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Google Play Services 4.3 Brings New Analytics, Tag Manager, and Address APIs, and Improvements to Play Games and Drive

For some time now, Google has been combating Android fragmentation by delivering key developer services and frameworks independently of Android OS versions through Google Play Services. And over the past year and a half, we’ve seen several key updates roll out, which have enabled developers to target a wider range of Android devices. Now with Play Services 4.3, Google has incorporated a few additional developer APIs and updated some of their existing services.

New in Google Play Services 4.3

New to Play Services 4.3 are Google Analytics, Tag Manager, and the Address API. Analytics and Tag Manager existed as standalone . . . READ ON »

Nokia X: A Phone for Nobody?

Nokia X: A Phone for Nobody?

It’s now been one day since the official unveiling of the Nokia X lineup at MWC in Barcelona. And while most of the details were already known far in advance, there were a few surprises the day of. For starters, we received not one, but three Android-powered Nokia devices. We also learned a bit more Nokia’s custom UI, including the Fastlane notification center and more specifics about various device specifications. But for the most part, the Nokia X family is almost exactly what we thought it would be—a low end device with a matching low end price tag. So now . . . READ ON »

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Meet the Next Big Thing: Samsung’s Galaxy S 5

Meet the Next Big Thing: Samsung’s Galaxy S 5

SM-G900F_charcoal BLACK_01The Samsung Galaxy S 5 has just been officially announced at Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona. And as expected from the latest iteration of Samsung’s flagship, it packs quite a healthy dose of high end specifications and mobile “firsts.” Is Samsung’s “Next Big Thing” for you? Read past the break to learn more.

In many ways, the Galaxy S 5 is simply an evolutionary product. Featuring a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor (other variant available with octo-core Exynos), a 5.1″ 1080p Super AMOLED screen, a 16 MP camera, 2 gigs of RAM, and either 16 or 32 gigs . . . READ ON »

The Android-Powered Nokia X is Here, Comes in 3 Flavors

X-pile-bodyAfter countless headlines through more rumors than the latest fruit-phone, the Android-powered Nokia X is finally a reality—though it may not exactly be everything that you hoped for in a marriage between Nokia and Android. The device claims to offer the best of both worlds by giving access to the world of Android apps while also providing the “signature Nokia experience” through branded first party apps. But is the Nokia X itself truly anything to be excited about?

The Nokia X comes in three flavors: the Nokia X, X+, and XL. They are all very similar from a hardware . . . READ ON »

Google Project Tango to Bring Kinect-Like 3D Awareness to Smartphones

When Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 Billion at the end of last month, many were worried about what this would mean for the future of the team behind Motorola’s modular smartphone project code named Ara. Then one week ago, the ATAP team announced that it would be moving from Motorola to Google. This naturally lead to speculation regarding whether the ATAP team had anything else cooking in their secret ovens. The answer is now here: Google Project Tango.

In its current form, Project Tango is a working prototype of a 5″ smartphone featuring custom hardware and . . . READ ON »

Could a Lenovo-Motorola Nexus 6, an Asus Nexus 8, and an HTC Nexus 10 v2 be in the Works?

Hot off the heels of selling money pit Motorola to Lenovo, could Google be eyeing the new Moto-novo as the next Nexus phone manufacturer? According to sources over at  IB Times Australia, this is highly likely. Ignoring the obvious irony in selecting the now third party Motorola as a Nexus device manufacturer, this alleged partnership could make quite a bit of business sense.

For starters, let’s consider a potential timetable. Since Nexus phones are typically released in the Fall, that would mean that R&D for such a device would have to begin a significant amount of time prior. Assuming . . . READ ON »

ARM Cortex-A17 to Bring High-End Performance and big.LITTLE Support to the Mid-Range

The mobile SoC market is highly dynamic and full of quite a few powerful solutions that have made their way into our flagship devices. We recently talked a bit about Nvidia’s Kepler-based Tegra K1, which will finally bring much of the company’s desktop graphics prowess into the mobile space.

Unfortunately, SoCs like the ARM Cortex-A15-based Tegra K1 (or its future 64-bit ARMv8-compatible Denver variant) are aimed squarely at the high-end. And rather than focusing on mid-range devices, most chip manufacturers instead re-purpose yesterday’s flagship architectures into today’s mid-range products. While this makes sense from a cost-cutting perspective for . . . READ ON »

Google Issues Another Round of First Party Android App Updates with New Versions of Maps, Search, Newsstand, Hangouts, and Drive

Just yesterday, we took a look at Android’s latest platform statistics. While adoption of the latest versions of the OS is generally going in the right direction, there hasn’t been very much movement since one month ago—a figure which itself wasn’t too different from what we saw in December.

Luckily, the update process for various aspects of the core Android experience is somewhat decentralized thanks to updates to Google Play Services, as well as numerous first party Google apps that have found their way into the Google Play Store. And just like yesterday brought an update to Google . . . READ ON »

NVIDIA Receives a Positive One Finger Salute from Linus for Doing Things Right

Many of you may recall that back in June of 2012, we talked about how NVIDIA was given a rather direct message courtesy of none other than Dr. Linus Torvalds himself. Basically, the article written by XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler went on about the closed nature of both NVIDIA and Qualcomm as chipset manufacturers, and how it was shameful and really inexplicable how two companies with such closed minded ideals could possibly be the paramount chipset providers for a large number of Android device manufacturers. Adam went on to wrap up the article with a brief (but very powerful) video. . . READ ON »

The ART of Android

The ART of Android

Android 4.4 KitKat is indeed a sweet update. It brought dozens of new features, and its decreased memory footprint allowed it to be ported to older devices relatively easily. One of the most interesting features hidden deep inside developers options is ART, a new runtime compiler poised to replace our good friend Dalvik. What is ART and why should you be interested in it? Let’s dig deeper.

Android uses a virtual machine to execute code. It’s not a perfect solution. And because of this, Android devices need more resources to run smoothly than for example Windows Phone. Dalvik, which . . . READ ON »

Android Preparing to Become a 64-bit OS, ART Will Replace Dalvik as Default Runtime Compiler

Android has become the major player in mobile operating systems, practically ever since Gingerbread was released. The little green robot has evolved from a small, niche operating system into something of a juggernaut. During the course of these years, Android developers have added tons of handful functions like JIT and ART compiler. Now is a good time to think about the future of the Android, as a few major events are already behind us and some very interesting things are starting to pop up in the Android source code.

For those of you who follow the changes on Android’s Git. . . READ ON »

Chrome Apps Coming to Android and iOS, What it Means to You as a App/Web Developer and End User

Back in September of last year, the Chrome team made Chrome apps a little bit more powerful. Rather than just being glorified web-apps, September’s update allowed Chrome apps to work offline, function outside of distracting tabs and text boxes, receive desktop notifications, interact with connected peripherals, and launch directly from your computer like any other application. One way of thinking about this could be that the update brought many elements of Chrome OS (including the Chrome App Launcher) to Windows PCs. And essentially what this meant was that Chrome apps were going to start being treated (and acting like) . . . READ ON »

Yet Another Reason to NOT Trust “Trusted” Companies: Facebook Can Now Read Your Text Messages

Remember all those times when we here at the XDA Portal have told you that privacy is important? Despite many people thinking that we are all just a bunch of nerds wearing tinfoil hats, we do have our reasons to be somewhat paranoid. After all, we’re quite sure that you wouldn’t like the idea of having somebody snoop around your cell phone for all the naughty pictures and messages sent to and from your significant other. If you couldn’t care less about who reads the information on your device, then you might as well just go ahead and install Facebook. . . . READ ON »

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