POSTS IN CATEGORY: ANDROID
Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Android 5.0 Lollipop is available officially for the Moto 360! 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 Sony supporting AOSP on the entire 2014 Qualcomm Line of products and be sure to check out the article talking about the latest with Cyanogen where Micromax sues OnePlus! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for BatteryHistory XXL. Then Jordan showed us a comparison of many different USB desktop chargers. Finally, TK gave us an Android App Rev. . . READ ON »
Posted December 19, 2014 at 06:30 am by Samantha
Just about a month ago, the curious Project Tango development kit was officially listed as available in the Google Play Store. To much confusion however, it wasn’t available for purchase unless you registered for the device development kit at I/O. And if you did register, you were able to purchase the kit for a hefty price of $1,024 US. Well, now it looks like Google’s opening the gates just a little bit by inviting selected developers to purchase the kit.
The email makes it clear that the development kit is available only in limited quantities and only for the selected “professional developers” to whom the emails are addressed to. In other words, this kit is designed only for professional developers an. . . READ ON »
Posted December 19, 2014 at 02:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
The soap opera involving Cyanogen Inc., OnePlus, and Micromax is one of the most talked about topics in the last few weeks. To that end, an in-depth analysis was put together by our Developer Admin pulser_g2 just yesterday. Micromax’s Yu brand announced their first smartphone: the Yureka. It’s a big, relatively powerful, and budget-friendly handset poised to take the Indian market by storm.
In reality, the Yureka is nothing more than the CoolPad F2 with Yu’s logo, a Qualcomm Snapdragon instead of a MediaTek SoC, and CyanogenMod as its operating system. It will ship with KitKat, with Lollipop on the way as soon as CM’s engineers make the project more mature to be incl. . . READ ON »
Posted December 18, 2014 at 08:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Having a nice boot animation certainly adds a little bit of aesthetic polish to your ROM. But other than its purely aesthetic value, boot animations don’t really provide any useful information. When your device is boot looping or one of your services is constantly crashing, ADB is still the most reliable option to get information. There are plenty applications able to get logs straight from device, but not many can access logs while booting.
XDA Senior Recognized Developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire, known from various projects such as SuperSU and CF-Root, decided to “tweak” the boot animation by adding logcat and dmesg logging. LiveBoot is a root-only application that can replace standar. . . READ ON »
Posted December 18, 2014 at 02:00 pm by Faiz Malkani
Over the past decade, the tech universe has seen two drastic and widely contrasting changes with regards to software. Earlier, developers aimed to pack as much variety and functionality as possible into a single piece of software–and while it worked well at first, users quickly found themselves saturated with features and functionality that was seemingly added just for the sake of being added. As a response, many developers sought to simplify their apps by unbundling related software, eventually leading to what we’ve seen in the Android with Google Drive (and its offshoots Docs, Sheets, and Slides) and the Google Now Launcher.
The latest chapter of Google’s unbundling saga is the p. . . READ ON »
Posted December 18, 2014 at 09:16 am by Pulser_G2
Recently, a battle has been waging in India over the rights to distribute the commercial version of the CyanogenMod operating system. The court order from the recent case (where Micromax wanted to enforce their exclusivity agreement against OnePlus) has been released. The order, written by Justice Manmohan Singh, weighs in at 29 pages, and the contents prove rather interesting. Let’s take a look through it. The documents are available for reference from this link. In a break with convention, I will give the summary first, then go through the judgement.
Summary (aka tl;dr)
OnePlus had a worldwide (excluding mainland China) non-exclusive right to use the Cyanogen trademarks and ship the software on . . . READ ON »
Posted December 18, 2014 at 08:30 am by Jimmy McGee
We talk a lot about battery topics here at XDA TV. We talk about everything from Power Banks to USB Desktop Chargers to Battery Saving Apps. We talk about this stuff because both we and our viewers are not “normal” users. We don’t use our devices to check Facebook on our breaks and find the nearest skinny jeans store. No, we use it for much more–and all that screen on time can really eat up your battery.
