Posts by Faiz Malkani
Sony has announced that the Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA for the Xperia Z3, Z2 and Z2 Tablet will begin rolling out next week and also confirmed that the OTA will be available for the Xperia C3 and T2 Ultra. No timeframe was specified for the latter, with the post only stating that it would come "soon".
The HTC One M9 is set to go on sale on April 10th, with T-Mobile starting sales tomorrow and if you're looking to get your hands on one, or if you're interested in having a peek below its hood, a teardown video has surfaced, demonstrating a disassembly of the device and the steps to carry out a screen replacement.
Googler Romain Guy has taken to his blog to publish a case study of Falcon Pro, the popular Twitter client, in which he outlines the framerate drops caused in the app and then proceeds to find their root cause and fix it. If you're a developer yourself or app performance interests you, this is definitely worth checking out.
QuickCharge 2.0 is all the rage among the high-end smartphones and if you don't have a compatible device, Qualcomm has released a short video demonstrating the technology, which pits multiple Nexus 6s with different chargers against each other, the one with QuickCharge getting to 50% in a speedy 40 minutes.
While a large majority of Android users content themselves by looking up basic device specs such as screen size, camera resolution, storage capacity etc, these baseline facts don't cut it for enthusiasts. Most of us want to delve deeper into the specifics, and Castro is an app designed and developed to cater to that very need. Sporting a near-perfect implementation of Material Design right from the icon to the settings page, Castro's aesthetics are top-notch with a pleasant orange-backed interface...
Best Buy is having a major sale on Samsung devices and accessories, with bargains such as the Galaxxy S5 going for $1 with a two-year contract and up to $56 off on memory cards. The price-cuts last for 4 days, with the sale concluding on Saturday so if you're looking to grab new Samsung hardware, now's the time.
Clarity is a handly Xposed module that forces Android to use a user-defined image size when adding contact thumbnails to a database, getting rid of blown-up images being used in some places. The module forces a 256x256 resolution by default and includes a powerful database processor to force image updates.
Google has open sourced its internal code building tool, Bazel, which builds code quickly and reliably. Most of Google's software has been built using it, and as such, it is designed with common build problems in mind, such as language and platform diversity.
The music player space on Android has heated up after the release of Material Design, and the latest player to come to the table is Gramophone, a beautifully designed app with a near-perfect implemetation of Material Design augmented by an impressive array of features such as Last.FM inegration, tag editing and more.
The Android Lollipop rollout for the Wi-Fi variant of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has begun in the US, Canada and France and for those of you who can't wait till it hits your device, Sammobile has the firmware available for download, which can easily be flashed via Kies.
Dashboards are a great way to increase user engagement for your icon pack, but if you lack the necessary skills to create one from scratch, XDA Senior Member jahirfiquitiva has open-sourced a Material Design inspired icon pack dashboard, complete with a wallpaper section, icon request tool and license checking functionality.
Reverse engineering Android apps can sometimes prove to be difficult. Thankfully, this excellent tutorial has been written up to guide you through the entire process, including disassembling, modifying, rebuilding and signing APK files. The tutorial is aimed at Windows users, but should be fairly easy for others to catch on.
Year after year, the war on smartphone bezels continues to be waged, and while many have come close an alleged super smartphone by LeTV has laid a serious claim to the prize, with leaks showing the device having virtually non-existent side bezels.
The Android Wear watchface API requires developers to code everything from scratch which can prove to be a daunting task for some. However, Android Studio 1.1 aims to simplify that process, by adding a Wear Watch Face code template, allowing you to generate boilerplate code in 4 easy steps
Google's device location and security program, Android Device Manager is making its way to your wrist in the near future via an automatic rollout. The Android team has announced that the Wear app will connect your phone to your wrist, allowing you to ring it at full volume, thus helping you easily locate your device.