Over the past week or so, we’ve talked quite a bit about the first two Android Wear-powered smartwatches, the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Last night, we saw a great toolkit for G Watch owners. And just one day before, temp root was achieved on the Gear Live and its restore images were pulled.
Now, the development community has reached the next major milestone thanks to custom recoveries for both devices. The custom recoveries for both devices come in the form of the highly versatile and feature packed TWRP recovery. These images are thanks to TWRP project leader, XDA . . . READ ON »
Without calendars in some form or another, most of our lives would be utter chaos. Unless you are Johnny Mnemonic with a memory implant, you most likely need some help in the form of a calendar to store crucial information. Google has its own calendar, but to be frank, it looks like it is more at home last decade than in the ’10s.
Luckily, you don’t have to be at the mercy of Google thanks to alternatives like Slate Calendar by XDA Forum Member codedevnew. This app is a calendar and personal assistant that helps you keep track of all . . . READ ON »
Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 will, like the XDA forums, focus on more than just Android and phones. We’ve got a couple presentations that cover Wearables and Android Wear. Of course, software isn’t the only thing you can develop in the mobile sphere.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. Shane Francis is an Android and technology fanatic who finished his computer science degree just over a year ago. Having been involved with multiple community driven projects–such as CyanogenMod–as hobbies has driven him to expand . . . READ ON »
The LG G Watch is one of the first two devices hitting the market rocking the highly anticipated Android Wear OS. Naturally, many folks have snatched one up to get a taste of what Google’s take on wearables would be like. And so if you’re one of these people, and especially if you’re a new owner of the G Watch, what better way to kick things off than with LG G Watch Tool?
When it comes to device testing, there are two types of people on XDA. The first group blindly believes that one additional benchmark point makes a particular ROM or kernel the best, and they install it immediately. The other group takes benchmark results with a grain of salt, and take them into consideration with other performance metrics. Antutu or Quadrant are two of the most popular benchmark applications available for Android. However, there are many, many more options available for those looking to test specific aspects of their devices.
Not every benchmark requires one to have a fancy application with a nice user . . . READ ON »
Almost every OEM has skinned and otherwise modified Android to suit its particular needs. Companies like HTC and Sony have changed the default Android UI, added sounds, and modified substantial amounts of built in functionality to suit their own philosophies and commercial agreements. Some of added features are extremely annoying, and are equally difficult to disable. But what can’t be done with regular settings menus can generally always be done using Xposed Framework.
One of these small annoyances is Android wake on charge. When you connect your device to your charger, the screen wakes up for no particularly good reason. What’s worse, some OEMs even add . . . READ ON »
HTC One M7 and M8 Android 4.4.3 kernel source code has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the partial Android Wear Source being uploaded to AOSP and some more speakers who will be at xda:devcon 2014. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
As their name suggests, smartphones should be smart. And usually, they are–but in certain situations, they could be smarter. Their functionality can be enhanced with tools like Tasker. This app allows users to define scenarios, which are executed when certain required criteria are met. Unfortunately, Tasker is somewhat difficult for newcomers to use, and it requires some knowledge and experience to be configured properly. Because of this, it’s a no-go for some of the less tech savvy users.
There are certain types of games that have become paramount of the portable gaming world. As we have said before, most games involving birds seem to do quite well, whereas others that are more like number puzzles tend to grab our attention for a little longer. However, no one can argue that one of the newer genres to hit our devices is the action/run, jump, shoot style of games that have been on our devices since the introduction of Temple Run and Subway Surfers. Normally, games like these are rich in 3D graphics and have very fluid animations (and thus require . . . READ ON »
Just yesterday, XDA Recognized Developer and TV Producer AdamOutler tore apart the Samsung Gear Live in his latest XDA Unboxing episode. During the video, Adam talked about a few development-related issues that currently facing Samsung’s first Android Wear offering. And for those who don’t remember, one of the issues that was brought up was how there were no OEM-provided stock firmware images to restore to, in the event that something goes wrong while hacking the device.
Over the years, since even before Android entered the scene, we have striven to have our devices do as much as they can with as little interaction from us as humanly possible (aka the lazy effect). Lets face it, we carry these devices around because we are in constant need of being connected with others, forgetful, and always in a rush. What happens when you combine all of the aforementioned in a single daily routine? You tend to forget to do things–or worse, you remember that you need to do something while you are doing something else (i.e. texting while driving). What if . . . READ ON »
With Android L on the horizon, it’s no surprise that Google’s preparing itself for the upcoming major changes to its mobile platform. Undoubtedly, much of these changes are due to Android L’s new UI paradigm, Material Design. Just two days ago, Google issued a rather significant update to the Play Store that brought with it the first traces of Material Design. Now, Google’s given a similar makeover to its Chrome Browser beta channel.
Everyone likes screen real estate–no question about that. The sole idea of having more space available for your clutter of icons, widgets, and so on is what has fueled phone manufacturers to come up with screens so large that they barely fit in our pockets anymore. We do, however, always look for more, and one sure thing that many people could (and do) away with are the soft buttons (for devices with no hardware buttons) and the status bar.
There are apps such as video players and games that hide both the status bar and software navigation buttons while active. This is . . . READ ON »