Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
Get OEM-Branded Applications on Your Phone
Almost every OEM has its own specific set of branded applications. HTC has its Sense UI and related apps and Samsung has TouchWiz, which makes running KitKat on the International Galaxy S III “impossible.” These applications can be used with other ROMs, but they requiring some work. On XDA, we call it porting and you can find many of such applications located in various forums.
With PortedAPP by XDA Forum Member APP-Maker, you can now use OEM-specific applications on other devices without effort. All you need to do is run the app, select an OEM, and download your desired application, ready to install. The current list of supported apps includes those from OEMs like Samsung, Sony, and Nokia. CyanogenMod- and MIUI-specific apps are also included. Root is not required, and every application runs flawlessly on most devices. Essentially, this application a database with applications ported from other devices/ROMs.
You can find out more by taking a trip over to the application thread.
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SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
Wireless charging is becoming more and more common as many OEMs are now starting to include this feature in their flagships. There are already dozens of wireless chargers to choose from on the market today, but quality definitely varies. For those of you who charge your devices wirelessly, let us know which charger is your favorite and why.