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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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, 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 »
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 »
Not too long ago, Google added the ability to run select Android applications on Chrome OS. While Google’s OS for more traditional computers is great in some use cases, it is generally limited for the most part to Chromebooks. And let’s face it; the number of Chromebooks is very low compared to Android devices.
That said, the number of computers that can run Google Chrome browser is a totally different story. It’s most likely the most popular browser among Android users. Canadian developer Vlad Filippov created a custom version of Android Runtime for Google Chrome called ARChon. This Chrome addon allows users . . . READ ON »
Flyme OS is a heavily modified Android variant developed by the Meizu team for their MX smartphone line. This variant is based on Android 4.4 and offers a few unique solutions that this Chinese OEM created for their project. And in the eyes of many, this OS is quite beautiful and almost every piece of the ROM and its UI elements have been themed to match Meizu’s philosophy.
If you thought that Flyme OS was available only on Meizu devices, you are incorrect. XDA Forum Member Vpabc ported the Android variant to the Google Nexus 5. The ROM itself is based on CyanogenMod 11, but the . . . READ ON »
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen quite a few flagship (and former flagship) devices get to enjoy multiboot goodness. And as can be expected, the vast majority of these come in the form of unofficial ports of XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar‘s popular MultiROM multiboot solution. Now, we can add one more notch to MultiROM’s metaphorical belt, as the LG G2 has just been added to the list of (unofficially) compatible devices.
This unofficial MultiROM port comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member patrik.KT, who brought Tasssadar’s multiboot solution to the LG G2. This implementation works on both the D805/6 and D802 models, . . . READ ON »
Android One devices are now available in India! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 10 being released and be sure the check out the article talking about the Pebble Challenge Winners. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for DonkeyGuard. Then AdamOutler showed you how to submit . . . READ ON »
Back in May, we talked a bit about Jair Player, a nice looking music player with tons of useful features. This application not only plays your favorite tunes, but it also automatically downloads the lyrics so you don’t have to browse the Web to find them yourself. And as we mentioned before, downloading lyrics is just one of the many features found in this application.
Many things have changed since Jair Player’s initial release. XDA Senior Member Akshay (Aky), the project’s main developer, has updated the player to version 1.48, which offers the following refinements:
Brand new Paper-craft icon
New Material colors palette
New smooth experience