It’s always nice when a large OEM graces one of its devices with official firmware updates. Today, we see not one, but two relatively high profile devices receive the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat goods. These are, of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) and the LG G Flex.
Let’s start with the Note. Samsung’s latest full-size tablet actually started receiving the official update to firmware build P600UBUCND1 early yesterday morning. Along with an update to Android 4.4.2, this update also brings a new task switching interface (seen in the screenshot to your . . . READ ON »
Gestures have become an increasingly important element in smartphone UI navigation. With every swipe, pinch, and drag, we’ve seen the Android user experience grow into something incredibly user friendly and intuitive. Some OEMs have implemented their own UI-specific gestures to activate various features. But despite their prevalence, there aren’t very many developer libraries to help new devs make use of them.
XDA Recognized Developer championswimmer hopes to make it easier for other developers to get started with gesture-based input thanks to his SimpleFingerGestures library. With it, devs can add gesture functionality such as two-finger swipe up, pinch, one-finger swipe left, and much . . . READ ON »
Our smartphones are our lives. They store our contacts, emails, texts, bookmarks, and many other pieces of important information. So when your friend asks, “Hey my batteries dead can I use your phone,” you may constantly hover over them to make sure they don’t access your private data. There has to be a better way
XDA Forum Member appmobileplus offers up an application that allows you to lock others out of certain apps with a PIN. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Lockdown Pro. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. He then shares . . . READ ON »
Android is the only popular mobile operating system that allows users, developers, and OEMs to implement dramatic modifications to its user interface. Some OEMs such as Samsung, LG, and Sony release their devices with highly modified custom software, which differs greatly from Google’s version of Android that is seen in Nexus and GPe devices.
One of the aspects that is often changed in OEM skins is the lock screen. Almost every OEM has its own unique style of lock screen. But what to do when you want to have a bit of the AOSP taste in your device without fully switching . . . READ ON »
Verizon and Motorola shocked us all back in November when the Verizon Moto X became the first non-Nexus device to receive Android 4.4 KitKat. But what about Motorola’s other devices on America’s largest mobile carrier? Naturally, many were quick to wonder if/when the 2012 Droid family (Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M) would receive the official KitKat goods.
Now, we’ve gotten official word that the update is not only coming, but that it will hit consumer devices very soon. This news comes directly from David Schuster, Senior Director of Software Product Management for Motorola. As stated . . . READ ON »
Earlier today, we talked about how Google brought two new apps to the Google Play Store. As welcome of an addition as these apps were, we were perhaps a bit too hasty in suggesting that today was not quite another Google Update Wednesday. Now, Google has issued a rather significant update to its YouTube app from version 5.5 to 5.6.
So what’s new in version 5.6.31? Google Chromecast owners are now given the option to cast live videos directly from the Android app. Some of you may recall that this feature was recently added to the desktop website. But . . . READ ON »
A little under two months ago, AT&T started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the former flagship Galaxy S 4. Many Galaxy S 4 Active were then left wondering when their devices would receive their taste of Google’s latest tasty treat. Thankfully, the update has now begun rolling out, and KitKat is here in official capacity for the AT&T variant of the S4 Active i537.
Today’s update comes in the form of firmware build I537UCUCNC9. Aside from bumping up the Android version to the latest official 4.4.2 (no, Sprint—4.4.3 is not yet live), today’s update also brings all . . . READ ON »
It’s become quite common for Google to update many of its first party Android apps on Wednesdays. While today isn’t exactly a large-scale Update Wednesday like we’ve seen in the past, Google has just launched a couple of extremely tasty treats for Android users everywhere.
First, we have Chrome Remote Desktop for Mobile. For those who may recall, Google launched Chrome Remote Desktop a few years ago for its desktop browsers. This allows users who have the appropriate web store app installed to access their primary computers from anywhere in the world, all courtesy of . . . READ ON »
One of the highlights of the HTC One M8 is its new dual lens camera system. Termed “Duo Camera,” this innovative system allows the device to capture depth data in addition to standard imaging data. The Duo Camera System then maps this captured distance information to each pixel taken by the main camera in order to achieve various types of effects such as depth-of-field blur ( i.e. bokeh), as well as Lytro-style refocusing effects.
Up until now, the full functionality of the Duo Camera System has only been accessible through HTC’s first party camera application. Today, however, HTC opened up . . . READ ON »
Today, Paul Eremenko from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division announced a developer prize challenge and the upcoming availability of developer kits, which represent the Project Ara platform and enable developers to begin working on modules.
The developer boards will allow users to explore the Project Ara platform, and will include multiple reference “modules” on board so that hardware and software developers can begin to experiment with the platform–both in designing new modules and in getting existing software and Android OS running on the new devices.
The developer boards present an interesting opportunity for developers, as one of the primary challenges . . . READ ON »
Do you ever like to make sure that certain device settings are enabled prior to entering a particular application? If you’re constantly streaming videos for example, it’s highly likely that you’re going to want to make sure that WiFi is enabled and your screen brightness is set high enough. What about when you open a mobile office suite? You probably don’t need WiFi to be enabled, but you’ll probably want to turn on Bluetooth to connect your external keyboard and/or mouse and you may even want to disable your screen timeout.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an application . . . READ ON »
Listen, don’t cheat in your games. So don’t use the information you are about to learn to win by cheating. Winners never cheat, and cheaters never lose. But in a purely academic exercise, XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler shows you how one would cheat at a game so that you can detect someone who is cheating and report them to the proper authorities.
In this video, Adam demonstrates two easy methods of hacking an Android App. He demonstrates this using his own app Spider Squisher Pro Extreme. The methods covered are Input Tap Events and Memory Editing. Both require . . . READ ON »
About two weeks ago at the BUILD conference in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1. Bringing the highly anticipated Cortana digital assistant, “Action Center” notifications, and much more home screen personalization, Windows Phone 8.1 is an upgrade far more significant than its “.1″ may suggest. Now, registered Windows Phone developers currently running WP8 on their devices can upgrade to the WP8.1 Developer Preview.
There are a few requirements and caveats with this developer preview. To install the upgrade on your WP8 device, you need to either have a Windows Phone Dev Center account, an active App Studio account, or . . . READ ON »