Ubuntu has become the most successful *nix distribution for a number of reasons, with perhaps the most important being community engagement. Ubuntu’s Community actively encourages participation, collaboration, and contribution; and the user community has responded well over the years.
Ubuntu has continued this tradition of working with the community with their approach to Ubuntu Touch, and the recent news that they would be actively seeking out questions from the XDA user community and having their engineers respond directly on XDA. After just one day, there were well over 100 questions. And as it stands now, there are just shy . . . READ ON »
The release version of Heimdall Suite 1.4.0 is now available after an epic wait. You may remember hearing about this version of the suite way back in October when the release candidate was first announced. That’s quite a slow pace for the last steps toward a stable release, but it sounds like the time was well spent. XDA Recognized Developer Benjamin Dobell cited problems with packaging and squashing outdated content as the main cause of delay. He hopes that the work he put in here will mean shorter development cycles for future versions.
What can you expect from the . . . READ ON »
Community Manager Jono Bacon is scheduled to talk about Ubuntu Unification at XDA:DevCon 2013! That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about NFC tag actions on your phone and how to find if there is an Ubuntu Touch build for your device.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video talking about how a rookie can win a hackathon and he talks about women learning coding. . . . READ ON »
If you are an Android app developer, you know that however great the Android OS is, it has some failings. One of those limitations is inflexible permissions. However, there are ways to work around that. Using a plugin strategy where the main app can be extended by users is one way to get around that limitation. Except Android doesn’t have a single model for plugins, but it does offer many ways to create plugin-centric architectures for apps.
If you have often thought about building an app to support plugins or wondered why plugins are important, you should attend this year’s . . . READ ON »
We’ve all done it at one point or another. You are hammering out some code and need one aspect of a method call to work so you just put null in for the rest of the parameters instead of actually researching how they work. I’ve actually done the very thing Dave Smith writes of in his article about inflating layouts. The second argument in a LayoutInflater inflate method calls for ‘ViewGroup root.’ I just slap ‘null’ in there and go about my business, none the wiser. There’s nothing wrong with that; it pulls the XML file passed as the first parameter . . . READ ON »
Sometime last year, we reported on an interesting app called Voice for WhatsApp developed by XDA Senior Member pacosal. Still in its beta phase at the time, its purpose was to literally voice your incoming WhatsApp messages out loud, as well as to send messages with voice input.
Well, pacosal has recently introduced a major upgrade to Voice For WhatsApp with a couple of major changes—the first being a change of name to Voice for Notifications. Its quite an apt change, given the app’s major introduction of support for all apps, including Gmail, Viber, and Line. The app will now prompt . . . READ ON »
There is no doubt to any of us in the Android enthusiast realm that there are plenty of talented females in the ranks. Obviously, there are an extraordinary number of males in this environment, and often it is said that the environment is inhospitable to women. However, we like to encourage developers of all sexes, races, religions, and ethnicities.
In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Jayce talks about women and coding. Jayce interviews Heather Paynce, Founder of LadiesLearningCode.com and Co-Founder of HackerYou.com. Heather talks about her experience with code and the industry. Find out what he has to say and . . . READ ON »
So you are browsing the XDA forum for a device you don’t happen to own, and you stumble upon a ROM that catches your eye. What’s more, the supported device even has a vastly different resolution than your own. What do you do next? Since we’re still trying to battle upgrade-itis, you’re not going to give in and buy the new device just yet. But how can you adapt some of the same experience for use on your own device? Port the ROM over!
First things first, it’s important to note that we highly encourage source-built development work rather than . . . READ ON »
A few days ago, we covered a tool aimed at making it easier to use Baksmali/Smali, a disassembler/assembler for the Dex files used by the Dalvik Virtual Machine in Android. Another incredibly useful tool to have in your modification arsenal is APKTool, which was originally developed by XDA Recognized Developer Brut.all and is continued to this day by XDA Senior Member iBotPeaches.
While APKTool is incredibly powerful, it can also be intimidating to new themers and modders. Thanks to a guide created by XDA Recognized Contributor and Themer PulseDroid, though, this should no longer present much of an issue.. . . READ ON »
Working on-the-go nowadays usually means a laptop or tablet with mobile broadband access—either through tethering your mobile device or a separate dongle with a mobile broadband plan. In most situations, WiFi tethering your phone would be enough. However, if you do require extended periods of time connected to the Internet, you might be able to save yourself some battery and convenience with a USB 3G adapter. However, what do you do if your tablet isn’t compatible with your dongle?
Here at XDA, we celebrate developers of all types—from hardware hackers, to kernel commanders, and even bootloader bandits. Also, we love to see people make their own applications. Our love for app developers is so great that we have a special forum resource and are putting on a bunch of talks about app development at XDA:DevCon 2013.
One way an app developer can show of his or her stuff is to attend a hackathon. A hackathon is an event where developers can got together to build something. They often last a day to a week and have some intended . . . READ ON »
A couple of months ago, we covered an app called LEDBlinker by XDA Senior Member MOST2K2. This app gave users flexibility in customizing a device’s LED light and its behavior with certain apps under certain situations. There’s recently been a major update to the app.
MOST2K2 has gotten rid of the previous restriction that limited the number of supported apps, and has allowed support for all apps. Support for all apps includes some of the largest messaging and social networking apps including Whatsapp, Instagram, Viber, Twitter, and Kik. The other main addition is the home screen widget that conveniently . . . READ ON »
Considering how many people feel an overwhelming urge to tweak the aesthetics of their devices, whether that is a mobile home screen or PC desktop, it’s no surprise that the same urge has also extended to the sites that we browse. Although web designers spend huge amounts of time meticulously tweaking the layout of a site and sometimes even offering multiple layouts to choose from (XDA being no exception), as the old saying goes, “You can’t please all the people all the time.”
If you do happen to find yourself with a desperate need to alter the appearance of a site . . . READ ON »