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Android M Mentions Spotted in Android Code Review

Android M Mentions Spotted in Android Code Review

While we are still waiting for Android L to be officially released, the first mentions of Android M have been spotted in the Android Code review discussion group. Google looks to be continuing its Android naming scheme, and M seems to be the future successor for the yet unnamed Android L.

Android L was officially announced at the Google I/O 2014 Keynote, which took place back in June. The official release date and even the full codename remain unknown, but multiple reports claim that we should expect Android L in less than one month.

The functionality discussed in the . . . READ ON »

Create a Simple Custom Launcher from Scratch

Create a Simple Custom Launcher from Scratch

When you are starting your journey into any sort of development, it’s never easy at the beginning. Perhaps the best way to learn something new is by doing, and in the context of coding, this involves using some code samples and modifying them to gain experience. After you’ve become familiar with this for long enough, you can then make your own project from scratch. The same applies to Android applications—and not only the most basic ones. If you are looking for a good source of resources to enhance your knowledge, XDA is the perfect place for you!

If you ever dreamed about making your own application, a simple . . . READ ON »

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Flyme OS Ported to the Google Nexus 5, Android L Will Have Default Data Encryption – XDA Developer TV

Flyme OS has been ported to the Google Nexus 5! 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 Android L having Data Encryption turned on by default and be sure the check out the article talking about how to compile your own kernel! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer droidmodd3rx released a video reviewing the WowWee MiP. . . . READ ON »

Sony PS4 Remote Play Ported to All Android Devices

Sony PS4 Remote Play Ported to All Android Devices

I’m pretty sure that every informed gamer out there perked their ears up when Sony came out with PS4 Remote Play for their Xperia Z3 lineup. For those not in the know, PS4 Remote Play is a unique feature that allows you to remotely play PlayStation 4 games on the device. Unfortunately, according to comment from a Sony representative, the company has “no intent to bring remote play to any device other than Xperia” – a disappointment for anyone wanting to try out the feature on their non-Xperia device. But don’t let this get you down however, as XDA Forum Member . . . READ ON »

Change Your Samsung Galaxy S2’s Dialer Background in Real Time

As with anything, if you’ve looked at something long enough, things can get pretty boring. This is the reason why we have a plethora of custom themes, mods, and tutorials that teach you how to customize and personalize almost every aspect of your Android device. One of these elements include the phone dialer, which up until recently, could not be easily changed through the native device settings on your Samsung Galaxy S 2. If however, you feel like it’s about time to have these settings introduced to your phone, be sure to check out this tutorial.

Written by XDA Senior Member remuntada78. . . READ ON »

Increase Your Multitasking Workflow with C-Floating Windows

Technology has put life on the fast track. Lazy, relaxed days have turned into hurricanes of work and productivity, as people strive to do as much as possible in as little time as possible. As such, the tendency to do multiple things at a time, or “multitasking” has become quite popular. Most desktop operating systems offer native multitasking, but less so in mobile operating systems, due to various limitations. However, further evolving has made mobile devices more than capable of running simultaneous tasks, and while the AOSP doesn’t have windowed multitasking yet, features such as multi-window and floating apps are available in . . . READ ON »

Compile Your Own Kernel From Source with Comprehensive Tutorial

One glance at any developer section of any device forum on XDA and you’ll find countless custom kernels handcrafted by XDA members. For the newcomer, this could be quite the treasure trove among the interwebz for them to play with. However, as much fun as they can provide, they could also be quite daunting to the aspiring developer who simply does not know where to start. If you feel this may be you, you should definitely check out XDA Senior Member Eliminator79’s kernel compiling tutorial.

Eliminator79 has written a great tutorial teaching you how to compile a kernel from . . . READ ON »

WowWee Mip – Android Accessory Review – XDA Developer TV

The holidays will be here in no time, so why not start thinking about gifts now. You’ll be ahead of the game. For the Android enthusiast you can get them many things like a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower.

In this episode of XDA Developer TV, Shane takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory, the WowWee Mip. This device is marketed as a toy robot that you can control with your Android phone. . . . READ ON »

Stream Your Media Files with the New Version of Droid Sync Manager

Android is a Linux-based operating system, but this fact doesn’t put any limitation on this OS. Android can work with other OSes really nicely thanks to many tools developed by its massive community. Back in May, we talked about Droid Sync Manager, a handy Windows-Android utility that allows users to sync files between your phone and computer. Many things have changed since then, and the project has been updated to version 2.0.6.

With the version bump, lots of new features have been introduced by XDA Recognized Developer OmarBizreh. The most important ones are certainly a changed UI for the Android client, which now . . . READ ON »

Old but Gold Internet Browser is a Blast from the Past

A Web browser is one of these applications that we can’t live without. We use it multiple times a day as one of the most basic tools. Applications like Chrome or Firefox are great, but they are all nearly identical in terms of UI, functionality, and overall user experience. For some of us they might be too modern. So how about going back to the days when everything was simple and there was only one king of browsers: Internet Explorer 6?

If you never heard of IE6, you must either be really young or you must have been living under a rock for the . . . READ ON »

Real-World Battery Saving Tips for Android – XDA Developer TV

You need Real-World Battery Saving Tips for your Android device. Our devices are powerful, our devices have huge bright screens, and our devices have quad core processors. Yet, our devices have batteries that quit in less than a day if you push your device too hard.

In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared shows off a bunch of hacks and programs to help you save battery life. He talks about 3 Llama, Greenify, Intelli3G, Boot Manager and Performance Profile. So if you wanted to try and squeeze more battery out of your Android device, check . . . READ ON »

Android L Will Have Data Encryption Turned On by Default

Android L, once it is eventually released, will feature data encryption turned on by default. This information has been revealed by Niki Christoff, spokeswoman for Google. And in doing so, the Mountain View company is joining Apple in the battle for user privacy and security.

Data encryption is nothing new in Android, as it has been available on certain Android devices since 2011. With the upcoming Android L release, which should happen next month, Google will add procedures to make the encryption automatic. This means that only those users who enter the device password will be able to listen to music, watch videos, or see the . . . READ ON »

Lock Apps and Functions Easily with Droid Protector

Lock Apps and Functions Easily with Droid Protector

Access and security are some of the key issues facing mobile technology. Whether it’s a friend swiping to your next photo or your child drawing up large bills with in app purchases, nobody wants their privacy violated or access compromised. However, as with all problems, there are solutions. Android APIs allow third party apps to provide increased control over the core framework.

XDA Junior Member 1tek aims to just this, thanks to his latest app. Droid Protector allows you to lock any apps, hide pictures, lock incoming calls and lock installation and uninstallation of apps. The app carries out its functions rather cleverly, . . . READ ON »

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