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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 »

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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 »

New Leaked Specs Emerge for the Rumored Nokia X Formerly Known as “Normandy”

Ever since we first caught wind of the potential existence of an Android-powered Nokia smartphones twenty days ago, rumors have been flying around left and right. The device, which was thought to be named “Normandy,” is the embodiment of what many would consider the ideal device: the Android operating system running on Nokia’s critically acclaimed (and durable) hardware.

The rumors got off to a healthy start with some leaked screenshots and renders showcasing a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based (unknown variant) device, with what appeared to be a 4″ screen running at WVGA resolution. The rumors also pointed to a 5 . . . READ ON »

New Windows Malware Infects Android Devices; Protect Yourself with Two Easy Steps

Cross-platform malware is nothing new. And to be more specific, cross-platform malware involving the Android OS isn’t new either. This should come as no surprise, as the pint-sized mobile OS packs nearly as much functionality and freedom as its full-sized brethren.

Some time ago, we saw the Android.Claco trojan. This particular piece of malware used a compromised mobile device to transfect your Windows-powered PC by functioning as a malicious USB drive. Upon connection via USB Mass Storage, Windows AutoRun would then automatically execute the malicious payload.

Up until recently, however, the only cross platform malware involving Android that we’ve seen . . . READ ON »

Preliminary Tegra K1 Benchmarks Emerge, K1 Packing a KO Punch!

About a week ago, we talked about Nvidia’s Tegra K1 announcement and what it could mean for the future of mobile gaming. Then, our own XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan got a hands-on look at the chipset and its reference platform, and he took a look at some of what it can do. The chip, which merges Nvidia’s GeForce architecture with their mobile line, is based on the same Kepler architecture that powers their desktop GPUs.

Despite of all of this, one question still remained: Just how fast will this thing actually be? We all knew it was poised to be . . . READ ON »

Nvidia Unveils Kepler-Based Tegra K1 with 192 CUDA Cores and Optional 64-Bit Denver Processor!

We’ve been talking a lot about Android-powered gaming devices recently. Heck, we even gave them a place here on the XDA forums not too long ago. All of this is possible thanks to the increasingly powerful Systems-on-a-Chip in modern Android-powered devices. Now, Nvidia wishes to up the ante in the low-power SoC world with its Kepler-based Tegra K1 SoC.

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The K1 breaks away from previous Tegra devices by merging Nvidia’s GeForce architecture with its mobile architecture. The company accomplishes this by making the K1 (previously codenamed Project Logan) the first mobile chip based on their Kepler architecture . . . READ ON »

Snapchat: A Lesson in How NOT to do Security

Snapchat: A Lesson in How NOT to do Security

Here at XDA, we focus on bringing you news about what developers are up to on the forums or significant changes in the mobile industry. Today though, I bring an analysis of some recent news about goings-on in the security world in relation to a particular mobile application you may or not have heard of: Snapchat.

Snapchat is best described as a gimmick application, widely used by teens to send each other photos and short videos, which “self destruct” after viewing, preventing copies being made, etc. Before the security world tries to spear me on a stick and roast me, . . . READ ON »

Massive Facelift to Microsoft OneNote for Android Brings Share Intent and Multi-Window Support

Back in October, we talked about Microsoft’s Remote Desktop client for Android. The app came as a bit of a surprise at the time because unlike other Microsoft offerings on Android, this app worked quite well and was a legitimately good offering. Now, Microsoft has given a rather massive facelift to its previously less than stellar OneNote Android app. And much like their Remote Desktop client, the latest version of OneNote is surprisingly good.

Anyone who spent any appreciable amount of time with both the Windows and Android versions of OneNote would be quick to point out their differences. While . . . READ ON »

Find a New Phone or Tablet Under the Tree? Let XDA Help You Make the Most of It!

Once again, all of us here at XDA would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season! Undoubtedly, many of our happy readers are waking up to some extra Holiday cheer in the form of shiny new tech acquisitions. Luckily, XDA is here and has your back in helping you make the most of your new, Android-powered tech toy(s).

You may remember that a little while ago, we shared with you our Best of 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Now, we’re going to take some of these “Best” devices that you all voted for, and help you make the . . . READ ON »

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