Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 is a celebration of all things mobile. The most popular sect of mobile development is perhaps software development. There are many different ways to develop software. You can use libraries and APIs to help advance your skills, among other things.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. MaR-V-iN is a computer science student, privacy enthusiast and hacker. MaR-V-iN started coding for Android at the end of Gingerbread era. Since then contributed to numerous Free Open Source Software projects. He is . . . READ ON »
“Today while browsing XDA, I’m going to check to see if my favorite ROM has been updated–but first, let me take a #selfie.” Photos of your own face taken from arms length, selfie snapshots, are the sign of the era of smartphones. It is after all not too surprising to see now that we have easily accessible cameras and Internet connections. Selfies even made their way to this year’s Oscar ceremony, so this phenomenon is certainly not a trend that will be easily broken.
Taking a good photo of yourself might be considered trivial, but it is in fact is somewhat problematic. On most phones, the . . . READ ON »
Every Tuesday like clockwork, we talk about an Xposed Module designed to help you make your life easier, more secure, or just more awesomer (yes, I say that is a word). We’ve showed everything from Heads Up Notification Easter eggs to Deep Sleep Battery Saver, all the way down to PerAppFonts customization. And today will be no different. Here is a module that, perhaps, will make your life easier
Android clipboard management has always been impractical without the use of third-party apps. Want to put two items in the clipboard? Not possible. Want to view your clipboard? Not possible. However, in terms of third-party apps, XDA Forum Member theredsunrise has a unique solution to clipboard management in the form of StuffMerge.
StuffMerge adds an unobtrusive drawer off the side of your screen that you can easily swipe open and manage your Android clipboard, in addition to being able to compose a message and share it to other apps. It also adds a running notification to your status bar that allows you to toggle the . . . READ ON »
Having a wide choice of third party applications is one of the most beautiful things that Android has to offer. Almost every app has its alternative. So if you don’t like a particular offering, you can easily replace it with another–hopefully much better–alternative.
Naturally, the same thing applies to Internet browsers. Chrome or Firefox doesn’t necessarily have to be your default choice. Some lesser known projects maintained by one or a few developers are often better than big boys made by corporations. One of the smaller projects that is worth taking a quick look at is Pale Moon Browser. This browser was ported to Android by . . . READ ON »
2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of the wearables. And thanks to its innovative interface and impressive functionality, the Android Wear platform is uniquely positioned to take this relatively young market by storm. It’s been just under one month since Google officially launched the first two Android Wear devices at the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Now, developers have something to be excited about thanks to the partial source code release to the AOSP.
Google Maps is a must have application for every amateur world explorer. It’s fast, reliable, and saves us from getting lost on a daily basis. And with the addition of Street View, Maps has become one of the best and most widely used apps that Google has ever developed.
Even the greatest apps still have a room for improvement. XDA Forum Member markacme did something unusual and decided to combine Google Maps and Street View in a way that differs greatly from what Google offers. Markacme split the screen into two parts: The upper half shows the image from Street View, while the bottom shows the . . . READ ON »
Can you #MakeAwesomeHappen? Your app idea could win a Pebble and a trip to our 2nd Annual Developer Retreat in Mountain View, CA!
For those who haven’t kept up with the wearables market over the last year or so, you may not be aware of Pebble. Pebble is the smartwatch that 68,000+ people brought to life, crowdfunding a record $10.3MM on Kickstarter, and put wearable technology on the map. With a vibrant developer community and thriving ecosystem, Pebble is the platform for the best and brightest wearable apps. Pebble SDK 2 invites developers to build unique, delightful, and practical apps that push the . . . READ ON »
HTC One Mini is receiving Sense 6! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the comprehensive guide to help you get started with CyanogenMod Theme Development. Also, be sure the check out the article showing you how to control Tasker with your Samsung Gear 2! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Lately, we have been going through quite a few different types and styles of games here at the XDA Portal: classics, runners, physics based, and pretty much everything that we can think of. There are, however, other genres that are not that common yet equally entertaining. The question becomes, what happens when game styles get mixed? That is, after all, how most of the newer ones got created. Take for instance Beach Buggy Blitz. Someone had the idea of lumping in the old racing games with a runner and that was the end result. What if you grabbed the concepts . . . READ ON »
Devices that originally shipped with Bada OS are a rare sight to behold nowadays. Running exclusively on the Wave line of Samsung devices, its legacy continues on in the form of Tizen OS, as well as the development community here in the XDA forums. And it’s in the latter where multi-boot functionality has been developed for these devices, namely the Samsung Wave and Wave 2.
Developed by XDA Senior Member BenzoX, the multi-boot functionality is based on a custom Fota (Badadroid’s counterpart of a bootloader) that is able to load two different kernels, which in turn allows for users to . . . READ ON »
XDA Developer TV is looking to add more talented people like you to the team. If this sounds like something you’d like to try, do not hesitate. All it takes is basic video skills, which we can help you learn, a non-linear editing program and the skills to use it, a camera capable of at least 1080p resolution, a love and knowledge of mobile devices and development, and the ability to teach and show people how to maximize their mobile experience.
What do you get? You get the enjoyment of spreading the knowledge you’ve learned on XDA to thousands of . . . READ ON »
Battery consumption is one of the weaker points on many modern Android devices. Smartphones need lots of juice to last more than a day on one charge, and they aren’t really optimized in terms of battery management. A few months back, we took a look at LeanData, a handy application that checks to see if your device needs a certain data connection and disables it when not needed. Disabling 4G, 3G, or WiFi helps to improve your battery life significantly.