Nowadays, almost everyone has a second life on the Internet. Among the best tools available to keep your friends close are websites like Facebook or Twitter. Social networks are taking up a big part of our lives, and the situation will likely not change in the next few years.
All of these social networks have one thing in common: You are communicating with people that you know. There are moments in life when you want to share your thoughts and feelings anonymously, to a person at the opposite side of the world. While Facebook or Twitter don’t allow for that, there are tools like . . . READ ON »
Heads up notifications, in case you didn’t already know, are an experimental type of notification that can be found in 4.4.x versions of Android. They aren’t openly available to use on an unmodified ROM, but many custom ROMs will have this feature enabled by default. As always, the Xposed Framework can be used to enable the feature. There are also third party applications available to activate heads up notifications as well.
While there’s no shortage of quick and easy ways to enable these notifications, knowing how to do something from scratch is never a bad thing. As such, XDA Senior Member moonknightus has . . . READ ON »
Android One is a Google initiative set to bring an AOSP-like experience to some emerging markets like India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. It was officially announced at Google I/O back in June, but we had to wait couple of months to see this project in action. But we have good news for you, folks: Android One is a reality and is waiting for you!
Devices labeled as Android One will be produced by three major OEMs in India: Spice Mobile, Karbonn, and Micromax. The recently unveiled smartphones will ship with a quad-core 1.3 GHz Mediatek CPUs, two cameras (5 MP rear . . . READ ON »
The Moto G on Boost Mobile receives its Android KitKat 4.4.4 release, finally! 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 HTC Desire gets a custom ROM, recovery and kernel and be sure the check out the article talking about Google adding Android apps to Chrome OS! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Music is a passion that transcends age, gender, race, culture, and geographic location. There are music fans everywhere. And unless you’re deaf, chances are that music is a significant part of your life in some form or another as well.
For most people, the main form of musical exposure comes from various facets of the media. For example, we hear songs on the radio, watch music videos on MTV, and even browse the Billboard music charts to discover new music. Unfortunately with the last option, it’s often cumbersome to get from a text list with various songs to actually being able . . . READ ON »
When you are the leader of a large development project, Gerrit isn’t the only tool that can help you keep everything organized. While compiling and uploading a ROM or kernel for one or two devices isn’t overly time-consuming, building for a dozen devices or more can take loads of time and therefore makes it extremely difficult to maintain.
There is a good news, though. You don’t have to launch every nightly build manually.
It’s absolutely no secret that battery life is somewhat of an undoing for many great devices. With the exception of battery behemoths such as the Galaxy Note series with its superb longevity, most modern flagships seem to top out at only about eight hours of screen time or less. Because of this, it is quite common to see countless threads in various device-specific forums asking for advice on how to achieve better battery life.
One of the big culprits for battery drain is undoubtedly wireless connectivity. However, it’s not really practical to disable mobile data because doing so cuts one off from the outside world. Luckily, there . . . READ ON »
About a week ago, our fantastic writer and my esteemed colleague Tom embarked on a mission to learn the vast and rich history of custom recoveries. The point of all of this wasn’t simply self edification, as Tom is in the process of compiling an article that details the evolution and progress we’ve seen in the world of custom recoveries.
Since the very beginnings of custom recoveries occurred so many device generations ago, their history has long since been forgotten by most still involved in Android development. And when Tom asked yours truly about what I remembered from the custom recovery scene back . . . READ ON »
Nothing is more frustrating than opening up Google Maps and it taking way to long to lock your location. Additionally, slow GPS lock can impact the play-ability of GPS based games such as Ingress. When this happens, people try all sorts of voodoo to try and speed up the lock. They shake the phone, they walk in circles, they scream obscenities at the phone and more. What you really need, is to do something that might actually work.
Android firmwares straight from OEMs usually have a rather poor choice of wallpapers available to select from. If you are looking for some good looking alternatives, you may want to consider downloading a wallpaper application or finding your desired background manually. Unlike Android, the Google Chromecast quite the opposite, shipping with quite a few beautiful images and pictures.
If you weren’t able to find a good looking wallpaper the old fashioned way, XDA Forum Member donniemceduns has made a handy application full of more than a few eye catching options. Chromecast Wallpapers, as the name suggests, is a collection of stock Chromecast wallpapers that have been made . . . READ ON »
Call Recording is a feature used by a lot of people for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately for users of certain devices, the feature isn’t always available by default. This is true in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S5. And although the feature is there, it’s not accessible without a little modification by the end user. There are various ways to enable this functionality, the simplest probably being the use of an Xposed module. But for some people, that may not be an option. So for those of you who do not or cannot use Xposed to enable call recording, . . . READ ON »
In the last few days, we’ve talked about some fairly high end devices receiving official ports of popular ROMs or updates via OTA. Users of mid-range devices usually must be more patient when it comes to waiting for their devices getting developer support. Patience, however, is certainly a virtue.
The HTC Desire 816 was announced at MWC in Barcelona in February of this year and eventually released in April. This 5.5” phablet brought a number of high-end specs into mid-range world. Now, Desire 816 owners have a proper reason for celebration, as XDA Recognized Developer Grarak and XDA Senior Member v_superuser laid . . . READ ON »
When CyanogenMod announced there were “going corporate,” there was understandably some hesitation from some people in to community. Whether you think it is a good idea or not, it bore fruit in the release of OmniROM. OmniROM is available for a wide varity of devices, is supported by a solid group of developers and offers nightly releases.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV newcomer droidmodd3rx, shows off OmniROM on his Samsung Galaxy S4. The main features covered and talked about in today’s video are the advanced settings, OmniSwitch and more. While we are showing the version on the Samsung . . . READ ON »