Despite introducing many useful features and overall great performance and enhancements, Android 4.4 KitKat is not without its flaws. For many, it’s not quite the most stable OS released by Google, and one of the “features” that drive people crazy is the intermittent WiFi drop. It unfortunately hasn’t been fixed in the various releases since KitKat’s original unveiling.
If you suffer from intermittent WiFi connection drops, XDA Recognized Developer M_J_Nazari provides a solution for this rather frustrating situation. In many cases, the whole issue is caused by nothing other than the OS checking for the connectivity status of our devices. When the client can’t be reached, the connection is reset. This . . . READ ON »
Google presented their brand new UI for tablets alongside the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb back in early 2011. It was widely used on many devices with Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean 4.1, at which point Google finally decided to end this project. The UI was replaced by the Phablet layout in Android 4.2. This Phablet UI is basically the phone layout stretched to match the tablet size.
Google went even further and removed the Tablet UI from source code in Android 4.4, so it’s very difficult to bring it back even by modifying the code. However, XDA Forum Member Exalm gives us an easy opportunity to get . . . READ ON »
Modification has always been one of the strong suits of Android, due in large part to its nature as an open source operating system. What began as changing a few drawables back in the early days of Android, has now evolved into an entire subsection of the community, giving rise to multiple disciplines of modding, such as drawable editing, feature adding and enhancing, system theming, and much more.
In the spirit of modding and theming, XDA Recognized Themer SpaceCaker has written up two excellent guides for do-it-yourself modding. These guides provide simple and easy-to-follow instructions that walk you through the entire . . . READ ON »
It’s a very well established fact that cars are expensive. In addition to the hefty initial investment, there are all sorts of recurring expenses such as fuel, parking, insurance, service, and so on. And let’s not even get started talking about the world of additional expenses and speeding tickets once you start modifying your vehicle. Luckily, there’s now an app that helps you track and visualize just how much you’re spending on all of your vehicles so that you can figure out whether it’s all worth it.
The Nvidia SHIELD Tablet gets its first update! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of the Nvidia SHIELD getting it’s first custom ROMs and be sure the check out the article talking about the Moto G 4G getting Official CyanogenMod! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Most applications on Android play nicely with both landscape and portrait orientation. This, however, is unfortunately not the case for all applications, with games and older applications being the leading culprits. While many of these orientation locked apps truly do work best in their preferred orientation, there are many others that are fully capable of working well in the other orientation but are inexplicably rotation locked.
XDA Senior Member defim was tired of this behavior, so he set out to change it with his latest Xposed module, HaveOwnOrientation. As the module name suggests, HaveOwnOrientation allows you to use any application in any . . . READ ON »
There are hundreds of launcher replacement applications available for Android. Most of them are based on the AOSP launcher’s codebase, with various tweaks and feature additions baked in to allow for a better overall experience. Others, like what we’ve seen from our friends over at Themer, start fresh to deliver a fundamentally different and more customized experience. Now a new launcher called HTMLauncher takes an even different approach by essentially letting you create your own launcher through HTML editing.
The Nvidia Shield Tablet has only been available for a little over a month. In that short time, Nvidia’s latest gaming-capable mobile device has more than proven its worth. In fact, we recently took it for a spin, and we liked what we saw. Since then, it’s been rooted, it’s received its first major OTA, and the device continues to demonstrate that there is certainly a place for a low-priced and high-powered gaming-centric tablet.
Only a few weeks after its release, the Nvidia Shield Tablet seemed poised to receive a good amount of aftermarket development love. This . . . READ ON »
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer RootJunky Tom shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your LG G Watch. The LG G Watch is LG’s first Android Wear device. Besides the Samsung Gear Live, this is the only currently available Android Wear device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G Watch is no exception!
Tom presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G Watch using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows . . . READ ON »
Just yesterday, we talked about how the wallet-friendly Moto G 4G had just achieved a major milestone in acquiring official CyanogenMod 11 support. This, however, isn’t the only good news for the Moto G variant, as the device codenamed peregrine has now received an easy-to-use toolkit from the same developer responsible for bringing you the aforementioned CM11 nightlies.
The aptly titled Moto G 4G EasyRecovery Toolkit was created by XDA Senior Member Somcom3X. As its name implies, it is a toolkit that allows you to easily root your device, install a custom recovery, unlock or lock your bootloader, and flash . . . READ ON »
If you’re one of those who find it just an impossible task to keep track of several unique passwords with at least eight characters, a combination of both numbers and letters, and at least one capitalized letter, then you definitely know the struggle one goes through when logging into accounts manually. Because yes, having one password for everything isn’t the most secure thing, but at least you don’t have an Email inbox full of password reset messages, right?
When the Moto G was initially released to the world in November of last year, very few actually believed that Motorola would be capable of producing a high quality smartphone with an unsubsidized price of under $200 US. In the nearly ten months since its original release, the G has more than proven that not only can a $200 smartphone be decent, but it could actually be quite desirable. Much of this comes down to its almost entirely vanilla flavor of Android, with only the most minimal OEM customizations. And building off of the success of the original, Motorola soon released a 4G variant of . . . READ ON »
Having a checklist of things you need to do is something we all can find useful at times. Because of this, if one were to do a quick Play Store search for keywords such as ‘checklist,’ a plethora of apps dedicated to keeping your life organized can be found. Of course, this vast amount of apps can also be partly because of how long the Android OS has been around, with new apps being added to the store each day.