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Liven up Your Notification Icons by Animating them with LiveIcons

We usually see quite a bit of Android customization in a few select elements of the UI, such as the lock screen, status and navigation bars, and home launcher. However, one of the areas we’ve not seen many people delve into is device animation, particularly with regards to animated notification icons. Perhaps it’s a little too insignificant for anyone to notice, or maybe it just never came across people’s minds, but animated notification icons might be a really fun part of Android customization that no one’s really considered.

With this said, XDA Senior Member hulgo has developed an Xposed module . . . READ ON »

Calc+ Is the Calculator of the Future

Calc+ Is the Calculator of the Future

The Calculator app is one of these small tools that we can’t really live without. And in practice, we use them quite often. Physical calculators were replaced by phones ages ago. And with Android, the calculator app can take the form of a full fledged scientific calculator tool.

Every Android phone has a calculator installed, but to be honest it’s far from being great. There are some great alternatives available in the market, like the Calc+ application by XDA Senior Member thotran7989. This calculator allows you to perform basic calculations as well as using some advanced functions like square root or . . . READ ON »

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How to Be a Good Custom ROM or Kernel User – XDA TV

How to Be a Good Custom ROM or Kernel User – XDA TV

Listen, we understand, starting down the path of device hacking, customization and development can be daunting. The experienced guys at time can seem like jerks. However, most of the time, its not that they want to be jerks, its that they know that the journey to Android customization enlightenment is filled with trials and tribulations that help you learn and become an expert yourself. It’s almost more about the journey than the destination.

In this episode of XDA TV, Producer and XDA Recognized Contributor rirozizo gives you some basic tips and tricks on how to be a good custom . . . READ ON »

Instagram Mod Adds Xperia Theme Support

Instagram Mod Adds Xperia Theme Support

Opinions, while tremendously important, are subjective in nature. To each his own is how the saying goes. And without a doubt, subjective opinions apply to everything, including our beloved OEM skins. Yes, despite the myth, AOSP isn’t inline with every individuals preferences, and numerous people opt to stick with their OEM skin, be it TouchWiz, Sense or any other. While the former is oft marveled for its battery life and the latter for features like BlinkFeed, Sony’s Xperia UI boasts a skinnable operating system, allowing third party skins to complement the already fine samples that come inbuilt. The only predicament . . . READ ON »

Learn How to Build Ubuntu Kernels with Comprehensive Guide

Linux is an operating system that many of you folks love and use on daily basis. It’s free, powerful, and quite a configurable operating system that can compile Android without much effort. One of the most popular Linux distributions is Ubuntu. Unlike Arch, which is a bleeding-edge distribution, Ubuntu uses tested packages that have been added by maintainers. This type of distribution is called cutting-edge.

Ubuntu comes with quite old Linux kernel (3.13), while the newest stable release is 3.16.3. If you want to use the newest kernel with Ubuntu based distribution, you can learn how to compile it by . . . READ ON »

AndroidCtrlUI.dll Lets Devs Browse Device Files in Windows Explorer

In the not too distant past, we talked about AndroidCtrl.dll, an interesting library that can be used with various Windows-based projects to communicate with Android devices. This library is a set of tools written in C# .NET 4 that enhances the original capabilities of ADB, Fastboot, and other basic Android communication methods.

The developer of this library, the XDA Senior Member k1ll3r8e, developed a new tool based on AndroidCtrl.dll: the AndroidCtrlUI.dll. This time you can browse files in the Windows Explorer style by using ADB. It’s a convenient way of file operations, since this doesn’t require any commands to . . . READ ON »

Android M Mentioned by Google Developers, Android One Devices Rooted, XDA:Devcon Incoming!! – XDA TV

Android One devices have been rooted! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Android M in Android Code Review and be sure the check out the article talking about the start of our second annual devcon. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Less Frequent Notifications. Then rirozizo showed you how to change . . . READ ON »

Learn How to Build an APK Installer for Your Tizen Smartwatch Widget

As of right now, if you want to install a widget into your smartwatch running Tizen OS such as the Samsung Gear 2, you’ll have to sideload the wgt file onto the device using SBD tool. I’m sure that for many Android users who also happen to own a Tizen wearable, installing widgets onto that device isn’t as straightforward as what one may have gotten used to when using Android. With this said, there’s now a way which you can install Tizen widgets as an APK courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer Skin1980.

Skin1980 has written a tutorial teaching you . . . READ ON »

Customize Your OnePlus One’s Boot Logo

Customize Your OnePlus One’s Boot Logo

In an era when customizing the user interface of your Android device has become an absolute breeze, customizing the boot logo probably one of the less effortless ways of customizing your device. Rather than having a comfortable app on your phone from which you can change every little detail of the UI, customizing a boot logo often requires a bit more motor skills and creativity. If you own a OnePlus One and are thinking of switching up the boot logo, XDA Forum Member chillstep1998 has written a tutorial to help you get started.

The tutorial teaches you how to create . . . READ ON »

Party Time–The HTC Dream G1 is Six Years Old!

unnamedA few interesting events took place six years ago. In the USA, the biggest chart-topping song was “Whatever You Like” by T.I., while in the UK people were enjoying Kings of Leon’s “Sex On Fire”. The weather was nice as well in September, but probably the most exciting event took place in the city of New York where HTC announced their first smartphone running Android OS. The HTC Dream on T-Mobile was officially presented to public. Today, the G1 is six years old and we would like to wish it a happy sixth birthday!

It all began back in 2005 . . . READ ON »

Android App Review: Chromecast Screen Cast at 1080p – XDA Developer TV

For a while now, the Google Chromecast has had the ability of the cast your screen from your mobile device. However, must TV are 1080p or 720p. With Chromecast picking whatever resolution it wants it may not make full use of your TVs functionality. If the right resolution was picked, your Chromecast mirroring could be so much better.

XDA Senior Member farmerbb offers up a simple application that gives you the ability to quickly select the resolution you Screen Cast at. In this video XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Second Screen.  TK shows off the application, its uses, . . . READ ON »

XDA 2015 Forum Redesign Now Live!

XDA 2015 Forum Redesign Now Live!

We’ve been working for a full six months, and today our forum redesign goes live. We’ll still be working through small bugs over the next few weeks, but we’re finally ready for prime time. The “2015” template is quantifiably faster and just all-around better than the old design. We’ve reduced unnecessary clutter, optimized the code, improve readability with proper levels of contrast, while taking some inspiration from the latest design trends such as Card UI and Material Design. The new hovering top bar gives you fast access to search, notifications, mentions/quotes, and a list of your favorite forums. This bar . . . READ ON »

Attention all xda:devcon’ers – Devcon is landing shortly

It’s now approaching the weekend of xda:devcon ’14, XDA’s second annual developer conference. This year the event is taking place in Manchester, United Kingdom. The venue is ready, the speakers are primed, and everyone here at XDA looks forward to welcoming you to the event.

The team organising xda:devcon will be tweeting from the event using the dedicated devcon Twitter account.We suggest you follow it – word on the street is that this account will let you know of some exclusive giveaways taking place throughout the weekend, only announced to this account’s Twitter followers!

The twitter hashtag for the . . . READ ON »

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