· 8/12 at 11:30 pm · 17 comments

Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Nearly 21%, 2.x Hovers Around 14%

Near the beginning of every month, just like clockwork, Google updates its Developer Dashboard website with updated Android Platform Stats. As we've said many times in the past, these numbers show the current state of Android ecosystem fragmentation--both in terms of version/API adoption, as well as screen size and density, and OpenGL support. As such, this is all incredibly valuable information for developers looking to better target their application development efforts. The last time we took a look at the Android Platform...

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· 8/12 at 05:30 pm · 21 comments

Numix Calculator Lets You Add in Material Design Style

Just as was the case yesterday when we talked about unit conversion apps, there are dozens upon dozens of calculator apps available for Android. Due to this vast selection, there are different apps to pretty much fill any niche imaginable within the category. If you want a slightly more advanced calculator than the stock offering, you're good to go. Want one that floats? Look no further. Want to calculate your wealth? No problemo. Want to figure out how many more miles you can...

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· 8/12 at 01:00 pm · 8 comments

Google+ Update Brings Chromecast Support; Chrome Beta, Search, YouTube Get Minor Updates

We're one day shy of Google's traditional Update Wednesday, but despite this, the first party app updates for the week have already started rolling in. So far, we have a rather substantial update to the Google+ app, as well as minor incremental updates to Chrome beta, Search, and YouTube. And like always, we've gone ahead and mirrored the APKs for your sideloading pleasure. First off, we have the most significant update, Google+. Today's update brings us to version 4.5.0.72928916 (up from 4.4.1.68642489 just over...

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· 8/12 at 11:00 am · 49 comments

Our Trial of a Xiaomi Forum

XDA was originally a forum for the discussion of one particular model of HTC smartphone, more commonly known as the O2 XDA. Over time, more and more HTC devices were added, until XDA was the go-to place for Windows Mobile devices of all kinds. Eventually, a handful of non-HTC Windows Mobile devices were added. The turning point was the introduction of Android, and the plethora of devices which followed, and bring us to the XDA we know today. Part of the...

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· 8/12 at 10:30 am · 29 comments

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Change YouTube’s Mobile App Starting Screen with YourTube – XDA Developer TV

Here on XDA Developer TV, we talk about helpful Xposed Modules on our weekly show, XDA Xposed Tuesday. We’ve covered some modules that have everything and the kitchen sink, and those are great, but sometimes the simplest module catches our attention because it solves a singular major annoyance. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change the starting screen in the YouTube application. XDA Recognized Developer GermainZ created...

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· 8/12 at 06:30 am · 4 comments

How to Change Your Loading Animations to Honami

The Sony Xperia Z1, also known as the Honami, brought many interesting solutions for end users with regards to UI styling. Sony is well known for delivering a good looking OS that is stable, reliable, and easy on the eyes, and many of the people here on the XDA forums will agree. If you didn't purchase this formerly flagship device, fear not. Some elements from the Honami's interface can be easily added to other Android-powered devices. One such UI element is the loading animation...

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· 8/11 at 11:30 pm · 15 comments

Easily Run Init.d Scripts on Any Device

Init.d plays an important role in custom ROM development. In short, it allows the execution of scripts upon every boot. It doesn't matter if it's a simple SD Card mount script or a rather complex set of performance tweaks--init.d is often used to initialize them. If your kernel has support for init.d built in, it executes these scripts every time. Unfortunately, not every device is rooted and not every stock kernel supports init.d by default. This may leave many wishing for the ability to run various scripts...

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· 8/11 at 06:00 pm · 14 comments

Qualcomm Security Exploit Demonstrated at Blackhat Conference

The annual Blackhat conference, now in its 17th year, took place in Las Vegas last week. The conference is an assembly of security-focused individuals at which a number of devices such as home automation systems, smart cars, etc are hacked, in addition to a line up of speakers discussing information security. This year's event turned out to be rather momentous with the SilentCircle's Blackphone being rooted by XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase. Another interesting development was Dan Rosenberg's discussion, which popped...

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· 8/11 at 02:00 pm · 9 comments

Manage Google Tasks on Windows Phone 8 with GTasker

One of the biggest setbacks Microsoft is facing with Windows Phone during a time when Android dominates the landscape is their adamant, yet honorable, willingness to resist anything Google-related. Microsoft influenced devices such as the Nokia Lumia, and even the heavily modified Android-based Nokia X family, are void of any and all Google services--with Microsoft and Nokia counterparts filling in the space. For the busybodies who rely much on Google services such as Google Tasks, this can be quite the inconvenience. Thankfully...

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· 8/11 at 11:00 am · 6 comments

Here Are the Pebble Challenge Winners From Round 1

With Round 1 of the Pebble Developer Challenge recently closing, they have now been contacted. We had quite the array of entrants, and after almost 100 entries the judges were able to narrow it down to the following 20 winners. We have listed them (in no particular order) along with a brief description of their winning entry: SferaDev - GeekTheTime, provides a simple time watch with some random geek quotes. While this application seems to be irrelevant and simple, provides a unique...

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· 8/11 at 07:00 am · 4 comments

Galaxy Gear Custom Tizen ROM, Creating Custom Android Wear Watch Faces With an App – XDA Developer TV

The Samsung Galaxy Gear gets it first Custom ROM based on Tizen OS! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the article talking about creating your own custom Android Wear watch face. Also, be sure the check out the article talking about the closing for round one of our Pebble Developer Challenge! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about...

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· 8/11 at 02:30 am · 10 comments

Intuitively Convert Units in Material Design Style with S Converter

There is absolutely no shortage of unit converters on the Android platform. In fact, ever since our phones were graced with the awesomeness that is Google Now / Voice Search, we've been able to convert units on the fly using nothing but the soothing sounds of our own voice. But even though converting units by voice is convenient in certain circumstances, it's not always the most precise. Because of this, there is still certainly a place for dedicated unit conversion apps. With so...

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· 8/10 at 09:00 pm · 6 comments

Google I/O 2014 App Source Demonstrates Material Design in Action

Every year, Google publishes an app for its I/O conference that serves a dual purpose. In addition to being a guide and schedule planner for those attending the conference or live streaming it across the globe, the app also serves as a demonstration of the best practices for Android design and development. This year's I/O Keynote was a resounding success, the expanding of Android's horizons being complemented by the launch of the Android L Developer Preview. While some of the...

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· 8/10 at 04:00 pm · 10 comments

Create Your Own Custom Android Wear Watch Face with WearFaces

One of the perks of having a smartwatch is the flexibility you have with regards to its aesthetics, and in particular, the watch face. And with Android Wear out for a few months now, there’s already an explosion of apps geared towards customization appearing in the Google Play Store. However, if one were to have the ability to create his or her own watch face, the possibilities for watch face customization become pretty much endless. With this said, XDA Forum Member expressive87 has...

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· 8/10 at 11:00 am · 5 comments

Project and Record Your WP8 Screen to your PC with Open Source Client

A couple of months ago, Microsoft released Project My Screen for Windows Phone devices. This app, as its name suggests, lets you project the screen of your WP device onto an external display, such as your PC monitor. Requiring you to connect the devices with a USB cable, this was offered as a solution for those who were not able to do the same wirelessly. Project My Screen is a welcomed app for anyone who wants to view their phone’s screen on...

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