XDA Senior Member Flyview offers up app that lets you control your Bluetooth, Data and WiFi Radios saving your battery. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Leandroid. TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.. . . READ ON »
Posted December 18, 2014 at 03:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Google released Android 5.0 just over a month ago, and since then Lollipop has been trying to establish its position in the global smartphone market. Despite its many new features and overall greatness, Android 5.0 has many issues that still need to be addressed. According to our colleagues at AndroidPIT and their two internal sources, Google is working on Android 5.1, which should really come as no surprise because software progress is inevitable. We already know that Google is always looking ahead, but the interesting part is that if rumors are to be believed, we’ll see 5.1 as soon as the end of February.
This information, although plausible, could strike one as a bit odd. After all, usually Google r. . . READ ON »
Posted December 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Samantha
A few weeks ago, we featured an app which allowed the Nexus 6 to regain the double tap to wake functionality. Originally planned to have this feature, Google killed it off just before the Nexus 6’s release, as evidenced in its device-specific source code. However, Nexus 6 owners with root access were able to load the aforementioned app and regain the removed functionality. Unfortunately, this meant that folks who hadn’t rooted their devices would miss out. Now, an alternate solution exists for those who have already unlocked their bootloaders (easily possible via fastboot oem unlock) but have chosen not to root their phones.
Posted December 17, 2014 at 06:30 pm by Samantha
It’s not a rare occurrence that performing a resource heavy task on your Android device (e.g. playing a game or multitasking heavily) results in the back of your device getting quite hot due to the heat being generated by the CPU. And without proper or adequate heat distribution, this heat will be most prominent at a certain area of your device’s rear. Strong heat is not the only downside of a hot CPU however, as it can also result in decreased performance due to throttling, less battery life, and a lower overall device longevity.
With this said, XDA Senior Member ottomanhero figured out a very clever way of remedying this issue on his LG Optimus 4X HD after noticing that playing games on this phone results in a ce. . . READ ON »
Posted December 17, 2014 at 01:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
XDA is not only a great source for custom ROMs, kernels, and various modifications for numerous devices–it’s also a great place to find tutorials and other materials that help you to understand the Android ecosystem better. These resources then help you on your quest of eventually becoming a developer. Every developer started off not knowing how to code, but learning and ambition can work wonders.
Creating your first project can take days or weeks if you are learning just by yourself. You can reduce this time significantly by following the video tutorial by XDA Senior Member sylsau. By following this guide you will become… a time traveler and change your currently used dialer to classic r. . . READ ON »
Posted December 17, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Sometimes you learn one way to do something, and that’s the way you do it forever. You never learn another way because you think that’s just the way it is. However, there are many ways to charge your phone. You can struggle with the included charger, trying to find a outlet close enough to a table to rest your device. If you have many devices, they can be strewn around your house. Thankfully, there are other options out there.
In this episode of XDA TV, Producer Jordan reviews and discusses various USB Desktop Charger options. He reviews the RAVPower 50W/10A 6-Port Charging Station, the Anker 60W 6-Port Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ, the Anker 40W 5-Port Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ, the Bolse 2. . . READ ON »
Posted December 17, 2014 at 05:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Samsung Galaxy Grand is a dual-SIM phone with a 5” screen that was announced two years ago. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, backed by 1 GB of RAM. It also features an 8 MP camera with LED flash at the back and a 2 MP shooter in the front. It’s one of the mid-range phones released by Samsung to conquer Asia. Its low price and more than decent specs made Galaxy Grand Duos a quite popular choice for many users.
This large-screened smartphone ended its Android update schedule on Android 4.2.2. Luckily there are lots of developers who have this phone, and now we are pleased to announce that XDA Recognized Developer pawitp has ported an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 12 to the device.
The cu. . . READ ON »