Not too long ago, we talked about the HTC Sense-like DO Launcher. But at the time, XDA Recognized Developer doga.ozkaraca‘s application was in early alpha stage, and had much that needed to be done. Then, HTC found out about the developer’s work and decided to send a DMCA letter to take the launcher out of the Play Store.
Despite the hurdles, the developer didn’t give up and decided to make a new version of the launcher with quite a bit reworked, as well as much more stability. A few options have been added like a share button in news . . . READ ON »
Aside from being a famous god in Norse mythology, Odin is the name of an application used to flash Samsung firmware onto Galaxy phones and tablets. With this tool, you are able to revert your phone or tablet to vanilla state, and you can also root it using CF-Root or by changing the kernel without recovery.
Creating Odin- or Heimdall-compatible packages from scratch is not easy. But this isn’t challenging anymore, as XDA Senior Member hnkotnis wrote a simple guide that explains how to create an Odin-compatible firmware in just a few steps. To crate said firmware, you need a Linux . . . READ ON »
As much progress as Android’s UI has made over the past few years, many relatively experienced users still find the Settings menu a bit cumbersome to traverse. And even if you know exactly where every single setting resides, why should you have to tap the screen so many times to perform a simple task like toggling rotation lock?
Luckily, XDA Senior Member Jubakuba created a simple, yet powerful app that allows you to create customized shortcuts to any system setting on your device. The aptly titled Advanced Settings Shortcut offers a few basic actions in its settings shortcut arsenal. These include . . . READ ON »
Last Friday, we wrote about how the Android 4.4.2 kernel source code was released for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In addition to being useful to developers in its on right, this also alluded to the possibility of an imminent OTA update for the device. It is now here, and thanks to the fine folks here on our forums, it has also been mirrored for your early updating pleasure.
Just like the earlier kernel source code release, this OTA comes in at software version UVUENB4, and as expected, it brings Android 4.4.2 to the device. Currently not much is . . . READ ON »
Sometimes looking through the list of the different launchers available to navigate Android can be dizzying. It feels like you’ve stumbled into Bargain Bob’s Android Launcher Emporium and Warehouse! “I am currently overstocked on Android Launchers, and I am slashing prices. These prices are so low, THEY’RE CRAAAA-AAA-AAZY!!!!!!” But every once in a while, Launcher apps stand out with a great list of features.
XDA Forum Member wariat offers up a way to create shortcuts and navigate your device with different layers. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Navigation Layer. TK shows off the application and . . . READ ON »
The Xperia product lineup from late 2012 and 2013 was filled with many high quality devices. Good technical specification and substantial developer support made the Xperias T, TL, TX, V, and Xperia SP the right choice for many. And not so long ago, Sony finally released a 4.3 update for those devices.
According to most user reports, everything runs smooth and the newest firmware improved quite a few things without breaking others. But despite this, custom ROM and kernel developers weren’t able to get their hands on the open source files required for development. Having working source code definitely . . . READ ON »
It’s become quite the routine to see nearly weekly application updates to Google’s major first-party Android apps. And with so many entries in their Android app portfolio, this is quite a commendable accomplishment. Just last week, we saw Google deliver a massive update to its Google+ app, giving it much improved photo editing capabilities straight from their Snapseed acquisition. Now, Google has delivered major updates to Chrome Beta, their TTS engine, and Google Play Games.
Perhaps the most significant update this is Chrome Beta version 34, which now offers hidden Chromecast streaming support for HTML5 video. Streaming . . . READ ON »
Unlike Apple’s iOS, Mac OS X is quite a viable choice, even for power users. And thanks to full terminal access, it’s even the platform of choice for many Android application, ROM, and kernel devs. As such, it’s always nice to see Android-based tools that play nicely with Mac OS X.
About a year ago, we covered an extremely useful Android application developed by XDA Forum Member mushrom. The aptly titled Mac Remote allows users to control media playback on their Mac computers from the comfort of their Android-powered devices. But part of the beauty of Android is choice. . . . READ ON »
Android devices can be controlled from terminal or command line using ADB and other communication protocols. However, using a graphical interface to do some basic operations is significantly more convenient and user friendly than typing long commands with a high risk of typo.
Luckily, there are some tools able to perform some basic operations with point-and-click ease. One such applications is Android Device Manager by XDA Forum Member Al-Mobarmge. The tool can easily install and uninstall applications on internal memory or directly to your SD card, but app-related operations are not only you can do with this tool. You . . . READ ON »
If you’re an application developer, understanding the demographics of your potential users is of utmost importance. Naturally, you’ll want to know about their preferences when developing certain features. However, it’s often just as important to know what versions of Android OS they are running to make sure that your app is able to be experienced by as many users as possible.
Due to the fact that the Android OS update process is rather complicated, it’s to be expected that not many devices are running the latest and greatest version of Android at any given time. Luckily, detailed platform stats . . . READ ON »
If you have spent any amount of time on the Internet and are a gamer, you’ve no doubt heard of the ‘pay-what you-want’ and charitable giving game package called Humble Indie Bundle. In recent years, the Humble Bundle has moved away from solely featuring independent developer games, and has even expanded to include mobile devices.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan talks about the most recent Humble Mobile Bundle, which includes the games Catan, Vector, Riptide GP2, Zombie Gunship, and two other bonus games. In this video, Jordan talks about Catan, Vector, and Riptide GP2. So if . . . READ ON »
It is indisputable that an almost endless selection and variety of apps is a major part of the Android platform. This has gotten so impressive that other mobile operating systems and new OEMs have decided to jump on the bandwagon by adding Android app support. We’ve now seen this with Jolla Sailfish, the once dominant Blackberry, and Nokia with their freshly announced X lineup. Hence, we totally understand your uncontrollable excitement to be part of something so awesome.
Where should you get started at and what should you do if you’re an app developing rookie who wants to create . . . READ ON »
Gathering usage data for various internal components in Android has never been easy. Sure, some information is available in performance settings on certain ROMs. But in some stock UIs, it’s either cumbersome or impossible to track your usage. Naturally, this information is quite useful when your phone suffers from unexpected battery drain thanks to high CPU respource consumption.
To make up for the lack of a built-in solution, XDA Forum Member Rolf Smit created Tinycore. This app serves as a system, CPU, and memory indicator that is displayed right in your status bar. But due to limited space of the bar . . . READ ON »