If you’ve spent any amount of time on XDA, you’ve heard of XDA Recognized Developer Cyanogen or the nearly ubiquitous CyanogenMod. In fact, chances are that at you’ve either run CyanogenMod on one of your devices at some point in the past, or you’re running it (or a kanged version) now. In many ways, CyanogenMod represented all that was good about Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and proceeded to go where the carriers and manufacturers were unwilling to take their devices. Along the way, Cyanogen inspired developers everywhere to reach for what was previously lacking in the Android community.
Cyanogen . . . READ ON »
I’ve seen too many “perfect phone” articles from people who really have no idea what they are talking about. I’m going to use this white-space to dispel some ill-conceived myths that uninformed people have generated, as well as list several entirely mandatory features for the “perfect device.” I believe you, the reader, will find my list of “perfect device” features to be entirely reasonable, and I intend to show that some of the desired features are really only a matter of configuration / manufacturer limitation.
Wireless charging at 6ft. — IMPOSSIBLE(for consumer devices): You will not see this technology. In . . . READ ON »
The Oracle and Google debate is back in the news now that their battle in court is finally here. A simple Google, or Yahoo!, or Bing—which ever you prefer—search will lead you to many different experts commenting on the story. In fact one commenter has been ousted as a consultant for Oracle. “Independent” Analyst and Case Commenter Florian Mueller has disclosed a consulting relationship with Oracle. Mueller claims that he won’t have any special access or gain any inside knowledge of the case, and that all of his continued analysis of the Oracle vs Google trail will be based . . . READ ON »
Less than a month ago, registrations opened for Google I/O 2012. It was sold out in 20 minutes. This didn’t go down exactly as planned. According to Google themselves, server load immediately exceeded the number of tickets they had available. Registration was hit-or-miss, and certainly not first-come-first-serve basis, as promised. Google had also hinted that a coding challenge would be part of the registration process, so more developers and fewer swag-hunters would get in. But for reasons unknown, this didn’t actually happen. More than a few of those who managed to obtain actual tickets tried to sell them on eBay . . . READ ON »
Augmented reality - a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
We have been tempted in the movies over the years with augmented reality via heads-up-displays (HUDs), from Terminator to Minority Report, and yet it hasn’t really made the leap from the Silver Screen to real life. Even apps like Layar attempt to bring it to your fingertips. The idea is that we live in a world where information is always around us just waiting to be visualized.
Google X Labs has now . . . READ ON »
A few days ago some users of certain Samsung Galaxy devices began to notice that within the pending updates in the Play Store (that name still feels wrong), was a strange app that they had not installed and the description of which was entirely in Russian. The application was entitled МТС Мобильная Почта, and has since been removed. What’s more, users were unable to actually find this app on their device to uninstall it. Understandably those affected were somewhat concerned about this, fearing that they had fallen victim to some kind of malware. Thankfully it wasn’t, and the MTC application . . . READ ON »
Here on XDA-Developers, we tend to cater to everyone’s needs and wants. From the most experienced developer to the newest user, who literally just picked up his/her smartphone exactly 25 minutes ago and is curious about what it can do, anyone can find something that will get them hooked on xda and smartphone modding. The latter of the two groups normally tends to either be too busy to try and sit down and read or simply is not interested on how things work, only caring about the final outcome (I can haz root?!). Funny enough, half of these people will . . . READ ON »
The center of most modern development is Open-Source.
Open-Source is a huge selling point, allowing the user to potentially be on equal or greater knowledge-footing than product support. Open-Source allows the end user to read and write the same software that comes on the device. Open-Source also gives us the tools we need to modify our devices.
Lets take a look back at the beginnings of Open-Source, back in the 70′s. When Richard Stallman’s (Founder of GNU) printer jammed, it gave no warning. The printer was a networked printer, and it took an hour to print. When a user would . . . READ ON »
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 »