Let's start this with a disclaimer: I do not believe there is significant meaning behind synthetic benchmarks in correlation with real-world use. We've seen, time and again, some high-scoring phones output questionable performance. In this regard, Samsung is one of the usual culprits, and despite having opted for some of the highest spec configurations on each and every one of their flagships, many of them still managed to lag. Other top-tier devices, including the latest Nexus phone and tablet, managed to output...
Digital Car Brings Android Auto-Like Functionality To Your Device
At this year’s Google I/O keynote, Google announced a number of new products and services. Among them was Google’s foray into the automobile world, which complemented the announcement of the Open Automotive Alliance back in January. Google’s pitch, aptly entitled Android Auto, aims to streamline the experience between your car and your handheld in addition to providing easy handsfree usage. Android Auto requires you to plug your compatible Android device into your car, and then brings up a voice controlled interface with common in-car actions such as navigation and music. However, it could be quite a ways off with Android Auto enabled cars expected “sometime this year.”
Fortunately, XDA Forum Member CdRsKuLL has eased the wait in the form of Digital Car, an app that aims to emulate the Android Auto experience by using your tablet as a screen. Digital Car provides the expected actions such as music and navigation control, further augmented by the presence of features such as power and media awareness, customizable favorites and wallpapers and a nifty, easy-to-access implementation of the app drawer. All of this combines to make Android much more car-friendly in advance of Android Auto’s formal release.
Head on over to the Digital Cars application thread to get started with the app and experience the wonders of Android in a car.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop is a great release. It’ has improving usability with material design, given us quick access to our notifications on our home screen, and more. However, there are some very unique idiosyncrasies regarding the notification sounds and silent mode. Basically, it’s not truly silent. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you truly silence your Lollipop device. XDA Recognized Developer tonyp created the True Silent Mode module. TK shows off...
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