON »
A little over a week ago, the open source OmniROM project launched its official nightlies. Included in the list of supported devices were the Oppo Find 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Galaxy Note and certain variants of the Galaxy S II, S III, and Note 2.
Now, the team has announced that several new devices have been added to the list of officially supported devices. These are the Oppo N1, AT&T HTC One, International HTC One, Xperia T, Xperia Z, and Xperia ZL. With these six new supported . . . READ ON »
We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) is a great development, one that now works with KitKat! This framework allows you to pick and choose the customizations you want on your Android device. If someone has taken the time to write a Module, or if you take the time to do so yourself, you can get any feature you want from just about any ROM.
Over the last six years, we’ve seen Android mature from an underdog of an operating system to the mobile OS juggernaut that it is today. During the course of its evolution, we’ve seen quite a few major versions of the OS, with Android 4.4 KitKat being the most recent.
Now thanks to the release of the Google Nexus 5 as well as Motorola and HTC’s timely updates, 1.1% of Android users (who have access to Google Play Services) are enjoying the KitKat goods. Also worth noting is how 74.2% of devices are now running Android 4.0 or greater. Unfortunately, Gingerbread . . . READ ON »