You've probably seen or installed modified applications, be it a patched dialer for your resolution or a custom WhatsApp version with added features. How do developers do that, though? A lot of the time, the applications' source code isn't even available, so how does it all work? We'll see that first, then take a look at a new tool that aims to make the process much easier, and finally compare it to the popular Xposed framework to see how they...
Google Wallet to Drop Support for All Pre-KitKat Devices and Some KitKat Devices in One Month
Earlier today, Google updated its support pages to state that one month from now, Google Wallet will drop support for Tap & Pay functionality on devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and below. This may be somewhat of a surprise for many, but it is highly likely that this is due to the NFC changes that were introduced with KitKat.
For those who don’t recall, Android 4.4 brought changes to the way NFC worked to make an NFC Secure Element unnecessary for Google Wallet Tap & Pay functionality. This is, of course, Host Card Emulation, and it can be assumed that Google only wishes to use HCE going forward. However, not all devices support HCE. And as such, not all devices running 4.4 will have access to Tap & Pay. Currently this includes the Galaxy Note 3, Nexus 7 (2012), and HTC Evo 4G LTE. Additionally, devices still on Android 4.3 that currently have access to Wallet but have not yet been updated to 4.4 (e.g. Galaxy Nexus) will be left out in the cold.
While this may be upsetting for some–namely Galaxy Nexus owners who currently have access but will lose functionality–it’s understandable for Google to want to streamline the functionality for other devices.
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When the first reports of the M9 overheating came to light, many forum users began a collective joke-round calling the phone a popcorn machine, a grill, and other unoriginal remarks that we’ve seen with every device that presents sign of overheating, from gaming consoles to graphics cards. In this sense, the internet is not very inventive, and the cycle of rehashed jokes re-surfaces on different products every year or so. This time it was the M9’s turn and it was...