It’s undeniable that Android is blessed with a huge selection of high quality applications. “Fart Machines” and “Love Calculators” aside, there is a multitude of incredibly well developed apps out there. Developing is not easy, and the people that do this spend a huge amount of time pouring their heart and soul into these applications and understandably they often wish to charge a fee for their hard work.
While some developers view their work as a hobby or secondary income, it is how many of them make their living. They depend on the income from their hard work to pay . . . READ ON »
The Joint Creators and Copyright Owners (JCCO) is a group of organizations including the MPAA, RIAA, and other entities that are continuously in the news these days. These groups are formed by incredibly powerful people attempting to protect their interests, investments, and everything they have worked hard for (or so they claim). These coalitions and private interest groups will normally stop at nothing to do what they believe is right for them, which is to try and protect their intellectual property (IP) from the dangers of piracy (read: loss of revenue). Lets take a look, a closer look at my . . . READ ON »
Microsoft is at it again. First, they forced many mobile device OEMs to pay a fee for every Android device shipped. Now they want to put the stranglehold on manufacturers wishing to use ARM with Windows 8. In their infinite wisdom, Microsoft has decided that customers who purchase a Windows 8 devices with ARM architecture must not be able to load any other operating system other than what shipped with it.
Their Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements point to a “custom” secure boot mode via UEFI, allowing users to add signatures for alternative operating systems, and thus enabling that . . . READ ON »
If you haven’t already heard, big changes are coming to the Android Market. Well that’s not strictly true, the changes have already been made, and it’s no longer the Android Market. Google Play is upon us, and while you may not have noticed a change on your device yet, those of us who access Market through the web couldn’t have failed to notice the rebranding. So let’s take a look at what this means for the typical Android user. Does it herald the dawn of a glorious new age of digital media consumption, or is it a case of much . . . READ ON »
Perhaps you remember the days of the very first Android ports to Windows Mobile phones such as the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC HD2. Beside the fact that this groundbreaking development was one of the factors that ultimately led to the end of Windows Mobile development on XDA, it did bring some innovative features to the table. Dual boot for example. It was revolutionary to be able to choose between Android and Windows Mobile. After a few months, when people started to move to newer phones, and this innovation ultimately got buried under the huge
mess mass of development for . . . READ ON »
On XDA, we like to talk about moderators. Whether you agree or disagree with their actions, they are a very real part of our electronic lives. Follow the rules, and you’re okay; break them, and out comes the ban-hammer.
Rarely though, do people realize that our moderators are everyday people with lives and interests just like the rest of us. Because of this, I decided to have a chat with one of our favorite Senior Moderators, M_T_M, to try and shed some light on a day in the life.
Jase: What got you into flashing, hacking, breaking things?. . . READ ON »
It was just a matter of time before Google would come up with their mobile version of Chrome. The desktop version has been a great success, even though it was pretty isolated from any other Google service. With the coming of Chrome Beta for Android (we’ll be calling it Chrome Beta in the rest of this article), Google developers hope to create a connection between Android smartphones and desktops. We’ll not work with cliffhangers this time and just admit it already: they truly did an awesome job at doing just that. They made Google Beta and Google desktop work together . . . READ ON »
Since Google’s launching of Android 4.0 back in October 2011, the main question most of us want answered is if our devices will be upgrade-able, and when? We know there are hardware limitations to take into consideration.
HTC’s first wave of Android updates will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to its phones powered by dual-core Qualcomm S3 processors. The majority of HTC’s phones running on this chip are already on the update list, and we expect the remaining devices to be added shortly. HTC would also be delivering the Android 4.0 update to its phones powered by single-core Qualcomm S2 processors.
From . . . READ ON »
The Samsung Galaxy Note will start hitting AT&T shelves on February 19th! Pricing looks like it will be $300 US with a two year contract, which sounds more like a phone coming to Verizon Wireless sadly. Different to the Euro black model, US market will get it on two color options: Ceramic white and Carbon blue. Like all of the other Galaxy phones, the US model has four control keys below the display instead of the two touch keys and the physical home button on the international model. The insides are also different, equipped with a 1.5GHz, dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 . . . READ ON »
Not so long ago, AT&T attempted to purchase wireless carrier T-Mobile from parent company Deutsche Telekom in March of 2011. Due to a variety of legal and ethical reasons this bid for market dominance was officially abandoned on December 19, 2011. A condition of this buyout was upon failure, AT&T would have to directly pay T-Mobile $3 billion cash, as well as another $1 billion in spectrum licenses. The result of this tragedy was AT&T posted a staggering $6.7 billion dollar loss for fourth quarter last year.
Who do you think has to pay for this? Apparently AT&T thinks the . . . READ ON »
ACTA, Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is another bill which tramples all over your civil liberties. The Internet is having a hard time fighting off bills that threaten creativity, like PIPA and SOPA, but now something far worse has come to play.
In October 2007, the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan decided to branch together and negotiate a bill to tackle intellectual property and copyright infringement. Yesterday, all 21 states of the EU, including the UK, signed onto ACTA. As of October 1st 2011, 8 out of 11 countries had signed on, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, . . . READ ON »
Not much ago we informed you about Sprint sending updates For HTC EVO 4G and EVO Design 4G which will remove the infamous Carrier IQ; well now it seems that not only Carrier IQ will be removed as the company included HTC EVO 4G and EVO View 4G on the most updated list of devices coming to End-Of-Life.
This means that both HTC devices are ending their days on the shelves. EVO 4G is expected to leave this week, and the EVO View 4G -Sprint´s version of HTC Flyer- will leave next week.
It´s amazing how carriers dictate when . . . READ ON »
Of all the apps that Google has launched over the years the only one I use on a consistent basis is Sky Map. It was sad to learn that Google has opted to end major development of Sky Map, but the good news is that the app will go open source.
That means rather than simply dying off, at least Android geeks and other developers will have the chance to pitch in and keep the updates coming. If you have never used Sky Map, it’s an application that makes possible to see what´s in the stars, if you look up . . . READ ON »