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 »
In recent years, Google has introduced many goodies into Android. But bringing these new features doesn’t automatically mean that everything is fully streamlined—in fact, it’s often quite the opposite. One area that many would like to see some improvement in Android is the recent apps menu. Luckily, this was taken care of in OmniROM with OmniSwitch, but a totally different approach was presented by the SlimKat developers.
Just yesterday, we took a look at a leaked screenshot showing the UI for Microsoft’s answer to Google Now and Siri slated for release on Windows 8.1: Cortana. Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, this video must be worth at least a thousand words times 30 frames per second times 2 minutes and 21 seconds. Continue past the break to take a closer look at Cortana.. . . READ ON »
The Sony Xperia Z2 was launched last week at MWC 2014 to much fanfare. Improving on its predecessor by fixing all of its most significant hardware shortcomings, it’s no wonder why the Z2 is subject to much praise. But as one would expect from the latest generation flagship device from a major OEM, the Sony Xperia Z2 packs quite a few software additions as well.
What do your smartphone and Legos have in common? You might reply “nothing,” and you are most likely right. But if you wish to be proven wrong, XDA is the place for you. We recently saw a strange mashup of a hockey puck and a Qi charger, and now we have another strange, yet ingenious charging solution to present from the forums.
XDA Forum Member UsernameWasTaken constructed a charging dock made of Lego bricks and USB cable. The construction isn’t overly complicated, and can be replicated by practically anyone. Furthermore, the OP was kind enough to share the guide, . . . READ ON »
The Siren’s song on pure Google, AOSP-inspired Nexus devices tempts the Android enthusiast masses like an evil Succubus. We are attracted to her sweet melody: pure Android with no OEM or carrier bloatware to slow down your device, just the pure natural taste of refreshing Android pureness from the waterfall fountain of Google. However, that doesn’t make your phone perfect, as there may still be some tweaks that you prefer.
If you’ve been looking for a more interesting battery charging animation to replace the rather dull and conventional battery icon you have now, there are a wealth of options available ranging from battery mod compilations to 3rd party apps, and even a Windows tool. But if these options just don’t seem to cut it for you and you’d rather create your own battery animation from scratch, you may want to check out XDA Recognized Contributor erikalin’s tutorial.
Because of the personalized and limitless nature of the procedure, Erikalin keeps the tutorial clean and simple. It is . . . READ ON »
OK. Part of why you undoubtedly had to do a double take when reading that last statement is that most of the development efforts on the Nokia X thus far have involved removing Nokia’s strange UI from the device and turning the Nokia X into a more traditional Android smartphone. But just like what they say about questionable content on the Internet, if you can imagine any kind of strange hybrid ROM, chances are . . . READ ON »
Android is an amazing OS because OEMs can offer their users devices that suits everyone’s individual needs. A high-end flagship is not the best choice for everyone, hence why there are quite a few mid-tier and low-end devices released to the market.
One OEM that releases cheaper, but still nice devices is Sony. One of their devices intended for the mid/low-range market is Xperia M, code named Nicki. The device features some decent technical specification consisting of a dual-core 1 GHz Krait 200 CPU, 1 GB RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage.
FreeXperia announced official support for the Xperia M . . . READ ON »