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Posted December 22, 2014 at 04:00 pm by Samantha
For many people, it can be pretty difficult to create a palette of complementary colors. That said, having one available can be quite useful when creating an application, theme, wallpaper, or any kind of concept. Choosing the right shades of colors for the different elements of your work isn’t easy, so unless you’re a gifted designer, you’re probably going to need a bit of help. This is where Material Palette comes in.
Material Palette is a website launched by German coder Matt Aussaguel, and it eases the process of selecting the right color shades within the new Material Design by Google. It invites users to select two primary colors out of a choice of 19, and then instantly generates and preview . . . READ ON »
Posted December 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Faiz Malkani
At Google I/O 2013, Google proudly announced that the Android operating system was continuing its rapid growth, passing one billion handset activations and holding more than an 80% mobile OS market share. Having already established itself in the developed countries, Google turned Android’s focus towards developing countries. At Google I/O 2014, the Android One initiative was announced. This program aimed to snag “the next billion” users in developing countries through the release of low cost, Google-managed handsets produced in collaboration with multiple OEMs.
The program was initially launched in India back in September, with devices from Micromax, Karbonn and Spice b. . . READ ON »
Posted December 22, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is available for the Google Nexus 7 2012! 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 YU Yureka using CyanogenMod and be sure to check out the article talking about Sony releasing a Google Glass competitor! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer RootJunky showed you how to root Android Wear. Later, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3r shows you how to root a Nexus 6 using a Mac. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tab. . . READ ON »
Posted December 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
It feels like it was only yesterday when Google announced the mysterious Android L. After an arduously long wait, source code was release and we’ve now seen numerous Lollipop builds landing on many older and newer devices. Most of these devices use some type of Qualcomm SoC, which is well documented and has fully available source code and documentation.
Many MediaTek-based devices in the past were known in the developer community for their GPL violations. Most devices using this company’s SoCs have incomplete or no kernel source, which makes ROMs and kernels incredibly difficult to develop. Luckily, the situation has quickly begun to change. And now, two XDA Senior Members (kashifmin an. . . READ ON »
Posted December 21, 2014 at 05:30 pm by Samantha
On most modern Android devices with software navigation keys, swiping up from the bottom of the screen launches Google Now. And for those devices with hardware navigation buttons, long pressing on the home button accomplishes the same task. With no native settings in Android to change the action to anything else, these convenient gestures remain untouched and unused on many devices. So until Google finally realizes that not everyone cares for or uses Google Now–at least not enough to warrant a dedicated shortcut–it looks like we have to turn to third party apps to remedy the issue. This is where Now Gesture Tweaks comes in.
Posted December 21, 2014 at 01:30 pm by Samantha
The Qualcomm Toq is probably one of the lesser known smartwatches on the market right now. This can probably be attributed to the fact that device was a proof-of-concept device built by Qualcomm that was meant to encourage other OEMs to take up Mirasol displays for their own smartwatches, and that it was available for sale in only limited quantities. Its standout feature, as you may have guessed, is its Mirasol display, which is comparable to e-ink displays on wearables such as the Pebble. If you were lucky enough to snatch one up when they were on sale and have updated to Android 5.0 recently, you may have encountered an issue relating to notifications not being displayed properly. And if this is the case, Toq Alte. . . READ ON »
Posted December 21, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
In the past, XDA Developer TV Producer droidmodd3rx has shown you how to root and unlock the bootloader on a Nexus device. This process used the WugFresh Toolkit to Unlock than Relock and Unroot and Root. That required a PC. People have asked if there is a way to do that with a Mac computer. Just because you use a Mac doesn’t mean you can’t root all the things.
Following up from last week, Droidmodd3rx presents instructions on how to root and unlock the bootloader of your Google Nexus 6 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. So, take a moment and check this video out.. . . READ ON »
Posted December 21, 2014 at 04:00 am by Samantha
As can be seen with the use of MediaTek chips in Android One devices such as the Micromax Canvas A1 and phones from Meizu and Lenovo such as the MX4 and Vibe X2 respectively, devices with MediaTek processors are aplenty in the Android market. Despite a stigma of not being developer friendly or adhering to GPLv2 requirements, recent strides have been made by MediaTek to change this reputation, evidenced by their sponsorship of XDA:DevCon ’14, and releasing the full kernel source for Android One devices. Such progress is comforting for owners of MediaTek devices, both old and new. But if you’re a new owner and don’t know where to start, this essential beginner’s guide may be what you’re looking for.
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Posted December 20, 2014 at 08:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Just a few days ago, Sony did an utterly fantastic job by pushing out numerous device trees for all 2014 Qualcomm based Xperia devices to its GitHub account. This came as a rather big surprise for some, but Sony wants to finish this year with a little extra oomph. The Japanese OEM decided to update the device trees, kernel and binaries to Android 5.0.1. Way to go, Sony!
The list of currently supported devices is impressive. In addition to almost the entire Xperia Z line, Sony also supports the Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia T3. If you have one of those devices, you can try to build the AOSP by following the provided materials. Keep in mind that these ROMs aren’t intended for daily use and you ha. . . READ ON »