Part of what makes Android awesome is that you can customize your home screens to be more than a grid of icons. There are many different launchers in the Android ecosystems. There are many different themes for those launchers too.
XDA Forum Member buzzplan has an application to help you apply others’ Homescreens to your own smartphone. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Buzz Launcher. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
In a crowded, standing-room Google I/O 2013 kicked off with the Keynote. Google’s SVP Vic Gundotra welcomed the 6,000 in attendance as well as the 40,000+ in attendance worldwide at the viewing parties, and the 1,000,000 watching on YouTube. He then turned it over to Google’s new SVP in charge of Android, Chrome & Apps, Sundar Pichai. Sundar talked about us being at one of the most innovative phases of computing, with us seeing people around the world increasingly using different computing devices, as well as two large fast growing, scalable platforms in Android and Chrome.
He touched base on . . . READ ON »
Nowadays, it’s become increasingly common for individuals to use their mobile phones as personal communication devices and mobile computers, rather than for placing phone calls. However, for the few holdouts out there, there are a few ways left to make the experience a little more enjoyable.
In order to give the old fashioned calling experience a few new tricks, XDA Recognized Developer lowveld created Ultimate Call Screen HD. As its name implies, this app is a new take on the call screen for Android devices. Its most noticeable feature is the replacement incoming call screen. Rather than showing a small . . . READ ON »
C’mon. Pack your bags, grab some chocolate and mints, turn off the gas to the stove, and make sure the dog’s fed. Today we’re going for a nice drive… over zombies! Ha. Terrible jokes aside, if you are on the lookout for a good ol’e hit-and-run game, you may like Run ‘em Over.
Developed by XDA Forum Member frikec, Run ‘em Over is a side-scrolling 2D game where you basically ‘drive through a zombie apocalypse,’ as the developer puts it. And it’s surprisingly quite fun. With game play much in the vein of the previously introduced ‘time waster’ (in . . . READ ON »
One of the single most important aspects of mobile devices is that they are always connected in some form or fashion. It gives us the ability to sync our content across a wide variety of platforms and devices without needing to have the physical devices in hand. You also get chances to control other peripherals with the help of certain apps, such as being able to mirror your screen onto a TV. Interestingly enough, communications from one of these devices involves not just your ability to do things with it that may affect other devices, but the inverse also can be applied. In other . . . READ ON »
Recently, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin showed us Advanced, Intermediate , and Basic uses of Tasker. He also showed us Llama Location as an alternative to the powerful Tasker App. When Kevin showed you Llama Basics, you guys asked for more.
In this part of the series, Kevin gives you what you asked for. Kevin shows you some intermediate uses of Llama. So check out all the videos in this Tasker series, and make your phone work for you. What are you waiting for? Check out this video.
When we launched the Recognized Developer program here at XDA, we did so in order to help support some of the most valuable members of the site: the people who create all of the cool modifications, hacks, apps, and tweaks that go into better optimizing our mobile experiences. However, in order to keep up with our ever changing mobile needs, the program has seen its share of revisions and expansions during its course.
As I am personally not an app developer, I can’t make a judgement as to how useful a Play store sales manager would be. However, I would infer an app of this kind to be quite a handy and useful tool, especially when you are just starting out with an app freshly released straight onto the market. And if you charge for your app, it may be of greater use and practicality. If you are on the lookout for one, you may appreciate an app called Developer Checkout Manager by XDA Senior Member MOST2K2.
What the app essentially does . . . READ ON »
Here on the XDA Portal, we bring you news—sometimes big news, sometimes small news. But we believe this is BIG, and rather exciting news for Android lovers (and iPh*ne converts)!
Jay Freeman, better known as Saurik, is a developer well-known for his work on Jailbroken iDevices and the creation of Cydia, Winterboard and Mobile substrate. He has recently “seen the light” and released Cydia substrate for Android. Designed to work with any recent version of Android (2.3 and later), Cydia Substrate is a platform for easier customisation of software, when the source code is not available. Although Mobile Substrate doesn’t lead to any . . . READ ON »
As of late, we at the XDA Portal have been trying to offer an expanded focus on tutorials and teaching materials rather than simply finished applications. There is simply no better way to learn about software development and overall hacking than by doing it yourself. This has fueled some of XDA’s latest moves such as the release of XDA-U as well as the upcoming live event, XDA-DevCon. If you are just getting your feet wet in the development world, you need to start somewhere, regardless of how basic it may seem to some. With this in mind, simple tweaks . . . READ ON »
XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler is known for his wizardry opening up Samsung phones. However, this also extends to other manufacturers’ devices, such has how he recently dismembered the Oppo Find 5. And he’s not limited to phone devices, as he Poked at the JynxBox Network Streaming Android Device. However, it is often good to get back to your roots. That is why AdamOutler is taking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
Puzzle games are always a great way to kill time while having some fun in the process. However, after a while, they all pretty much start looking alike and concepts begin to blend together. On top of this, sheep (one of the most under-utilized farm animals in the world of gaming) have not been seen as important part of a video game since Worms. Well, the day of redemption seems to finally be here for the walking cotton balls because XDA Forum Member Beep_Beep just granted the little quadruped a new chance to shine on the small screen with Agent . . . READ ON »
There has been a bit of a back and forth between the development community and Verizon lately, specifically relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It is perhaps best summed up by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler:
“Well, this has been quite the saga thus far…
Us: Suck It Verizon (exploit)
them: Suck it XDA-Developers (OTA patch)
Us: Back Atcha Verizon (exploit)
them: Stop it XDA (OTA Patch)
Us: No You! (exploit)”