Those of us who use Linux on a day to day basis don’t think twice about sinking our fingers into the system files that govern how our devices perform. For instance, I use an LG L9 and was quite comfortable playing around with the way my SD card was being mounted in order to improve performance. For those who aren’t at home with the way the OS works, adding a startup script with a few lines of code might as well be witchcraft. That’s why flashable zip files are so handy for simple tasks and indispensable for complex projects. If . . . READ ON »
We often want our mobile device to act differently depending on where we are. When we are at the gym, we may want the ringer to be loud so we can hear it over the sound of the treadmills. When we are at the office, we want it to be quiet or silent to not bother your cubicle-dwelling co-workers. But sometimes, we forgot to change our profiles.
XDA Forum Member amithgc has an application to help change profiles and can make your smartphone even smarter. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Profile Flow. TK shows off . . . READ ON »
Recovering iPad users may still remember the multitasking function where you can swipe left or right to switch between running apps. I sincerely apologize if you are still trying to put this traumatic period of your life behind you, but your nightmares may be reawakened in the form of Kakudo, an app that brings this feature to the Android operating system.
A surprisingly useful function, XDA Forum Member Acela1230 decided that the iPad was undeserving of such practicality, and took the initiative to bring it over to Android. By simply swiping left or right from the edges of the screen, . . . READ ON »
The importance of good and appropriate graphics for your development work is undeniable. Be it an app, a ROM, a tool, or a mod; you’ll probably want to invest a good amount of time and effort into such factors because if the ‘icon’ sucks, the potential user may infer the same for your work. However, not everyone will be adept to create absolute masterpieces, which is why XDA Recognized Developer neroyoung‘s tutorials are much appreciated.
What neroyoung has done is guide users on how to edit images with the software GIMP, a free and open-source alternative to the popular . . . READ ON »
XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin wants to help make your life easier. (What a nice guy!) First he showed you the powerful Tasker App with its Advanced Uses, Intermediate uses , and Basic uses. Then, Kevin showed you an alternative to Tasker called Llama. He covered the basics and expanded on it.
In this part of the series, Kevin gives you what you asked for. Kevin shows you an alternative that has a spiffier UI and a easy to remember name: AutomateIt. So check out all the videos in this Tasker series and make your phone . . . READ ON »
The topic of piracy is always a touchy subject, but I feel that the grass roots style of Android development has created an environment that should be free of piracy. Almost every task one might perform with an Android device can be completed with a free app. And the apps for sale usually are very affordable. My favorite are the apps that offer 99% of the features in the free version, where buying it later is a really great way to thank the developer.
This being said, the reality is that if you plan to sell your app you need . . . READ ON »
Given the amount of coverage that Android receives around here, you could almost be forgiven for forgetting that other mobile operating systems do exist. They do, and one of the more recent platforms that is being eagerly anticipated by many that does in fact look promising is Sailfish OS. This OS is the work of a Finnish company called Jolla.
After Nokia’s decision to ditch the Meego operating system, which was developed in conjunction with Intel, in favor of Windows Phone devices; a number of employees decided that continuing to work with Meego and not Nokia was the way forward. . . . READ ON »
Having a good recovery makes the process of modifying, tweaking, maintaining, and backing up your Android device much easier, so that you don’t have to go through the procedures manually. Installing a recovery is probably one of the main activities for a newly rooted phone, along with installing new firmware and a couple of other essential mods. But what happens when your new phone doesn’t have a CWM to install?
It’s been well established that XDA-Developers is the destination for resources relating to technology and development. With the Forums, the Wiki, XDA-University, and XDA-Developer TV; anyone regardless of skill level can visit XDA and learn and partake in development. So it is great to see an extensive compilation of guides from the XDA forums for the newbie and the dev, in one place for your availability and convenience.
Unless you just emerged from a deep, dark, dank cavern under the Earth, you know that Google’s yearly developer conference occurred. Google I/O 2013, like other years’ I/O events, had a lot of information about Google services and products. Those products and services include Glass, Hangouts, and updates to their maps software.
XDA Developer TV Producer TK was in attendance at Google I/O this year. TK talks about his thoughts of the conference, the announcements, and the products. TK talks about the keynote and the sessions and the other exhibits, as well as what he thought of Google Glass. . . . READ ON »
Most of us take the simple act of waking up our devices and having a quick glance at the screen for granted. Have you ever considered what it might be like for a visually impaired or blind person to try and navigate an Android device? In all honesty, I can’t say that I had either. And although we’ve all seen the accessibility options in our settings menu, they are quite often ignored by most of us. However, the usability of Android devices for the visually impaired is a very real issue faced by a lot of users and developers.
This is entry number one in a series of articles about tools for app developers, today focusing on app analytics. The goal of these articles is to spur conversation in our new app development forums, so go there and contribute your experiences.
I was on a plane last week, sitting next to a 15-year-old Japanese girl. I was about to pull out my GS3 to play some CCS (Candy Crush Saga for the uninitiated) when I looked to my right and noticed that she was doing the same. A tad embarrassed that I was playing the same game as . . . READ ON »
Ever since the introduction of multi-window with things like Cornerstone and floating apps, there has been a somewhat radical change in the overall Android UI. Granted, not everyone can take advantage of this as most manufacturers do not include such features in their brand UI experience. Samsung is one of the only ones that actually does this with their multi window capabilities. Not too long ago, Sony decided to jump in the bandwagon with their own concept of multi-window usage with a concept called “mini apps.” For those not familiar, these mini apps act similar to active widgets, providing you . . . READ ON »