· Dec 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm · 2 comments

Newbie-Friendly Tool Lets You Change the Look of Your Favorite Apps

Changing the look of open source apps is relatively easy. All you need to do is to download the source, add new images, and compile. Things get more complicated when the application's author does not provide the source code and the app needs to be decompiled and recompiled using something like APKtool. Aware of this situation, the XDA Forum Member Ankush menat created a tool to ease the process of changing the look of your favorite apps. This Windows-only tool...

· Dec 26, 2013 at 05:30 pm · 3 comments

Rid Yourself of the Ugly Black Navigation Bar with Xposed

Xposed Framework has opened the door to a new way to customize our devices without having to cherry-pick and rebuild our favorite ROMs manually. The Framework also gives us a chance to modify stock ROMs with fancy features previously only seen on OEM skins like TouchWiz and Sense. Many new devices now come with on-screen navigation buttons rather than physical hardware buttons. Prior to Android 4.4 KitKat, this navigation bar took the form of a solid black line at the bottom...

· Dec 26, 2013 at 03:00 pm · 3 comments

Android 4.3 Rolling Out to the Nvidia Tegra Note 7, Brings HDR and Stylus Improvements

Google's first generation Nexus 7 prominently featured Nvidia's Tegra 3 System-on-a-Chip. When Google and Asus decided to ditch the Tegra platform and instead use Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro as the foundation of the new Nexus 7 (2013), Nvidia saw this as an opportunity to create their own tablet based on the Tegra 4. They gave it quite a few extra features, such as active stylus support, and with that, the Nvidia Tegra Note 7 was born. The Tegra Note 7...

· Dec 26, 2013 at 01:00 pm · 3 comments

Push Files To and From Your PC and Android Wirelessly with Fast Push

Wires can be such a mess. You trip over them, you go nuts trying to untangle them, and many times they simply stop working---and these things only happen once you actually find them. So it's no wonder that we're gradually moving towards a more wireless technology, such as wireless charging, wireless entertainment systems, and wireless data transfers. A great tool for facilitating this wireless shift is Fast Push. Developed by XDA Senior Member pesiran, the same developer of the tool APK...

· Dec 26, 2013 at 10:30 am · no comments

Side-Load an App to Google Glass and GlassCopter App Review – XDA Developer TV

Just two days ago, XDA Developer TV Producer TK got Google Glass. He took the time to review it, and now he’s showing you some other tricks. TK starts of by showing you how simple it is to side load APKs on Google Glass using ADB. Then, TK shows off a simple Glass game you can play by tilting your head. XDA Senior Member Mohammad_Adib offers a quick, easy, and somewhat addictive game for the Google Glass unit. In the...

· Dec 26, 2013 at 08:00 am · 5 comments

Roofer’s Guide Helps You Understand Git

If you are working with source code as a programmer writing an app or other project, you need a code revision control system. One of the most popular services used for this is git, which is widely used on sites like GitHub, Bitbucket, and Gitlab. Git is a powerful tool that works on every major operating system. It's a very handy tool, but you need some skills to use it properly. Some time ago, Conan Troutman wrote about my guide...

· Dec 26, 2013 at 04:00 am · 5 comments

AOKP KitKat 4.4.2 Nightlies Now Available for 10 Devices!

As you're making your way down the list of things to try with your newly acquired tech toys, one thing you'll undoubtedly get around to is flashing a custom ROM. Those looking for aftermarket firmware now have one more Android 4.4.2-based option, as the AOKP team has just finished incorporating Google's latest and greatest into their nightly builds. Currently, Android 4.4.2-based nightly builds are available for the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy...

· Dec 25, 2013 at 09:30 pm · 7 comments

Google Android Info Brings You Basic Facts about Android

Android has become the world's most successful mobile OS. Not too long ago, we presented the short history of this OS in our Evolution of Android series (part I, part II). This former underdog has now become the market's dominant player. And chances are that if you received a new smartphone or tablet under the tree earlier today, it's running Android. Android is not quite as easy to understand as you may think. API levels, Dalvik architecture, and many other terms still...

· Dec 25, 2013 at 04:30 pm · 2 comments

Test Your New Device’s Graphic Performance with GPUbench!

Earlier today, we talked about how to best make use of your newly acquired holiday tech toys by rooting and unlocking your new acquisitions. We are also aware that a good number of you would like to put your new devices to the test and find out just how fast they are with some benchmarks. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of benchmark apps or my device's results. Despite this, many Android users (and even various OEMs) place great emphasis on...

· Dec 25, 2013 at 01:30 pm · 15 comments

Find a New Phone or Tablet Under the Tree? Let XDA Help You Make the Most of It!

Once again, all of us here at XDA would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season! Undoubtedly, many of our happy readers are waking up to some extra Holiday cheer in the form of shiny new tech acquisitions. Luckily, XDA is here and has your back in helping you make the most of your new, Android-powered tech toy(s). You may remember that a little while ago, we shared with you our Best of 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Now, we're...

· Dec 25, 2013 at 10:00 am · 1 comment

Google Fires Back Against Rockstar with Countersuit

You may recall that a couple of months ago, Google was hit by a rather significant patent infringement lawsuit. The suit, which was filed jointly by the constituents of Rockstar Bidco (Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Sony, and Ericsson), was entirely based upon patents that were jointly purchased for $4.5 billion in a bidding war following the 2009 liquidation of telecom firm Nortel. But while patent warfare is nothing new, this suit was particularly noteworthy because they targeted Google's key business: Search. Now,...

· Dec 25, 2013 at 08:30 am · 4 comments

Happy Holidays from XDA Developer TV

The year 2013 is coming to an end, and it’s been quite feature packed! We've reviewed a lot of hardware---some great and some not so great---everything from the Nvidia Shield to the HTC One and Oppo N1, and even a set of Mark 2 Google Glass. We’ve taught you everything you need to know about Tasker and phone automation. We’ve helped you get a job, we've reviewed apps and we've reported the news. This year of XDA Developer TV would have been...

· Dec 25, 2013 at 04:00 am · 2 comments

Happy Holidays from XDA-Developers!

From all of us here behind the scenes at XDA-Developers, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays! No matter what holiday you're celebrating---or even if "celebrating" just means that you're taking some time away from work and/or school---we hope you have a great and relaxing time. And if you find yourself with a few new gadgets this holiday season, be sure to share your new acquisitions in the comments below, and then promptly proceed to the XDA-Developers forums to get...

· Dec 24, 2013 at 08:30 pm · 7 comments

Small Phones Can Have KitKat Too–Xperia Tipo Gets an Unofficial CM11 Port

Over the years, Sony has released several devices with low-end hardware. But the lack of a good camera and a limited number of cores hasn't proven to be an insurmountable burden when porting Android 4.4 KitKat to devices such as the Motorola Defy and Google Nexus One. The Sony Xperia Tipo is one of these low powered devices. Released in June 2012, it is a small 3.2” phone with 800 MHz Cortex A5 processor and Adreno 200 GPU. It is also a...

· Dec 24, 2013 at 06:30 pm · 2 comments

Go Wireless with ADB over WiFi Helper

ADB is an incredibly versatile and useful tool for everything from simple tweaks to major modifications, and even sometimes averting a complete disaster. It is relatively easy to set up, and it is simple to use for anyone with a little knowledge. Traditionally, ADB is used over USB. But in this day and age, how many of us have time to rummage through drawers and connect devices manually? It is possible to use ADB over your local WiFi network and...